Tem­per­ate south coast par­adise

Liv­ing in the sleepy sea­side vil­lage of Rams­gate in Kwazulu-na­tal is just the ticket to get away from it all. Lea Jacobs re­ports

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THE KwaZulu-Na­tal south coast, famed for its Blue Flag beaches and mild win­ter cli­mate, re­mains a top choice for in­vestors who, while seek­ing a re­laxed life­style, don’t wish to break the bank. The area, al­though a pop­u­lar hol­i­day spot, has be­come the place to be for those look­ing to get away from the hus­tle and bus­tle of metro liv­ing per­ma­nently.

Sit­u­ated about an hour from Dur­ban, the lower south coast is renowned for its un­spoilt beauty, golf cour­ses and the world fa­mous sar­dine run.

Rams­gate, a small sea­side vil­lage lo­cated near Mar­gate, is seen by many as one of the best ar­eas in the re­gion. Close to the main com­mer­cial cen­tre of the coast, Shelly Beach, the vil­lage is also home to one of the only pri­vate schools in the area, Southc­ity Chris­tian Schools that caters to chil­dren of pri­mary and high school ages. The vil­lage also boasts some of the best restau­rants in the re­gion.

“There is some­thing very ap­peal­ing about the vil­lage,” says Mike Knowles — owner of the lo­cal branch of the Dormehl Prop­erty Group. “Firstly, it is far enough away from Mar­gate to avoid the crowds that de­scend down here dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­sons. It has its own Blue Flag beach and is only 30km from the Wild Coast Sun Casino and Re­sort. There are ex­cel­lent fish­ing spots and four of the coun­try’s finest golf cour­ses.”

As with other sea­side towns around SA, the slow­down in de­mand for sec­ond homes has af­fected sales in the area se­verely. Light­stone statis­tics show that 79 free­hold homes were sold in the area last year — a far cry from the 300 that changed hands in 2005.

A to­tal of 18 free­hold homes have been reg­is­tered this year.

“Re­cent mar­ket re­search has shown that the aver­age sales price of prop­erty through­out most of SA is on the rise. How­ever, his­tor­i­cally, the south coast has al­ways taken a lit­tle longer to re­act to the mar­ket changes and as such the price of prop­erty in the area has not started to in­crease as yet. We be­lieve that this sit­u­a­tion is set to change in the short term.”

An award-win­ning prop­erty in Rams­gate has re­cently come onto the mar­ket. Set on a dou­ble con­sol­i­dated large 2,538m² stand above the ac­tual vil­lage, the prop- erty en­joys 180-de­gree sea views and won the builder a cov­eted National Home Builder Regis­tra­tion Coun­cil ( NHBRC) award when it was built in 2006.

“Al­though the prop­erty, which is zoned com­mer­cial, has been val­ued at R8m, the own­ers who want to re­lo­cate to Gaut­eng, re­cently low­ered the ask­ing price to R5.9m,” says Knowles.

The home mea­sures just un­der 1,000m² un­der roof. The main house boasts four en­trances — two ve­hi­cle and two pedes­trian — has four en suite bed­rooms. All of the bath­rooms fea­ture im­ported mar­ble, tiles and lis­tel­los. The kitchen is an en­ter­tainer’s dream and fea­tures solid beech wood and gran­ite fin­ishes. There is a sep­a­rate for­mal lounge and the fam­ily room has a large built-in braai. The prop­erty also boasts a sep­a­rate billiard room. The home has a fully self-con­tained, one-bed­room flat com­plete with a sun­deck, an ex­ter­nal laun­dry area and a four roomed flat/of­fice area with a kitch­enette and bath­room fa­cili- ties. There are two ex­tra-large garages as well as park­ing in­side and out­side the prop­erty for about 30 cars.

For those who are re­luc­tant to get their feet wet in the nearby ocean, there is a rim­flow pool as well as three balu wooden sun­decks where sun wor­shipers can take full ad­van­tage of the tem­per­ate cli­mate the area en­joys all year round.

The home comes equipped with a 6.5kw gen­er­a­tor and is sur­rounded by a cus­tom-made elec- tric fence. Top-notch se­cu­rity is ev­i­dent both in­side and out and in­cludes se­cu­rity beams. Most rooms are air-con­di­tioned and there are tele­phone and tele­vi­sion points in all the main rooms. There is wire­less con­nec­tiv­ity through­out and the land­scaped gar­dens are fully ir­ri­gated. Price: R5.9m Con­tact: Dormehl Prop­erty Group Mike Knowles 074 112 0522 Of­fice 039 312 1811

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