Areas and Places

Coastal gem – retirement, holiday home buyers discover the allure of De Kelders, Gansbaai

The little village of De Kelders, just north of Gansbaai and about 25-minutes’ drive from Hermanus ranks as one of the most unspoilt coastal gems in the country.

With its beautiful rocky coastline and collection of architectural beach houses, some located practically on the rocks overlooking the ocean, it is indeed still a gem of the Cape South Coast according to Seeff agent, Marlene Uys.

The name of the village derives from the unusual and distinctive geological features in the form of a series of underground caves or cellars beneath the cliffs; De Kelders being the Dutch word for cellars, says the agent.

It lies on the shores of Walker Bay, world-famous for its whale watching during the June to September migration season. All-round, it is just miles and miles of fynbos and here, you are indeed very far from the madding crowd.

Our rocks and sea caves are actually world-famous, says Uys. Other attractions include the Walker Bay Nature Reserve and a number of trails such as The Klipgat hiking trail, a 7km trail that leads from the Gansbaai harbour along the shore to the entrance of the Walker Bay Nature Reserve and the famous Klipgat Cave. The Platbos Forest, Stinkhoutsbos and Duiwelsgat trails are also quite popular.

There are a number of guest houses here with lovely names like Whale Cove and The Oyster Catcher along with a large contingent of second homes.

Although home to a number of top end homes priced in the upper millions, there are still plenty of affordable options here for buyers, says the agent. There is for example still plenty of vacant land up for grabs, priced below R300 000-R600 000, some even with sea views.

Houses start at around R850 000 for a more modest home and range to about R3m on average. Luxury houses though range to around R8m and as much as R16m for a spectacular 564sqm architectural beach house situated on the rocks.

It is quite something to see and ticks all the boxes for the luxury house seeker, says the agent. It boasts magnificent sea views throughout and the whole front opens to a terrace and swimming pool that overlooks the ocean.

Finishes include a unique feature indoor atrium with an electronically controlled roof that can open and close, wi-fi controlled air-conditioning throughout, under-floor heating in the bathrooms, wooden floors, porcelain tiles, beautiful bathrooms with the latest trendy fittings, a contemporary kitchen with gas cooking, integrated appliances, a pantry, scullery and laundry, two lounges (one with a fireplace), a study, games room and gymnasium, enclosed patio with braai facilities as well as garaging and an irrigated garden.

For busy city executives, this is the ideal escape, either for holidays or as a semi- or event permanent home for those fortunate enough to retire in their fifties. In fact, our buyers are now mostly older, quite often in the forty to fifty-plus age range, says the agent.

As with most of the coastal areas, the market here has been quite active since 2012/3. Property, especially houses ranging from R835 000 – 00 are in great demand as well as between R1.2m – R2.5m, followed by the more luxurious. There is a steady growth in sales of vacant stands , where only a few seafront stands are available ranging from R1.95m to R3m price range to as much as R3.7m, R3.8m, R4m and R5.3m.