A CUT ABOVE THE REST
News > news - 13 Jul 2007
 

Plettenberg Bay or ‘Bahia Formosa’ as it was originally christened by Portuguese sailors, has come a long way since its days as a simple whaling station. Long before Van Riebeeck landed at the Cape, Portuguese explorers berthed at this pristine cove. Indeed Bartholomew Dias himself charted the area in 1487.

 

The first white inhabitants (albeit involuntary ones) were the shipwrecked crew of the San Gonzales, which sank off the Plettenberg shore in 1630. In 1763, the area was officially populated by more willing settlers from the Western Cape.

 

In 1779, Baron von Plettenberg, who was governor at the time, decided to ensure his place in history and named the bay after himself. 

 

Modern times

A glittering jewel in the crown of the Garden Route, the name Plettenberg immediately conjures up images of polo, sun-kissed beaches and sumptuous residences.

 The fastest growing area in the Western Cape, Plettenberg Bay is better known today as the exclusive playground of the fabulously wealthy.

 

Indeed, Plett is irresistible to the well-heeled - and it’s easy to see why.

The area offers just the right mix of natural attractions and first class amenities to keep even the most demanding owner happy.

 

Renowned for its magnificent flora and fauna, Plett offers a multitude of endeavours for nature lovers who don’t mind breaking their nails or ankles. Activities include fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, canopy sliding and bungee jumping.

 

Tsitsikamma, which is down the road, is of course the star attraction for nature buffs. The thousand-year old indigenous forests lend a truly ethereal quality to the area. 

 

For those who prefer to watch the action from the sidelines, there is the polo at Kurland, retail shopping, craft shops, whale and dolphin watching, culinary delights to sample and the five star, malaria free, private game lodges in the Eastern Cape.

 

Additionally, Plett Airport is about to be upgraded making it possible to fly directly to this paradise thereby benefiting the Garden Route’s tourism industry as a whole.

 

Add to this already heady cocktail a temperate climate and a cosmopolitan vibe to match any first world European city and it is obvious why Plett can command the property prices it does… and gets.
 

A place in the sun

 

This home can only be described as ‘aspirational’. A new build at the renouned Pezula Golf Course and Cliff Top Estate, it comprises a generous 1250 sqm under roof situated on a 2000 sqm stand with the most spectacular sea views and primary views of the Knysna Lagoon.

 

According to Jan Minnie, licensee of Fine & Country Plettenberg Bay, the design of this home is an eclectic blend of East Africa and Bali. This theme is echoed in the choice of woods and décor throughout.

 

Afromosia, an indigenous African hardwood from the Congo, has been used for the windows, doors, eaves, study, exposed beams, skirting, architraves and built-in cupboards. Jarra, an Australian wood, has been used in the kitchen, pub, dining room, main bedroom and bathroom.

 

Some notable features of the house include five en-suite bedrooms, two sets of staff accommodation each with en-suite bathroom and kitchenette, fully equipped gym featuring state-of-the-art equipment, a media room equipped with surround sound.  Surrounding the house is a stunning indigenous garden featuring interesting walkways, large pond natural rock fountains – many interesting African aloe and succulent plant varieties all about.  The house has a heated infinity pool surrounded by a large tanning deck.

 

Central heating is provided via a heat exchanger which means that no geysers are utilised and as lighting is a key feature in this home, all lights have electronic mood settings and music is piped throughout by high end hi-fi system.

 

A special feature of this house is the downstairs entertainment area.  This comprises of three areas i.e. an enchanting wine cellar with the capacity to hold 500 bottles, home theatre and snooker/pool room which looks through glass windows to the bottom of the swimming pool.  The cellar is perfect for intimate affairs and mood entertaining and can be opened up to the home theatre and snooker/pool room.

 

The patio is an all-weather area tailored for hassle free entertaining and the heated infinity pool and large tanning deck are sure to appeal to all sun lovers.

 

The interior is surprisingly cosy given its large volumes and can be used for a number of purposes other than a family home such as a corporate getaway.

 

According to Minnie, this house is particularly unique in that it is a north-facing coastal home with incomparable views from every room that can never be repeated. Given today’s prices per square metre and the fact that it is also fully furnished, this home is a very worthwhile buy at R30 million and one which can only increase in value.

 

Rich man’s land?

 

A destination of choice for tourists as well as South African and international development investors, Plett has witnessed the establishment of many up-market developments such as Waterberry Ridge, Turtle Creek Golf Estate and Whale Rock.

 

Superior quality penthouse style living is also gaining momentum, elite examples of which can be found at the ‘Upper Deck’ lifestyle complex in the heart of the newly revitalised Plett CBD.

 

However, Plett is not just for the staggeringly rich. Interestingly, the area is also being viewed as a newly emerging buyers’ market. Three gated country estates, Oaklands Bridge, Cherry Creek and Soetewiede all offer outstanding value with stands starting at a mere R489 000.

 

Reportedly, demand for property on these estates is high. Spacious new homes are already being erected on sold stands and are competitively priced in the early R2millions.

 

Couple all of the above with the fact that developers are climbing on the proverbial bandwagon in full force and it easy to understand why our featured house will most likely get its asking price.
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