Mossel Bay at a glance
On the 3rd of February, 1488, Bartholomeu Dias landed on Munro's Beach, right next to the well-known Santos Beach in Mossel Bay. Dias named the bay "Aquada de Sâo Bras", which means "The Waiting Place of St Blaize". Today, the same spring with which the sea fearers replenished themselves can still be found, as can the Old Post Office Tree which the sailors used to leave letters and messages which the ships returning to Portugal would collect and pass on.
The name "Mosselbaai" was given to the area by Dutch travelers in the 1600's due to the abundance of mussels which they collected in the bay. Today, it is known as the leisurely and peaceful town of "Mossel Bay" and forms part of the famous Garden Route. It is incredibly accessible - just half way between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth - and is a mere twenty minutes' drive from the George Airport and the N2 road which stretches over the whole of South Africa.
The beautiful Mossel Bay coast is dotted with many magnificent beaches and bays with stunning private properties for sale in suburbs with unique names such as "Boggoms Bay, Vleesbaai, Dana Bay, Hartenbos, Klein Brakrivier, Rheebok, Tergniet and Groot Brakriver. Private property for sale in any of these suburbs have beautiful views and offer a laid back and comfortable lifestyle unlike any other. Estates in South Africa like these are in popular demand as Mossel Bay is also synonymous for its good weather - in 1992 the Guinness Book of Records reported that Mossel Bay had the "second mildest climate in the world" - as approximately 320 days of every year are clear and sunny or mild.
Mossel Bay properties are also very popular with people who wish to retire by the sea, and are often bought by foreigners who have been looking at Sotheby's international property for sale listings. The combination of the beautiful surrounds, stunning weather, friendly community and efficient municipality - which has received unqualified audits of the past few years - making it the perfect place for you to kick back and enjoy life after your years spent working.
Mossel Bay also boasts two blue flag beaches, Santos Beach and Hartenbos Beach, and won the Rapport and Kewla Town of the Year competition in 2007 and 2008 before becoming a runner up in the 2010 competition.
The combination of affordable property which offers great value for money, the magnificent weather, the breathtaking Outeniqua Mountains, the relatively low crime rate, the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the laid back atmosphere in Mossel Bay makes this seaside town and its surrounding areas very popular for people who are wishing to retire along the coast.
Mossel Bay offers many different property types for potential buyers, including retirement villages that offer all the amenities required for a peaceful and comfortable retirement lifestyle. Private property in Mossel Bay townhouse developments are secure and offer low maintenance in a country style atmosphere which has become popular for permanent residents, as well as foreigners looking for international property. Many of the properties in Mossel Bay date back centuries, including the few sandstone properties which date back to the 1800. However, this town also boasts world-class modern architectural designer houses - ideal for the young at heart.
One of Mossel Bay's popular and charming attractions is its two secure and prestigious residential golf estates. The Mossel Bay Golf Estate offers some of the most beautiful residential estates in South Africa, all of which are situated on an 18 hole golf course. Beautifully designed properties also overlook the fairways as well as the Indian Ocean and magnificent mountains. Mossel Bay property for sale is also available in the Point Beach & Golf Resort which is meticulously placed on the Peter Malkovich designed golf estate. This estate has two secluded beaches and signifies the end of the St Blaize hiking trail, a truly magnificent 13,5km walk which will take you from the Point along the escarpment.
In Mossel Bay one can work and play. Mossel Bay offers sun-drenched beaches, various Nature Reserves and Game Reserves where one can view the big five, enjoy 4x4 Routes, go skydiving (including tandem jumps for the more adventurous) and can embark on helicopter trips, play golf, and go cycling. Apart from the St Blaize hiking trail the Oyster catcher trail at nearby Boggoms Bay guarantees complete peace of mind. For the sea lovers, whale watching, shark cage diving, yachting and sunset cruises can also be enjoyed. Mossel Bay is also home to the only Garden Route Casino, as well as the Buffalo Rally when approximately six thousand motorcyclists from all over South Africa visit Mossel Bay.
Mossel Bay also offers a large selection of fine schools, government and private, the latest addition being Curro Mossel Bay. Three large shopping malls can also be enjoyed - all which have easy access and an array of shops. There are also fine dining restaurants, art galleries boasting local talent and museums in the greater Mossel Bay area. The well-appointed Bay View Private Hospital offers world class medical facilities and specialists in most medical fields, while the popular Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK), held annually in Oudtshoorn, just a mere 90kms from Mossel Bay.
All in all, Mossel Bay is a beautiful place to live, exciting place to holiday and a relaxing place to retire. If you're looking locally for private property in Mossel Bay or are overseas looking for international property in this stunning region, contact Sotheby's for an extensive listing and a professional experience.
*Photo credit: Bob Adams