Velddrif, St Helena Bay and Vredenburg are small towns or villages on or close to the South Atlantic Ocean. The name Laaiplek refers to the quayside where fish used to be offloaded from small trawlers. To shop for the catch of the day is an experience not to me missed as this is a village with its own culture and quaintness.

Laaiplek is a small fishing village or resort town that is self-sustaining and has two schools namely Velddrif High School and Noordhoek Primary School of which the latter should not be confused with Noordhoek in Cape Town.

These two schools then means that the village is a permanent residential town but also a holiday resort town.

The village is also known for the Berg River and the Berg River Canoe Marathon. The course of the snakes river is due north from Paarl to Piketberg and from there it meanders west across the coastal plain to Velddrif, over a distance of some 240 km from Paarl to the small harbour of Velddrif on the West Coast which washes into the South Atlantic Ocean .

All these factors play a role in the property market of the town. The town is not remote and this fact is echoed by the developing Atlantic Sands Security Estate and Atlantic Waves Estate and then a vast number of vacant stands in the town itself.

Then there are numerous freestanding homes, townhouses, apartments and farms which make up the property usage in the town. The pricing structure is varied which is attributed to the architecture, location and of course the sizes of the homes.

The architecture is a mixture of Mediterranean and modern Mediterranean, conventional and period style fisherman’s cabins.

Tourism is also a factor which contributes to exposing property in the town as the town has this ability to call one back to the laid back tranquil lifestyle.

One could of course decide to venture into the catering and hospitality industry and start a guest house or lodge as this town offers all year recreation.

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