Buyers into estate living in this Cape Town harbour village are from Joburg and abroad

 ·12 Dec 2021

The Hout Bay market has rebounded well this year with 66 sectional title properties, 182 freehold homes, and 24 vacant stands changing hands by the end of November, compared to 2020, according to Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty.

A year ago, 30 apartments, 110 houses, and nine plots were sold, many of which were bought by upcountry buyers, especially in the estate sector.

According to Terri Steyn, area specialist for Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty, the charming harbour village has been attracting keen investor interest, with the most popular properties being estate homes.

“Buyers are attracted by Hout Bay’s unique, easy lifestyle and proximity to the city, and demand for secure estate living in the area has risen sharply in recent years, precipitating a spike in development with estate homes now accounting for almost a quarter of the property landscape.

“In the face of the emergent trend to move away from the city and live a more easy-going lifestyle, Hout Bay is the perfect location,” said Steyn adding that the ongoing appeal of the area is clearly evidenced by recent sales volumes.

“In 2019, prior to the pandemic, the average house price was R4,519,896, and there were 110 sales at an average of 12.5 below asking price and the average time spent on the market was 128,” said Steyn.

“This year, at R4.2 million, the average sale price of freehold homes was lower, but there were exponentially more sales (182) and sale prices achieved were on average only 9% below asking after spending around a month longer on the market.”

And it seems that the pandemic hasn’t placed too much of a damper on this sector which is clearly evidenced by recent sales at the latest development, Acrewood Estate, where 12 of the 20 plots have already been sold and transferred.

Steyn added that the majority of buyers have been from Gauteng and abroad – Scotland and Dubai.

With its ideal north-facing position and stunning mountain views, Acrewood offers serviced, ready-to-build plots varying in size from 932m²to 1382m² with the added value of being freehold with sectional title opportunity.

“Buyers who wish to do so, can sectionalise their plots into two erven and build two single or double story dwellings with the condition being that they are built simultaneously,” said Steyn.

In order to harmonise with the natural setting adjacent to the mountain reserve within the Western Cape’s fynbos landscape, the chosen architectural style is Cape Vernacular. With an emphasis on eco-friendliness, all homes will have access to borehole water and will be required to install solar panels and heat pump water heaters or gas-fired heat pumps.

And, with security being a priority, CCTV Cameras will be installed throughout and the estate will have controlled access.  Over and above the assortment of eclectic boutique stores for which Hout Bay is known, residents now also have a choice of national chains, including Woolworths, Quick Spar, Pick ‘n Pay and Checkers.

And, where parents in most other areas have a limited choice of schools and face long waiting lists, Hout Bay is home to four pre-primary schools, five primary schools and three high schools, with the Hout Bay International School catering to all levels of education.

“Residents in this quirky seaside neighbourhood also have a strong sense of community and the crime rate stats are very low as they are all members of the local neighbourhood watch, Watchcon, and have the newly introduced Buzzer app which links them to Watchcon and emergency services,” said Steyn.

She added that another significant drawcard is that Hout Bay offers investors a wide and diverse range of properties, from modern lock-up-and-go units and secure lifestyle properties to quaint old cottages and sprawling mansions on large grounds, and the area also still boasts a number of equestrian estates.

Remaining plots at Acrewood are priced at R1 695 000 Inc VAT (no transfer duty).

Read: House prices in this Cape Town suburb now average R14.2 million – growing at 12% annually since 2010

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