10 Oct 2012
Walter Bakker, marketing manager for Pam Golding Properties Sedgefield office, says Myoli beach must be the latest hotspot for sunbathing and beach activities.
“Having last year (2011) been recognised with international Cittaslow (Slowtown) status, Sedgefield is definitely attracting a broader cross-section of people both as holiday visitors and those seeking a more permanent, quality way of life,” he says.
Bakker says that although a fast-paced holiday destination may appeal to many in the younger set, they are drawing those who prefer a more tranquil location without overcrowding.
“Last summer we saw a younger crowd visit the town, including young families, singles and action seekers in search of sun sports and a variety of activities including kite surfing, wake boarding and surfing, among others.”
Sedgefield may not have plans for nightclubs or go-kart tracks, large malls or speedboats on the estuary, but there is still open space near Myoli Beach, which is a small suburb with the beach on one side and protected vegetated dunes on the other, and Cola Beach, which is a conservancy. “Besides the large vacant stands which can be acquired there are also sizeable tracts of protected land, which ensure the area retains its unspoilt appeal.”
Bakker says Myoli Beach came into being as a suburb in the late 90s and the prime located seaside stands with magnificent views – particularly from the neighbouring suburb of Cola Beach, were snapped up by locals and foreigners alike.
Time has moved on and with the worldwide economic slump, some who intended building their dream holiday cottages, mansions or retirement homes have had to reconsider their plans. As a result, there are currently some exceptional stands and homes available at prices last seen 10 years ago.
Sedgefield is being discovered by astute investors and holiday makers as a beautiful location that has all the activities they may want.
Besides beach sports, which includes a volleyball court, mountain biking, horse riding, paragliding and canoeing on the Swartvlei estuary, which runs through town and into the river mouth, are also available.
Bakker says a popular haunt is the beach bar on Myoli Beach, while the local lodge’s rooftop, which has a pizza oven and serves lighter foods, has become a favourite sundowner spot.
Visitors to Myoli Beach travel from all over the country, with the locals from nearby areas common throughout the year, while the peak holiday seasons attract visitors particularly from Cape Town and Gauteng.
Naturally, being a Cittaslow town, Sedgefield hosts its own Slow Festival, held each year over the Easter holiday period.
Bakker says there are currently some prime properties available which offer sound value for money. “Looking at Myoli Beach and Cola Beach and the building activities in these suburbs over the past year, there is visible evidence of these attractive Garden Route locations being discovered, and offering sound investment potential.”
A small apartment block, comprising of two bedroom, two bathroom units, as well as one bedroom units with en suite bathroom, on a stand of 1 490 square metres, is marketed at R2.187 million.
Bakker notes that approval has been granted to develop two more blocks of two units each on this erf, which will be situated behind the front block. “With the current shortage of rental properties in Sedgefield in general, and Cola and Myoli Beaches in particular, this offers the investor an opportunity for sound rental income.”
He says they are finding that demand for long-term rentals is mostly from those who are retired or families where the breadwinner works in a major centre such as Johannesburg and commutes weekly, or works in Knysna or George, while those who seek holiday rentals tend to be from the inland provinces, with the bulk being from Gauteng.
He says another property which is arguably the best buy in town right now is an 850 square metre stand with sea and mountain views, priced at R550 000 and just a five minute stroll to pristine Cola Beach, adjacent to the Goukamma Marine Reserve and a 10 minute walk to Myoli Beach and all its activities.
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