WC's Whale Coast not unaffordable

26 Sep 2008

The coastal road from Gordon's Bay to Hermanus is one of the country's most scenic routes, and it's no surprise that the small towns scattered along the way are hugely popular as holiday getaways.

They are known not only for their relaxed seaside lifestyle and whale-watching opportunities, but also for the numerous luxury homes which pepper the landscape.

But, says Pam Golding Properties' (PGP) managing director for the Boland Overberg region, Annien Borg, it would be a mistake to think that the market here is only for the ultra-rich, or those in search of top-end holiday homes.

"There are plots priced from as little as R300k for 600sq m, apartments from R400k, and two- or even three-bedroomed homes priced from as low as R750k," she says.

Along this stretch of so-called "Whale Coast", the town of Pringle Bay is situated closest to Cape Town – within an hour's drive of the city, and therefore enviably placed for weekend getaways and easy access from the airport.

PGP's area manager Mike Bisset says one can obtain plots from as little as R310k for a 600sq m erf, with prices going up to around R1,2m for vacant small holdings of around eight hectares. Entry-level homes can be purchased from around R700k, while three-bedroomed houses nearer to the beach come in at a very reasonable R1,4m or so.

"A thriving village centre has developed, and there is now access to numerous restaurants, a post office, delis and an internet café, as well as nursery and junior schools, and a volunteer ambulance service. Major medical facilities are available close by in Somerset West, making this an attractive option for retirees – especially given the number of small single storey cottages in the town. Security is a major selling point as well – with only a single entry and exit point, there is very little crime in the area."

A short distance further along the coast lies Betty's Bay, a 15km stretch of village sandwiched between mountain and ocean, offering both seaside and lakeside properties. Bisset says entry-level houses can be obtained here from R680k, with larger family homes priced from R900k to R1,5m, depending on proximity to the beach.

In Kleinmond itself, houses are available from as little as R850k for a three-bedroomed family home, while one can obtain a one-bedroom apartment from just R400k. There are numerous vacant plots available, priced from around R300k, including several within the town's secure golf course development.

In addition to doctors, pharmacies, gyms, a post office and four shopping complexes, Kleinmond also offers sporting facilities, two primary schools and three government schools, making it an attractive option for family buyers. Retirees can also purchase within the Kogelberg Retirement Village, which has a frail care facility.

Onrus and Vermont have grown tremendously over the past decade, and as satellites to Hermanus, have easy access to that town's major shopping, medical and educational facilities. PGP area manager Adrian Kuiper says they offer excellent opportunities for entry-level buyers, with plots available from R425k and homes from around R995k – this for a three-bedroomed house with two bathrooms and a sizeable garden.

Hermanus itself is the thriving hub of the Whale Coast, popular with holiday makers and retirees. Plots can be obtained in the Fernkloof Golf Estate from R800k, while on the Voelklip / Hermanus Heights side, a 500sq m erf will cost around R1,2m. Small apartments close to the city centre start at around R450k, while holiday apartments within secure resorts such as the Beach Club start at R600k for two bedrooms.

A one-bedroomed cottage in a security estate can set you back anything from R1,4m, while three-bedroomed houses on the Westcliff side of town, popular with permanent residents, can be obtained from around R1,5m upwards. The town has a good local school, excellent medical facilities and dozens of shopping and restaurant facilities.

On the eastern end of Walker Bay lie Gansbaai and its numerous satellite villages such as De Kelders, Franskraal and Kleinbaai. This area has seen a large number of new developments erected in recent years, and as a result, there are numerous plots available, priced from around R385k for 600sq m.

One can obtain a two-bedroomed house on a sizeable plot for just R765k, and there are numerous opportunities to acquire three- or even four-bedroomed homes at around the R1m mark.

Image 1: This home in Pringle Bay is on the market at R1,435m.

Image 2: This home in Onrus is on the market at R1,195m.

Image 3: This family home in Westcliff, Hermanus, is on the market at R1,5m.

For more information contact Adrian Kuiper on 021 848 9612 or send an email.

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