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Western Cape’s Hermanus the 'new place' to raise a family

09 Sep 2018

Hermanus in the Western Cape has long been regarded as one of South Africa’s favourite coastal holiday destinations, offering the perfect combination of beaches, mountains, wildlife, accommodation, eateries, activities and festivals. Recently, however, a different side of Hermanus has been capturing visitors’ attention - namely the exceptional opportunities it offers as a place to raise a family.

This five bedroom, four bathroom house in Vermont, Hermanus, offers mountain and ocean views and has four garages and a pool. It is on the market for R6.2 million - click here to view.

“It’s been very interesting to see the changes taking place in Hermanus over the last few years,” says Cindy Rowe, Sales partner at Rawson Properties Hermanus.

“We’ve been seeing a noticeable increase in the percentage of permanent residents, particularly when it comes to families. It’s as if parents are realising that the kind of lifestyle our little town offers doesn’t have to end when their kids go back to school.”

This three bedroom, two bathroom home in Beach Club, Hermanus, is close to the new harbour and amenities. It is on the market for R2.1 million - click here to view.

Rowe says Hermanus boasts a wealth of world-class educational facilities, including Bosko, Curro, Generations, Northcliff House, Waldorf, Camphill, and Hermanus Primary and High schools. Equally important, however, is its range of other vital amenities, including a Mediclinic hospital, sizeable new mall and a variety of grocery, hardware and lifestyle stores.

“We are spoilt for choice when it comes to the daily essentials, particularly when you realise just how close everything is. We have people moving here from Johannesburg or Cape Town who used to spend hours in traffic every day just driving the kids to school. Living in Hermanus, they’re never more than 7km away from a school, and their daily commute shrinks to a matter of minutes,” she says.

This house in Sandbaai, Hermanus, offers three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a double garage. It is selling for R2.69 million - click here to view.

Rowe says it’s not hard to imagine why this might be a tempting prospect for busy city families looking to maximise their quality of life, but what about Hermanus’ property prospects?

“There’s really something for everyone - from affordable, centrally-located apartments, to cliff- and beach-side mansions that wouldn’t be out of place in Hollywood. Because the town is so compact, all the suburbs are viable options for families.”

Home to some of Hermanus’ most popular government schools, Rowe says Northcliff is particularly popular with families because students can walk to and from class every day. Typical Northcliff properties are spacious, on plots of 450sqm to 500sqm, with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a double garage. Prices start at R2.2 million - a bargain compared to most city equivalents.

This home in Onrus, Hermanus, offers three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fireplace, built-in braai and garage. It is on the market for R2.75 million - click here to view.

Another neighbourhood that Rowe says is fast becoming a family favourite is Voelklip. Previously favoured primarily by holiday homeowners, Rowe estimates that permanent residents make up as much as 40% of the suburb’s population now that parents have begun to cotton-on to its year-round benefits.

“Voelklip straddles the main road, with half its properties on the mountainside and half on the slope down to the ocean. All of them are within easy walking distance of the beach and the mountain trails, but prices rise the closer you get to the water. Older three bedroom, two bathroom homes start at around R2.5 million, but some of the prime beachfront properties break the R20 million mark. Of course, for those buyers, the incredible views and instant beach access are absolutely priceless,” she says.

This three bedroom, three bathroom home in Sandbaai, Hermanus, has a double garage and is close to schools. It is on the market for R2.495 million - click here to view.

You don’t need to pony up for a beachfront mansion to be close to the water in Hermanus. Suburbs like Sandbaai, Onrus and Vermont are well known for their family-friendly properties, many of which are within walking distance of the local beaches.

“Sandbaai has become very popular with young families and singles because it has some really lovely but affordable security complexes. You can find two bedroom homes here for as little as R1.6 million,” says Rowe.

"While Hermanus boasts several security complexes and estates, there is still a very high demand for freehold properties where homeowners opt for private security services offered by a variety of local armed response companies at a nominal monthly fee,” she says.

This house in Beach Club, Hermanus, offers three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a garage and sea views. It is selling for R2 million - click here to view.

“We’re certainly not immune to crime, but what little we get tends to be of a far less extreme nature than most other places. We did have some recent protests that got a lot of press coverage, but that’s far from the norm. If anything, I think people were more shocked because we never see that kind of action here, as opposed to other parts of the country where protests are a daily occurrence.”

Rowe says the drought, too, has had less effect on Hermanus than other parts of the province, with local water restrictions currently at Level 2 compared to the City of Cape Town’s Level 6.

“We’re a very well-managed district, which is another reason I think we’re an attractive option for families relocating from upcountry. We have plenty of buzz and adventure, but far less daily stress and big city bureaucracy. It’s difficult to imagine a better place to raise a child.”

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