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Western Cape’s Top 10 Most Popular Golf & Lifestyle Estates

Story Highlights
  • 1. Fancourt - George
  • 2. Pezula Golf Estate - Knysna
  • 3. Mossel Bay Golf Estate – Mossel Bay
  • 4. Pinnacle Point Estate – Mossel bay
  • 5. Kingswood Golf Estate - George
  • 6. Langebaan Country Estate
  • 7. Pearl Valley at Val De Vie Estate
  • 8. Boschenmeer Golf Estate - Paarl
  • 9. De Zalze Golf Estate – Stellenbosch
  • 10. Steenberg Golf Estate - Constantia

The last couple of years has seen a fairly dramatic shift in the way we work, re-evaluating our quality of life, and particularly, where we live.

Semigration, the act of moving from one part of a country to another has caused an upsurge in families and professionals relocating to our beautiful coastal towns, the Western Cape being one province exhibiting one of the fastest growth rates in South Africa.

Picturesque residential golf and lifestyle estates located in the scenic Garden Route, particularly George, Knysna and Mossel Bay offer the relaxed and undemanding lifestyle residents are seeking.

1. Fancourt – George

Set against the scenic Outeniqua Mountains, Fancourt is home to three Gary Player-designed golf courses and is located a mere seven kilometres from George airport.

Spanning 613 hectares, this pristine estate has over five kilometres of cycling, running and walking trails, four restaurants, tennis courts, a gym, a cinema, an indoor heated pool, and an outdoor pool.

Safety is a priority and strict access control and perimeter security ensure the complete safety of Fancourt’s residents and their families.

Divided into six individual housing groups, fashionable freestanding homes in various architectural styles range from around R5 million for a three-bedroom home, to R45 million for a secluded five-bedroom stately home. Vacant plots can be acquired for R2 million should you wish to build your own dream home.

2. Pezula Golf Estate – Knysna

Situated on top of craggy cliffs and with each home having one or more of its breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, the Knysna Lagoon and the Outeniqua Mountains, Pezula, truly lives up to its meaning, “up high with the gods”.

Local and international golfers visit the challenging award-winning Championship Golf Course, designed by David Dale and Ronald Fream, which is rated amongst the best and most scenic golf courses in the world.

Bordering the private Noetzie beach and Sinclair Nature Reserve, and rehabilitated to its original vegetation, nature enthusiasts enjoy hiking and horse-riding trails and birding in and around the estate.

Privacy is assured as the estate allows a maximum of two homes per hectare on average, and properties range from freestanding 3-bedroom homes to more sizeable homes. Buyers can expect to invest around R4.5m for a 4-bedroom home in this magnificent estate and a minimum of R 500 000 for a vacant plot, depending on location.

3. Mossel Bay Golf Estate – Mossel Bay

Originally founded in 1905, this redesigned and rebuilt 18-hole links-style golf course has a view of the Indian Ocean from every tee.

Numerous paths from within the estate provide easy access to the St. Blaize Nature Reserve and with its abundant birdlife and antelope, pedestrians, cyclists, and animals all have the right of way on the streets of the estate.

Security systems and processes are continually reviewed and upgraded for the safety and security of its residents and visitors.

A limited number of vacant plots, ranging from just under R1m up to R2.5m are still available, some of which enjoy panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. Investors can select properties from attractive two bedroomed units, townhouses and impressive large free-standing houses for an average investment of R4.5m for a 4-bedroom home.

4. Pinnacle Point Estate – Mossel bay

Designed by Peter Matkovich, Pinnacle Point Estate is renowned for its spectacular award-winning golf course (Named by World Golf Awards as South Africa’s Best Golf Course in 2016, 2017 & 2020) and is the proud home of the Louis Oosthuizen Junior Golf Academy.

Outdoor pursuits include mountain biking trails, tennis courts, delightful beaches, and the Pinnacle Point Caves, a provincial heritage site containing archaeological evidence of occupation by Middle Stone Age people, excavated since 2000.

Families and visitors also have the benefit of a children’s entertainment centre, a wellness spa and restaurants.

Vacant plots range from R1.2m up to R8.5m, depending on plot size and view, and the average listed price for a 4-bedroom home is R4.9m.

See also: Gauteng’s Top 10 Most Popular Golf & Lifestyle Estates

5. Kingswood Golf Estate – George

Ideally located just 15 minutes from George Airport, 5 minutes from the nearest beach and 5 minutes from George’s shopping hub, Kingswood Golf Estate is “urban living redefined”.

This residential estate boasts an 18-hole championship golf course which is like no other golf course in South Africa, and other facilities include jogging trails, cycle paths, a mini cricket oval and a children’s play area.

Fed by two small rivers, this estate offers a diverse array of indigenous flora and fauna, and residents share their grounds with the Cape Wildflower Floral Kingdom, the world’s smallest and richest plant kingdom, frequented by tourists from all over the world.

