Camps Bay beach has held its Blue Flag status since 2008. It is the largest white sand beach in this area and is one of a few beaches in Cape Town that has a seasonal life guard station. It is flanked by Camps Bay’s main tourist hub, which boasts many hotels, restaurants, and shops.
“A few beaches in the near vicinity offer great surfing, good view sites, diving or entertainment areas, and are all within a five-minute drive – which is possibly why Camps Bay’s property is increasingly sought after by both locals and foreigners in various price brackets, and prices have reflected this demand”, says Nelio Mendes, marketing manager for estate agency SAProperty.com.
Oudekraal offers a sheltered series of tiny beaches with a well-maintained picnic and braai area. Lui Bay (Witsand) is a popular dive site, Koeël Bay is home to a popular curio market, Bakoven is a rocky outcrop that offers spectacular views, and Glen Beach, on the other side of Camps Bay is the area’s best surfing beach.
Freehold property makes up a large portion of the overall market stock in Camps Bay (64,54%) and the balance is sectional title.
The market in Camps Bay comprises of those who are in the higher income brackets and, according to a recent Lightstone report, a high percentage (46%) of recent buyers have been in the 36 to 49-year bracket. More mature buyers, from 50 to 64 years old, make up 28% of recent purchasers and 21% are pensioners, 65 or older. There were only 5% in the 18 to 35-year bracket in the same time frame.
Sales figures from the same Lightstone report list average sectional title prices for the period June 2016 to May 2017 at R9,322,000 and average freehold prices at R15,501,000.
This is a marked increase from median prices of property ten years, ago: in 2007, sectional title property’s median price was R5 million, and freehold R5,998,000. If one invested in a sectional title property in Camps Bay it could have increased in value by 133% and freehold by 145,9% in the last ten years.
“There is currently one stand-out property for sale at present”, said Mendes. “It epitomises the “new Atlantic Seaboard style” and is incredibly spacious and light-filled. Spectacular views of the Twelve Apostles as well as the ocean can be enjoyed from the entertainment deck and swimming pool area.”
“Investing in a home in Camps Bay for many seems to be with a long-term view in mind, over 50% of the existing owners listed in the above-mentioned Lightstone report have been there for over 11 years or more. This could be a lifetime investment, as once one comes to live here, there is very little chance you’d want to move anywhere else,” said Mendes.