In heart of the West Coast

Michelle Swart finds out more about affordable ac­cess to the Cape West Coast

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LO­CATED close to the Langebaan La­goon and the well-known West Coast Na­tional Park, Langebaan Coun­try Es­tate is an easy hour’s drive from Cape Town. Mau­rice and Domon­ick Lodewick, bro­kers/own­ers of RE/MAX Life­style Es­tates Langebaan, say that this 450ha es­tate is lo­cated in a truly un­beat­able lo­ca­tion in the heart of the West Coast.

“Due to the un­par­al­leled value of­fered here, we find that more than 50% of our to­tal sales are within the Langebaan Coun­try Es­tate. In gen­eral, buy­ers are look­ing for a se­cure hol­i­day or per­ma­nent homes and pre­fer a newly built home in a se­cure and well main­tained en­vi­ron­ment that has ac­cess to a wide va­ri­ety of world class fa­cil­i­ties,” they say. “Es­sen­tially, they are buy­ing into the life­style and se­cu­rity that the es­tate is of­fer­ing. Even though the es­tate is still quite new, the growth we have seen has been truly phe­nom­e­nal on com­pleted homes.”

Fa­cil­i­ties on the Langebaan Coun­try Es­tate are plen­ti­ful and cater to a wide va­ri­ety of needs. The pièce de ré­sis­tance is, of course, the Gary Player Black Knight-de­signed 18-hole sig­na­ture golf course. It has well-po­si­tioned bunkers and his typ­i­cal rout­ing for all lev­els of golfers. Throw in some amaz­ing nat­u­ral rock for­ma­tions, the large wa­ter fea­ture sep­a­rat­ing the 10th and 18th fair­ways, and the nat­u­ral wild flow­ers, birdlife and a va­ri­ety of buck species, and you have one of the top golf cour­ses in the West­ern Cape.

Over and above the abun­dant nat­u­ral fauna and flora and the golf course, the Lodewicks say that there are lots of other fa­cil­i­ties to cater for ev­ery need, in­clud­ing bowls, a driv­ing range, chip­ping greens, putting greens, a 9-hole mashie course, ten­nis courts, a kids’ play­room and jun­gle gym, a pro putt course, 12km jog­ging and cy­cling tracks, club houses, bi­cy­cle rentals, a restau­rant, a ladies bar, con­fer­ence fa­cil­i­ties, ac­com­mo­da­tion, a pro shop, a driv­ing range, a swim­ming pool and a health spa.

The es­tate is well known for its low-den­sity hous­ing plan, which is clearly ev­i­dent in the vast open pub­lic ar­eas that char­ac­terise the es­tate. Of course, the se­cu­rity is in line with the best that is cur­rently on of­fer. “The es­tate is guarded and se­cured by A-grade ADT se­cu­rity, 24-7 of­fer­ing res­i­dents peace of mind whether they live per­ma­nently on the es­tate or only visit for hol­i­days. This is an ideal so­lu­tion for in­vestors look­ing for a lock-up-and-go hol­i­day home.”

The ask­ing prices for homes start from R800 000, this for twoto three-bed­room apart­ments, while two-to three-bed­room du­plex town homes start at R1,1m, three-bed­room clus­ter free-stand­ing homes start at R1,095m, while three-bed­room free-stand­ing homes lo­cated on the fair­ways start at around R1,6m.

RE/MAX Life­style Es­tates is cur­rently mar­ket­ing new, 175m² three-bed­room, two-bath­room homes over­look­ing the 8th fair­way priced at R1,299m. The home has ex­cep­tional fin­ishes, as well as a well pro­por­tioned open-plan lounge, din­ing room and kitchen area, an en­closed pa­tio with a built-in braai, a dou­ble garage and a sep­a­rate out­door court­yard.

The prop­erty is be­ing sold on a plot-and-plan ba­sis and clients are able to view the show house to get an idea of what the fin­ished prod­uct will look like. In­vestors can buy di­rectly from the de­vel­op­ers, thus sav­ing on trans­fer costs.

The Lodewicks note that there are al­ready 300 homes built on the es­tate. Free-stand­ing fair­way stands vary from 650m² to 1 300m², the apart­ments mea­sure 114m² and the free-stand­ing homes range from 175m² up to and ex­ceed­ing 500m².

Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of South­ern Africa, says: “Be­cause prop­er­ties on the Langebaan Coun­try Es­tate ap­peal to a wide va­ri­ety of po­ten­tial buy­ers, from Cape Town-based fam­i­lies look­ing for a hol­i­day get­away, or one that wants to move to the West Coast per­ma­nently, a buy-to­let in­vestor, or a hol­i­day home for a for­eign in­vestor — this es­tate has all the life­style and re­tail trap­pings, bal­anced with a healthy dose of nat­u­ral scenery and wildlife, to make it a prime in­vest­ment choice.”

The es­tate is lo­cated close to Sal­danha, iden­ti­fied as a growth hotspot in the area with re­gards to the po­ten­tial de­vel­op­ment sur­round­ing iron ore mines, gas har­vest­ing and wind farms. Con­tact: RE/MAX Life­style Es­tates – Langebaan 022 772 0752

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