Safety, convenience, spectacular views and a tightly-knit community are some of the main reasons that Kleinmond, which lies on the Whale Coast in the Western Cape, continues to draw a large complement of home buyers on the point of retirement.
Anmar Marais, area specialist for the local Chas Everitt International franchise, says Kleinmond is on par with many other favoured retirement destinations in their region and other parts of the country as far as infrastructure, safety and convenience are concerned, but the natural beauty and easy lifestyle in a caring community are often decisive factors.
Kleinmond is situated between Betty’s Bay andHermanus, and is wedged between the Atlantic Ocean and the Kogelberg mountain range. It flanks a lagoon at the mouth of the Bot River and lies within the UNESCO-declared Kogelberg Biosphere reserve, which is home to about 1 600 species of fynbos.
And for young-at-heart retirees, Marais says Kleinmond offers a wealth of outdoor activities, including safe swimming in the lagoon, long walks along the beach and on nature trails through the indigenous fynbos, whale watching and several activity groups such as local bird watching and hiking clubs.
However, she says all conveniences are close at hand, including shops and general medical services, while specialist services are easily accessible in Hermanus and Cape Town.
The local farming community is also currently active in the Kleinmond residential market, she says, with many farmers buying holiday homes now with a view to using them as retirement homes in the future.
Marais says in the holiday high seasons, Kleinmond’s natural beauty and amenities also draw many tourists and the local market, which was negatively affected by the recession but is now starting to pick up steam again, to holiday homes. In addition, she says undeveloped stands near the beach have become more popular again and quite a number have been sold in the past six months.
Prices of sea view stands range from about R750 000 to R900 000, and those for holiday homes near the beach from R2.8 million to around R4.5 million, although some top properties are being marketed at prices of up to R10 million.
Most retirees, however, target homes under the R1 million mark. Prices of homes in the Palmietarea, for example, start at around R650 000, while those in the popular Klein Berlyn area range from about R800 000 to R6.9 million. In Heuningkloof, one of the newer areas, prices start at around R1 million, while small bachelor flats in the centre of town are still available from about R300 000.