Any country is definitely zoned into geographical zones guided by its civil planning. Civil planning will also have a bearing on residential planning hence location of a property is very important. Imagine buying a property and then told later it is located on an illegal area or location.
Zoning of residential suburbs definitely follows plans and Surveyor General Zimbabwe has laid down plans for each suburb.
This post will classify residential suburbs according to directions and this is being used by many estate agents to identify suburbs. For example Classifieds Zimbabwe uses the same model.
- Harare’s suburbs are normally classified into the following;
- Borrowdale Brooke,Glen Lorne, Avondale, Highlands, Mount Pleasant,Greystone Park,Helensvale, Crowhill Views, Chisipite
- Marlborough, Tynwald, Belvedere, Westgate, Bluff Hill, Mabelreign, Sandton Park, Avondale West, Milton Park, Madokero, Fairview
- Avenues, Harare City Centre
- Waterfalls, Hatfield, Mainway Meadows, Southerton, Cranborne, Prospect, Southerton, Willowvale, Prospect, Graniteside, Ardbennie, Braeside
- Greendale, Eastlea, Zimre Park, Mandara, Msasa, Manresa, Sunway City, Amby, Athlone, Rockview
Harare High Density
- Budiriro, Glenview, Kuwadzana, Highfields, Glen Norah, Warren Park, Mufakose, Snake Park, Marimba Park, Dzivarasekwa.
Factors to consider when choosing a residential suburb
- Potential of the suburb. Harare South is a classic example of a location that has suburbs that have potential. Hatfield and Waterfalls are old suburbs.
Hatfield is a residential suburb in the South of Harare, Zimbabwe. The suburb was laid out in 1920.
Waterfalls is the name of a residential suburb in the south of Harare, Zimbabwe. The neighborhoods within Waterfalls are Derbyshire, Grobbie Park, Houghton Park, Induna Park, Midlands, Mainway Meadows, Malvern, Parktown, Uplands and Shortstone.
Characteristics of the these two suburbs;
- Bigger stands– many of the stands average 3 000 square meters and some even stretch to 7,000 square meters. This has presented opportunities for subdivision, farming projects (greenhouse) and cluster houses. Take note these need regulatory approvals
- Old houses– many houses that are in these suburbs are now old and some dilapidated. This means the houses will need renovations and sometimes extensive.
- Maintenance- linked to a and b above, most gardens are unkempt and thus are characterized by overgrown trees and grasses. Additionally, water challenges emanating from City Council water problems. City Council water is erratic or in other areas no longer flowing through the taps
Upside of buying properties from these areas
Potential– properties in these areas are forecasted to increase greatly in value in the immediate future. If many forward thinking and young property owners buy and renovate these houses, the value of these areas will increase greatly.
Price negotiations– buyers have power to negotiate based on characteristics noted above
Old houses and maintenance.
Will share tips and list of suppliers of equipment and material used for maintaining these properties.
4. Closer to amenities –Shopping centers, schools, clinics and transport accessibility affect a neighborhood. Service providers should be close so that no much time and money is wasted looking for these. Some neighborhoods are so far away from time or have limited access by public transport. Do you need to travel for many minutes or hours to get to a shopping center?
Do you have young children? are you old? or still young and energetic? Being closer to amenities like clubs, libraries, sports clubs will influence.
5. Servicing – is the area serviced- developer should have fully developed the roads, water and sewer network and electricity. Some neighborhoods still do not have electricity and have incomplete roads many years after the developer sold the properties. Imagine additional costs of alternative energy for years?
6. Geographical hazards– there have been an increase of residential suburbs that are located in low lying areas and some even closer to streams and rivers. Calculate please the consequences of buying properties in such areas. At the time of buying, you might not foresee the effects. Flooding? Special foundations?
8. Neighboring suburbs– some neighborhoods are known for high crime or moral incidences and some are illegal. Being closer to such suburbs affect the valuation of your property and also may mean increased security risks. The best way to find out detailed information about the neighborhood crime statistics is to call the local police department. The police department should have information about specific neighborhoods, information regarding crime prevention, community policing, and more.
9. Registration and compliance– this is the most important factor especially for new suburbs. Many new suburbs have running disputes with city councils or “owners”. Before you commit first establish ownership and registration with city or town councils.
Check on ownership of the project and whether the developer has complied with all town planning and civil requirements. Easy way to do this is to use the internet to google and residential suburb. Obviously the results will not be conclusive but will give you a starting point. Also visit the offices of the project owners and ask for evidence and ask all necessary information. Do this even when you are not buying directly from the developers- someone who bought it directly from the developer is selling you.
Also visit Surveyor General Zimbabwe for the maps and related civil planning approvals.