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Kommetjie: Long beach lifestyle

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Kommetjie is known for its surfing, crayfishing and fishing and residents relish the rural atmosphere of a village where development is expected to protect the area’s charm

Surrounded by Ocean View, Scarborough, Fish Hoek and Noordhoek, the residents of the small village of Kommetjie enjoy a peaceful, rural atmosphere.

Known as one of the finest surfing destinations on the Peninsula, it attracts fair numbers of day visitors as well as a substantial number of suburbanites making it their weekend haven.

Garnett Oosthuizen’s husband’s family has a business which has been running for 48 years.

“The building they own was the original Kommetjie Hotel, now Swan Lodge, which has been converted into shops, residential living, offices and restaurants,” says Oosthuizen.

“Kommetjie is a surfer’s paradise and we have the famous Long Beach for time-out strolls. It is a most fabulous village for children to grow up. Kommetjie is a top destination for crayfishing, fishing and surfing.”

Kommetjie features a diverse real estate market with property prices ranging from affordable enough for first-time buyers to beachfront properties with asking prices in excess of R20million, says Greeff agent Willi Schalk, who has seen the area grow over 15 years and has sold more than 50% of Imhoff’s Gift and Bluewater Estate properties.

Kommetjie is a place where the majority of our property deals is between residents
in the village. – Greeff Agent Willi Schalk
Picture: Supplied

The buoyant property market in recent years has led to the robust development of areas neighbouring Kommetjie – a trend which is likely to continue, he says.

Construction under way will see a number of new schools as well as some proposed retail development.

“Kommetjie residents are understandably protective of their environment and all development will be expected to protect the area’s charm,” says Schalk.

He says Kommetjie celebrates its typical village setting, where “everyone knows everyone”.

It is a place where the majority of Greeff’s property deals is between residents.

Slangkop Lighthouse is the tallest in South Africa. Picture: Tracey Adams/ANA

“We see young people buying their first house and later, when the family has grown, upgrading to a larger property, then later scaling down as retirement approaches.

“Our ‘client for life’ business approach has played a key role in achieving a market share above all competitors,” says Schalk.

An interesting facet in the Kommetjie market is that close by, properties above R20m are located next to properties of under R3m, says Schalk.

“Kommetjie caters for all ages and all levels of income. We don’t just find properties for buyers, but also make recommendations for suitable financial and legal service providers and play a central role in the conveyancing process. This is particularly helpful for international clients unfamiliar with the processes of buying and selling properties in South Africa,” he says.

“Being in Kommetjie is like being on a holiday every day,” says Oosthuizen. “We have mountains, sea and amazing nature, and it is a bird watcher’s dream. Fantastic walking trails for enthusiastic hikers and sunsets words cannot describe. A visit to Kommetjie should be on everyone’s bucket list.”

Garnett Oosthuizen’s places of interest and things to do

Where to begin about our sublime Kommetjie village? I have lived in Kommetjie for more than 48 years and would never want to stay anywhere else in the world. Our children had the privilege of growing up here. We have friends who have come to visit Kommetjie as international guests and have ended up relocating to the village, saying it is one of the most awesome place in the world to live. – Garnett Oosthuizen Picture: Supplied

1 Outdoors

From surfing and standup paddle boarding at Long Beach and Inner and Outer Kom (tidal pool), to scenic cycling routes around the Slangkop Pass (M65), there are plenty of outdoor activities in this area, which include crayfishing during the season (Kommetjie has a slipway on Beach Road in the old part), recreational fishing for snoek, tuna and yellowtail, and beautiful coastal hikes. 

2 Eat and drink

“You will not be disappointed by Light House Pub & Grill – it serves fantastic meals,” says Oosthuizen. 0217832001. Blue Water Café has a play area for children and there is an animal touch farm right next door. 0217834545 

Imhoff Farm is home to craft, furniture and food shops. Picture: Tracey Adams/ANA

3 Family

Imhoff Farm was once a dairy and livestock farm on a remote stretch of land. Now on a busy tourist route, the farmstead has evolved into a commercial hub with old-world charm. The homestead houses the Blue Water Café while the stables, silo, smithy, former slave quarters and milking sheds are occupied by local artists and craft, furniture and food shops. 0217834545 

4 Makeover and pampering

For a much-needed change or pamper, Hair By Mark Anthony guarantees professional service, says Oosthuizen. 0217833784 

5 Slangkop Lighthouse

“Our Slangkop Lighthouse was built in 1914 and is still burning brightly today,” says Oosthuizen. “This cast iron lighthouse is the tallest in South Africa and is breathtaking and worth a visit. I would suggest parking at the Kom and walking via the catwalk, along the coastline to the lighthouse. It’s open Mondays to Fridays, 10am to 3pm, but is closed on weekends.” 0217831717

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