A five bedroom home located right on the canal in St Francis Bay is on the market.
Marketed at R6,9m, this top-end, north-facing home covering just under 1000sq m has four bathrooms, granite gourmet kitchen with eye-level oven - leading to living areas, entrance hall, dining room, family/TV room with fireplace, laundry, living room with wood fireplace, scullery, balcony, bar, entertainment area with games room which flows out onto a braai/gazebo area and decks overlooking the water, guest cloakroom and garaging for two vehicles. The floors are tiled and the home has wooden windows and a thatched roof.
"This is luxury waterside living ideal for a permanent residence or a holiday residence," says Richard Arderne, area principal in St Francis Bay for Pam Golding Properties (PGP), who markets the house.
The current owners of this home have been holidaying at St Francis Bay since his parents bought in 1969 a thatched cottage in Harley Street on the Kromme River, opposite their current home. This little home was apparently the first cottage built by Leighton Hulett (founder and developer of the area) in 1962.
In the early years St Francis Bay was very out of the way, with gravel roads and 10 cattle grids to be crossed from Humansdorp. At times the causeways were impossible to cross with the river in flood and no electricity or telephones. Even fresh cream had to then be fetched from local farmers.
While the village has grown over the years, the area retains its charm with the white thatched houses in the style originally laid down by Leighton Hulett, while the canals have developed into a boating paradise, even with access to the sea via the river mouth. As a result, the family returned year after year and he has built the home for his wife and children who have been schooled nearby at Woodridge College and Preparatory.
Initially a holiday home, some years later they relocated here as a permanent home. While in permanent residence, the owner commuted to work in nearby Port Elizabeth - with no traffic jams along the way.
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