Oubaai Golf Resort5th Apr 2017
The feeling of home
Amongst the many notable residential Estates that have earned their spot on the hot property list of South Africa, Oubaai Golf Resort is in the top ranks.
This Estate is beautiful. It really is an aesthetic pleasure to be confronted with and its allure does not stop there. Located just outside George on the scenic Garden Route, Oubaai is truly a veiled treasure that invigorates the soul with its striking environment and abundance of top class facilities.
At the heart of the Oubaai Golf Resort is its residential component. The 324 stands are located on 242 hectares of vast open spaces, which overlook the sometimes serene and sometimes tempestuous Indian Ocean, lush greenery and signature golf course. The number of homes as opposed to the amount of land is indicative of the element of space that has been created at the Estate with privacy at its core. It’s a breath of fresh air to see an Estate that has taken careful consideration of their homeowners and has not inundated the land with properties. The stands on the coastal and golf Estate are an average size of 1000m2 and all fit to a holistic theme that maintains the aesthetics and stature of Oubaai.
A design review committee ensures homes on the Estate adhere to the guidelines stipulated and the architectural style can be described as contemporary coastal. Although there is a specific style in place, homeowners wishing to build their dream home may do so with peace of mind that their unique visions are realised.
The homes on Oubaai truly capitalise on the plethora of natural components, from the ocean, to the fauna and flora and the wildlife. They have been conceptualised and constructed to encompass style and elegance with wide-open spaces and the use of natural elements such as rock, wood, glass and steel being prominent. Wooden decks and balconies offer spectacular vistas and one is able to spot whales frolicking in the waves and a myriad of birdlife enjoying the Estate’s woodland forest. The Estate and its homes have been developed with appropriate methods that take into consideration its sensitive environment and location.
The Garden Route has become an investor’s haven for permanent living, but more so for holiday homes. The areas along the route have seen a steady influx of investments and Oubaai is no different offering a stable investment option in an area and Estate that has not been overrun by holidaymakers in the summer months. Real estate investment in Oubaai is about to become extremely valuable and for those who learn about this opportunity before the rest, there is a great investment to be made. A report from iafrica.com also evaluates the increase in people investing in luxury, residential Estates such as Oubaai. With improving connectivity and the Estate a mere 10 minutes away from the George airport, and a selection of top schoold in the area,more and more investors are looking at locations like Oubaai to relocate.
There are only 27 plots still available and prices range between R 850 000 to R 6 million. House prices range from R 6 million to R 18 million and the Estate is 30% complete.
Security and utilising only the most advanced technology is vital at the Estate. Entry into the Estate is controlled by a Biometric system and normal, as well as thermal surveillance cameras are placed around Oubaai.
Connectivity is also a market driver and Oubaai has installed their own Fibre to the home high speed internet network, thus making it ideal for modern busines speople and families to stay connected.
When it comes to that specific lifestyle that so many homeowners dream of having, Oubaai ticks all of the boxes and more. There is a strong focus on family and outdoor living and the Estate’s pristine, 120 hectares of common space, which is located in a greenbelt is the perfect playground for activity enthusiasts. Oubaai aims to enhance the delicate relationship between man and nature while preserving and protecting endangered fauna and flora.
Oubaai offers scenic cycling, jogging and walking trails throughout the Estate including the 8km Oubaai Heritage trail, extensive parks and play areas, as well as bird and whale watching from one of their many viewing decks.
The famous Herold’s Bay Beach is located five minutes away, with other fundamental aspects such as private schools, superior medical facilities and malls close by. Oubaai is located near to 15 of the country’s most renowned golf courses but visitors and homeowners need not stray far for a top class golf course and golfing facilities. Oubaai boasts an Ernie Els Design 18 Hole Championship Course. The dramatic backdrop of the Estate and its natural surroundings, which include the majestic Outeniqua Mountains, as well as an intricate course layout and varying gradients make for an exhilarating game.
The layout of the Oubaai Golf Course is a traditional links and measures 6516 metres from the pro tees. The main philosophy of the course at the Estate is centred around flexibility. As with many of the components of the Estate, the golf course was designed and constructed to work in harmony with the surrounding environment while not taking anything away from the game. It was recently awarded 3rd best conditioned course in the Southern Cape and 10th in South Africa.To create an even more pleasant golfing experience at Oubaai, the golf club features practice facilities, a golf academy, a driving range, chipping and putting greens, a pro shop and even an innovative Golf Hall of Fame.
For visitors wanting to sample the Oubaai life, the Hyatt Regency Oubaai Resort and Spa is located on the Estate. This luxury infused, 5-star hotel offers impeccable service, superb rooms and world-class amenities, which include event and wedding facilities, catering and the award-winning Freesia spa.
Also located on the Estate, visitors and residents are offered a profusion of dining options. The Members Clubhouse provides an all-day dining option with a 180-degree view of the Indian Ocean, as well as a crackling fireplace for the winter months, Waterside Grill and Cucina Restaurant offer two diverse dining experiences for discerning patrons looking for fresh food, a great environment and professional service.
Not many Estates in South Africa encompass the variety and splendour that Oubaai does. Its location is prime not only for convenience but for aesthetic and lifestyle attributes; the homes are exquisitely built and its amazing facilities are never ending offering residents and visitors alike, a slice of the good life.
Buying, selling and renting with estate property specialist
Oubaai Golf Resort’s accredited property agency, Grip Realty has been working in the estate since the inception and pre-sales phase in December 2000. With 17 years of experience in the Oubaai market, they have seen the estate develop from a farm into a premier residential golf community. With their extensive experiance at Oubaai and in the surrounding Garden Route area, they are able to offer sellers, buyers, tenants and holiday renters a turnkey solution that meets their needs.
The market is currently buoyant and is been driven from the bottom up, as various small developers have moved into the estate and are building homes for resale. Various higher ticket plots have also traded as discerning buyers seek out prime positions to construct their dream homes. Building activity is high with 15 homes currenty under construction.
There are still good properties available in the following categories:
Plots available under R 1 million: 17
Plots available between R 1 million and R 1.5 million : 12
Plots available above R 1.5 million : 10
Home sales have been consistent in the recent past with many new entrants being families relocating from other areas.
Apartment sales have seen a great returns in recent years , with transaction rates high. These investment opportunites are the perfect lock-up and go, and are attracting both the South African market and international investors.