Sunday Times

Go farming, or just chill on the river


● A diverse farming opportunit­y in a malaria-free area; prime office space with sweeping views across Sandton; a spacious Cape Dutch home with income-producing cottages; and well-situated residences in Paarl and Johannesbu­rg — these are just a few of the appealing properties on BidX1’s online auction on April 29.

The farming opportunit­y, with an invited opening bid price of R15m, is a property of 1,655.35ha near Alma in Limpopo, made up of seven farms under one title deed.

Says MC du Toit, CEO of BidX1 SA: “Located in a malaria-free area with game farms and private game reserves in the surroundin­g area, the farms include a livestock farming operation, irrigated cropping operation, multiple residences and multiple sheds, including a cattle shed.

“This prime agricultur­al property includes natural springs suitable for human consumptio­n, as well as the Sand River and Venterspru­it for agricultur­al purposes, along with three dams and boreholes.”

Du Toit says the total amount of water available for irrigation exceeds 2-million cubic metres, “sufficient for the 358.4ha under pivot irrigation”.

In the North West, a property with Magalies River frontage in Skeerpoort, Remhoogte, features a grand, six-bedroom Cape Dutch home and includes six incomeprod­ucing cottages. It has an invited opening bid price of R4m.

Only an hour’s drive from Johannesbu­rg, with six restaurant­s/pubs in the immediate vicinity and four golf courses within easy reach, the main dwelling is a spacious 600m², excluding the verandah.

The total amenities on the property comprise 1,300m² under roof, including 15 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, 10 covered carports, 70m² under pergola and 560m² of covered verandahs.

Three staff quarters are included plus a 100m² secure shed, an overflow cottage, a potable water borehole and an irrigation water pump on the Magalies River.

With spectacula­r views in Paarl, in the heart of the Cape winelands, a stylish sevenbedro­om, seven-bathroom fully furnished four-star guesthouse is being sold as a family home — with the option to run it as a fully operationa­l hospitalit­y establishm­ent.

With an invited opening bid price of R5m, the property has easy access to the N1 highway and is close to some of the best schools in the Cape.

Constructe­d in the Swiss style and nestled in a forest-like setting in the shadows of Paarl mountain, the property is surrounded by famous wine estates, restaurant­s and historical sites.

It includes a swimming pool, excellent security, and entertainm­ent and braai patios.

In the sought-after, upmarket northern Johannesbu­rg suburb of Lone Hill in Sandton, a four-bedroom family home in a boomed street with a manned guardhouse goes on auction with an invited opening bid price of R2.6m.

The home includes a separate scullery; a wraparound covered patio with built-in braai and gas braai; an upstairs bedroom that can be used as an office; an automated double garage; and a cottage that is attached to the house but has its own open-plan lounge/kitchen leading to a private patio.

There are also staff quarters and a garden shed.

Three individual offices are available to purchase in the Sandton View office park on Hilltop Street in Johannesbu­rg. As the name implies, the properties — easily accessible from Bram Fischer Drive — boast exceptiona­l views across Sandton.

Each with an invited opening bid price of R300,000, one of the offices is 84m² and the other two are 87m² in size. They are in an attractive facebrick building with 24-hour security and a perimeter electric fence.

In Edenvale, near Johannesbu­rg, a double-storey commercial building of about 1,880m² — well positioned on Van Riebeeck Road, just 15 minutes from OR Tambo Internatio­nal Airport and minutes from a major shopping centre and motor mecca — is available with an opening bid price of R7m.

The building comprises a lower level of 665m² consisting of four retail shops and a 452m² showroom that is currently owneroccup­ied, while the upper level of 763m² — also owner-occupied — houses a workshop and ramp from the lower level.

For further informatio­n, call 021-140-3541 or visit

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