Buyers flock to Gansbaai to snap up beach houses

The village of Gansbaai that lies just south of Hermanus and stretches from De Kelders to Pearly Beach has experienced renewed interest from beach house buyers according to Seeff agent, Ronel Claassens.

Recent activity includes a number of sales in De Kelders around the R2 million to R3m price mark and in Gansbaai itself, ranging to about R3.6m.

Claassens says it has been a very busy summer for the village with holidaymakers flocking here from just about all over the globe, although it is still mostly South Africans that tend to holiday.

“The tide is turning though as the village gains world acclaim for its whale and shark spotting which is now regarded as some of the best in the world. Aside from locals looking to catch a glimpse of these magnificent creatures, we are now also seeing an increase in foreigners visiting our shores,” says the agent.

“The village has a typical laid-back coastal lifestyle and, while tranquil and a real respite from the city, is not short on leisure activities or facilities. The proximity of the village to the bustling town of Hermanus with its excellent infrastructure makes it a good choice for holiday home and retirement buyers.”

As with many of the southern Cape towns, Gansbaai has its origins as a fishing village. The scenery includes the Duynefontein Mountains and fynbos surrounds, cliffs of De Kelders and stretches of white sandy beaches.

Dyer Island, just off Gansbaai, is the breeding ground of the African Penguin along with cormorants and other sea birds. There is also Geyser Island which is home to about 60 000 Cape fur seals and, between the two islands is the area known as ‘shark alley’, home to a great many Great White Sharks.

Although activity has picked up in the village, Claassen says it still offers excellent value given its prime coastal setting and you can still find a few homes in the village for under R2m.

“Current stock includes a beachfront property for R3.4m. The property overlooks the small harbour and includes a timber home with three bedrooms and a garage suitable for a boat. We also have a few luxury houses priced at just under R5m,” says Claassen.

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