Escape to Ladismith in the Karoo

06 Apr 2011

This exclusive property known as 'ostrich palace' is priced at R6m.

This Ladismith home is on the market for R1,35m.

This historic freestanding home is selling for R850k.

Anyone interested in getting away from the crowded and congested highways, shopping malls and parking lots of Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban or Port Elizabeth could consider moving to Ladismith, a small gem set in the heart of the Little Karoo.

For it is here that picturesque and historic bargain properties can be bought for a relative pittance.

Ladismith is just 100 km west of Oudtshoorn and about 300 km away from Cape Town via the N1 through Laingsburg. It also has a meandering arterial road, Route 62 that is part of the wine route and is part of the main road linking Port Elizabeth with Cape Town.

“Ladismith is a prefect contrast to the typical coastal getaway,” says Masood Husain, area manager for Pam Golding Properties. “Buyers looking for a scenic and tranquil haven away from the big cities are finding the town appealing and affordable. It’s nearest ‘big city’ is Riversdal, about 80 kms away.”

The town has plenty of attractions from the low crime rate on one hand to the fertile green oasis that is tucked away at the foot of the Swartberg Mountains. The world heritage site of Tower Kop, with its split peaks. According to local legend, a witch flew over the mountain and struck it in anger with her wand, splitting it open forever more.

“Ladismith is a fertile, green oasis with special fauna and flora. The town and its surroundings produce everything from wine and brandy to fruit and cheese for international export. It is well known for its cycle races such as the Seweweekspoort Bike Rally and its annual eco festival,” says Husain. 

He says that in terms of farms – where there have been increasing levels of international interest – prices range from R385k for a 1,7ha smallholding up to R16,6m for a fully stocked 8 800 ha game farm.

“At the moment the strongest demand is in the R1,4m to R1,5m bracket,” he says.

Vacant land in the town ranges from 600 sqm to about 5 000 sqm and is priced at between R120k and R500k.

“These stands are suited to private buyers looking to build a property themselves. A large plot of 4 832 sqm, adjacent to the Ladismith golf course is selling for R590k,” Husain says.

Apparently there has been a growing interest in the existing homes market in Ladismith where properties generally sell for less than R1m. 

“We have a lot to offer, ranging from a free-standing historic home selling for just R850k to a magnificent ‘ostrich palace’ that is priced at R6m. Generally these homes are used as permanent residences for the owners although some are bought on a buy-to-let basis. However, it does mean that the Ladismith community is generally stable,” he says.

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