The Moorings - A home for life

Located along the Garden Route in Knysna is The Moorings development. An extreme re-development of the Ashmead Resort, the The Moorings is situated on the banks of the Knysna Lagoon, nestled among the woodland gardens. It is now offering discerning property buyers the opportunity to purchase a sectional title luxury apartment on the water’s edge.

RE/MAX Coastal, Broker/Owner, Schalk Van der Merwe, whose office services Knysna and the surrounding areas, says that the Ashmead Resort was a popular family holiday resort that has been accommodating visitors to the Knysna area for decades. “The potential of the area was too much for property developers to ignore. A development company based in Cape Town realised that people didn’t want to just visit the area, but they wanted a chance to own a holiday home that they could visit more frequently in order to spend more time among these beautiful surroundings,” says Van der Merwe.
He notes that the development’s secluded positioning along the waterside offers buyers a peaceful retreat away from the hustle and bustle of city living. “The Moorings has an enduring tranquillity that is both private and secure. On the northern edge is a sporting centre with playing fields, tennis and squash courts. To the south lies a large open wetland area. Over the road is the Knysna Golf Course and out in front lies the magnificent Knysna Lagoon,” says Van der Merwe.
Aside from its ideal positioning and exceptional surroundings, the development is modern and luxurious featuring world class facilities. Van der Merwe says that The Moorings boasts contemporary architectural styling, with clean lines and simplicity of form. “By incorporating glass walls into the design of the development, the architects have been able to take full advantage of the appealing surroundings. Standing on the covered patio of one of the waterside units allows the owner to enjoy the vast expanse of the lagoon. The 9ha site features over half a kilometre of water frontage,” he says
According to Van der Merwe, the facilities within the development include a bistro-style restaurant, a wellness and fitness centre, state-of-the-art conferencing centre and swimming pools. He notes that there are also landscaped gardens which incorporate indigenous trees creating a peaceful haven for adults and children alike.

Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, says that since 2008 sectional title units in Knysna have continually been the more popular property choice, often outselling freestanding homes by two to one.

Van der Merwe says that there are few investment options available to buyers within the development to suit their individual needs. He notes that exclusive one-, two- and three-bedroom suites are available to investors in Grand Banks and two-bedroom waterfront units are available on the North Shore or Harbour Banks. All units are decorated and fully-furnished to top-notch standards. They are also air-conditioned and fully equipped with top-of-the-range appliances and home entertainment systems.  “These properties will appeal to professionals who require a ‘no hassle’ breakaway at regular intervals in the beautiful town of Knysna. Apartments in The Moorings range in price from R1.45 million to R2.9 million inclusive of VAT. This is remarkable value for money when you consider that a comparable two-bedroom unit in Thesen Islands will most probably sell for around R3.6 million,” says Van der Merwe.

He notes that RE/MAX Coastal currently has one of the waterfront two-bedroom apartments on their books for R2.9 million. The apartment features two en-suite bathrooms as well as a guest toilet. As it is located on the water’s edge, the apartment has its own jetty.  Situated in a parkland area it also offers lots of space to enjoy the bird life.

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