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