The Royal Alfred Marina, Port Alfred ticks all the right boxes for retirement and holiday buyers
The Royal Alfred Marina development, located in the tranquil coastal village of Port Alfred, midway between Port Elizabeth and East London in the Eastern Cape, is a rare gem. It is especially appealing for holiday home and retirement buyers according to Simon Oliver, Seeff’s licensee for the area. The Marina comprises of five islands within a 45ha private estate in the Kowie River Estuary. It is gated with top class security and also enjoys Blue-Flag status. The islands are linked by arched bridges across the stone-walled canals. There are 355 plots, each with about 15m private water frontage onto the canals that are on average about 50m wide and 3.5m deep and flows into the Kowie River. There is a Home Owners’ Association that invests significant amounts in maintaining the infrastructure, security and facilities including the roads, bridges and dredging of the canals. The luxury homes in the development certainly appeals to the upmarket buyer, says Ant de Bruin, Seeff’s agent for the development. Since the launch of the development, property values have grown year-on-year and the Marina is certainly seen as a good investment. Prices here now range from around R3 million at the lower end to about R5.4 million for a spacious five-bedroomed house with stunning river, bridge and small boat harbour views, visible right throughout the house. De Bruin says the home is really something to see. It certainly compares with best on offer and the finishes are top class. For the really discerning buyer, there is a triple storey home with four bedrooms and a separate one-bedroomed cottage. The home is very spacious with large rooms and a stunning main bedroom suite. Finishes include wooden blinds and shutters, fireplaces, wooden and porcelain-tiled floors, underfloor heating, generous-sized terraces and a swimming pool. It is priced at R12.8 million. Port Alfred is a very popular holiday and retirement spot and attracts buyers from all over the country according to Oliver. Upmarket areas such as Johannesburg and Pretoria and even people from the KZN-region are drawn to the laid-back lifestyle. The climate is superb with almost year-round sunshine, says Oliver. Aside from the lovely beaches and ocean, we have wonderful natural surroundings and plenty of outdoor leisure activities to keep you active. There is even world-class golf on offer right here in the town and we have a number of private game reserves in the vicinity. Contact Seeff Port Alfred, Ant de Bruin on 079 941 6951/046 624 4879 or visit www.seeff.com. (web refs 370076 and 360612).