select
|

ALTERNATIVE TO IMMIGRATION

 

South Africa’s high crime rate is one of the country’s foremost downfalls. Many South African’s who love the country, find themselves immigrating in order to once again feel secure. However, not everyone can afford to move abroad and some areas in the country are still a haven for those who wish to remain in the country long term. One such location is St Helena Bay on the West Coast.


 


 “The town has a low crime rate and few traffic jams. The bay is an all round peaceful place,” says Martie Nel, St Helena Bay resident and Fine & Country estate agent.


 


The bay is 150km from Cape Town, 37km from Saldanha and 27km from Vredenburg. Vredenburg has both private and public English and Afrikaans schools and a school bus commutes daily between St Helena Bay and Vredenburg. In addition to St Helena Bay Centre, the Marine Shopping Centre is currently under construction and due for completion in November this year.


 


Entry level home prices in St Helena Bay range from R850 000 to R1million, mid-level houses from R1,1million to R3million and top-end homes can fetch up to R7,8million. There are stands available in the area priced between R300 000 and R2million.


 


The bay also has a golf estate, Shelley Point, which has a club house, spa, restaurant, hairdresser and 9-hole golf course. A well known personality who owns property in this estate is Kobus Wiese. Fine & Country is currently marketing a newly built home in Shelley Point for R2 947 000. The house has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, an open plan lounge, dining room and a kitchen with separate scullery. It also has a double automatic garage and an outside balcony with braai area and beautiful sea views. At the nearby Sunset Lodge, there is a wellness centre, gym, heated pool, squash court and conference facilities.


 


The bay is one of only three natural bays on the world’s mainland coastlines and it is also recognised as one of the calmest bays in the world. St Helena Bay has the highest concentration of fish processing factories in South Africa. The eleven factories situated within the region are responsible for over half of the fish that is produced in the country annually.


 


“The Western Cape is a popular tourist destination. The tourism industry is a key growth sector in terms of investment, employment and less directly, the stimulation of the property market,” concludes Nel.



  Comment on this Article

  Please login to post comments

Post to my facebook wall
  
2000
Characters remaining


    Latest Property News
    • 25 Nov 2014
      It is often said that there are only three things to consider when purchasing property.: Location Location, Location! Inspired by the Greek villas of Antiparos. Dramatically situated on the rocks of Mykonos, Langebaan this unique location allows you to live your seaside dream!
    • 25 Nov 2014
      Leaving an old community can be difficult. On top of moving your possessions, selling your home, and saying goodbye to old friends, it can be hard to remember the things you need to do in order to set up the new life waiting for you in a new location. To make it easier, Elaine Chetty of Seeff Richards Bay offers a handy guide to make your move smoother.
    • 25 Nov 2014
      Betty’s Bay, the attractive small town set in the Kogelsberg Biosphere Nature Reserve, is still a largely undiscovered residential precinct.
    • 25 Nov 2014
      It is unbelievable that the most exciting time of the year is here again - planning and preparing for our annual year-end holidays. The inevitable destination would be your personal choice of either coast or mountains or game parks or international travel, or the modern trend of extreme-sporting venues.
    • 25 Nov 2014
      First-time home buyers moving up the economic ladder are now depleting the stock of small and medium-size homes for sale in Mbombela (Nelspruit).
    • 24 Nov 2014
      This family home situated in Glen Erasmia Boulevard, a residential security estate in Kempton Park is our Property Pick of the day.
    • 24 Nov 2014
      With only 17 plots now available for purchase in the final phase nine of exclusive Baronetcy Estate in Cape Town’s Northern Suburbs, buyers are adding considerable value to the development
    • 24 Nov 2014
      The sustained upswing in the South African residential property market is creating stability and optimism in an environment of investment uncertainty in the economy
        
    X
    Subscribe to the MyProperty Newsletter

    Name  
    Last Name  
    Email Address  
    Email Frequency
    select
    X
    Share this Page

       
    For Sale Property
    Rental Property
    More Options
    About
    Connect with us
    FEEDBACK