Set­tling in amidst Cape his­tory

Peo­ple are re­dis­cov­er­ing the beauty of Tul­bagh and sales are on the in­crease. Lea Ja­cobs takes a look at what this his­tor­i­cal West­ern Cape vil­lage has to of­fer

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The town, about an hour’s drive from Cape Town, is built at the north­ern end of the Tul­bagh Val­ley and is al­most com­pletely sur­rounded by moun­tain ranges. As with many other his­toric towns, the lifeblood of its early devel­op­ment was the church. The orig­i­nal church still stands and it, along with 31 other build­ings in Church Street, makes up the largest num­ber of na­tional mon­u­ments in any sin­gle street in SA.

The town, says Se­eff agent Nelia Retief, is a draw card for vis­i­tors and its pic­turesque lo­ca­tion and beau­ti­ful ar­chi­tec­ture have led to this ham­let be­com­ing a pop­u­lar wed­ding venue.

“Aside from the ar­chi­tec­tural ap­peal, the town has sev­eral mu­se­ums, an­tique stores, art gal­leries, restau­rants, a num­ber of top wine es­tates and an abun- dance of her­itage homes and prop­erty in­vest­ments, priced sig­nif­i­cantly lower than those in other Boland towns,” says Retief.

She says that although the heart of the town has about 400 res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties and the bound­aries have been ex­panded to their lim­its, buy­ers will be pleased to know that the charis­matic small town feel that has al­ways pre­vailed is here to stay.

“The last few years have seen an emer­gence of small busi­ness own­ers open­ing up ser­vice providers and home of­fices and there is a short­age of ren­tal stock to meet both res­i­den­tial and busi­ness de­mand. Cur­rently, only 65 of the 400 prop­er­ties in the town are avail­able for rent and there is a grow­ing list of long-term ten­ants look­ing for medium sized lock-upand-go prop­er­ties, thus pre­sent­ing an un­prece­dented buy-to-let op­por­tu­nity for in­vestors.”

Data sourced from Light­stone, a prop­erty statis­tics and data provider, re­veals that 23 free­hold and 28 sec­tional ti­tle prop­er­ties were trans­ferred in the past year. A to­tal of 26 of th­ese in both cat­e­gories were in the R400,000 to R800,000 price band.

“Those look­ing for a week­end re­treat, re­tire­ment home or who just want to re­lo­cate to the tran­quil coun­try­side for a bet­ter qual­ity of life will find the vil­lage one of the most charm­ing and cap­ti­vat­ing ar­eas in which to live,” says Retief. “It is fam­ily-friendly and the ideal en­vi­ron­ment in which to raise chil­dren.

“There is a real feel­ing of com­mu­nity here, with just about ev­ery fa­cil­ity and amenity, in­clud­ing schools, at one’s fin­ger­tips.”

She says prop­erty op­tions are var­ied and there is some­thing to suit those with a mod­est bud­get or to wow the most dis­cern­ing buyer. “Cash buy­ers are in­creas­ingly snap­ping up well-priced prop­er­ties, as are young cou­ples look­ing for an af­ford­able foothold in the prop­erty mar­ket. This is borne out by the growth in sales.”

To cite one ex­am­ple, Retief says that a home in Shand Street sold within eight days of be­ing list­ing at R1.25m, R500,000 more than the ask­ing price.

She says that va­cant plots are also be­ing snapped up at ex­cep­tional prices that range from as low as R20,000, up to around the R350,000 mark.

“De­mand for his­toric homes has seen Se­eff sell­ing No 32 Church Street for R1.587m to a cou­ple look­ing for a quiet re­tire­ment home. The prop­erty at­tracted sig­nif­i­cant in­ter­est,” she says.

Prop­erty prices here start at around R500,000. His­toric homes in Church Street range up to about R2.7m for the orig­i­nal Fa­gan homestead that is steeped in his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance. An ex­cit­ing new op­tion is the Pas­toral Mews devel­op­ment. This first new se­cure es­tate com­prises 13 mod­ern Cape Dutch homes with five de­sign op­tions that range in size from 92m² for a two-bed­room home to 117m² for a three-bed­room, dou­ble-storey home. Prices start at R996,000, in­clu­sive of all trans­fer costs — a sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fit for buy­ers. Con­tact: Se­eff Prop­er­ties Nelia Retief 082 899 2248 Of­fice 023 230 1414

This his­toric Cape Dutch home in Church Street is on the mar­ket for R2.7m,

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