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Escape to your own Cape South Coast getaway from R850k

03 Jul 2016

The little village of De Kelders, just north of Gansbaai and about 25 minutes’ drive from Hermanus, ranks as one of the most unspoilt coastal gems in the country.

This spectacular 564sqm architectural beach house is situated on the rocks with magnificent sea views throughout. It has four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms, and is selling for R15.855 million - click here to view.

With its beautiful rocky coastline and collection of architectural beach houses, some located practically on the rocks overlooking the ocean, it is indeed still a gem of the Cape South Coast, says Seeff agent, Marlene Uys.

“The name of the village derives from the unusual and distinctive geological features in the form of a series of underground caves or cellars beneath the cliffs - De Kelders being the Dutch word for cellars,” says Uys.

De Kelders lies on the shores of Walker Bay, world-famous for its whale watching during the June to September migration season.

“All-round, it is just miles and miles of fynbos and here, you are indeed very far from the madding crowd,” says Uys.

“Our rocks and sea caves are actually world-famous.”

Other attractions include the Walker Bay Nature Reserve and a number of trails such as The Klipgat hiking trail, a 7km trail that leads from the Gansbaai harbour along the shore to the entrance of the Walker Bay Nature Reserve and the famous Klipgat Cave. The Platbos Forest, Stinkhoutsbos and Duiwelsgat trails are also quite popular.

Uys says there are a number of guest houses here with lovely names like Whale Cove and The Oyster Catcher, along with a large contingent of second homes.

This two bedroom, two bathroom home is set in a walled complex in De Kelders, within easy walking distance to popular Stanford Cove Beach. It is on sale for R650 000 - click here to view.

“Although home to a number of top-end homes priced in the upper millions, there are still plenty of affordable options here for buyers,” she says.

“There is, for example, still plenty of vacant land up for grabs, priced below R300 000 and ranging to R600 000 - some even with sea views.”

She says houses start at around R850 000 for a more modest home, and range to about R3 million on average.

“Luxury houses, though, range to around R8 million, and as much as R16 million for a spectacular 564sqm architectural beach house situated on the rocks,” says Uys.

“It is quite something to see, and ticks all the boxes for the luxury house seeker. It boasts magnificent sea views throughout, and the whole front opens to a terrace and swimming pool that overlooks the ocean.”

Finishes include a unique feature indoor atrium with an electronically controlled roof that can open and close, Wi-Fi controlled air-conditioning throughout, underfloor heating in the bathrooms, wooden floors, porcelain tiles, beautiful bathrooms with the latest trendy fittings, a contemporary kitchen with gas cooking, integrated appliances, a pantry, scullery and laundry, two lounges - one with a fireplace, a study, games room and gymnasium, and enclosed patio with braai facilities, as well as garaging and an irrigated garden.

This three bedroom, two bathroom home for sale in De Kelders is situated close to the cliffs. It is on the market for R820 000 - click here to view.

“For busy city executives, this is the ideal escape - either for holidays, or as a semi- or even permanent home for those fortunate enough to retire in their 50s,” says Uys.

“In fact, our buyers are now mostly older, quite often in the 40 to 50-plus age range.”

As with most of the coastal areas, she says the market here has been quite active since 2012/3.

“Vacant plots have sold quite briskly, and there have been a number of houses sold in the R2 million to R3 million price range, to as much as R3.7 million, R3.8 million, R4 million and R5.3 million,” says Uys.

“The highest demand for houses, though, is still in the R835 000 to R2.5 million price band.”

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