When combining traits like modesty, classic elegance and prestige to a suburb a highly defined picture evolves. Add to these traits, sub-tropical vegetation and the Indian Ocean with white sunny beaches, then it has to be the idyllic seaside holiday resort or is this a seaside resort suburb?

Prestondale is one of the prestigious and highly sought after mixed residential use suburbs. Umhlanga, yes, Umhlanga has had a ripple effect on nearby suburbs which has brought with it stable growth and demand.

The mixed use of property in the suburb is not only residential but also second holiday homes and further the property usage comprises freestanding homes, apartments and townhouses. It is true that they cater for the well-heeled which is a prime market yielding good investment returns over a long period.

The architecture will have to match the status of Prestondale and this is true and then there are some conventional homes offering value for money.

Apartments tend to be contemporary modern catering for the younger well-to-do generation for both permanent residents and second holiday home owners alike. A laid back cosy lifestyle goes without saying and the location of Prestondale within the greater Umhlanga is relatively tranquil, more removed from the very busy seasonal tourists converging on the seaside resort over holiday seasons.

The removed location is of benefit when traveling to the office as Umhlanga is being developed along the same principals as Sandton with work and play being fused together for the well-heeled. This means residents of Prestondale do not travel far at all.

This is true for reaching private and public schools of which there is a fair number to choose from such as Umhlanga College, Hamptons Primary School, Atholton Primary School and Crawford Schools La Lucia.

Of course The Gateway Theatre of Shopping may have been developed and constructed specifically for residents to Prestondale to match the exclusive status and there are other malls such as Lighthouse Mall, Umhlanga Plaza and Umhlanga Centre catering for retail and entertainment.

Take a tour of the homes in Prestondale, Umhlanga, Durban North Coast via the Myroof web-site.

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