Put down some roots in spec­tac­u­lar ‘surf city’

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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

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