Visitors and tourists to Graaff Reinet have always been enchanted by this town and it has fondly been referred to as the “Gem of the Karoo” by many.
Not only is Graaff Reinet the fourth oldest town in the country, but it also boasts delightful Cape Dutch and Karoo architecture and has more national monuments than any other town or city in South Africa.
Andrew McNaughton, a Seeff agent in Graaff Reinet, says the town also offers a number of alluring properties (many with original wooden floors or with Victorian architecture) at affordable prices to discerning buyers who want to exchange the hustle and bustle of busy city life for a slice of Karoo delight.
“The property market in Graaff Reinet is very active and there is always a shortage of rental stock. Average house prices range from around R900 000 to just over a million rand and these homes usually include three bedrooms or more and a swimming pool and garden. Investing in property here could afford many families with the type of family home that would most probably be too expensive to obtain in larger towns and the city. Even the most expensive clusters of above average homes in Graaff Reinet sell for no more than R3 million”.
McNaughton continues that although property in town is affordable, the buying and selling of farms in the areas surrounding Graaff Reinet has not been too active for some time due to the expensive price tags they carry. Their branch has however received many queries for lifestyle and game farms lately as these types of farms are gaining popularity fast.
“The area is developing in high income directions like Game Farming, Mohair Farming and Tourism and a number of prominent business people have invested in these sought after farms in the past few years.”
McNaughton says Seeff currently has an exceptionally private little farm with a rich history located 40 kilometres from Graaff Reinet for sale.
“The farm was used as an Outspan in the old days when farmers still had to trek the stock they wanted to sell to town in Graaff Reinet. Of course it was a long way and the stock and their drovers had to sleep over on the route. Today there is still a fountain and old stone kraals where the animals were kept overnight”.
The farm has 600 ha of veld in six camps and a small private valley and reliable fountain water pumped by a solar pump to the house and into the veld for livestock. There is also a solar energy setup for domestic use”.
McNaughton continues that there could be 180 ewes (Merino or Angora) or some game in addition to the kudu, springbok, mountain reedbuck and wildebeest already on the property.
“There is also a small staff cottage and a stone built shed with stock yards for livestock handling.”
McNaughton says an exceptional home has been created by restoration of the old farm house, with additions providing for a luxury lifestyle including outdoor cooking facilities and a plunge pool, but keeping the veranda and stoep that invokes the magical old Karoo farm lifestyle.
‘’The home has three bedrooms with two bathrooms and an open plan connection between the living rooms for an intimate family life and the distance and situation among well-settled neighbours and also joining a well known Game Farm makes for remarkable privacy. There is also a miniature ravine with spring water that runs among trees and crags”.
The property is on sale for R5.3 million and can be utilised for a number of uses.