28 Aug 2013
The Hemel-en-Aarde Estate on the outskirts of Hermanus is nearly fully developed, with just 16 vacant stands remaining out of a total of 356 stands.
Pam Golding Properties (PGP) reports that the secure residential estate is currently attracting interest from a wide range of buyers, from local families and business owners to those relocating from upcountry provinces for security reasons and European ‘swallows’ who spend their summers in South Africa.
The development’s reputation as a well-managed estate, with hi-tech security, ensures continual demand, although stock turnover tend to be low due to most owners opting for long-term residence.
Hemel-en-Aarde Estate is located between Onrus and Hermanus, in the heart of the Cape’s Whale Coast district. It lies at the tip of the Hemel-en-Aarde valley, alongside the Fernkloof Nature Reserve and most properties enjoy views of either the mountains, Walker Bay, or both.
The 45 hectare estate includes a range of housing options, from small lock-up-and-go cottages to more substantial family homes and a few super-luxury properties on large stands. Landscaping includes extensive open spaces for residents to enjoy, including a fynbos garden, Afri-Zen garden, several water features and some six kilometres of paved walking or jogging trails.
PGP’s MD for the Boland and Overberg regions, Annien Borg, says prices range from an entry-level of around R1.6 million for smaller cottages with limited views, going up to R2 million to R3 million for larger family homes with better views of the ocean or mountains.
More substantial properties with four bedrooms, high quality fittings and unobstructed views can fetch R4.5 million to R5 million, while a handful of super-luxury properties can sell for well over R10 million.
Stand sizes average around 1 000 square metres per stand, and the few remaining vacant stands are priced between R500 000 and R1.2 million, depending on position, elevation and views.
Borg says all residents enjoy the peace of mind of living in a secure environment which is protected by biometric access control, an extensive yet unobtrusive CCTV camera network, infra-red perimeter beams and 24-hour armed response and guard patrols.
She says these extensive security features are one of the major selling points of the estate, particularly for families relocating from other provinces for security reasons, as well as for those who spend only a portion of the year in South Africa, and want to know that their homes are secure in their absence.
The lifestyle on offer on the estate is highly appealing, and includes access to a private Country Club with tennis and squash courts, saunas, steam bath, putting green, bar and fully-equipped gym, as well as a heated swimming pool and adjacent children’s pool.
The estate offers high-speed internet connections, digital satellite connectivity and free telephony between residents’ homes.
Borg says the magnificent beaches of Hermanus and Onrus are a few minutes’ drive away, as is the Hermanus Wine Route with its 17 wine estates, including top names like Bouchard Finlayson, Whalehaven, Hamilton Russell and Southern Right.
And for golfers, she says there are five golf courses in the vicinity, including the acclaimed Arabella Golf Club. She says residents can even walk to one of the local wine cellars located at the nearby shopping centre, which also offers restaurants and a collection of lifestyle and décor shops. Borg says it is a lifestyle which appeals to young and old, and is suitable for everyone from young children to executives and retirees.
Close to 20 properties are on offer in Hemel-en-Aarde Estate, ranging from vacant stands to small lock-up-and-go cottages and larger and more luxurious homes.
For more information, email the PGP offices.
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