Approximately 85 km from Cape Town, Pringle Bay is a unique and charming small coastal village situated in a World Biosphere Reserve. Pringle Bay is situated on the famous Whale Route; it is an overwhelming experience to watch those gentle giants from so close by.
Pringle Bay is surrounded by mountains on three sides and overlooks the Ocean with Cape Point in the distance. It abounds with wildlife and beautiful flora and is part of the Sixth Floral Kingdom of the planet.
The silver beaches are pristine and spotless and the air is clean and unpolluted. There is a small lagoon with clear and warm water where the Buffels River enters the sea. Pringle Bay is one of the few bays in South Africa that face north, and the sunsets are spectacular.
Eight restaurants are within a three minutes’ walk from each other. A 5 minute drive will get you to the safe boat-launching facility, 10 minutes to the penguin colony or famous Harold Porter Botanical Gardens, 20 minutes to a variety of golf courses, 45 minutes to the wine estates or to the “Whale Capital” Hermanus, 50 minutes to Cape Town International Airport and just over one hour into the center of Cape Town.
Although very much a resort town, Pringle Bay continues to attract a growing number of permanent residents for reasons of safety and convenience. Many of the weekenders are also expressing long-term plans to retire to the area or move there permanently in the near future.
On the other hand our village has over the past years attracted many young families who are conducting their own businesses from home via the internet (ADSL, WiFi and 3G) or commute to Strand, Somerset West, Hermanus or Stellenbosch. The opening up of a private school had made this a viable alternative for young families wanting to live in a beautiful secure environment, away from city life but near enough to all amenities.
Life savers are on duty during the holiday seasons and Pringle beach is never crowded, even over Christmas. This must have also been the only beach in South Africa, where over the past years not a single car was broken into and not a single cell-phone or towel was stolen off the beach (… and we do not have guards or “car guards” in Pringle Bay). And there is an amazing variety of coastal and mountain hiking trails in Pringle Bay and secluded beaches.
With no industry, townships, informal settlements or large scale development allowed in this area, only one road leading into Pringle Bay and no buses allowed, our village has the lowest crime statistic; where else in South Africa would more then 90 % of residents have voted against the installation of street lights?
Pringle Bay has active police and MEC reservists, its own fire engine and an emergency medical team with equipment including a cardiac monitor/ defibrillator. Pringle Bay is also the first town in South Africa to have achieved full “fire-wise” status. Since 2012 the only access road is monitored by CCTV and the number plate recognition system alerts authorities about stolen vehicles or vehicles suspected to be used in criminal activities entering the area.
Known for its copious sea life, here you can enjoy the fruits of the sea. There is good fishing and during season you can obtain a permit for 4 crayfish a person, a day.
Pringle Bay has a number of guesthouses and self catering establishments, eight restaurants, three pubs, several shops, a school bus service, a post office, a multi-denominational church, a town hall hosting festivals and functions, a liquor store, a bakery, a laundry, a gym with sauna and massage service, indoor water-aerobics, an art gallery and a hardware shop in the small village business center.
With Pringle Bay “getting younger by the day”, the Pringle House Primary School has been established seven years ago. Pringle House Eco School was recently voted one of the four best Eco-schools in the Western Cape and received the Best Practice Award.
Our well known fish restaurant Hook Line & Sinker was recently featured on Persella. MIMS is a family restaurant with well supported Local Nights, and the upmarket @365 restaurant has received excellent write-ups over the years always featuring in the “best restaurants in South Africa” publication. The Anchor serves cakes, snacks and meals. Hanging Rock serves a small variety of nice meals plus gourmet pizzas. Simply Coffee serves light meals and is known for the best coffees and cakes in town. Lemon and Lime is an upmarket Deli also serving nice snacks and cake/cappuccinos. Hangklip Hotel has made its name through Sunday buffets and the recently opened outdoor boma has taken off well. Perigators is serving pub meals and amazing pizzas. With its entertainment license, it does movie/ auction & karaoke evenings and over weekends hosts well known entertainers and musicians.
Overstrand was last year awarded as the winner of the Cleanest Town! The National Treasury rated our municipality as one of the “Top Ten” among the 286 local Authorities in South Africa in a rating of budget and IDP processes. No surprise then, that our municipality not only has the cheapest rates and taxes in the whole of the Western Cape but also compared to any of the coastal towns further north. Pringle Bay’s water plant was recently awarded for its consistent water quality at an amazing 95,07 % and is praised as one of the 10 top purification plats in the whole of South Africa!
Pringle Bay Properties – properties for sale: Pringle Bay Realtor Axel Maier can be contacted on 083 286 4144 and deals with with coastal properties. As limited development within the biosphere reserve is strictly enforced, Pringle Bay real estate remains a Prime Investment opportunity.
“Taking into consideration Pringle Bay’s Position, Beauty, Conservancy Status, Beach, Safety and the fact that there will be no further developments in the area (resulting in a shortage of properties in the near future), continued capital growth is guaranteed”.
Pringle Bay houses and plots for sale: At present several vacant stands are available ranging from R 290k to 2.5 million and nice houses from R 695 000 to a villa situated right on Main Beach for 9 million. Pringle Bay small holdings are a million+.
You will find an interesting mix of young and old, and South African and overseas residents in Pringle Bay.
Foreign buyers are attracted by the proximity to Cape Town, the airport and surrounding destinations. South Africa is known for its stable banking and legal system and excellent medical facilities. With 50% bonds granted to non-residents by our banks, an income opportunity through rentals and profit on resale, property ownership in Pringle Bay is rated as a top investment. The main reason given however remains our sunny beaches and affordable living; and when its winter in Europe its summer in the Cape. And there are daily flights to Europe with “no” time difference and jet-lag.
Whales, penguins, surfing, a picnic on the beach, a swim in the bay or up the warm lagoon, friendly people, spectacular sunsets, virtually Zero Crime, good restaurants and a clear night sky … Paradise!
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but rather by the moments that take our breath away!”