As well as spectacular views of the Outeniqua mountains, Kingswood Golf Estate offers a selection of vacant stands, priced from around R1.6m, and more established residences, ranging from just under R4m up to R12m for a luxury home built on one of the largest stands in the estate.

West Coast Way

This popular stretch of coastline offers a number of historical fishing villages, beautiful beaches and the internationally renowned West Coast Fossil Park. Langebaan is one of the oldest towns in South Africa and has become one of the main destinations on the West Coast for semigrating property seekers over the last few years.

6. Langebaan Country Estate

Just an hour’s drive from Cape Town, Langebaan Country Estate is situated alongside the West Coast National Park, and only a 5-minute drive to the warm salt waters of the Langebaan Lagoon, playground to a variety of water sports and an abundance of local and migratory birdlife.

Aside from the 18-hole, Gary Player-designed golf course, residents enjoy the use of the tennis, basketball, netball and volleyball courts, a bowling green, a swimming pool, and a number of cycling and running trails.

For more relaxing pursuits, there is a restaurant, a spa, and a Children’s Entertainment Centre.

Set on 450 hectares, Langebaan Country Estate has 806 freehold and 83 sectional title properties; the average price for a 2-bed home is R2.8m, up to around R5m for a 5-bed home and only a scant number of vacant stands, predominantly in the northern half of the estate are still available, for an investment of an average price of R1m.

Winelands Living

The Cape Winelands is the largest wine-producing region in South Africa and is divided into six main wine regions; Franschhoek, Paarl, Stellenbosch and Constantia being the most popular with locals and international visitors alike.

7. Pearl Valley at Val De Vie Estate – Franschhoek Valley

Pearl Valley at Val De Vie Estate lies on the Berg River in the stunning Paarl-Franschhoek valley, framed by the Drakenstein and Simonsberg mountains and is home to a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course.

Originally a polo and wine estate, Pearl Valley Equestrian Centre offers top-class stabling and a pristine polo field, and the expanse of indigenous vegetation provides outdoor lovers and birders with 42kms of mountain bike routes, 21km jogging and walking trails alongside vineyards, and picnic areas on the banks of the Berg River.

For the discerning investor, there’s a wide variety of property available on the estate, from luxury, spacious apartments overlooking the polo field and vineyards to fertile, large hectare stands ideal for cultivation or establishing paddocks to the newly developed Val de Vie Evergreen retirement village.

The average asking price for a typical four-bedroom home is R8,2m.

8. Boschenmeer Golf Estate – Paarl

Situated in the heart of the Cape Winelands, Boschenmeer Golf Estate is a pristine eco-sensitive development with a large lake and bird sanctuary, set amongst thousands of indigenous trees and shrubs.

Designed around the David Frost Signature golf course, nearly 90% of all luxury townhouses and larger family homes in the estate face onto its greens and fairways.

Residents have access to two tennis courts and a swimming pool and take the opportunity of visiting other wine farms in the region, as well as other outdoor activities including hiking, climbing, mountain-biking and kayaking in the surrounding environs.

The entry-level pricing for townhouses starts at around R1.5 million, with 3-to-4 bedroom homes averaging around R5m, depending on the size of the property, and the finishes.

9. De Zalze Golf Estate – Stellenbosch

Home to the locally and internationally known Klein Zalze winemakers, De Zalze Golf Estate holds the privilege of being host to a number of major golfing events at the Peter Matkovich-designed 18-hole golf course which is one of the finest courses in the southern hemisphere.

Residents of the estate enjoy all the popular outdoor activities such as bird watching, canoeing and catch-and-release fishing in any of the five dams on the estate, and sporting facilities include tennis courts and boule courts.

This 300-hectare estate comprises 14 villages with 398 Cape Vernacular styled freehold luxury homes and is a popular investment for international buyers. Current listings of a three-bedroom home on the estate can cost an investor anything between R 5 million and R 15 million.

10. Steenberg Golf Estate – Constantia

Located in Constantia Valley, the cradle of the wine farming industry in South Africa, Steenberg Golf Estate takes its name from the famed, award-winning Steenberg Wine Estate.

In addition to a world-class Peter Matkovich-designed 18-hole championship golf course, residents enjoy a 5-star boutique hotel and spa, two restaurants and walking trails around the scenic gardens, vineyards, and dams on the estate.

The spectacular winery offers guided walks and wine tasting, as well as membership to the Steenberg Wine Club with all its accompanying benefits.

Centrally located to Tokai Forest, and a short drive to Muizenberg Beach, the average listing price for a luxury freestanding 3-bedroom home is R11m, in this secure, gated community.

Conclusion

Reminding potential investors once again of “location, location, location”, it is pertinent to take into account that prices will vary according to the location of the property inside the estate.


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