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

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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,

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² beauty, lux­ury, af­ford­abil­ity and a life­style that is sec­ond to none,” he says.

Price:

R1,595m

Con­tact:

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...

A view over the Gary Player Black Knight­de­signed 18hole sig­na­ture golf course at the Langebaan Coun­try Es­tate.

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