29 Jan 2013
A long the southern coastline of the Western Cape Province, stretching 150km from Mossel Bay to Plettenberg Bay is the Garden Route, a region known for its beautiful natural scenery, mountain backdrops and temperate climate.
“It is the aesthetic appeal of the area , along with the laid back lifestyle and multitude of outdoor leisure activities that have made this region one of the most sought after among holidaymakers and property investors alike,” says Schalk van der Merwe, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Eden, whose office services Wildness and the surrounding areas.
He notes that it is also why the original owners of Villa Sentosa chose this region in which to build their dream home: a property encompassing 32.4 hectares of land consisting mainly of protected indigenous forest, along with several hectares of open grassland for grazing plus a dam. Van der Merwe says the property offers investors the opportunity to acquire one of the premier properties on the Garden Route and is on the market for R13.95 million.
The property is privately situated on its own hilltop and is surrounded by forest and panoramic views over Wilderness National Park, the Serpentine and the Indian Ocean, he says. "The land above the property to the north is a private game reserve, meaning that the property is well protected from any potential future development ensuring privacy and the ultimate haven of tranquility.”
Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, says that properties within coastal areas are always attractive to buyers who place a high value on quality lifestyles, especially those that offer picturesque settings and beautiful views.
According to van der Merwe, the house was designed by South African architect, Peter Hattingh and was built in 1987. The home was recently refurbishedin a modern, light textured finish and is finely presented in its well finished, newly refurbished state, fully inclusive of furniture and fittings.
Encompassing approximately 1200sqm under roof, the open-plan living areas are expansive and bright with an abundance of covered and open terraces designed to suit all seasons and weather conditions.
The five double bedrooms, most of which feature outdoor decks or direct access to the large gardens, are all en suite and privately situated. Other features of the home include four living rooms, a bar, study, rooftop deck and garden with dining area, gazebo and daybed, under-floor heating in several rooms, gym with a Swedish Sauna and shower room and 12m salt-water swimming pool. There is also an adjoining flat and cottage on the premises.
Although Villa Sentosa is currently a family home, it lends itself towards various business or personal uses, says van der Merwe. "It has previously operated as a 5-star guest house and while it is a magnificent family home, the layout and striking views would make the property suitable as a boutique guest house, spa, equestrian estate, upmarket restaurant or recuperation centre – the options are endless.”
Located 5kmeast of the seaside village of Wilderness and a 15 minute drive from the region’s administrative and economic centre George, the property is ideally placed with easy access to a variety of amenities such as shopping centres, numerous quality restaurants, schools, hospitals and sports facilities. The 6km long Wilderness beach, as well as several other idyllically far removed but easily accessible beaches are within the home’s proximity. The George Airport is a convenient 20 minute drive from the property with regular daily flights to Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, along with international flights to regions across the globe.
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