Now that two way traffic has been restored and the eight year project road restoration project in Kalk Bay, which has caused much disruption and chaos along this section of the False Bay coastline, is finally coming to an end, says Ed Kok, the Knight Frank Anne Porter agent who operates in this area, the public can now enjoy the full offerings of Kalk Bay again without the traffic holdups.
The Main Road in this area managed to accommodate the Argus Cycle Tour and the Two Oceans Marathon this year, which is a favourite stretch for many athletes, said Kok. And the new traffic lights at Main Road and Boyes Drive are now fully operational, with two-way traffic fully restored here too.
Although there is still more restoration work to come, said Kok, the worst is over for Kalk Bay.
Kalk Bay is well known for its historic buildings, quaint shops, restaurants, cafes and coffee shops, said Kok. And it is also well known for its typically seaside atmosphere, where any holidaymaker can truly experience a Cape fishing village lifestyle and “take a step back in time when it was less rushed and commercial”, he said.
A 95 year old landmark property, which epitomises this Kalk Bay lifestyle, and is sited at the top of an old-world cobbled road, has come on the market, at a price of R12 million. The property has been running as a successful guesthouse for many years.
The home has six bedrooms with seven bathrooms, four living rooms, two garages and one additional parking bay. The building’s floor area is 413m² and the erf size is 545m².
The house was originally built in 1918 as a convalescent home, and today guests who visit, said Kok, can still experience the Colonial atmosphere in spacious rooms with high ceilings, wooden door architraves, and rooms opening out onto wraparound verandahs.
Part of the ground floor verandah has been enclosed, which creates a very comfortable lounge for guests, said Kok. This level also has a spacious dining room as well as a private lounge for the owner. A large, well equipped kitchen provides teas for guests and next to the northern verandah is a secluded patio which offers a sheltered outdoor area to enjoy the views and sunshine in summer, he said.
The other rooms on the ground floor include a reception office, a guest cloakroom and a guest shower.
“The finishes in this very comfortable and gracious home, coupled with the charm of Kalk Bay, make this guesthouse very appealing. As accommodation trade in Cape Town can be very seasonal, the attraction of this area coupled to the good seasonal pricing of rooms has enabled good occupancy levels,” said Kok.
At present, the guesthouse is being rented out on a flat rental basis to a commercial operator who is responsible for the operating expenses as well as the maintenance of the property, which is in excellent condition, said Kok. This lease can be renewed in November this year, or a new owner could decide to continue the running of the guesthouse themselves.
“Guesthouse opportunities of this kind seldom come onto the market,” he said. “This beautiful home offers a fantastic opportunity for an active owner who appreciates the special life Kalk Bay has to offer, while earning an income from their property investment at the same time,” said Kok.