Spectacular views in a nature reserve
Hermanus, situated in Walker Bay just an hour from Cape Town, is fast becoming one of the country’s favourite holiday spots, writes Michelle Swart
EVERY now and then, says Peter Greyling, co-owner of Rawson Properties’ Hermanus franchise, a home comes on the market that is exceptional and good value.
He says one such home is in the Fernkloof Estate in Kwaaiwater, five minutes’ drive from the centre of Hermanus and within walking distance of the local golf course, now upgraded to 27 holes.
Fernkloof Estate, a residential village estate surrounding the Hermanus Golf Club, was launched in 2004 with a development sell-out of all erven in less than six hours at a total value of R260m.
The estate is within the Fernkloof Nature Reserve and has spectacular views.
It is made up of 330 wholly owned residential erven in six different precincts or villages that are situated within or on the perimeter of the golf course.
All the precincts, with the exception of precinct 1, have a central access security point, and all home-owners have direct access to the course via cart paths after golfing hours.
Greyling says that careful attention to detail has been given in the creation and positioning of the six individual villages, offering a variety of golf, sea and mountain views and private open spaces in each village.
The environmentally friendly landscaping on the perimeter and within each village harmonises with the surrounding natural environment.
Stringent architectural design guidelines have been laid down that govern both the structures and finishes, he says.
The precincts each have their own home-owners associations and operate autonomously, with their own levy structure relative to their individual costs, but they pay a nominal levy to the Master Property Owners’ Association for maintenance and management of the common areas and wetlands.
Greyling says the management of each home-owners association is sourced from owners, and meetings are held regularly, with an annual AGM of each precinct and of the Master Property Owners’ Association.
This double-storey, three-bedroom home features spacious open-plan living, dining and kitchen areas, with sliding doors leading to a patio with a built-in braai that leads to the garden.
The spacious master bedroom on the ground floor has an en suite bathroom with granite countertops. Both the other bedrooms, also with en suite bathrooms, are on the first floor.
The upstairs area has a coffee bar, an unusual feature in a South African home, and a TV lounge that leads to a balcony with views of the golf course and the Fernkloof mountains.
State-of-the-art features in this home, says Greyling, are a slowburning wood fireplace in the living room, solar heating, rainwater tanks and a drive-through garage. There is also ample parking for other cars on the property.
“The Fernkloof Estate,” says Greyling, “has from the outset been well conceived and well executed. From the beginning they have insisted on exceptionally high architectural standards, which have allowed no single owner to let the side down and build in an inharmonious or inferior way.
“Many would regard this estate as one of SA’s top golf residential communities, and its position within 130km of Cape Town and so close to the heart of Hermanus makes any buy here a good one, especially now that the golf course is so well established.
“Residents can drive their golf carts directly on to the golf cart route with access to the clubhouse.”
Greyling says this home should sell quickly as it is priced competitively. Price: R3,495m Contact: Rawson Properties Peter Greyling 082 928 3312