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Escape: Easy living and well-priced homes on the Sunshine Coast

20 Jul 2018

The Eastern Cape’s Sunshine Coast towns and villages are a haven for holiday and retirement buyers, and with Jeffreys Bay named as the popular Kwela Town of the Year, Gerrie Nieuwenhuis, Seeff’s licensee for the area, says a rediscovery of these beach lifestyle markets is overdue when you look at what is on offer.

Facing the waterways, this five bedroom, seven bathroom, home in Jeffreys Bay has a balcony, built-in braai and two TV rooms. It is on the market for R4.79 million - click here to view.

“The picturesque resort towns of Jeffreys Bay, St Francis Bay, Kenton on Sea and Port Alfred offer some of the best value in the country. Here, you will find epic waves, welcoming people, more sunshine, a healthy climate, the warm Indian Ocean with world-class beaches (many Blue-Flag) and an abundance of rivers and natural beauty,” says Nieuwenhuis.

He say Jeffreys Bay is a top ten global surf destination and annual host of the International Billabong Pro surfing competition.

“The latest FNB Holiday Towns House Price Index shows this sector enjoyed marginally better average house price growth of 7.5% in the first quarter vs 6.7% in Q4:2017, but Seeff’s licensees point out that the Eastern Cape growth has been slower and you can therefore still find excellent value here,” says Nieuwenhuis.

According Nieuwenhuis, it is no surprise that there is still an influx of semigration to the areas and that holiday-home buying had increased mildly.

“A big part of the market is retirement, and Deeds Office data shows that 70% of buyers are over 50, and most have lived here for ten years and longer,” he says.

This large double-storey house in Kenton on Sea has seven bedrooms, six bathrooms, two kitchens, and five reception rooms. It has a large game room and a built-in braai, ideal for entertainers. It is on the market for R3.5 million - click here to view.

“The area is accessible by road or air as you can fly into either George or Port Elizabeth and drive to Jeffreys Bay.”

Nieuwenhuis says the town is home to about 20 500 adults and is a water sport and adventure paradise, and there is also a 9-hole golf course. It offers plenty of facilities and amenities, including services, retail and shopping, restaurants and many boutique and surf shops.

“The property market has remained steady since 2014 with 788 transactions worth over R688 million recorded for the year to end-May. It is still mostly a buyer’s market and the banks are still tight on lending for the second-home market,” says Nieuwenhuis.

He says there is a shortage of rental stock, but as it is a low-income area, rates are always under pressure.

“Apart from sectional title and freehold property, there are also retirement villages to choose from. Apartments start at R500 000 to R3 million for a great position and sea views, while townhouses and houses start at around R1 million. Luxury homes range to R10 million.”

This modern, well-kept house in Port Alfred has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a double garage. It is selling for R1.96 million - click here to view.

He says Wavecrest offers sea view houses from R1.2 million to R3 million, and at Marina Martinique, a fabulous waterfront development, you can find houses overlooking the canals for R2.8 million to R5 million, and at Paradise Beach from R900 000 to R5.5 million for modern home opposite the beach.

“A little further south lies St Francis Bay which, according to Desireé Ferreira, Seeff’s licensee for the area, is fast becoming a playground for the rich and famous. The market has remained steady since 2016 with 202 transactions worth just under R325 million recorded for the 12 months to end May 2018,” she says.

“The bay includes Port St Francis, St Francis Bay, Cape St Francis and Oyster Bay. Fronted by the beautiful coastline and lying on the estuary of the Kromme River, the area is characterised by man-made canals and waterways, with stunning waterfront homes along with luxury beach and golf estate houses.”

It is now regarded as a luxury second home area, with prices reaching R25 million, Ferreira adds.

This house in St Francis offers three en-suite bedrooms and a double garage. It is on the market for R3.5 million - click here to view.

She says there are two golf courses, St Francis Bay Golf Course and the St Francis Links golf estate with its Jack Nicklaus-designed links course which ranks in the top ten countrywide.

“Set on rolling dunes, the estate offers mountain and sea views, a clubhouse with a restaurant, bar and Pro Shop and a selection of homes priced from R1.7 million to R9 million,” she adds.

“Waterfront homes in the area range from R5 million to R25 million, but you can find apartments overlooking the Port St Francis harbour or the Canals from R850 000. Houses range from about R1 million to R2.6 million on average.”

This double-storey house in Kenton on Sea has a nice view of the ocean. It offers four bedrooms, five bathrooms, five receptions rooms and a study. It is selling for R3.95 million- click here to view.

According to Simon Oliver, Seeff’s licensee for the areas, Kenton on Sea and Port Alfred lie about midway between Port Elizabeth and East London, and both are popular holiday and retirement villages.

“While the Port Alfred market slowed last year to 234 transactions worth just under R207 million for the 12 months to end-May, Kenton enjoyed a pick up since 2016 with 86 transactions worth just over R99 million recorded for the year to end-May,” he says.

“Both offer an abundance of waterfront property. Kenton is flanked by two rivers, namely Bushmans and Kariega, and Port Alfred by the Kowie River with the Royal Alfred Marina being a popular waterfront development.”

This four bedroom, four bathroom home in Jeffreys Bay has four reception room and two TV rooms, making it ideal for families of all ages. The home offers oceans and mountain views, and is on the market for R2.95 million- click here to view.

Oliver says Kenton is home to about 8 000 adults and Port Alfred to 19 700. As the bigger town, it offers excellent facilities including two hospitals, schools, shopping centres, two golf courses and a host of other leisure activities, including tennis and bowls.

“Near Kenton, you will find a number of malaria-free game reserves such as Kariega, Sibuya, Shamwari and Lalibela, all well stocked with game, and some of which boast the Big Five,” says Oliver.

“Prices in Kenton range from around R1.5 million to R2.5 million on average, but luxury riverfront homes range to R10 million. Port Alfred prices start at R500 000 for apartments and townhouses and around R800 000 for a small house. Luxury houses range from R2.5 million to R5.5 million and to about R12 million in the Marina.”

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