25 Oct 2012
If you’re in the market for a seaside home, then Mossel Bay ticks all the boxes. What sets it apart from other destinations is the range of activities for holiday makers, modern infrastructure and the wide selection of property options to suit every budget.
This is according to Seeff licensee, Lulu Theron, who says even though Mossel Bay is developing rapidly and resident numbers are growing, it still has its quaint coastal qualities and offers a peaceful seaside escape and, it is especially family-friendly.
It has one of the mildest, year-round climates in the world, a warm sea and is conveniently located midway between Cape Town, which is a four hour drive away, and Port Elizabeth with the George Airport 20 minutes away.
With the Outeniqua Mountains in the background, stunning beaches, of which the main one, Santos, has Blue Flag status, a variety of water sport activity, as well as championship golf courses, it has everything you could need, she says. Mossel Bay has a rich history that includes heritage architecture and sites plus several museums. The town is also popular with anglers, is famous for its mussels and oysters and offers some of the best Whale watching and seal spotting in the country.
Theron says with demand and property prices remaining sluggish, now is a good time to buy, provided that you have the financial means to sustain any economic ups and downs and take into account the costs associated with a second home. On the plus side, you can always rent it out.
According to the latest tourism figures, she says the town hosts between 50 000 and 60 000 overnight visitors during the peak holiday season, so there is always the added option of using the services of a professional rental agent to generate additional income.
There is a selection of good quality holiday apartments priced from R380 000 and homes from R600 000, says Theron. "Buyers looking for a sea view or seaside location, would have to pay more for apartments that can range to R600 000 and homes to R1.8 million, depending on the location."
If you don’t want to be in the town, there are a selection of small coastal villages located just outside of town. There is also plenty to choose from for upper income buyers, from luxurious penthouses priced at R4.5 million to beach houses priced at R4.5 million and exclusive estate homes from R3 million.
Real estate agent, Elna van Niekerk says the small villages of Vlees Bay and Boggoms Bay offer holiday homes and exclusive beachfront properties. Prices start at R1.4 million and range to R7 million for a waterside location with direct beach access. Dana Bay is a popular choice, she says. It is situated in a conservancy area on the shoreline of the Bay of St Blaize and most of the properties have sea views. Studio apartments with balconies start at R350 000, while three bedroom units start at R1.5 million, depending on location.
Wooden cottages are priced from R650 000 and holiday homes from R2 million to R5 million for homes with direct beach access. There are also some sea-view plots on offer, priced from R250 000 to R1.25 million for a waterside location, she says. Duettes, which are two semi-detached homes on one plot, are a popular property option and are priced between R650 000 and R2 million depending on the location.
Upper income buyers looking for an exclusive coastal estate home can look at the low-density residential developments that lie between Dana Bay, Boggoms Bay and Vlees Bay (Moquini, Fishermans Village, Nautilus and Springerbaai). Exclusive homes are priced from R3 million, but can range up to R20 million. There is also still some vacant land available, priced from R1.3 million for a 6.316 square metre plot.
Agent Frans Brits says buyers who are looking for a central location could look at the town centre and around the main Blue Flag beach, Santos. The area is popular with families and retirees who want to be close to conveniences and medical facilities such as The Bay View Hospital. Housing options range from family homes priced at R1.2 million on average to retirement village homes priced from R700 000. Apartments are priced upwards of R380 000, he says.
Diaz Beach, on the way to Hartenbos, offers stretches of sandy swimming beaches, hotels, restaurants, waterfront facilities and a mix of holiday apartments, villas and homes, says agent, Johan Badenhorst. Small sea-view apartments start at R600 000, but range up to R4.5 million for a penthouse with panoramic sea views.
Agent Susan Bezuidenhout says Bay View offers a mix of freehold property priced at R1 million, though beachfront properties can range up to R7 million. Hartenbos remains one of the most popular coastal holiday destinations with a mix of old and new homes, priced from R800 000 for an apartment to R5 million for a seaside home.
About 15 kilometres outside the town towards Port Elizabeth are coastal villages such as Little Brak and Groot Brak, says agent, Danie Grobler. The area is situated on a ridge that runs parallel to the shoreline with holiday apartments and homes that have sea views on the southern side and views of the valley and mountains on the northern side. Prices range between R750 000 and R3 million.
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