Put down some roots in spectacular ‘surf city’
FONDLY referred to as J’Bay by locals and loyal visitors, the Eastern Cape town of Jeffrey’s Bay boasts long stretches of golden sand and incredible waves from the Indian Ocean.
These waves are perhaps one of the reasons why Jeffrey’s Bay is best known for its spectacular surfing spots, including Kitchen Windows, Surfers Point and Supertubes, which is internationally acclaimed as being one of the world’s top 10 surf spots and is host to the International Billabong Pro surfing competition.
And while the recent contest put the spotlight on the “surf city”, home buyers from Pretoria, Cape Town and Bloemfontein are finding this coastal town an attractive option for relocation, says Keimpe Weistra, area principal for Pam Golding Properties.
“With three-bedroom, twobathroom homes available for purchase from R550 000, buyers from upcountry and the Cape are finding this an affordable and appealing location for permanent residence. This includes retirement buyers, the bulk of whom we find are moving from Bloemfontein. We find that home pur- chasers between 40 and 50 years of age are enquiring about good buying opportunities with a long term view to retire here. For a home with a sea view, doublestorey houses with four bedrooms are priced from R1,6m.
“We are definitely noticing more and more interest from buyers in Gauteng who relocate to Jeffrey’s Bay so the family can enjoy the quality lifestyle here while the breadwinner commutes weekly to Gauteng. Some of these buyers are also planning for their retirement years.”
For those buyers with families, there are good public and private schools in the area, amenities such as the new Fountains Shopping Mall and 24-hour Polyclinic medical facility. The Port Elizabeth airport is a 45-minute drive away, making it easier for professionals to commute.
Weistra says properties also in demand include beachfront homes, with market-related prices in the R4m-R5m price bracket.
Pam Golding Properties is marketing a beachfront home with four bedrooms, three of which have en-suite bathrooms. The property also includes a flatlet, and is priced at R5,9m. One of the main features of the home is its large, open-plan, enclosed deck with Jacuzzi.
“Beachfront properties such as this don’t come on the market often and the demand exceeds the supply,” says Weistra. “Other properties that are sought after are those on retirement estates, such as Eedenglen Retirement Estate, which offers excellent security and frail care facilities.”
He says buyers are also looking at properties that fit into the distressed bank sales category, and as with any property on the market, those that are realistically priced are those that are selling.
“Buyers recognise the value in any price range, not only in the lower brackets. A misconception has been created by those whose properties are listed on the market at unrealistic prices. The fact that there are numerous properties on the market is not a true reflection of the market as many of these are overpriced and have been on the market for long periods, many of them for over two years.” Price: R5,9m Contact: Pam Golding Properties Keimpe Weistra 042 293 2801