Rare beachfront plot for sale in Misty Cliffs

Misty Cliffs, perched on the mountainside about 25km from Cape Point, has one of the most remote and romantic settings in the whole of the South Peninsula. 

The seaside hamlet literally clings to the cliff-side, with all homes enjoying a westerly aspect with panoramic ocean views. When shrouded in the sea mist which gives it its name, the tiny settlement has a mysterious, almost Gothic atmosphere – yet as the mist burns off, it reveals a warm and sunny hamlet with a close-knit community of nature-lovers who protect their pristine surroundings with fierce passion. Pam Golding Properties (PGP) reports that this unique environment, combined with the limited number of homes in the village, ensures that property prices remain at least 30 to 40 percent above those of its nearest neighbours, Scarborough and Kommetjie.

Misty Cliffs is designated a conservation village and is surrounded on all sides by nature reserves – both the Table Mountain National Park and a private fynbos reserve. PGP agent Marianne Furlong says this means that the village can never expand beyond its current boundaries, which include just under 80 properties. Of these, approximately 30 have been developed, with all homes conforming to strict aesthetic guidelines which ensure they blend harmoniously with the surrounding environmental and do not compromise any other home-owner’s views. Plots typically range in size from around 500sqm to over 2200sqm.  Prices start from around R1.75 million for vacant erven, going up to R5 million for the rare beachfront plots. Smaller homes and rustic bungalows are priced from around R3.5 million, while top-end luxury properties can fetch R10 million and more. The village has about 40 percent permanent residents, with the rest of the homes being used as weekend and holiday getaways.

Property turnover is low in the village, with many of the homes being passed on within families from generation to generation. Just four properties changed hands in 2012 (source- Lightstone), with PGP concluding the most recent sale – a three-bedroomed home on 565sqm which was sold to a cash buyer for R5.1 million (sale registered in June 2012).

If properties for sale are rare in Misty Cliffs, then the chance to buy a beachfront plot is even rarer.  Furlong says there are only five vacant beachfront erven left, four of them held in family trusts and therefore unlikely to come onto the market any time soon.  The fifth is currently available for purchase through PGP at R4.5 million.  “This plot measuring 547sqm fronts directly onto the beach,” she says, “and enjoys dramatic views over the ocean and rock pools.  Its rarity ensures that this is an investment that will only grow in value, and it represents an almost unheard-of opportunity to build one’s dream seaside home in one of the most unique environments in the Cape.”

While Misty Cliffs may enjoy a remote setting, it is in fact relatively accessible to major amenities. The pristine Scarborough beachfront is just a few minutes away, as is Witsand beach – one of the most highly-rated windsurfing and kite-surfing destinations. A few small convenience shops can be accessed in Kommetjie, about 15 minutes’ drive from the hamlet, while major shopping is available in both Fishhoek and the Long Beach Mall in Noordhoek, both of which can be reached in under 25 minutes. Scarborough offers a pre-primary school, while primary schooling is available in Kommetjie, Fishhoek, Sun Valley and Imhoff’s Gift. Local high school learners typically commute to Fish Hoek, Reddam House in Tokai, or the Constantia Waldorf school.

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