Call of the Gar­den Route

Plet­ten­berg Bay, one of SA’s most beau­ti­ful coastal lo­ca­tions, pro­vides the set­ting for this mod­ern res­i­dence

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Rob­berg Penin­sula is fa­mous for its Cape Fur Seal pop­u­la­tion, la­goons, es­tu­ar­ies and in­dige­nous forests

PLET­TEN­BERG Bay is renowned for its end­less white beaches, beau­ti­ful la­goon and river mouth, whale watch­ing, na­ture re­serve, pansy shells and night life, which makes it a pop­u­lar hol­i­day re­sort for lo­cals and for­eign­ers alike.

Fondly re­ferred to as Plett, the area is char­ac­terised by golden beaches and is home to Rob­berg Penin­sula, fa­mous for its Cape Fur Seal pop­u­la­tion, la­goons and es­tu­ar­ies, in­dige­nous forests and un­pol­luted rivers and sea.

Orig­i­nally chris­tened Bahia For­mosa, mean­ing beau­ti­ful bay, by early Por­tuguese ex­plor­ers, Plett has de­vel­oped into a mod­ern town that has man­aged to com­bine an ar­ray of ameni­ties and ac­tiv­i­ties with a peace­ful en­vi­ron­ment. So whether you are look­ing for lazy beach days, new malls for shop­ping, ac­tion ac­tiv­i­ties like div­ing, hik­ing and bungee jump­ing, Plett has it all.

Rob­berg Beach, where our fea­ture home is sit­u­ated, is pop­u­lar for long walks as it stretches for kilo­me­tres be­tween the Rob­berg Penin­sula and Bea­con Is­land.

De­signed and built by the present owner, it is set on about 1 174m² and well po­si­tioned within walk­ing dis­tance of the beach.

The home is north fac­ing with views of Whale Rock and Rob­berg Na­ture re­serve. Its 660m² floor space in­cludes an el­e­gant lounge and din­ing area that opens on to a shel­tered pa­tio that over­looks the de­signer pool and gar­den area.

Six bed­rooms, each with an en suite bath­room, a mod­ern, wellap­pointed kitchen and dou­ble garages com­plete this spa­cious, up­mar­ket home, where at­ten­tion has been given to ev­ery de­tail.

All rooms lead to an en­ter­tain­ment ter­race over­look­ing the at­trac­tive gar­den that fea­tures a salt-wa­ter pool.

Ex­tra fea­tures in­clude un­der­floor heat­ing through­out, an in­te­grated sound sys­tem, and wa­ter-fil­tered col­lec­tion tanks.

Rainer Loeb, of En­gel & Völk­ers, who is mar­ket­ing this home, says that sales vol­umes in the area have main­tained a con­stant level of per­for­mance and have not been af­fected by the cur­rent prop­erty re­ces­sion, al­though he says that the prop­erty prices gen­er­ally are be­tween 10% and 20% be­low the ask­ing price.

“Gen­eral de­mand is strong due to the ex­clu­siv­ity of this par­tic­u­lar area,” he says.

“Homes are sell­ing for be­tween R2,5m and R35m depend­ing on size, lo­ca­tion and in­vest­ment cri­te­ria. Most houses here are not older than five years and have been built and de­signed to in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.”

Knowl­edge Fac­tory’s SAPTG statis­tics in­di­cate that within the Rob­berg Beach area of Plet­ten­berg Bay 95% of prop­er­ties are full ti­tle and that they have an av­er­age erf size of 751m².

The pre­dom­i­nant price-band of prop­er­ties here is R5m plus, with the me­dian sales value sit­ting at about R9,2m.

Of the 434 full-ti­tle prop­er­ties in this area, 10 have been sold so far this year for an av­er­age value of R10,778m, com­pared with 13 sales last year for an av­er­age value of R6,25m — a 39% ap­pre­ci­a­tion over only a year.

The num­ber of sales how­ever has de­clined each year, down from 20 in 2005 to 10 this year.

“This area is con­sid­ered to be prime prop­erty in SA due to its prox­im­ity to the fa­mous Rob­berg beaches, views of the In­dian Ocean, the Outeni­qua Moun­tains, Plet­ten­berg Bay and Rob­berg Penin­sula. It also bor­ders the Rob­berg Vlei, fa­mous for its ex­cep­tional bird life,” says Loeb.

“This home can be used as an up­mar­ket fam­ily home or as an in­come-gen­er­at­ing guest­house. It will cer­tainly pro­vide the dis­cern­ing buyer with a life­style of the high­est in­ter­na­tional stan­dards, plus it has, with­out a doubt, out­stand­ing in­vest­ment po­ten­tial.” Price: R9,8m Con­tact: En­gel & Völk­ers Rainer Loeb 084 510 4501 Of­fice 044 533 6440

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