Garden Route a ‘hidden treasure’ for foreign investors

While most foreign property buyers are still focusing on Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard and Johannesburg’s northern suburbs, the Garden Route is a “treasure trove” that is only slowly being discovered by the more adventurous.
“However, as a member of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) network, we can now reveal the exceptional properties available in this region to a huge international audience of potential buyers and really open it up,” says Antoinette du Toit, co-owner of the Chas Everitt international franchises in George and Oudtshoorn.

This modern family home in Oudtshoorn offers lovely views of the Swartberg Mountains and is for sale through Chas Everitt International for R2,735m. It has five bedrooms, three bathrooms, spacious living areas with fireplace, a separate study, an upstairs TV room with balcony and a beautiful kitchen. 

Recently invited to join LeadingRE, Chas Everitt International is already also participating in its luxury real estate programme, Luxury Portfolio International®, which showcases top-end homes to more than three-million high net worth individuals around the world and achieves more than US$44-billion worth of sales a year.
“This programme gives us access to award-winning online channels such as and hugely influential publications such as the Wall Street Journal,” says Du Toit, “and will enable us to show off the fabulous Garden Route lifestyle to potential buyers in a way that no other network could.”

She notes that George, for example, offers foreign buyers easy access via its own international airport, top class shopping, entertainment and medical facilities, and several of South Africa’s finest golf courses.
“We have The Links at the Fancourt Hotel and Golf Estate, which was designed by Gary Player and has been voted one of the world’s 100 greatest golf courses, as well as the Ernie Els signature course at the Oubaai Golf Estate - and five more top-rated courses in the immediate area, which already attracts many overseas ‘golf tourists’ every year.
“In addition, gated estates like Kingswood and the Kraaibosch Country Estate offer a luxury lock-up-and-go lifestyle which perfectly suits the needs of foreign ‘swallows’, who want to come to SA for six months of the year to escape the northern winters. And we are particularly proud of the exceptional architecture on offer in estates like Fancourt, where there are stunning homes on sale at prices from R13m to R42m.”
Meanwhile, Du Toit says, the peaceful rural town of Oudtshoorn, has already started attracting international buyers from Germany, Belgium and England who are often astonished at how much home they can acquire for R1m to R1,5m.
“We find that Europeans, especially, love the wide-open spaces they can enjoy all along the Garden Route, as well as the mild climate, spectacular scenery and real value-for-money, especially for those who are purchasing in euros, dollars or pounds.
“For example, we are currently marketing a magnificent four-bedroom home in the Oubaai Golf Estate that offers both sea and golf course views for just over R6m – which equates to just about US$500 000 or £300 000. You certainly could not buy the equivalent anywhere in Europe for that price.
“We are also currently marketing a nine-bedroom, four-star guesthouse in Oudtshoorn that would be a great business proposition for a foreign buyer at just R7,5m – or around US$625 000 or £375 000.”

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