The call of the coast

COASTAL locations remain a destination of choice for many holidaymakers seeking to rent leisure property, says Greta Daniel, national sales and operations manager for a leading estate agency.

In Cape Town, the Blouberg area is very popular for its views of Table Mountain, long sandy beaches and water sports. All other amenities are close by, including restaurants, nightclubs, excellent medical facilities and a reliable and safe bus service to Cape Town CBD and the V&A Waterfront.

In the Blouberg area, a variety of one and two- bedroom apartments and three-bedroom homes are available at daily rates from R750 per day out of season to R1500 a day during season for two-bedroom units.

Rates are affected by the specific block, area, finishes, furnishings and views. Apartments or houses with sea and/or mountain views are in high demand, with close proximity to the beach being the next priority. In addition, there is always a demand during the season for better priced options as visitors arrive. Usually the stays range from three weeks up to three or four months.

In Port Alfred, the most popular location is the Royal Alfred Marina, with its easy access to the canal and river, followed by beachfront property or accommodation within walking distance of the beach.

Says Daniel: “Rates range from R1800 per day for an average three- bedroom, two-bathroom home and R2550 for a beachfront property, to R5500 per day for a seven-bedroom marina home. The average daily rate for a marina home is R3800.” She says in nearby St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis, holidaymakers usually stay between 14 and 21 days.

“We usually find two to three families coming here to spend time together, along with a mix of grandparents, parents and children.”

Prices range from around R1500 per day for a basic three-bedroom or one-to-two bathroom cottage in Cape St Francis, or a one-to-two bedroom flat in St Francis Bay, while for R9000 per day one can rent a five-to-eight bedroom, prime-situated home on the St Francis canals.

In Knysna, the January/ February/ March season is popular among overseas visitors, who tend to stay for up to three months, while longer term “swallows” from Europe are usually here for the summer, from November to April.

Popularlocations are The Heads, Thesen Island, Leisure Isle and Pezula golf estate.

Daily rates are from R3500 to R7000 per night ranging from three-to-five en suite bedrooms in luxury, self-catering accommodation. For overseas visitors who stay for months at a time monthly rentals range from around R15000 to R30000 per month.

In Mossel Bay, leisure properties, many of which are within walking distance of the beach, as well as entertainment activities in the Hartenbos area, range from apartments at R1200 per day, with three-bedroom, two- bathroom apartments and also houses at rentals from R2200 per day.

On estates such as Pinnacle Point Beach & Golf Resort daily rates can reach R4000 a day for a four-bedroom, four- bathroom, freestanding property, although there are four-bedroom, four- bathroom lodges and villas at Pinnacle Point that are available from R1800 per day upwards.

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