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Rural lifestyle attracts upmarket buyers

This modern home with its beautiful views over False Bay is situated at the top of High Riding estate. On sale through RealNet for R4,85m, it has five ensuite bedrooms, double volume lounge and dining areas, a separate TV room, a study, a fully-fitted kitchen and underfloor heating throughout. Outdoors, the property has a heated pool with pool house, stables and olive trees.

Secure agricultural estates in Sir Lowry’s Pass are proving to be a winning proposition for homebuyers who want their children to have a rural childhood, but who need quick access to their offices in town.

Paul Matthews of the local RealNet franchise reports brisk sales this year in two such developments, High Riding and Tre Donne, which both offer genteel living on stands of up to 1ha.

“Located just 6km from Somerset West and offering excellent security, these estates are attracting increasing buyer interest,” he says. “Both are zoned for agricultural use and owners are free to keep a certain number of horses and some small livestock, while many opt to establish small vineyards or fruit and olive orchards. The overall effect is one of a secure gentleman’s estate that offers owners an unfettered, yet safe, lifestyle.”

The High Riding estate was developed on a total of 110ha and offers 87 comfortable family homes on stands of 1ha each. The dam in this estate is also a popular fishing spot and a favourite destination for outriders who want to give their steeds some exercise Prices of homes sold this year ranged from R2,9m to around R4,4m, although a couple of properties are currently on the market at the R6m level.

Stand sizes in the nearby Tre Donne estate are somewhat smaller at between 3500sqm and 5000sqm each, and prices are consequently slightly lower, starting at around R2m, says Matthews. “But it offers the same lifestyle and scope for running micro-agricultural enterprises or stabling the family ponies.”

Meanwhile, Matthews says, another trend emerging among families who want to escape city congestion is for siblings to club together to buy larger smallholdings or small farms where they can build several homes to accommodate all their family members.

“Indeed, we have sold quite a few smallholdings in the Sir Lowry’s Pass area this year to families who have pooled their resources to buy the property and then built extra cottages to accommodate siblings and parents. Holdings of 4 to 5ha each at prices between R4m and R6m are popular because they are within the joint budgets but also large enough to give everyone their own space.”