House That 'moved' to Onrus for Sale

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01 Mar 2013

A house that changed locations from one town to another has come onto the market on the Western Cape’s Overberg coastline.

The landmark late-Victorian property “Glenugie” is on the market in Onrus, exclusively through Pam Golding Properties, priced at R2.75 million, inclusive of furniture. The house once stood on the Strand Promenade, but was moved to Onrus in 1921.

“Glenugie” now rests in Onrus, a town on the outskirts of Hermanus, but it once stood on the Strand promenade, where it was a well-known local tearoom in the early 1900s. Pam Golding Properties (PGP) explains that the building was moved by truck to Onrus in 1921, where it was reassembled as a holiday home.

The late Victorian home was fully restored and extended by subsequent owners. Occupying a stand of 858 square metres, the property is on the market exclusively through PGP, priced at R2.75 million (inclusive of furniture).

PGP agent Annali Durr says besides being of such quirky historic value, Glenugie is a character-filled, light and sunny residence, ideal for coastal living and well-suited to both holiday and permanent residential use.

The house has five bedrooms, four bathrooms and an eat-in kitchen with a separate pantry and laundry room. It has a large open-plan living area with double glass doors, garden and ample outdoor entertainment areas with an indoor braai. Durr says the house has several notable design features including Oregon pine floors and an original cast iron fireplace.

This three bedroom, two bathroom home in Onrus has an open plan lounge and dining area which leads to a private garden and pool. It has a scullery, a built-in bar, a full size sauna and a double garage. It is on the market for R1.95 million - click here to view.

The home is located in the section of town known as “Old Onrus”. Durr says the area is popular for its proximity to the lagoon and main swimming beach, which are 500 metres from Glenugie.  She says it also offers easy access to the local market and the site of all the local festivals, making it ideal for those who want to be within walking distance of the major amenities and attractions. “The location would also make it highly suitable for use as a guesthouse, subject to planning approval. Alternatively, it would make a lovely permanent home for a growing family, or an ideal holiday home for an extended family,” Durr says.

PGP’s MD for the Boland and Overberg regions, Annien Borg says the property market in Onrus has picked up. She says they are seeing a general increase in enquiries, with particular demand for homes in the R1 million to R1.5 million price range. There is increased interest in the R3 million to R4 million price range for properties which are located on the lagoon or beachfront, in Old Onrus or the section of town known as Onrus Peninsula.

In the period from March 2012 to January 2013, PGP sold 25 properties in Onrus, at a total value of R46 million. The average selling price was near R1.8 million, but sales ranged from R360 000 for a vacant plot to several family homes sold over R3 million, and a beachfront home in the adjacent village of Sandbaai sold for R4.85 million which is the highest price recorded for a residential property in this area (by any agency).

This four bedroom, three bathroom house has large open plan living areas leading to two patios. It has a kitchen complete with scullery and laundry room, a study, wine cellar and six garages. It is on the market for R4.95 million - click here to view.

Borg says Onrus has grown in popularity as a holiday destination and a place of primary residence or retirement. She says the close proximity to Cape Town and other major Boland and Overberg towns and the wide range of outdoor activities on offer make it attractive for holidaymakers.  For those seeking a full-time home for their families, there are good schools in the near vicinity, including a Curro private school in Sandbaai.

Residents can enjoy the charm and tranquillity of small town living, while still being able to access all major amenities in nearby Hermanus. Borg says a number of their recent enquiries to buy or rent have come from businesspeople working abroad who want to leave their families in a secure environment where their children can enjoy a sense of freedom and a healthy outdoor environment.

"The excellent value for money on offer is just the cherry on top,” she says.

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