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Gordon’s Bay has it all - beaches, malls, walks, mountains, views and restaurants, and a cross-section of homes catering to a variety of bank balances

Just 50km from Cape Town and in the north-east corner of False Bay is the harbour town of Gordon’s Bay.

Named after Robert Jacob Gordon, a Dutch explorer of Scottish descent, Gordon’s Bay is the smallest of the three towns in the Helderberg region. The Kogelberg nature reserve against the Hottentots Holland Mountain, with the Steenbras Dam above, dominates the area. The road to the dam provides breathtaking views, says resident Gys Liebenberg.

“This stretch of coastline is picturesque, quaint and unpretentious. Clarence Drive that runs on to Rooi Els has been voted one of the top scenic drives in the world. And the sunsets are spectacular. Bliss.

“In summer, the south-easter can be fierce as it pushes rain inland. But it comes with the territory – in winter we have beautiful weather with little wind.”

The warm waters of False Bay constantly change colour, from clear turquoise to stormy dark blues, says Liebenberg. “In good weather, the beach is ideal for swimming and picnics. Bikini Beach, to the left of the old harbour, has blue flag status and the main beach has a grassy area, shady milkwood trees and a free outdoor gym area for fitness enthusiasts.”

The main beach is dog-free, but there is a small dog-beach, which is dog heaven for Liebenberg’s dog Merlot.

Gys Liebenberg’s places of interest in Gordon’s Bay

The property spectrum has something for everyone’s pocket, says Liebenberg: “Newer architectural masterpieces perch on the steep slopes on either side of the white-washed GB anchor on the mountain, and there are also classy harbour dwellings, quaint smallholdings and a variety of affordable houses, security cluster home complexes, golfing estate houses and flats. For tourists, there are numerous affordable B&Bs.”

Doreen Mynhardt, Just Property principal for the Helderberg, enthuses about the Blue Rock Village and Giovanni luxury apartments which will be an eco-friendly go-green estate overlooking the Blue Rock Dam.

The Helderberg property market is remarkably resilient in the face of a declining economy.
– Doreen Mynhardt, Just Property
Picture: Tracey Adams/ANA

Business and property growth can be expected due to convenience stores and more traffic through the area when construction of the 30000m² Milkwood Mall is completed, and in the next 18 months, four hectares of land will be developed in Dennehof Road, with 140 full-title houses; plot sales will begin at R400000.

To keep up with the pace of development in the Helderberg, several large infrastructure projects are being implemented, including a 100-million litre reservoir to be supplied from the Steenbras Water Treatment Plant to provide adequate bulk storage of potable water for the Somerset West/Gordon’s Bay area.

Gordon’s Bay is the suburb to invest in right now, says Mynhardt. “The latest Lightstone data confirms the Helderberg property market is remarkably resilient in the face of a declining economy.”

House prices range from R1.39million for two bedrooms to R3.87m for four bedrooms. Apartments are priced from R610000 for one bedroom to R3.13m for three bedrooms. In a complex these range between R760000 and R1.2m respectively. Plots can be bought for as little as R325000 although expect to pay up to R3.5m on the mountainside.

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