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Overberg’s coastline holiday homes for nature lovers

05 Jul 2015

Three hours south of Cape Town, lies a little town called Cape Agulhas. This quaint town is one of several idyllic spots along the south coast of the Overberg, attracting nature lovers, fishermen, artists, families and seniors all looking for a quiet place to enjoy the fresh ocean air.

This two bedroom townhouse in Struisbaai has an open-plan kitchen and patio with built-in braai. It is selling for R1.2 million - click here to view.

According to Marthie Jones, franchisee of the Rawson Property Group’s Cape Agulhas franchise, the Overberg is predominantly a dairy, wool and wheat-farming area, but the coastal towns like Struisbaai developed as a result of an industrious fishing community.

Jones says fishing is still a big draw to the southern coastal area, as are the numerous nature reserves, national parks, hiking trails and museums. “It is a popular holiday region because of the relaxed lifestyle of most of the towns in this area, the clean air and all the healthy outdoor activities available. It’s also a low crime area, and within easy reach of bigger towns and cities, which makes it an attractive option for retirement-aged couples.”

While retirement purchases are popular, around 60% of properties in the Overberg South area are bought as holiday homes, typically by over 35s and families with children.

There are three distinct towns wrapping around the southern tip of the Overberg coastline - Suiderstand, Cape Agulhas and Struisbaai. They share many similarities, but each has its own defining characteristics attracting buyers and holiday visitors alike.

This property in Suiderstrand has three bedrooms, an open-plan kitchen and living room with built-in braai. It is on the market for R1.72 million - click here to view.

Jones says Struisbaai is the current crowd favourite, probably because it’s a little bit bigger than the other towns in the area, and has a small CBD with a selection of shops and restaurants. Particularly popular with fishing enthusiasts, Struisbaai’s picturesque old harbour, built in 1959, plays host to a colourful mishmash of holiday leisure vessels and charming wooden ‘chukkies’ - the traditional boats of the local fishermen.

For those who prefer to stay on land, however, there is also a 14km stretch of beach linking Struisbaai to the town of Arniston in the east, and a selection of national monuments to admire and explore, she says.

Properties in Struisbaai are varied, from vacant stands to houses, sectional title developments and an exclusive estate in the Agulhas Nature Reserve. Prices start at R195 000 for vacant stands, R795 000 for houses, and apartments at R490 000 and up.

Jones says Cape Agulhas is smaller and less developed than Struisbaai. People usually visit Agulhas to see the southern-most tip of Africa, but there’s a lot more to the town than just that. It has the second-oldest working lighthouse in South Africa, some tidal pools and rock swimming pools that are a favourite with kids, and some of the best shallow water fishing in the country. There’s also a small supermarket, a café and petrol station, and some nice local restaurants.

This 600sqm vacant land in Agulhas is priced at R950 000 - click here to view.

Agulhas properties are mostly limited to vacant stands and houses, with prices very similar to those in Struisbaai.

Even more isolated and remote than Agulhas is Suiderstrand, which boasts no shops or businesses at all - an integral part of what makes it special. “Suiderstrand is a nature-lover’s paradise. It is bordered by the Agulhas Nature Reserve and the ocean,” says Jones.  

Suiderstrand properties are mostly freestanding houses, with a selection of vacant stands as well, but there is also an exclusive nature reserve called Blue Bay with properties for sale. As in Struisbaai and Agulhas, you’re unlikely to find anything under R795 000 or R195 000 if you’re looking for vacant land.

Jones says they’re seeing an increase in the popularity of vacant stand purchases in all three towns, and it’s likely that the prices are going to start to increase. “For now, things are quite stable across all property types and there is plenty of stock, so it’s a good time to invest before the market picks up.”

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