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Escape to the Western Cape’s ‘unspoilt’ Arniston

06 Oct 2019

The small fishing village of Arniston is located on the Cape South Coast close to Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa and just two-and-a-half hour’s drive from Cape Town.

This four bedroom, two bathroom home in Arniston, Western Cape, offers a balcony with sea views and enclosed garden. It is selling for R8.995 million - click here to view.

Quiet and unspoilt, it offers a laidback coastal lifestyle and choice of holiday properties. There are only about 1 174 permanent households as it is primarily a holiday village with many people owning holiday homes here, says Elaine Beyers from Seeff Bredasdorp/Arniston.

The village is renowned for its stunning white-washed fisherman’s style architecture which, along with the fabulous coastal location, makes it an artist’s and photographer’s dream destination.

This four bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom home in Arniston, Western Cape, has a wraparound balcony. It is on the market for R3.5 million - click here to view.

The average asking price for a home in the village with little to no views is now around R3.1 million, and for a sea view, expect to pay to around R8 million to R9 million. The highest prices achieved is R8.9 million for a home sold by Seeff in March 2017, and more recently R8.2 million for house sold by Seeff in April 2019. Vacant land sells for around R1.91 million.

Beyers says most properties now sell for 80% to 90% of the asking price, and only homes in mint condition or modern houses achieve the full asking price. Buyers come from all over the country, and the village also appeals to foreign buyers.

This home in Arniston, Western Cape, has six bedrooms, five bathrooms, a patio and built-in braai. It is selling for R3.5 million - click here to view.

Arniston is the only town which has a second name, being Waenhuiskrans (wagon shelter cliff) after a large low-tide sea cave, eroded in such a way as to resemble the structures used by settlers to house their oxen and wagons. The name ‘Arniston’ comes from one of many shipwrecks in the area.

The Arniston, which was on its way from Ceylon to England, sank in 1815 when it ran ashore due to heavy winds which destroyed its sails. It broke up on the sharp rocks of the Arniston Reef. It is regarded as one of the worst disasters, and only six of the original 378 passengers survived.

This five bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom home in Arniston, Western Cape, has an outdoor braai area and balcony with ocean views. It is on the market for R2.3 million - click here to view.

As with most of the Cape South Coast, Arniston it is a whale-watching hotspot and provides excellent water-based fishing.

There is a small shop for general commodities, with Bredasdorp about 24km away for all other needs. Other attractions include the popular Arniston Hotel which overlooks the ocean, the De Hoop and De Mond Nature Reserves, as well as the Agulhas National Park. Local restaurants include Wanda’s Waenhuis Restaurant, Mien’s Tea Garden and Willeen’s Kitchen Restaurant.

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