It’s hard to imagine a region more dramatically situated than the Western Cape province of South Africa. At the tip of the African continent, it is where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet.
The Western Cape is known for its beauty and cultural diversity, but it also has a first-class business infrastructure, which was significantly upgraded in anticipation of the country’s hosting of the 2010 World Cup. Tourism, medicine and education are strong business sectors. It is also recognized internationally for delivering outstanding value for the money.
The Atlantic Seaboard is South Africa’s most exclusive luxury real estate belt, especially the Cape Town oceanfront suburbs of Camps Bay and Clifton. Another Cape Town suburb, and one of its most exclusive is Constantia, where some of the country’s first grape vines were cultivated.
The Western Cape is South Africa’s main wine-producing region. Pretty towns like Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl were the heart of the original wine trail, but now vineyards radiate from the coastline making it the world’s longest wine route.
Properties on the Indian Ocean, however, should definitely not be missed. Plettenberg Bay is a premier coastal resort, located along the Garden Route, one of the most popular destinations in South Africa. Along here at Robberg Beach, with three miles of pristine white-sand beaches, is a street affectionately known as Millionaire’s Drive. Sea views and proximity to the beach are keys in determining value along the coastline. The area attracts vacation home owners from other areas of South Africa, and Johannesburg in particular. International owners represent less than 10%.
Western Cape farms are for those who aspire to own properties measured in hectares, rather than meters. Private hunting reserves are available, fully stocked with game animals (trophy room included). More common in this part of the country are livestock, dairy, olive, grain farms and a growing number of honeybush tea plantations. Wine and fruit farms, however, lead the way. No surprise given that South Africa is the world’s eighth largest wine producer. Top tier wine farms feature luxurious amenities like chef’s kitchens, large entertainment spaces and guest cottages. The perfect setting to drink in the good life.
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