Seafront is an at­trac­tion

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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

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