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Over the last decade, the same attractions that have drawn holidaymakers to this small town on the West Coast, have resulted in a growing resident population, swapping the big city for a more peaceful existence.
“It’s a small town, but we have everything we need right here and if you really miss the big city lights, Cape Town is just over an hour’s drive away. We’re surrounded by beautiful nature and time just passes a tad slower here,” says Elmien Gotsell, Black Eagle Brewery, who went from being a regular weekender to a full-time resident 14 years ago.
Some residents work in nearby Saldanha Bay where the Industrial Development Zone status has brought international investment, others tap into the tourism and hospitality market with local businesses. And some find the one-hour commute to Cape Town worth it for the lifestyle and sense of community. “We have an awesome community of friendly and loving people, always supporting where they can,” says Tomas Smith, Thoban Chefs, who moved here from Joburg eight years ago for a peaceful environment to bring up his children.
Everyday life is easy. “It takes me five minutes to get to work and to the shops. Langebaan doesn’t have any traffic lights and only recently got traffic circles,” says resident Tracy-Lee Campbell. “We have some great local general practitioners in Langebaan, a medical centre has just popped up, and there are great hospitals in Vredenburg, which is 20 minutes away.”
As soon as the workday is over, the beach and lagoon beckon, with surfing, fishing, kite-surfing, sailing, swimming and much more right on your doorstep.
From being a small town with a large proportion of holiday homes, Langebaan is now growing apace with a wave of new developments underway. Club Mykonos at the far end of the beach just outside town is now backed by Long Acres Country Estate. Langebaan Country Estate is set just back from the beach between the town and the resort, Calypso Beach offers beachfront properties, Myburgh Park on the hills behind the town has spectacular views over the lagoon, and there are still plenty of empty plots available to build a dream home.
Perhaps surprisingly for such a small town, Langebaan has a choice of private schools in addition to the state primary school, which is a fair indication of how much the resident population has grown. The schools also draw students from the neighbouring West Coast towns. Curro Langebaan goes all the way from three months to matric and has a boarding facility too, Topolino is parallel medium with English and Afrikaans classes up to Grade 7, and Longacres is dual medium from Grade 1 to 9 with an affiliated bilingual preschool at Seeskulpie Educational Development Centre.
“I love our beautiful lagoon which offers great water sports such as fishing, kite surfing, surfing, SUP, paddle skiing, and diving,” says Tracy, “and our gem, the West Coast National Park, has beautiful flowers during spring, lovely wild life, and bird watching. Kraalbaai is a must for a tan and swim, and a beautiful 16-mile beach where you can occasionally spot whales.” Various sections of the lagoon are designated for powerboats leaving other areas free for wind-power, and the furthest reaches are reserved for nature and wildlife, the pristine waters bringing a rich variety of migratory birds to visit.
On land you can escape into nature, cycling, hiking or running. “I love going for a walk or a run on one of the golf estate’s beautiful trails. You have magnificent views of the lagoon and the town from there, and if you’re lucky you might spot the black eagles,” says Elmien.
If you ever need more than nature, beach and water, the Mykonos resort is full of facilities from a heated pool to casino, Sunny Park offers water slides and putt-putt, there are two golf courses, regular fun runs and markets, and, of course, a variety of restaurants and bars for the social gatherings at the end of a day of sea, sand and surf.
How can you not love Langebaan with its beautiful surroundings? Langebaan is all about nature, the sea, perfect weather and awesome people. It always has a holiday vibe. It’s a place where you still feel safe to let your children run wild. TOMAS SMITH, RESIDENT
Devmark Property Group | 021 948 3502
Langebaan enjoys a moderate climate and offers numerous excellent holiday facilities. It’s known as the ornithological capital of South Africa, having recorded the largest oyster shell deposits in the world, while the nearby West Coast National Park offers a great variety of fauna and flora. I’m also very excited about Langebaan Manor, which will be situated in the centre of town, close to all amenities and the pristine white beaches surrounding the lagoon. It’ll be the ideal investment for those wanting to retire in a beautiful setting close to the city. It’ll offer the best location, state-of-the-art security, garden and house cleaning services, affordable levies, and everything to ensure a stress free lifestyle.
Walter Hart, sales agent 072 795 5371 | email@example.com
Langebaan Country Estate | 022 772 2112
The lagoon village of Langebaan is becoming increasingly popular to those looking for a laid-back, safe lifestyle. With good schools, affordable properties – especially compared to the cities – fantastic amenities and top-class beaches all within an hour’s drive from Cape Town, it’s no wonder the town is a sought-after property investment area. There’s such a wide range of activities, restaurants, shops, services and infrastructure here that it has become a destination of choice for young families and retirees alike. However, it still has that small-town charm – the key to the town’s success. There’s a sense of freedom here you don’t get in the cities. Life is peaceful and you can go to sleep with a sense of calm.
Craig Scott, CEO and developer
- West Coast National Park: spring flowers and wildlife
- Birdwatching all around the lagoon
- West Coast Fossil Park including horse-riding trails and MTB trails
- Kraalbaai beach in the National Park: swimming in clear lagoon waters, and sunbathing
- Explore the underwater marine world with Langebaan Divers
- Thali Thali Game Reserve: game drives
- Beach and lagoon for all water sports
- Sunny Park: water slides, putt-putt, trampolines
- Club Mykonos Resort: Greek-themed resort with kalivas, restaurant, kids club, marina and casino
- Golf at the Langebaan golf course
- Parkrun on Saturdays
- Denlyn Park Market last Saturday of each month
- Pearlys: a beachfront landmark serving everything from seafood to pizza and breakfasts
- Thoban Chefs: sushi and Asian eats
- Black Eagle Brewery: craft beer and pirozhkis
- Kokomos: a wide variety of burgers, pizzas, pasta and seafood with a view of the lagoon
- Die Watergat: local sports bar with pizzas and langarm dancing
- Pirates: steakhouse and pub
- Marc’s Beach Bar: seafood, mussels, pizzas, cocktails and more