Families drawn to Arabella Country Estate

Families drawn to Arabella Country Estate

A typical four-bedroom home with golf course views at Arabella Country Estate near Kleinmond and Hermanus.

House prices in the Arabella Country Estate have increased significantly in the past decade, underlining the perennial demand for homes in this well-established golf estate near Kleinmond and Hermanus.

“With a house price appreciation of 44% between 2010 and 2017, Arabella remains one of the Western Cape’s most sought-after estates,” says Mike Bisset, Pam Golding Properties branch manager at Arabella.

“And, the scarcity of available vacant plots is likely to add to this demand.”

“Renowned for being one of the country’s most luxurious golf estates, Arabella is also becoming a popular option for families seeking a safe living environment. Arabella is also known for its excellent security track record and sound financial management by a capable homeowners’ association,” says Bisset.

Established 19 years ago, Arabella has retained its idyllic charm by maintaining a low-density property profile. There are only 237 properties on the 113 ha estate with 1.6km of lagoon frontage.

It is also home to one of South Africa’s top golf courses, designed by architect Peter Matkovich and a host of prestigious events such as the Nelson Mandela Invitational. Other features include floodlit tennis courts, a children’s playground, a putt-putt course and jogging paths.

Bisset says the introduction of modern features such as fibre optic cable and the wide range of sporting activities on offer, has resulted in renewed buyer interest from younger families.

“With the wide choice of good schools in the area, more families are opting to move to Arabella for its security and peaceful ambience. Improved connectivity has also made it easier for residents to work from home. Arabella is certainly no longer viewed as a lifestyle estate solely for older residents,” says Bisset.

However, Arabella remains a popular choice for mature buyers, especially Capetonians who invest in property on the estate as a holiday getaway with a long term view to retirement. Lightstone property data shows that almost 60% of the buyers in 2017 were 50 to 64 years old. Bisset says many of Arabella’s buyers have moved from Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Namibia to settle in the Cape.

Most of the homes on this luxury estate have four or five bedrooms and are priced from R4 million to R9m, although there are also smaller homes of around R3.5m. Half of existing homeowners have owned their properties for at least 11 years, according to Lightstone.

Recent sales by Pam Golding Properties include two homes for R8.2m and R7.9m.

“In a show of confidence in the merits of the estate, some of our early buyers are choosing to renovate their older homes to bring them in line with contemporary trends,” says Bisset.

Arabella has plenty to offer discerning buyers, he says. The estate has its own helicopter landing pad and residents have access to the award-winning hotel with its luxury spa and conference facilities.

Located in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, Arabella has large areas of natural landscape with indigenous plants, birds and wildlife. Access to the lagoon has recently been provided for residents, which adds to the appeal of living in a country estate, and to the estate’s investment potential. Properties increase in worth as the protected environment grows in value, notes Bisset.