Hidden gem of Garden Route

LOCATED between majestic mountains and the Indian Ocean, the Garden Route is one of the most popular tourism destinations in South Africa. Area estate agent Mandy Meier says while towns like Knysna and Plettenberg Bay need no introduction, many still overlook the hidden gem of Mossel Bay.

“Mossel Bay lies about four hours from Cape Town and offers an outstanding climate, with close to 320 days of sunshine per year. The town also has world-class views, all amenities and facilities and provides unrivalled affordability when it comes to purchasing property.”

Meier says compared to other towns on the Garden Route, Mossel Bay is a bit off the beaten track, but still offers coastal living at its best and lower property prices.

She says at the moment her agency has on its books full title two-bedroom homes of 146m² , priced from as little as R410 000 in Heiderand and sectional title units priced from R440 000 to R550 000 in De Nova, central Mossel Bay and Hartenbos.

Meier says estate living is also much more affordable.

“An estate like the Mossel Bay Golf Estate offers magnificent property at more affordable prices than any other golf estate on the South African coast. This estate is the ideal base for upper income buyers who wish to utilise their property as a holiday home or even a place to retire to,” she said.

A spacious five or six- bedroom family home on a large stand with breathtaking sea views in Mossel Bay Golf Estate is priced between R4.7-million and R6.8-million. A similar home in an estate in Knysna can cost up to R12.5-million. The Mossel Bay estate also boasts many three and four- bedroom modern homes for under R4-million and older houses with up to five bedrooms for under R3-million.

The estate comprises 393 residential properties, ranging from attractive two-bedroom apartments to palatial six- bedroom detached houses, all located in a scenic, secure environment. About 93% of the estate consists of freehold houses, while 7% consists of sectional title units. The 18-hole golf course is unique in South Africa and one of relatively few courses worldwide where the ocean can be viewed from every hole. Since the beginning of this year six sales to the value of R11910-million have been made. Buyers are mainly locals, but holidaymakers of all ages show interest. Sales to the value of about R152-million have been made in the estate during the last five years. At the moment, an immaculate, double-storey, five-bedroom home with entertainment areas and a pool, situated in the Mossel Bay Golf Estate, is on the market for R2.995-million. The erf is 660 m² and the building is 410m². The home is frequently visited by the residential buck that roam the estate.

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