South of Cape Town along the Garden Route lays Hermanus and Gansbaai. Gansbaai forms part of the Overberg District municipality and the suburb of Van Dyks Bay is part of the municipality.

The backdrop of the Dynefontein Mountains is the perfect holiday canvas. Van Dyks Bay is utterly unpretentious a prestigious holiday resort town which has a very competitive property market. The tranquillity in the suburb is almost palpable.

Property values vary between R 1, 5 million to the R 9 million region, just as an indication. The price range is in part due to the mixed architecture and some well-reputed architects have been contracted to design some of the more elaborate contemporary homes of which all make full use of the oceans views.

There are of course permanent residents in the suburb which there has to be some form of support infrastructure like schools which cater for the education of children in the town and surrounding suburb. The two schools are Gansbaai Academia and Gansbaai Primary School.

Being a large tourist holiday resort means there is scope for commercial use of property in the informal catering sector of guest houses which can cater for tourists all year round.

The greater Gansbaai is known for its shark watching or caged shark diving in Shark Alley, Dyer Island which is the breeding ground for the African penguin and Geyser Island which is home to some 60 000 Cape fur seals. By 1995 caged shark diving in Gansbaai has become the second most popular tourist attraction in South Africa with the Kruger National Park reigning top of the rank. Of course, this exposure to both national and international tourists advertises the town and region, making it more visible and appealing as a second holiday home investment market.

The seasonal migration of whales is a spectacular natural occurrence one should not miss when visiting or residing here in that dream holiday home.

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