World of Birds plot wings to mar­ket

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROP­ERTY -

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

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