Record price for property in Witsand

The record sale for the area was achieved by PGP agents Pat Costa and Francois Kotze, and exceeds the previous highest house price of R3.8 million which was also sold by PGP – in 2008.

Comments Jennifer Seggie, Pam Golding Properties area principal: “The beautifully appointed home which just sold for R3.9 million is a double-storey, thatched house in an attractive and established development called ‘Oysterbeds’, a small ‘village’ within Witsand, which lies on the east bank of the Breede River where it flows into the warm Indian Ocean at San Sebastian Bay. Oysterbeds is a private development, sought after as much for its aesthetic appeal with white thatched or dark-roofed houses as for its private harbour, where each property has a designated mooring bay. The new owner of this property has a convenient mooring for his boat, virtually on his doorstep,” she says.

The Oysterbeds residential development comprises a total of 33 stands of which 26 are developed with completed homes. One of the properties is a renovated historical building (now a residence) which served as a customs house in the 1800’s when steamers plied their trade between Malgas, about 35km upstream, and Cape Town. They brought goods to Port Beaufort - as Witsand was then called, and to Malgas and Swellendam, taking agricultural produce on their return journey.

Still available for purchase in Oysterbeds is a 774sqm stand with an unrivalled position at the harbour, priced at R2.15 million, as well as a renovated three bedroom, three bathroom, double-storey home in a more elevated position, priced at R3.9 million.

Says Seggie: “With its 4km long unspoilt beach with gleaming white sands, Witsand is popular among leisure buyers from surrounding towns such as George and Swellendam, as well as from Gauteng and Cape Town and environs. With very little new development this is a small, quiet fishing village – an ideal place where one can relax and leave behind all the hustle and bustle of busy city life. Properties on or close to the river and sea are still very affordable and  one can still acquire such properties from approximately R1.5 million to R2.5 million. During 2011 we have achieved a number of sales in the area ranging from a R219 000 sectional title unit at the Breede River Lodge to an attractive double-storey home with a river view which fetched R1.62 million.”

Witsand offers a wide range of leisure activities including fishing, swimming, boating, canoeing, beach or riverside walks, kite-surfing, enjoying freshly picked oysters, or simply doing nothing at all. During the winter months Southern Right whales make their annual pilgrimage from the South Pole to breed in the safe waters of San Sebastian Bay – the ‘whale nursery’. This is a birdwatcher’s paradise with flocks of blue crane seen in the farmlands, heron at the water’s edge and pink flamingos on the sandbanks. There are scenic mountain trails at Swellendam and Groot Vadersbosch, while Riversdale provides an appealing one-day outing. The almost unknown Hamlet of Puntjie at the mouth of the Duivenhoks River is only a 30 minute drive from Witsand.

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