If you are dreaming of property alongside pristine beaches, unspoiled countrysides and sunset views over golden seas then Britannia Bay might just be what you are looking for.
Pam Golding Properties’(PGP) area manager for the West Coast, Stephanie Wynne-Cole, says the town has a wide selection of top-quality properties on offer, from traditional Cape fisherman’s cottages to cluster homes, luxury beachfront mansions and everything in between.
“One can buy vacant land here for under R300 000 for a 600sqm plot,” she says, “and there are even some plots still available right on the beachfront, priced from R1.45 million. A traditional fisherman’s cottage can be obtained for around R700 000, while cluster homes with three bedrooms can cost just over R1 million. Even a larger free-standing house will not cost much more than R1.5 million. On the beachfront, one can pay anything from R2.7 million up to R11 million, depending on size of the property and luxury features of the home.
Some of our most successful projects in this area have been affordable plot and plan developments like the popular ‘On Golden Mile’, whose next phase should be launching to market later this year, with brand new fisherman’s cottages on 600sqm, priced under R1-million.”
Such prices would be considered extremely competitive for coastal property anywhere in South Africa, says PGP’s MD for the Western Cape metro region, Laurie Wener. “But they seem particularly so when one considers the idyllic lifestyle on offer in Britannia Bay,” she adds.
There are several pristine sandy beaches around the town, including the five kilometre stretch known as Golden Mile, which is north-facing and therefore sheltered from the prevailing summer wind, as well as offering glorious sunset and sunrise views. Whales and dolphins are regular visitors in this calm bay, while the area is also a haven for bird-life. In springtime the surrounding fields are a riot of colour, while all year round the relatively low crime rate and slow pace of life create a tranquil, relaxed haven and close community spirit.
The town offers a wealth of outdoor lifestyle opportunities, from long walks on the beach to tennis, golf and bowls at the nearby Shelley Point Country Club. It also has its own slipway for small boats, making it ideal for anglers, divers and pleasure-boaters.
Shelley Point is a secure estate occupying its own private peninsula at the end of the Golden Mile, and offers peace of mind for residents via 24-hour security and access control. The peninsula has a number of convenient lock-up-and-go developments, ideal for weekenders or those who travel frequently. It also offers a Wellness Centre with pool, gym and spa, as well as several restaurants. Prices in the estate range from R300 000 to R3.3-million for stands, and R1.2-million to R9.85-million for homes.
Given these lifestyle options, it’s no surprise that Britannia Bay has a varied mix of residents, from permanent occupants working from home via the internet, to retirees and an active arts and crafts community. The town is also popular with weekenders, not only from Cape Town but also increasingly from the Boland towns such as Stellenbosch, Paarl and Wellington, for whom it makes a conveniently accessible coastal getaway. It is even possible to raise a family here, thanks to the growth of the acclaimed Curro school in nearby Langebaan. And while the town has its own basic amenities such as small supermarkets, a post office and bottle store, major retailers are easily accessible at the new West Coast Mall, located 30km away in Vredenburg.
Britannia Bay is yet another example of buyers looking for properties away from the hustle and bustle of the city while staying close enough to commute to work when necessary. Whether this trend is here to stay is yet to be seen.