Still looking for a dream holiday or retirement home for your 2018 property bucket list?
Seeff has selected a round-up of quaint Cape coastal villages that offer everything that you could possibly want in a holiday or retirement destination. Best of all, you can still find property in the R1, 8 million to R3,8 million range and in most cases, close to the beaches and other attractions.
Whether you choose the West Coast or the Southern Cape Coast, Seeff says that the villages are generally within 2-4 hour’s drive from Cape Town with easy airport access. They all have a laid-back fishing village vibe with beautiful fynbos scenery, a rocky coast and kilometres of white sandy beaches where you can indulge in water sport from sunbathing, boating and yachting to surfing and fishing. In most instances, you can also indulge in whale watching over the June-November season and it is not unusual to spot a pod of Dolphins either.
Most are surrounded by nature reserves and stretches of fynbos and offer plenty of opportunity to indulge in leisure and adventure pursuits, from horse riding to mountain biking, hiking and birdwatching.
On the West Coast, just over an hour’s drive from Cape Town, you will find the largely unspoilt village of Yzerfontein, very popular with Capetonians as their weekend and holiday getaway, but Michelle Livingstone-Louw from Seeff says that it appeals to buyers from across the country as well as international buyers.
Despite the overall economic and property market decline, Seeff has enjoyed an excellent two years of trade in the area. Because of its close proximity to Cape Town, Yzerfontein has emerged as one of the most popular West Coast villages, despite its lack of commercialisation.
Prices range from around R2, 2 million to around R7,8 million for a large house with sweeping views of Table Mountain, Dassen Island and the Atlantic Ocean. The spacious home comes with double-volume living areas and stunning finishes including fireplaces and wooden floors, four lavish bedrooms, the master suite with a dressing room, walk through bathroom and uninterrupted sea and beach view’s as well as a separate self-contained guest cottage.
Just under two hours’ drive from the city, located on its own stunning bay, you will find St Helena Bay. Karin Holloway, an achiever agent from Seeff says that the town is situated along one of the richest parts of the ocean where the cold Benguela current surges upwards, bringing nutrient rich waters to the bay and an abundant sea life. Snoek and fish sold straight off the boats is just some of what you can enjoy here, she says.
The bay is popular for whales to visit and calve and from August to November annually, you can catch the Southern Right Whales and even Humpback whales. All around, you will find stretches of unspoilt nature; bucket list stuff indeed, says Ms Holloway.
Property prices are still accessible in St Helena Bay. An exciting option, is a new development offering Fisherman’s styled cottages, priced from just R692 000 for a two-bedroomed unit.
Closer to the city, is the ever-popular Langebaan with its stunning lagoon and yacht club and broad mix of property options priced from around R1,8 million upwards. Although it now boasts shopping centres, stunning holiday resorts and a new Curro School, it is still very laid-back.
A popular option for the golfing enthusiast’s bucket list, is the Langebaan Country Estate with its 18-hole Gary Player Designed, Black Knight golf course according to Jaco Coetzee and Marelize Huysamen from Seeff.
The estate includes a club house with a driving range and facilities for conferencing, restaurants, swimming pool, a gymnasium, tennis courts, bowling green and hiking and cycling trails. It is located next to the renowned West Coast National Park and it offers an outstanding quality of life with no pollution and an environmental consciousness according to the agents.
The surrounding fynbos and Renosterveld landscape lures wildlife such as bontebok, springbok, large varieties of South African tortoise species and abundant birdlife. Freehold properties (797 units) and Sectional Title (83 units). Houses currently sell for R9 000 - R12,000/m² depending on the location. In 2016, 157 units have been sold and in 2017.
Another stunning village that must make every property bucket list, is Witsand, about three and a half hour’s drive from Cape Town. According to Jo Attenborough from Seeff, the village offers something for every buyer and budget.
Aside from being an excellent holiday destination, Witsand is ideal for retirement buyers she says. In addition to the beautiful Blue-Flag beaches, there is also the Breede River where you can find river-view property. There are a number of developments to choose from as well.