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Peninsula hideaways charm home buyers

Small enclaves dotted along the Cape’s southern peninsula, with names to match their unique and charming settings, are drawing an increasing number of local and international property buyers.
 
Names such as Misty Cliffs, Mount Pleasant, Froggy Farm,Imhoff's Gift, Lekkerwater and the well-known Kommetjie and Fishhoek conjure up pictures of idyllic settings and a pleasant lifestyle - and the names are quite apt, says Keith Searle, the RealNet franchisee for the Southern Peninsula region.
 
"This area is world-renowned for its scenic views and remains sought-after by discerning international as well as local buyers," he says.


This house in Stonehaven Estate near Fishhoek is for sale through RealNet Southern Peninsula for R2,895,000.
 
Froggy Farm, named after a rock-enclosed marine pool that resembles a frog pond, is currently targeted by international buyers, notably buyers from the UK. Searle says most of these buyers originally arrive on holiday to nearby Simonstown - a popular buyer destination in its own right thanks to its rich history as a naval town and the genteel atmosphere created by yachts bobbing in the harbour.
 
"Then, while looking to buy holiday homes in Simonstown, they often fall in love with the quaint Froggy Farm area and a fair percentage of them actually end up relocating permanently."
 
Property prices in Froggy Farm range from about R1,5m up to R8,5m, and vacant stands, sectional title units and upmarket houses are all available through RealNet Southern Peninsula.
 
Misty Cliffs also does its name justice, says Searle. Situated between Scarborough and Kommetjie on the scenic route to Cape Point, the enclave of about 100 properties is wedged between a strip of rocky beach and towering cliffs that are on occasion cloaked in mist rising from the ocean.
 


This vacant stand in the Blue Water Estate near Imhoff’s Gift is for sale at R550 000 through RealNet Southern Peninsula.

“The area is secluded and remote by some standards - the closest main shopping centre is in Fishhoek some 25km away. The lifestyle it offers is, however, popular among artists, writers and people conducting business from home offices.”
 
Prices here start at just less than R3m for homes on the cliffs, where prices rise to about R5m for comfortable homes with commanding ocean views. Vacant stands close to the shore sell at prices from about R4m, and beachfront homes at about R5,5mto R9m.
 
Imhoff's Gift, which lies between Kommetjie and Fishhoek, is another small enclave that attracts tourists, says Searle. The area resembles a farm village and is dotted with small shops and cottage industries, and tourists can taste wine or cheese while the more adventurous can book camel rides.
 
Properties here include gated estates and provide a relaxed lifestyle. RealNet Southern Peninsula currently holds a mandate to sell a vacant stand of just more than 700sqm for R550 000.
 
Meanwhile, Searle says,Kommetjie itself remains popular because of its setting, lively beach culture and child-friendly atmosphere. Prices here start at around R1,5m for two-bedroom lock-up-and-go townhouses. Prices for top properties of around 300sqm and within walking distance of the beach reach up to R15m.


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