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Cape St Francis is situated at the most southern Cape in the Eastern Cape. It boasts with the Cape St Francis Light House, a National Monument, built in 1878 at Seal Point. The village was only proclaimed in 1965. Cape St Francis is a small coastal hamlet surrounded by nature reserves and a pristine 5km beach encompassed by 2 points, Shark Point and Seal Point, Seal Point being the third most southerly point in South Africa. – Cape St Francis Budget Family Holiday Accommodation
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The climate is temperate and the prevailing wind ensures good surfing, which is why the famous surfing spot, “Seal Point” is here. The wild side is a magnificent rocky coastline where excellent fishing, rock pools and rock formations are to be found. Stretching inland are vast expanses of protected reserve through which many nature trails have been cut and offer delightful, non-strenuous walks.
Cape St Francis comprises of a holiday resort, a comprehensive mini market, restaurants and pubs, a world class surf reef and point break. As this area falls within the Cape Floral Kingdom it provides excellent bird watching and gentle nature trails through the natural gardens.
The original plans for Cape St Francis included very generous amounts of nature reserve and public open space. These areas cannot be developed and are the reason that Cape St Francis has maintained the very “un-built up” ambience which it has always had. These areas need not cause concern for potential buyers are potential “squatter areas”.
These undeveloped green areas are very controlled, protected and are a jealousy guarded part of Cape St Francis. It is the intention of the Cape St Francis Civic Association that all these areas of public open space should receive “Nature Reserve” status. Permission for this has been granted and it is now the lengthy process of government gazetting that needs to take place. Cape St Francis will then be a very unique village surrounded on all sides by Nature Reserve. The motto of Cape St Francis which is an accurate reflection of the how the residents view their village, is, “Keep it Green, Keep it Clean , Keep it Small.”
The permanent resident population at Cape St Francis is about 560 of whom at least half are retired. This however is slowly changing as young families, tired of city violence are choosing to make this their permanent home even if it involves commuting to places of work.
The Wild Side: This area is in the vicinity of the rocky coastline of Cape St Francis where the vast expanse of sea breaks on to the magnificent rock formations which extend for hundreds of km along the coast. Some of the oldest houses at CSF, fisherman-type cottages, are along here.
This is a sought after area where generally property for sale is in short supply. Average property size here is about 750 m². The weather conditions are harsher here than elsewhere in Cape St Francis but those who live in this area say that is why they love it! The wind is blustery, the sea dramatic and the views spectacular.
The area within close walking distance of the shops and main swimming beach. Along with the Wild Side, this area was the first area settled by those pioneers to Cape St Francis and includes some of the oldest properties and unique architecture that one will see in the area.
In terms of property values, this is a sought after area and these values increase accordingly as the proximity to and views of the main beach area improve. The Cape St Francis beach is probably one of the most magnificent along the Eastern Cape coast. The surfing point, known as “Seals”, was featured in the famous Endless Summer movie.
This area includes the coveted stretch of Seal Point Boulevard where the properties all have immediate access to the swimming beach and surfing point. Properties for sale in this area are in very short supply as their value makes sure they stay “in the family”. The average size in this area are 900 m².
This extends from the caravan park right up the nature reserve which separates CSF from St Francis Bay. Properties for sale are in greater supply here. Many of the properties have stunning sea views of the CSF Bay made possible by the elevation of this area. They also have close proximity to the nature reserve on the western and northern sides which make for a very quiet country-like atmosphere.
The average size of a stand here is 700 m² and even stands at the back up against the reserve are no more than seven minutes walking to the beach. Access to the beach is through the many areas of public open space which form buffer zones between sections of front properties and herein lies the magic of Cape St Francis – there is no continuous line of front properties but more a ‘sprinkling’ of them … a factor which reduced the built-up/developed appearance of Cape St Francis. It has also kept to a minimum, the interference of front properties on the dynamics of the sand-dune system.