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New releases at Bushman Sands

29 May 2006
Newly released stands are now available at the Easern Cape's Bushman Sands Country Estate. These include existing sites as well as those for re-sale.

Located in Alicedale, near Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, the stands are affordably priced from R310 000 and attract no transfer duty. The stands, which are approximately 700sqm in size, offer home buyers a unique lifestyle opportunity.

Colleen Rippon, area principal for PGP in Grahamstown, says a few houses in the village of Alicedale are also being marketed by the PGP sales office on site at Bushman Sands. These are affordably priced, from R350 000 to R600 000 for spacious three-bedroom homes which have been renovated. The houses in the village are all built in the local vernacular.

Situated on 60 hectares, there are a total of 195 homes to be built at Bushman Sands Country Estate, designed in a generic Karoo Victorian style to blend with the town's historic architecture. Construction of the first home began in March this year (2006) and others are soon to follow. Rippon says buyers are purchasing mostly for leisure investment, and others for permanent residence and for future retirement.

Located in the Bushman's River Canyon and originally a sleepy railway junction town, quaint Alicedale is being transformed into a vibrant multi-faceted resort - and prime tourism destination - by the Mantis Collection and the Eastern Cape Development Corporation. It's next to Shamwari and Bushman Sands game reserves and less than 100km from Port Elizabeth. In addition to the residential estate, a four star hotel and 18 hole Gary Player designed golf course, spa and wellness centre, clubhouse, conference venue, cultural village and craft market are already making a significant contribution to employment in the area and helping boost the local economy.

Other projects facilitating the turnaround of this rural town include the rehabilitation of farmland to its natural habitat and reintroduction of big game, restoration of the century old station building into a day centre and development of a satellite student campus and other facilities for students.

The completed golf course - with the historic Alicedale to Grahamstown railway line running right through it - is already proving extremely popular with between 700 and 1000 golfers through the club each month. The four star, 39-room hotel is also well patronised and such is the demand for accommodation that investors at Bushman Sands Country Estate are encouraged to build homes to include in the rental pool.

Says Rippon: "The village, which allows visitors and residents to step into the world of a scenic Victorian Karoo town of a century ago, is ideal for walking or cycling, and is surrounded by beautiful wooded hills and mountains. While historically, the property market in the Eastern Cape has lagged behind the other provinces, the area is fast being discovered by home buyers, particularly those who realise that living in the fast lane has its drawbacks and that this region offers a lifestyle of unsurpassed tranquillity and beauty, along with modern amenities, excellent schools and beach to bush experiences that are hard to beat. People are flocking to invest in homes here, and put down roots," she says.

The Bushman Sands Hotel and golf course have received several international awards: the World's Best Overseas Travel Project in 2004 by the British Travel Writers' Guild, the Skal International Ecotourism Award by Cities and Villages 2004, and the World's Leading Responsible Tourism Project in 2004 and 2006.

For further information contact 082 57 33669 or 042 2311100.
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