Seafront is an attraction
BACK in 1488, Bartholomew Dias threw anchor in the Bay of St Blaize or “Aguada de Sào Bras” as it was originally known. The town developed as a busy export harbour for wool, ochre and ostrich feathers. In 1601 the Dutch navigator, Paulus van Caerden, renamed it Mossel Bay, as he found that the mussels found here were a most welcome addition to the diet of his crew. The mussels still gathered in Mossel Bay each spring are rated by gourmets as amongst the finest in the world.
Today, Mossel Bay, which is known as the historical capital of the Garden Route, is a rapidly growing tourist destination. Situated halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, this coastal village and harbour is a busy summer destination as well as an ideal winter retreat.
Mossel Bay is a sportsman’s and waters sport enthusiast’s paradise as it has a wide variety of adventure sports facilities as well as golf, squash, tennis, bungee and bridge diving, indoor heated pools and horse riding to mention a few. For those who enjoy water sports, there is some of the country’s most adrenalin-filled activities available including shark cage diving, ship wreck diving, snorkelling and much more.
Keith Murray, area principal for Pam Golding Properties, notes that increasingly, home buyers who are drawn to the Mossel Bay area are high income earners seeking a spacious, upmarket refuge where they can kick back on weekends and entertain friends and family in style. “This sector of the market is prepared to invest from around R6m up to approximately R18m in the right home to suit their needs. We find that the trend towards big city dwellers migrating to secure coastal areas such as Mossel Bay remains clearly evident. This includes a growing number of professionals, entrepreneurs and executives who prefer a coastal town residence for quality of life for their children while they travel to the major centres for business purposes.
“The new co-ed, private school, Curro, is an added attraction to the area for high profile clientele,” says Murray.
He says those who’ve adopted this way of life, commuting regularly to Gauteng, are mainly those in the age group from the 30’s to late 50’s. “They seek homes mainly in excess of 800m², either in secure estates such as Pinnacle Point, Mossel Bay Golf Estate and Gondwana Game Reserve, or show a preference for beach-style living.”
Property types in Mossel Bay, according to information sourced from Lightstone, a property data and statistics provider, are equally divided between sectional title and full title, with less than 5% consisting of estates. The data also shows that 35,71% of recent buyers are aged between 36 and 49.
“A couple who recently sold a farm near Johannesburg to relo- cate here for a different lifestyle purchased an R8m home, gutted it and have purchased vacant land next door in order to build their dream home on a double stand of approximately 1 800m².
“At the end of the day, when finally completed, they will have invested in a luxury property in a prime location in central Mossel Bay, with scenic views of the bay, harbour and mountains which cater for their every requirement,” Murray says.
A common thread running through many of these large, upmarket homes is a major focus on lavish entertainment areas. At Gondwana Game Reserve there are homes where owners have built an entire entertainment area in the lower part of the house, including, for example, a bar, wine cellar, snooker table, big screen Tv/entertainment system with surround sound — even a pizza oven. A recent purchaser at Gondwana, who is expected to build a home of approximately 800m², intends incorporating a fully equipped wine cellar for the purposes of entertaining at home.
Currently Pam Golding Properties Mossel Bay are marketing this six-bedroom, six-bathroom home that has been well designed with modern elements that include tinted, triple volume glass windows. This home enjoys scenic views from the pool area with an undercover patio and braai area that leads onto the landscaped garden. This home also includes a number of special features such as a home theatre room, a bar, an intimate wine cellar and a gym. Pricing: R11,5m Contact: Pam Golding Properties Keith Murray or Denzil Kleu 044 6913844