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Seaside sanctuary: Discover the West Coast’s ‘best-kept secret’

17 Oct 2018

With only a limited number of coastal nature reserves with housing estates available along the West Coast, these tend to be very popular as they offer the best of beach and pristine nature reserve living.

This four bedroom, four bathroom villa in the Jakkalsfontein Nature Reserve has a formal and informal dining area, both with floor-to-ceiling fireplaces and ocean views. The home has many unique design features, and is on the market for R16.5 million - click here to view.

This is according to Cynthia Cousins, Seeff’s agent for Jakkalsfontein, who says the 1 700ha Jakkalsfontein Cape Coastal Nature and Beach Reserve, for example, ranks among the best-kept secrets for its stunning location and nature living. Much like Martha’s Vineyard, it is characterised by houses set among the dunes, she says. The estate has won awards for its conservation efforts. It is about an hour’s drive from Cape Town on the way to Yzerfontein.

This four bedroom, four bathroom beachfront home in the Jakkalsfontein Nature Reserve has 180-degree views from Table Mountain to Dassen Island. It is on the market for R6.95 million - click here to view.

The estate has a 4km private beach and is home to 107 houses clustered close to the beach. The estate is fully enclosed with restricted access and excellent security. The houses are styled like overturned fishing boats with white-washed exteriors and green roofs. Most come with beautiful beach house interiors, open rafters and American shutters for the ultimate beach lifestyle.

This three bedroom, two bathroom home in the Jakkalsfontein Nature Reserve has been designed for off-the-grid living, and has a braai area, double-volume living areas and ocean views. It is selling for R5 876 200 - click here to view.

Cousins says the estate is characterised by its wide selection of fynbos and strandveld, abundance of birdlife and roaming buck, including grysbok, steenbok, duiker, ostrich and even lynx. There are lovely hiking, cycling and horse riding trails in the estate, as well as a resort centre with a clubhouse, 25m solar-heated swimming pool, tennis and squash courts and play area for children. As with the rest of the West Coast, the estate turns into a flower carpet during spring.

This architect-designed beachfront home in the Jakkalsfontein Nature Reserve has five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a study, loft area and patio with beautiful views. It is on the market for R5.95 million - click here to view.

The houses vary in size, and prices range from around R4 million to R7 million on average for a beautiful beach house with four bedrooms suites, quick beach access and 180-degree views from Table Mountain to Dassen Island and Yzerfontein. The estate has a top price of around R16.5 million. It appeals to a broad range of local and international buyers looking for residential and holiday homes, and is also popular for rental properties. Property values have appreciated by around 40% to 60% over the last five years.

Yzerfontein and Darling are close by for medical emergencies and basic necessities, while the Blouberg/Parklands area is just over a half an hour’s drive away, says Cousins.

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