Living it up in Langebaan

Established in 1922 as a whaling station, Langebaan is rich in South African history. Many significant historical events occurred in the region over the decades, including two sea battles and a visit in 1863 from the notorious warship, Alabama, which was regarded as the most feared battleship in the Confederate States of America’s fleet.

Since the whaling stopped in 1960s, Langebaan has been transformed into one of the most sought-after holiday destinations and property investment areas along the Cape’s Western Coast. Located at the edge of the Langebaan Lagoon, it has become a haven for nature-lovers and water sport enthusiasts alike.  Many bird-watchers are drawn to the area with over 300 different species of birds migrating through the region annually, and throughout the spring flower season the area is alive with colour as wild flowers bloom across the countryside. During winter and early spring it is possible to catch a glimpse of a Southern Right Whale in the lagoon where they return to calve each year.

“The beauty and lifestyle in Langebaan has attracted many family buyers to the area. Approximately 80% of the investors that are looking to purchase property in this region are looking for family homes. No industrial development is allowed in Langebaan, which protects the environment and makes the area a good option for families as it naturally lends itself to family living and recreation. The mild climate and protected waters of the lagoon make Langebaan a popular area for activities around the water, such as kayaking, kitesurfing or fishing,” says Lodewick.

Lodewick says that another reason family buyers are looking for property in Langebaan is that they benefit from the out-of-town lifestyle it offers, while still being able to take advantage of all the amenities they would enjoy if residing in a metropolitan hub. The area has excellent medical facilities, private schooling and a very low crime rate.

Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, says: “There has always been a strong demand for property situated within coastal areas that offer both picturesque surroundings and proximity to high-end facilities. These areas generally hold their value and offer buyers a good return on their investment.”

According to Lightstone, a property statistics and data provider, 40% of the recent buyers in the area are between 36 and 49 years old. Langebaan consists mostly of freehold properties, which is ideally what family buyers are looking for.  Lodewick says that homes that are in the highest demand among family buyers are those that are close to the lagoon, within secure estates and feature entertainment areas and large gardens. The predominant price band in which family homes sell is between R1,4 million and R1,8 million. He says that investors to the area can expect a 3% to 8% annual growth in the value of their property.

A three-bedroom home within the Langebaan Country Estate is currently being marketed by RE/MAX Lifestyle Estates at R1,595 million. Set on a 716m2 stand, this 210m2 family home features two bathrooms, one of which is en-suite, a kitchen and scullery with granite counter tops, an open plan dining room and lounge with a fireplace, and contemporary fittings throughout.

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