Warwick Heny, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Kowie, which has handled property sales, holiday and long term rentals within the Royal Alfred Marina for a number of years, is proud to announce that The Royal Alfred Marina executive has recently signed an agreement with RE/MAX Kowie which binds them, along with another local estate agency, as the contracted real estate agents for the Marina. RE/MAX Kowie is now endorsed as one of two recommended service providers to market properties within The Royal Alfred Marina. This contract is effective 1 September 2014 and continues for a one year period.
“This is an honour and proud moment for me as we have offered sellers and buyers great service within the Marina for years, but have received no benefit from the marketing opportunities that were provided to the other real estate agencies that were previously under contract. We look forward to making the most of the opportunities that this contract now affords us,” says Heny. “As a start, The Royal Alfred Marina Home Owners Association (RAMHOA), in recognition of the years of service we have provided to homeowners within the Marina, has encouraged Marina owners to utilise our services.”
RE/MAX Kowie, is a franchise of one of the most successful and recognised real estate companies in the world, which boasts a network of more than 90 000 agents operating from over 6 300 offices in over 90 countries worldwide. Heny says that being part of an international organisation allows RE/MAX Kowie to offer extended benefits to their sellers. “For example, Marina properties can now be viewed by a global audience via the www.global.remax.com site that translates into many languages and currencies. Properties are also marketed on my own website, www.royalalfredmarina.co.za, and major South African sites such as www.remax.co.za ; www.property24.co.za ; and www.privateproperty.co.za.”
The Royal Alfred Marina is one of the most sought-after residential estates within Port Alfred. Situated halfway between Port Elizabeth and East London in the Eastern Cape, Port Alfred is known as the heart of the Sunshine Coast. This coastal town boasts a great climate, Blue Flag beaches along with a range of world class amenities from shopping malls and sophisticated healthcare facilities to a Royal golf course and an intimate small-boat harbour. The area is also home to an international hospitality university, Stenden, and 43 Air School, the well-known training facility for pilots and air traffic controllers.
Considered to be the ultimate holiday and lifestyle destination, the Royal Alfred Marina offers its residents a range of facilities and amenities not forgetting the private water frontage and a personal jetty.
Heny explains that the marina development is situated alongside the Kowie River and has been created on a 45-hectare private estate within the Kowie River Estuary. Made up of five islands that are linked by bridges, the estate was originally divided into 360 freehold stands, however, many stands have now been consolidated resulting in fewer but larger and more exclusive stands.
“Stands vary in size from approximately 500m2 to 900m2 or more on some sections of the Marina.” Heny also notes that each stand has water frontage onto the canals, and as such, is allowed to have a private jetty from where residents can head out of the Kowie River Mouth and into the Indian Ocean for a spot of fishing or whale watching in season. Residents can also enjoy navigating up the Kowie River along with water sports such as canoeing, angling, water-skiing, and the like. “The lifestyle elements of this estate are unmatched,” he says.
As an established development, the Royal Alfred Marina has a clubhouse, two swimming pools, a floodlit tennis court and a squash court for use by residents. Round the clock security measures are also in place and include computerised gate access control; vehicle, foot and boat patrols and the surveillance of the whole perimeter by way of 74 CCTV cameras as well as electric fences around the estate.
Talking about property within the estate, Heny says that buyers are typically those looking for a high quality, safe lifestyle. “Many residents and buyers,” he says, “are those business people who are happy to commute as well as retirees. Boating and fishing enthusiasts will find the Royal Alfred Marina a very attractive property investment option.”
Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa says: “Demand for secure living within estates that offer great lifestyle attractions has remained consistently high over the past few years. In fact, security and lifestyle elements are often the two main deciding factors that influence where buyers choose to live. Properties situated within these kinds of estates have been performing exceptionally well, and often provide a solid return on investment in the long term.”
Heny says that generally homes within the Royal Alfred Marina have a minimum of three bedrooms and range in price from R2.5-million to R 15-million. RE/MAX Kowie is currently marketing a number of the few remaining vacant stands with prices from around R1,3-million per stand, to exquisite homes priced over the R10-million mark.
Heny concludes by saying that The Royal Alfred Marina is one of the few Blue Flag Marinas in the country. “The quality of water and variety of fish species is surprisingly good. Residents have recorded good catches of leervis, grunter and cob in canals, especially near the two entrance mouths to the Marina, where good quality reefs have formed over the years.”
For more info on the Royal Alfred Marina, contact RE/MAX Kowie Broker/ Owner, Warwick Heny on 046 624 1110 or 082 491 2020.