Get closer to nature
Property investors are drawn to Langebaan because of its white sandy beaches and idyllic seaside lifestyle. Michelle Swart finds out more
ESTABLISHED in 1922 as a whaling station, Langebaan was the site of two sea battles and a visit in 1863 from the notorious warship Alabama, regarded as the most feared battleship in the fleet of the Confederate States of America.
Located at the edge of the Langebaan Lagoon on the Cape’s west coast, it has become a haven for nature lovers and water sport enthusiasts. Bird-watchers are drawn to an area with more than 300 different species of birds migrating through the region annually. Throughout the spring flower season the area is alive with colour as wild flowers bloom across the countryside. During winter and early spring it is possible to catch a glimpse of a Southern Right Whale in the lagoon where they return to calve each year.
Maurice Lodewick, broker/owner of RE/MAX Lifestyle Estates, says: “The beauty and lifestyle in Langebaan has attracted many family buyers to the area. Approximately 80% of the investors that are looking to purchase property in this region are looking for family homes. No industrial development is allowed in Langebaan, which protects the environment and makes the area a good option for families, as it lends itself naturally to family living and recreation. The mild climate and protected waters of the lagoon make Langebaan a popular area for activities around the water, such as kayaking, kite surfing or fishing.”
Lodewick says that buyers benefit from the out-of-town lifestyle while enjoying all the amenities of a metropolitan hub. It has excellent medical facilities, private schooling and a low crime rate.
Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, says: “There has always been a strong demand for property in coastal areas that offer picturesque surroundings and proximity to high-end facilities. These areas generally offer buyers a good return on their investment.”
According to Lightstone, a property statistics and data provider, 40% of recent buyers in the area are aged between 36 and 49.
Lodewick says homes that are in the highest demand among family buyers are those that are close to the lagoon, in secure estates and with entertainment areas and gardens. The main price band is between R1,4m and R1,8m.
He says that investors to the area can expect a 3% to 8% annual growth in the value of their property.
The 450ha Langebaan Country Estate is close to the lagoon and the West Coast National Park.
“We find that more than 50% of our total sales are in the 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 with access to a wide variety of facilities. Essentially, they are buying into the lifestyle and security that the estate offers. Even though the estate is still quite new, the growth we have seen on completed homes has been phenomenal,” says Lodewick.
The estate has a Gary Player Black Knight designed 18-hole signature golf course, 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, a 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 open public areas. The estate is guarded and secured by ADT security 24 hours a day, seven days a week, offering residents peace of mind whether they live permanently on the estate or visit for holidays. It is seen as an ideal solution for those investors looking for a lock-up-and-go holiday home that they don’t have to worry about when they are not there,” says Lodewick.
Furthermore, Lodewick says that the estate is located close to Saldanha, which is targeted as a growth hotspot in the area because of potential development surrounding iron ore mines, gas harvesting and wind farms.
“Langebaan Country Estate has it all — huge potential for future growth of your investment,
² beauty, luxury, affordability and a lifestyle that is second to none,” he says.
RE/MAX Lifestyle Estates Maurice Lodewick 082 878 8289 Office 022 772 0752
This home in the Langebaan Country Estate is set on a 716m stand and measures 210m under roof. It features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, one of which is en suite, a kitchen and scullery with granite counter tops, an open-plan dining room and lounge with a fireplace, and contemporary fittings.
A view over the Gary Player Black Knightdesigned 18hole signature golf course at the Langebaan Country Estate.