There’s so much to consider when you’re buying a home, not least because of its investment potential. Having said that, you don’t want to buy something just because it makes financial sense and then find you don’t like living there, or possibly worse, follow your heart and find you’ve made a bad financial decision. So, it’s comforting to know that Atlantic Beach Estate values quality of life among a family-orientated eco setting, and has also matured into a fantastic investment opportunity since its inception in 2000.
BUT WAIT. THERE’S MORE
If you’re one of those people who can’t quite decide whether to live in the city, or out of it, you will love Atlantic Beach. A mere 25-minute drive from Cape Town city centre, it offers a country lifestyle – on the beach and in the fynbos.
From the 18-hole, par-72 links-style golf course, with views of Table Mountain across the bay, offering many paths along the fynbos where you can see a variety of birds, and even a bokkie or two if you’re quiet, to the leisure centre with its pool and state-of-the-art gym, there is so much to do on the estate.
Just beyond the discreet, but incredibly efficient security entrances, the local town of Melkbosstrand offers plenty more, including various shopping centres catering to all needs, along with business hubs and top-end restaurants. Surfing and kiteboarding are available on Atlantic Beach’s doorstep, with loads of great mountain-bike trails, some great horse stables nearby, and some lovely hiking trails.
Made up of 16 villages spread across 173 hectares of landscaped gardens, golf course, fynbos and wetlands, Atlantic Beach is a welcoming place for young families and retirees alike, who all enjoy the active lifestyle the estate offers, along with the unrivalled views. It’s not surprising then that the estate has turned into a thriving, close-knit community. With a weekly newsletter and some great events on offer, such as the monthly night market at the Leisure Centre, and the annual Village Fair, there is plenty to experience without ever having to leave. Along the walking paths you’ll find beautiful wooden book exchange units, enhancing the community feel and participation.
Part of the Cape Floristic Region, Atlantic Beach Estate is situated in a botanical hotspot – and right near the oceans edge. This, says CEO Harry White, is a great blessing and a privilege, but also a huge responsibility.
‘Every home, every road and every building has been designed to preserve the unspoilt natural heritage of one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. All elements of the estate were built with a serious commitment to the preservation of the indigenous fauna and flora. This has resulted in an abundance of wild animals remaining on and around the estate as well as a rich abundance of fynbos species, and we run ongoing programmes to retain and reinstate this natural resource.’
MANY HAPPY RETURNS
While the turnover of property owners and residents remains low – because nobody really wants to leave – those who do sell score financially, as property prices at Atlantic Beach have increased by 93% over the last five years.
This, White believes, has been assisted by the estate’s very successful marketing strategy, in conjunction with Pam Golding Properties Western Seaboard, which leverages national and international marketing exposure, and also by the proactive and professional board, who are prepared to take decisions, and then allow the management team to get on with heir work.
The board, White explains, meets for annual strategy sessions that ‘examine every department of the estate in detail and provide us with a per department tick list of what we want to accomplish. While this might sound simplistic, it works very well for us and enables us to come up with many interesting and different things to implement.’
Whether you’re looking for a great investment that happens to be a wonderful place to live, or you’re hunting for the perfect home that, if you decide to move, will give you a good return, you can’t do much better than Atlantic Beach.