31 Dec 2012
Showcased as the Heart of the Eastern Cape’s Sunshine Coast, the town of Port Alfred boasts beaches, top-class shopping malls and healthcare facilities, and homes in secure estates are priced from R2.5 million.
Located halfway between Port Elizabeth and East London, Port Alfred has the Fish River Sun with a Gary Player-designed golf course and is home to a boat harbour, an international hospitality university as well as the renowned 43 Air School - a world-class training facility for pilots and air traffic controllers.
A premier housing estate is the Royal Alfred Marina, set alongside the Kowie River. Warwick Heny, broker/owner of RE/MAX Kowie, which handles property sales, holiday and long term rentals on the Royal Alfred Marina, says it is set on a 45 hectare private estate within the Kowie River Estuary and is made up of five islands that are linked by bridges.
Heny says the estate was originally divided into 360 freehold stands, but many have now been consolidated, resulting in fewer but larger and more exclusive stands.
The stands vary from 500 square metres to 900 square metres or more on some sections of the Marina and Heny says each stand has water frontage onto the canals, and is therefore allowed to have a private jetty from where residents can head out of the Kowie River Mouth and into the Indian Ocean.
Residents can also enjoy navigating the Kowie River along with water sports such as canoeing, angling and water-skiing.
The Royal Alfred Marina has a clubhouse, two swimming pools, a floodlit tennis court and a squash court for use by residents. Security measures include electric fences around the estate with 24-hour patrols by security guards.
In addition, it has just been awarded Blue Flag Status. Marinas are awarded the Blue Flag based on compliance with 24 criteria covering environmental education and information, water quality, environmental management and safety and services.
“The coveted Blue Flag will be raised for the first time at the Marina during the 2012/13 Blue Flag season,” says Heny.
Buyers are typically those looking for a high quality, safe lifestyle, with many residents and buyers being business people who are happy to commute, as well as retirees. Boating and fishing enthusiasts will find the Royal Alfred Marina a very attractive property investment option, he says.
Homes within the Royal Alfred Marina have a minimum of three bedrooms and range in price from R2.5 million to R 15 million.
RE/MAX Kowie is currently marketing a designer home within the Royal Alfred Marina, for R6.45million.
It is situated on a wide, north-facing Marina stand and has been designed with four bedrooms, three of which include ensuite bathrooms. Special features include the fantastic views from the patio and bedrooms, a built-in braai and a fireplace.
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