World of Birds plot wings to market
FOR THE first time, a prime piece of land at Hout Bay’s World of Birds has been put on the market in an attempt to keep the organisation’s doors open.
The sale of the 4 000m2 portion, situated just off Valley Road, is part of a “critical fund-raising initiative” to keep this vital landmark and bird sanctuary operational, says James Lewis, managing director for Seeff Hout Bay.
The buyer will be able to build their dream home in the high demand area of Hout Bay, where vacant land is rare.
Lewis says the plot is expected to sell for about R2.5 million.
“After 40 years, this global attraction with thousands of visitors annually, is faced with severe financial constraints as sponsorships have dwindled. This sale is vital to keep the doors open.”
The World of Birds performs an important community service as a haven for sick and injured birds and small animals, and the organisation’s Hendrik Louw says it never turns anyone away. In its more than 40 years of existence, the World of Birds has assisted more than 40 000 animals.
“It is the only organisation of its kind in the Cape and highly dependent on donations and bequests. With the economic decline, it is unfortunately now facing a financial crisis.”
Hout Bay has seen rapidly rising property values over the years. According to Propstats data, vacant land here has, in the past, sold for R1.7m to R3m. – Property Writer