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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.



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