BARGAIN, and position, position, incomparable position! Where the Breede River meets the Indian Ocean, and where this immaculate retro abode is sited.
Soundly constructed in 1986, and superbly maintained over the years by the original owner, this four-bedroom home offers views, views, glorious views - from every room. The best ever in Witsand – arguably along the South African coastline.
Situated in a stretch of Fynbos - one of seven houses only - on the edge of the village - it’s akin to living on a private little island where indigenous wildlife such as small antelope and mongooses still visit the water-wise garden. It’s nothing-short-of-sensational-views include the beautiful estuary, the vast cobalt waters of the Indian Ocean, the magnificent Southern Right Whales and their offspring breaching in the Bay (July to November), a wide variety of birds on the river banks, sunrise across the ocean to the east, and sunsets over the Breede in the west. In short, pure magic on offer!
As for Witsand, known as one of the last unspoilt places on the South African coastline, the apt words of a visitor resonate:
“Witsand – a place forgotten by time where the waters of the mighty Breede River mingle with the warm Indian Ocean, this unspoilt paradise is a place of scenic wonder”. It’s a peaceful haven, and with the Breede offering 337km of navigable waters – the longest in South Africa - it’s Mecca to ALL manner of water sport enthusiasts. Find better? Well-nigh impossible!
Witsand, with the largest concentration of Whales in one Bay, is the most important Whale Nursery in South Africa, and offers 4km of white sandy beaches for walks/jogging which stretch all the way to Still Bay and the Duivenhoks River. Swimming is safe (tidal pool for the children) – as is the area as a whole. Its part of the Cape Floral Region’s World Heritage Site, and a bird-watcher’s paradise.
The area is home to the endangered Cape Mountain Zebra, Cape Vulture and South Africa’s National Bird – the Blue Crane. Witsand and surrounds present a rich diversity of fauna, flora and unspoilt nature. With over 260 bird species, the rare spectacle of scores of Blue Cranes in the fields along the way, and 3 000 hectares of pristine Fynbos on its doorstep, this century-old coastal village – once a bustling port known as Port Beaufort - is a nature lover’s dream!
And the absolutely delightful, bright and airy 80's home is the ultimate abode for those who need ‘all things water’, adventure and nature to nourish their souls. It will breathe joie de vivre into the jaded city dweller, inspire artists and authors alike, and it’s a superb holiday home. Add a stair-lift from the garage to the house and make it your perfect, peaceful retirement home. PLUS ...
It’s one of the most desirable long term investments around – what property investors aspire to. Buy, let to holiday makers now, and laugh all the way to the bank ‘tomorrow’. Or guard it jealously for yourself, your family and friends - for a while ...
- Land size: 582m²
- House: 164m²
- Conservatory: 24m²
- Garage and room underneath: 47m²
- HOME comprising lounge and dining room (combined) with fireplace, fully fitted kitchen with hob, extractor, gorgeous solid wood cupboards, and breakfast counter with bar stools. Main bedroom and full bathroom on ground floor, three bedrooms upstairs – the latter serviced by 1) shower room with shower, basin and toilet, 2) separate shower, and 3) separate toilet with basin. (Downstairs bathroom and kitchen on electric geyser - upstairs, gas geyser.)
- Two bedrooms with direct access to view balcony, all bedrooms with built-in cupboards, and EVERY room, barring bathrooms, with panoramic river- and sea views.
- CONSERVATORY annex to the house with built-in braai (a simply delightful sun-room in winter with views, views, views).
- OUTBUILDINGS - single, extra length garage, and room underneath with toilet and basin (cold water only).
- GARDEN - lovely water-wise garden at the back – fully irrigated (front ‘garden’ – river!).
- Swimming in the river below the house is pure bliss (path leading to the river past the neighbour’s house), and a lovely safe swimming and boogie-boarding beach about 1km from the house.
- Rates: R1 988 per month, and no safety issues (not even a burglary in 33 years).
- BONUS: Sold fully furnished and equipped.
- WITSAND offers a “world class playground for water sports enthusiasts young and old” plus guided walks at the PiliPili Adventure Centre (visit their website). Two extremely well stocked general dealers where you can literally buy all and sundry – one doubles up as the local petrol station and post office, plus a variety of restaurants to choose from.
- Witsand is also where the beautiful and easy to negotiate Puntjie Walk starts, which stretches along the coast for 15-20km to the mouth of the Duivenshok River at Puntjie (6-8 hours walk at low tide only).
- ATTRACTIONS IN THE AREA (within 60km).
- 10km - Ostrich Eco 4x4 Trail.
- 33km - Malgas Pont. The only hand-drawn Pont, and the last of its kind in South Africa.
- 42km – Heidelberg – a delightful town along the N2 dating back to 1855. The source of the Duivenshok River is south of the town, and it’s a veritable ‘under the radar treasure trove’ offering historic walking tours, a terrific art gallery, Inspired Creations (make and sell beautiful solid wood furniture), an ever alluring speciality shop selling antiques and collectibles, scenic mountain passes and so much more.
- 52km - De Hoop Nature Reserve – one of Cape Nature’s flagship reserves (a Ramsar site), which offers, inter alia; A variety of self-guided hikes and mountain bike trails, 1 500 plant species, guided bird and marine walks, eco boat cruises, a vulture experience, scenic game drives, cave exploration at Koppie Alleen, and it’s also where the famous 5-day Whale Trail starts and ends.
- 63km - Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve – “a magical reserve with beautiful stretches of indigenous forest” in the Langeberg region and “the most significant stretch of indigenous afromontane forest left in the south-western Cape, with nearly all of the 35 typical forest tree species, including red alder, ironwood, stinkwood and yellowwood.” It offers day walks, mountain biking trails, bird- and wildlife, and it’s home to the Forest Emperor Butterfly and a subspecies of the rare Ghost Frog.
- What better and more scenic base can any nature lover ask for ...?
- Witsand – the best kept secret along the renowned Garden Route Coastline - is 189km from George and 303km from Cape Town.