ALTHOUGH 32 townhouses are currently under construction in Hazendal and is set to be completed by the end of the year, the Bridgetown Civic Association say they know nothing about it.
A source at the association said they are unaware of the developments as they were not informed of it at all. However, Silvertown Civic Association supports the development of Hazendal Villas, saying they have "no objections".
Situated opposite the Methodist Church off Klipfontein Road, it offers easy access to major traffic routes and public transport.
Haroon Daya, marketing agent of Haroon Daya Properties, says this is their sixth development in the city and they selected Hazendal because of its "excellent location."
"It is central and a relatively safe area," he says. He adds that they also took a keen interest in uplifting and improving areas of Athlone.
"We wanted to be involved in the upgrading of the Klipfontein corridor and its surroundings."
The two and three-bedroom houses which boast lock up garages, electric fences, fitted hobs and ovens and built in cupboards within a security complex, are priced between R625 000 and R780 000.
The residentially zoned area, which is between 2,5 000 and 4 000 m2, has also attracted interest from people living abroad owing to advertising on the company's website and 12 units have already been sold.
"Tourists came to hear about the development and showed interest in purchasing," he says.
"We appreciate international interest and I realise that financially they will find it easier to afford but essentially we would like to give local people the opportunity to own their own home."
Daya also says that the purchasing of the property is open to the public and "highly affordable".
"An initial deposit of R10 000 is required and thereafter we arrange finance in terms of bonds for the client through Standard Bank."
In order to purchase, those interested require a joint monthly income of between R20 000 and R25 000 and have to currently be employed.
"At these prices we believe both first-time buyers and investors are being offered outstanding value for money."
Daya says that it will also be an investment in terms of the 2010 World Cup as the complex is closely situated to the Athlone Stadium.
"Public transport isn't a problem as it is near the taxi rank as well as the train station."
Daya says that buyers can also rent the property to students as it is close to both the University of the Western Cape as well as the University of Cape Town.
"I believe there is no better value on the market."
Athlone ward councillor Mustapha Murudker says that he "fully supports the initiative".
"I always welcome accommodation to our people as there is an acute shortage in our area," he says passionately.
"The location is obviously sought after as nowadays everything is about location, location, location - especially in terms of its proximity to the stadium. If people are willing to pay the prices, by all means, go for it."
Nazeem Khan, chairperson of the Silvertown Civic Association, shares Murudker's sentiment. "I absolutely support this. We are in support of any development in the area."