Pam Golding Properties reports that these developments have significantly reduced two of the Blouberg area’s major historical challenges – namely traffic congestion and a shortage of schooling options. This in turn has boosted the area’s appeal and accessibility, making it a viable option for many more buyers.]
“The BRT system has been a resounding success for this area,” says PGP’s area manager for the Western Seaboard, Ivan Swart, “so much so that there is even talk of introducing additional buses to cope with the demand. Both Big Bay and Blouberg Sands have feeder routes which connect to the main station in Table View, and these shuttles are working efficiently and on time. This makes it possible for residents to enjoy a quick and easy commute into the Central City, and then return home to their marvellous beachfront lifestyle at the end of the day. This ease of access can only boost property values in the long term.”
PGP’s MD for the Western Cape metro region, Laurie Wener, adds that the opening of the Parklands College Sandown Campus in January 2012 will also be a welcome boost to the area’s portfolio of schools.
“There are now four private schools operating in or close to Bloubergstrand,” she says, “which makes the area far more appealing to family buyers. This latest campus is going to be a state-of-the-art facility, offering a wide variety of academic and technical subjects, from Mandarin to journalism, engineering and computer animation. It is likely to be a major draw-card to the area – especially given the difficulty in finding places at high-quality high schools, which many families are experiencing in other parts of the city.”
The Blouberg area consists of Bloubergstrand “proper”, located on the beachfront, and a number of satellite suburbs on its eastern and southern flanks, such as Blouberg Sands, Blouberg Rise, West Beach and Bloubergrant. There is also the large new satellite area of Big Bay to the north, which borders the extensive greenbelt of the Blaauwberg Nature Reserve. Swart says the product offering and price range varies from area to area, but all enjoy the same healthy outdoor lifestyle, with access to the magnificent beachfront with its famous views of Table Mountain and Robben Island, superb kite-surfing and wind-surfing locations, and cosmopolitan mix of restaurants, coffee shops and delis.
Bloubergstrand “proper” is described by some as “little Camps Bay” or the “Golden Mile of the Western Seaboard”, and is known to many Capetonians for its beachfront hotels and restaurants such as Blue Peter and Onse Huisie.
Properties vary from studio bachelor apartments priced from R1 million, to luxurious beachfront mansions priced anywhere from R15 million to R30 million. Swart says there is currently a particularly large variety on offer in the market for beachfront apartments priced between R1.5 million to R3 million. Penthouse units can cost anything from R6 million to R15 million, depending on their size and the finishes of the building.
There is also a selection of well-built family homes in pockets like Blouberg Village, many of which have sea and mountain views. “One can still obtain an older family home in this area for R6 million,” says Swart, “with the prices going up to R8 million or more for newer or recently-renovated homes.”
Blouberg Extension One offers a number of secure lock-up-and-go homes which are priced from around R2.9 million.
To the south, the satellite area of Bloubergrant offers very affordable options for family buyers – a basic family home can still be obtained from as little as R750 000, while a larger, more modern home will cost around R2 million in this area. Buyers in West Beach can expect to pay around R1.8 million for a four-bedroomed family home. In Blouberg Sands to the east, a two-bedroomed apartment can be purchased for R650 000, while family homes will cost between R1.4 million and R2.5 million.
The newest section of the greater Blouberg area lies to the north of Blouberg “proper”. The Big Bay development has provided a number of new options for buyers, including several popular secure estates like Dune Ridge, Sandown Estate and Blouberg Hills. Apartments here can be purchased from as little as R800 000, while a well-appointed family home will cost between R2 million and R5 million. The area is particularly popular with younger buyers due to its vibrant offering of shops and restaurants, including the Eden on the Bay centre and Seaside Village Shopping Centre.
Among the properties currently for sale in Blouberg exclusively through PGP is a large seaside villa with direct access to “Kleinbaai”, one of the most exclusive beaches in the area. The home offers over 900sqm of living space, including four sumptuous bedroom suites and extensive formal and informal entertainment areas. It has a solar-heated rim-flow pool and a landscaped garden with computerised irrigation. Garaging is provided for three vehicles. Other features include a library, wine cellar and gourmet kitchen, as well as excellent security. The property is on the market at R22.5 million.
PGP is also marketing a recently-renovated family home on 600sqm in one of Big Bay’s secure estates. The 430sqm house offers five-bedrooms and four bathrooms, and includes a lovely pool and indoor/outdoor entertainment area, as well as a double garage. The home is priced at R3.7 million.