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Cape's scenic Tulbagh: 'Quality of life' and attractive property options

07 Jul 2017

If given the opportunity, many South Africans would exchange the hustle and bustle of stressful city living for a peaceful lifestyle in the countryside - and lately there has been a national trend of people doing just this.

This farm for sale in Tulbagh offers 14ha of quality grapes, 1.7ha fruit trees and 33ha undeveloped land, as well as a five bedroom, five bathroom Cape Dutch-style home. It is on the market for R18.7 million - click here to view.

Nelia Retief, an estate agent with Seeff in Tulbagh, says this trend, also known as semigration, is due to a number of factors that do not only include getting much more bang for your buck, but also because small towns generally boast lower crime rates, larger homes, less traffic, fresher air and a more family-friendly environment.

Retief says towns like Philadelphia, Malmesbury, Porterville, Riebeek Kasteel, De Rust, Calitzdorp and Schoemanshoek are popular, but another hot destination that is becoming increasingly favoured is Tulbagh, about 120km from Cape Town.

Retief says that last year alone 43 vacant plots, farms and homes were sold in this town, and most of these sales were made to people from elsewhere in the country seeking a better quality of life.

Three bedroom, three bathroom home for sale in Tulbagh has modern finishes, mountain views and a private garden with lapa and braai. It is selling for R1.295 million - click here to view.

“Many of our buyers are people who are buying second homes for weekend breakaways, or those who are not office bound and only need to travel to Cape Town once or twice a week. People who need to travel to town can do this easily by train, where a return trip is priced at R40,” she says.

“There is a great demand for property in Tulbagh, especially for homes priced below R1.5 million, comprising three bedrooms, two bathrooms and is on a stand of around 800sqm.”

Retief says vacant plots are also gaining popularity, but because banks only grant 60% home loans for this type of property most transactions are cash.

“Building costs in Tulbagh are becoming expensive at around R7 000 per square metre, so it remains more affordable to buy an existing home than to build a new one,” she says.

This three bedroom, two bathroom home for sale in Tulbagh has a guest cottage with fireplace. It is on the market for R1.65 million - click here to view.

Retief says there is also a big demand for lifestyle farms priced at below R5 million.

“Buyers are mostly interested in smaller portions of agricultural land of around 15 hectares that they can utilise for tourism purposes. Tulbagh is extremely popular for weekend breakaways and as a destination wedding venue, and the guest houses here are performing extremely well,” says Retief.

“We also have several annual festivals including ‘Christmas in winter’, ‘Vintage and Vine’ and the Arts Festival that attract many people to our town.”
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