Types of Property in South Africa

Types of Property in South Africa

South Africa offers the property buyer a wide range of options with regards to the property market. The various types of property in South Africa include: Batchelor Flats, Flats, Town Houses, Cluster Houses, Cottages, Houses, Small Holdings and Farms.

South African Properties – Farms

a Farm is a property which is mainly used for agricultural activities. South Africa has many such properties which include wine farms, wildlife farms and a variety of farms on which various types of food is produced.

South African Properties – Small Holdings

Small holdings include plots and agricultural holdings. A small holding can be over 10 hectar in size but is usually substantially smaller than a farm. Small holdings often have numerous outbuildings on the property; these outbuildings are often converted to cottages and used as rental properties. The area of land on a small holding is suitable for a large garden, vegetable patch or fruit trees.

South African Properties – Batchelor Flats

A batchelor flat is a small property usually consisting of one bedroom with lounge/dining room, kitchen and bathroom.

South African Properties – Flats

This type of property is bigger than bachelor flats and usually has one or two bedrooms with the bigger flats consiting of three bedrooms.

South African Properties – Town Houses

Town houses are properties that are located within a complex which usually has between 20 and 30 town houses. The town house property can either be a semi consisting of one floor or a duplex which has two floors. When considering buying a townhouse it is important to find out the levy for the complex as this varies quite dramatically from complex to complex.

South Afican Properties – Cluster Houses

Cluster houses are houses that are located in a complex. Gardens and pools that form part of the house is maintained by the owner and not the responsibility of the body corporate as with town house complexes. Cluster house complexes often have communual facilities such as pools, clubhouses, tennis courts etc. Cluster house complexes also usually charge levies for the maintenance of the complex.

South African Properties – Cottages

Cottages are located on larger properties usually small holdings. They are located away from the main building on the property and are usually rented out.

South African Properties – Houses

Most of the houses in South Africa are single storey buildings with double storey buildings only recently becoming popular in South Africa as the demand for property increases. Styles of houses in South Africa vary a lot and they can have plastered, stone or brick external finishes.


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