All in Fine Style at Fancourt

Private Property South Africa
Anna-Marie Smith

Fancourt Golf Estate holds a prime location within the Southern Cape coastal region, and is centrally positioned in George, just 38km from Mosselbay, 85km from Plettenberg Bay, and 335 km from the centre of the Eastern Cape in Port Elizabeth. This central location from Cape Town International Airport and the city is motivation for many to make this scenic five hour journey by road, if not on the N2 via the spectacular Outeniqua and Swartberg mountain passes pass Oudtshoorn.

Reputed as a world class estate, set against the backdrop of the Outeniqua Mountains, it has long been the playground of well heeled local and international golfing investors, who are lured to this 613 hectare estate by its generous golf offerings across three courses, as well as the choice of six distinctive architectural home designs.

The estate comprises mostly freehold properties, and together with 26 Sectional Share units boasts a total number of 487 prime properties. As a five star leisure destination, property owners and visitors can enjoy the Fancourt Hotel and Manor House, the health spa, or make use of conference and wedding facilities. Agents say the estate’s close proximity to George Airport and areas such as Sedgefield, Knysna, and Plettenberg Bay, as well as conveniently located amenities in the relatively small town of George, makes for a fabulous lifestyle.

Stunning setting

Fancourt golfing residents, some from abroad who also own residential and commercial properties elsewhere along the Garden Route, say they the temperate climate of this region affords them the opportunity to enjoy their favourite past time all year round.The estates also welcomes non-resident golfing travellers, and is particularly popular with those hailing from the Northern Hemisphere, in search of ideal golfing conditions under the African sun. Premier golfing facilities are on offer at Fancourt’s three top ranking courses, for best condition in the Top 10 of the 2012 Golf Digest rankings, withThe Links ranked number 2, Montague at number 6 and Outeniqua ranked number 9.

Property prices here are competitive and range from the upper millions down to smaller lock up and go sectional share units. Lightstone reflects the most recent five sales concluded this year to have ranged in price from R11-million for a property on a 2001m2 plot , R8-million for a house set on a 2009m2 plot, R6-million each for two properties on plots measuring 1281m2, moving downward to R5.5-million and below.

Average valuation freehold prices are shown to have started out at R2.8-million in 2004, reaching R6.4-million in 2009 and although dropping after the property boom, are currently shown in national estate rankings at R5.2-million where values compete closely with Harrington Estate in Bryanston, Eastford Country Estate in Knysna, and the Villas in Hyde Park. In municipal rankings Fancourt is the highest rated estate in the George region, with runner up Breakwater Bay in Oubaai Estate close on its heels at R4.5, and the Brink also in Oubaai at R3.7-million.

Residents at Fancourt seldom have to travel further than 5km to any public amenity in George that offers a choice of five shopping centres, five schools including junior and senior, four clinics and hospitals, and several retirement facilities.

During the hot summer months residents can enjoy a variety of outdoor entertainment in addition to golf, at any number of the country’s most spectacular beaches, such as Victoria Bay and Wilderness no more than 30 minutes by car toward the Garden Route. Other beautiful beaches en route to Mosselbay are Glentana, Groot and Kleinbrak and Hartenbos.

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