A timeless and evocative beach paradise!
Research reveals that spending time beside the ocean is beneficial for our mental and physical health. Soaking in seawater, listening to the sounds of the waves, watching the sun rise and set over an endless body of blue, walking, swimming, surfing and so on is not only good for you, it’s proven to remedy a staggering list of physical and psychological ailments. The ecosystem of a coastal environment adds to the harmony. The birdlife and their song, the beach dunes and their hardy vegetation, and the ocean wildlife with their dance through the waves connect us to the ever changing tides of existence. Perhaps that’s what’s so alluring about the West Coast. Its raw, rugged, resilient surroundings amidst the pockets of old fishing villages dotted along the coast. Where the wilderness meets burgeoning communities, that know a thing or two about wholesome living by the sea.
Under an hour’s drive from Cape Town, following one single lane leading to the roaring Atlantic, rests the quaint little village of Yzerfontein. Perched directly on the shoreline, elevated above the dunes and looking out over the ocean sits The Sound. With views all the way across to Dassen Island and its long-lived lighthouse – doing its duties since 1893 – this hideaway occupies front row seats to the spectacular show of a West Coast Sailing Story.
As you enter through the front doors, into the open-plan kitchen that flows through to the living and dining spaces, the breathtaking views of the waves and pristine white beach draws you out over the sundeck and into the sea. Four bedrooms settle around the two-storey bungalow, one being ensuite, while the others share the additional 3 bathrooms. A laidback TV lounge sits upstairs, overlooking the long stretch of sand. An enclosed seating area with a large, open braai is a lovely appendage to the body of the bungalow, allowing for hours of uninterrupted feasting, gathering and reclining away from the wind. Its screed flooring, white timber ceilings, seagrass rugs and Plantation shutters all deliver a gratifying statement of simplicity, convenience and contemporary charm that makes life by the sea, soothing. When the nights are still and the sea breeze is wafting through the open doors and windows, the Plantation shutters – which hold a lifetime guarantee and are regularly oiled and serviced – are securely closed for a decent night’s sleep. It’s those little features that makes a significant difference to a seaside home.
The bones of the property have been in the hands of the existing owners for more than 20 years. Cherished family holidays have been spent on these dunes, with the dogs, the occasional ostrich, the black oystercatchers, the cormorants and a community of seaside dwellers that have nailed and nurtured the art of slow, healthy living. Long walks on the beach, cycles into the town for a very good coffee and some of the best bakes in the Cape from Rosemead Artisan Bakery. Sampling some local craft brews from Yzer Bru after a session of surfing or SUPping on the main beach – that’s just a 5-minute cycle from home. Picking mussels and limpets from the rocks right in front. It’s easy to secure a permit from the local post office, so it’s likely a seafood pasta will be on the menu at least twice a week. Some afternoons will be spent on the tennis court at the council tennis club, others will be as just you wish. Lodged in the wilderness of the West Coast, lapping up the sunshine, the surf, and the salty sea air. A comforting awareness of the freedom for the kids to just wander around the neighbourhood, cycling, skating and exploring the dunes. A constant reminder of how wonderful life is by the ocean, with your clan and your holiday swagger, that’s only 59 minutes from Cape Town.
• Erf size: 720 m2
• 4 bedrooms (1 en suite)
• 4 bathrooms
• Open plan living area
Photo credits to Henrique Wilding @henriquewilding