If you had to ask SeaSky founder and director Ms Esta-Marita Opperman to define herself in three words, she’d most certainly reply, “Sun. Sea. Sky.” An Afrikaans ‘plattelandse meisie’ (rural girl) at heart, Esta-Marita relocated to the big city of Cape Town in 1986 and nine years ago launched her own villa management and holiday rental business, happy to make the Mother City her permanent home.
The sky’s the limit
An ex -yoga teacher and -reiki master – practices that require focus and discipline and which are essentially grounding in nature – Esta-Marita is able to multi-task and multi-manage with impressive efficiency and enthusiasm. Here she shares with us the founding elements of her business. And in asking about her future plans, fortuitously, she’s on the cusp of some exciting expansion…
Historically, this was the focus of SeaSky where owners entrusted their homes into Esta-Marita’s care: she managed all maintenance issues and handled any holiday rental bookings on behalf of the owner. Nowadays, a highly-trained housekeeping, maintenance and quality control team are at work daily to ensure all services are guaranteed and each managed property is always in ‘ready’ mode – for either a guest or owner arrival. Says Esta-Marita, “We look after these homes with love, as if they were our own; they are our pride and joy.”
“My core future business is the letting of luxurious villas on the Atlantic seaboard,” says Esta-Marita. These properties stretch from the popular and internationally recognised Camps Bay and Clifton areas, to the sunset slopes of Bantry Bay and Fresnaye – with a few apartments dotted very near the V&A Waterfront shopping precinct. “We work with both local and international agents and offer market-related commission. Clients are also able to book direct, but we value integrity and will always refer a guest back to an agent if they initially booked through them.” On call every day, 24/7, the SeaSky team is a passionate and professional one, and there is no reason to not achieve their projected villa growth of 50% for 2017/18.
The interior decoration and renovation arm of the SeaSky business offers home owners turnkey solutions that further enhance the investment potential of villas signed up for holiday rental. Be it refurbishing a villa either in its entirety or room by room as the villa may tire with age (and style), Esta-Maria is passionate about enhancing the desirability of the villas in her care to their highest potential. From adding extra rooms, redesigning kitchens and recreating bathrooms, to revamping the décor, garden landscaping and even reshaping old-style pools, Esta-Marita and her team has a variety of luxurious and stylish solutions at their fingertips – and also project manage from conception to completion.
SeaSky offers this expertise to you – not only as a home owner whose villa is in their management care – but also as once-offs. Enjoy viewing a few selected projects in the Style gallery and start following SeaSky on instagram for some social snaps yet particularly, style inspiration.