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

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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

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