Fast becoming one of the world's top holiday destinations, South Africa has much to offer. Gorgeous weather (almost) year round, spectacular scenery, wildlife and nature adventures, world-class golf courses and wineries, and of course all the sailing, scuba diving, and cricket that a sports enthusiast could want. Quickly gaining a reputation for its four star restaurants and nightclubs, South Africa's Cape Town area is a particularly desirable spot for holiday seekers from Germany, Holland, and the U.K., many of whom choose to buy a permanent residence in Somerset West, Cape Town's most sought after community. Those lucky enough to afford it go one step further and set their sights on Monte Sereno, the crown jewel of the area.
Have we convinced you that Cape Town, Somerset West, or Monte Sereno is your best bet for the perfect holiday home or permanent residence? If so, read on to discover 6 tips to finding the holiday home of your dreams in South Africa!
Determine how and when you'll be using your holiday home: Holiday is a relative term and the length of stay and the activities engaged in while on vacation varies wildly from person to person. If you are the type that wants a true home away from home and intend to spend one month or more in your vacation home, choose a house in the best neighborhood you can afford and ensure that it has all the amenities and space you'll need to be truly comfortable.
Determine how much space you'll need: How much space you need will depend on how you intend to use your holiday home. If entertaining friends and family is on the agenda, you'll want to make sure you have enough bedrooms and bathrooms and common living space to accommodate a group. Don't forget to consider those outdoor features that make entertaining guests a breeze - a pool, patios, and the essential South African braii are all must haves for your holiday home in South Africa!
Decide which features you simply cannot live without: To some, heated bathroom floors are essential to comfortable living while others simply must have a home that is surrounded by mature gardens and panoramic views. Luxurious bathrooms and kitchens, impeccable finishing details, the latest in appliances and imported flooring tops the list of discriminating holiday home buyers in South Africa while comprehensive security systems, privacy walls, and close shopping and restaurants tend to top the lists of those from the U.K., Holland, and Germany who are seeking a holiday home in South Africa.
Find the neighborhood that best suits your needs: There are many fine neighborhoods in the Cape Town area of South Africa that have proven popular with vacation home buyers and expats, but perhaps none are quite as popular as Somerset West and Monte Sereno. Surrounded by wineries, golf courses, and some of the best shopping in South Africa, there are a number of neighborhoods that sport the sort of peaceful, well-cared for environment that allows for the effortless transition from busy day-to-day life to the sublime, laid back ambiance of holiday life.
Get to know your would-be neighbors: Whether you choose to be social during your holiday time or keep to yourself, you want to ensure that the neighbors by which you will be surrounded have the same aesthetic preferences and expectations that you do. It's always wise to choose a holiday home in an established neighborhood of well-maintained homes in order to protect your investment in a holiday home from a degrading neighborhood. Once again, it pays to invest in the best neighborhood you can afford as it's more likely the value of the properties will hold and increase and the nature of the neighbors will reflect your own values and ideals.
Decide whether you want to rent out your holiday home during vacancy: It's no secret that buying and renting out a holiday home in South Africa is a wise (and popular) investment strategy. How much time do you anticipate spending in your holiday home? If it's less than three months out of a year, you may wish to consider renting your home out to others who are planning a holiday in South Africa. Choosing a home in a good neighborhood that is close to shops, restaurants, and nightclubs (The Strand is particularly popular with visitors to the Somerset West and Cape Town areas of South Africa) as well as golf, sailing, and scuba diving activities will maximize your rental income. Don't forget about the amenities of the home itself - ensuite washer/dryer, plenty of bedrooms and bathrooms, views, and a pool and gardens will all attract the kind of holiday renters that you want and will allow you to get the absolute most out of your real estate investment in South Africa!
Amanda Cooper at KWK Media invites you to visit one of South Africa's most luxurious homes in the desirable Monte Sereno, Somerset West community at www.HolidayHomeSA.com
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