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Langebaan: Aquamarine living

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A place to visit for the annual spectacle of wild spring flowers and steeped in history, Langebaan, with its salt water lagoon, is the perfect place for relaxation and recreation.

The white sandy beaches surrounding the clear blue water of the lagoon are one of the main attractions of Langebaan, just over 130km from Cape Town, or about 90 minutes’ drive.

The mild climate and protected waters of the lagoon make it popular for sailing, kayaking and fishing. Unlike most lagoons which form where fresh water rivers enter the sea, this one was formed by the rising and falling of sea levels during prehistoric times, making it a salt water lagoon.

Being on the West Coast, it’s a go-to place for the annual spectacle of spring wildflowers, and is steeped in history, from the first inhabitants, the Khoikhoi and San, to the arrival of Europeans.

Places of interest and things to do in Langebaan

Langebaan is a wonderful place to de-stress, says Just Property chief executive Paul Stevens, but it is not a sleepy West Coast town; things are happening there with developments aplenty.

“A mall is opening soon and a R700million lifestyle village, including a hotel, spa and restaurant complex are being developed by GWM,” he says.

I moved to Langebaan three years ago, first attracted to the fast-growing community. Being
in a busy hub it is still surrounded by the wonders of nature. Now I am a mum I am equally impressed with the range of good schools and activities Langebaan has to offer. We have the lagoon and West Coast National Park on our doorstep with the best sunsets around. – Resident Kate Richardson and husband Steve
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People from all over South Africa are drawn to Langebaan. Besides the obvious outdoor offerings, Langebaan is attractive as it offers easy access to Cape Town, but does not suffer from inflated property prices, as many parts of Cape Town do. The relatively affordable prices apply to properties both for rent and sale, says Stevens.

At Laguna Estate, buyers can get more for their money, such as a 300m² house on the golf course overlooking a green for R2.9m. For buyers looking for higher end properties within the boundaries of a secure estate, Langebaan Country Estate offers properties built around the Gary Player-designed Black Knight Golf Course. The biggest cohort of buyers in the estate (38%) are older than 50, and 30% of residents are aged 36-49 with children attending school.  

This 450ha eco-estate embodies the essence of live-work-and-play. “Langebaan is well-positioned as a safe place to enjoy the great outdoors and the quality of life for which South Africa is famous.”

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