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
    • 24 Sep 2016
      While buying a property is often an emotional decision, it should be approached with a businesslike attitude, with all the pros and cons being considered, as well as having a contract drawn up between shareholders in the property.
    • 23 Sep 2016
      Moving from one home to another can be a very stressful time involving plenty of admin and heavy lifting, decisions, packing, unpacking; the list goes on. “But there is one way to remove a little stress, and that is to make sure your goods are sufficiently insured while you are moving,” says Bertus Visser, Chief Executive of Distribution at PSG Insure.
    • 23 Sep 2016
      Much has been said about the attributes of living on a residential estate, and while lifestyle appeal is a crucial component, the fact is the sound investment value both in terms of capital appreciation and potential rental income also speaks volumes to property buyers across the country, says Dr Andrew Golding, CE of the Pam Golding Property group.
    • 23 Sep 2016
      Welcoming yesterday’s decision by the Monetary Policy Committee meeting to again hold the repo rate steady, Dr Andrew Golding, CE of the Pam Golding Property group, said that South Africa’s housing market continues to demonstrate maturity and ongoing resilience.
    • 22 Sep 2016
      Consumers throughout the country welcomed the decision made by the South African Reserve Bank to keep the interest rates unchanged, with the repo rate staying at 7% and the prime lending rate at 10.5%.
    • 22 Sep 2016
      A mere three hours from Cape Town and 90 minutes from the Garden Route, Prince Albert, an exceptionally beautiful Karoo town set against the backdrop of the Swartberg Mountains of the Western Cape, has over the years established itself as a leading country town.
    • 22 Sep 2016
      The idea of having a home built to their exact specifications is an exciting notion for many prospective homeowners. “However,” says Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, “although building a home does have numerous benefits, there are also several vital aspects that should be considered before the project is started such as cost, time and personal preference.”
    • 22 Sep 2016
      Downsizing from a large, freestanding property to a smaller, more manageable and secure home can provide several lifestyle benefits, says Glenn Norton, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Masters, whose office services Johannesburg’s Northern suburbs.
        
    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