A base in Hermanus
Michelle Funke finds out why the Onrus Close secure gated complex is said to offer the best value in Hermanus
PICTURESQUE surroundings, a range of upmarket amenities, modern infrastructure and a selection of activities for the whole family are contributing factors to the growth in popularity that the seaside town of Hermanus has experienced in recent years.
It is here that Onrus Close, a residential development that consists of 25 double-storey blocks each with four units, is situated. The upper floors are reached by staircases and all have 84m² of floor space, as well as an 18m² freestanding garage.
All the units have two bedrooms, two full bathrooms with a bath and a shower, as well as a lounge, kitchen and passage, which are tiled, while the bedrooms are carpeted. The kitchens are fully equipped with ovens and hobs and have eat-in breakfast counters which make them openplan to the living rooms. Each apartment also comes with a builtin indoor braai facility.
It is for very good reasons, says Peter Greyling, Rawson Properties’ Hermanus franchisee, that homes in the 100-unit Onrus Close secure gated complex continue to sell steadily. In the past two years 19 units changed hands and this year it looks as if that figure will increase. When asked what he considers the good reasons to be, Greyling said that the prices are exceptionally reasonable, the units are well designed and secure, and they are conveniently situated.
“The last half dozen sales that Rawson Properties have made here were all concluded at prices of between R570,000 to R630,000. These prices are over R100,000 below the prices achieved prior to the 2008 to 2009 downturn. The value on offer here is, therefore, phenomenal. These homes are selling at a massive discount but this situation will not last indefinitely. I predict that those who do not buy in the next few months will regret it because, with demand so strong, price increases are inevitable.”
Onrus Close, says Greyling, offers the man-in-the-street buyer a Hermanus base at prices available almost nowhere else in the area.
“Until one has seen them, this may be difficult to appreciate,” said Greyling, “but these apartments give a feeling of spaciousness. In the main bedroom, for example, it is possible to put one double or two single beds and very few apartments in this price category offer two full bathrooms.
“A central communal pool is available to all residents and the complex is protected by an electric fence and has only one remote controlled access point.”
The entire complex was repainted last year and the body corporate has also spent a considerable amount in planting trees and shrubs around the grounds of the complex.
A factor which has helped stimulate interest in the project is its proximity to the sea, with the Onrus beach only 2km away.
Equally important, Onrus Close fronts onto a regional shop- ping centre, The Trading Post, which has its own restaurant, post office, pub and a good selection of convenience stores.
Also boosting sales, says Greyling, is the fact that these units are sought after by prospective tenants and rent at between R3,500 to R3,750/month. Contact: Rawson Properties Peter Greyling 082 928 3321