Swellendam’s historic and heritage homes a draw-card for country home buyers

With its picturesque setting at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains, Swellendam that lies just off the N2 about two and half hour's drive from Cape Town has in recent years become a popular destination for country lifestyle seekers. These range from artists and retirement buyers to those looking to relocate to the country on a permanent basis or to acquire a weekend home, says Seeff agent, Val Anderton.

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As the third oldest town in the country, Swellendam comes with an interesting history and is characterised by a unique collection of historic and heritage buildings and homes including the Drostdy that dates back to the time when Swellendam was declared a magisterial district in 1743. The agent says that historic and heritage homes in particular are a strong draw-card for buyers.

While some buyers choose these homes as their permanent residence or weekend retreat, others take the opportunity to relocate here and operate some kind of hospitality or retail establishment. Swellendam is a flourishing agricultural centre and there is always the need to provide a service to farmers and local residents, says the agent.

It is of course also located in the sought-after tourism region of the Overberg region and is a popular stop-over en-route to the Garden Route, all of which add to the attraction for visitors who generally enjoy staying over, eating or shopping at a historic or heritage site and, this most definitely adds to the attraction. Whether as a country home, bed and breakfast or guesthouse, restaurant or interesting art, decor or boutique store, the opportunities that historic homes offer are endless, says Anderton.

In terms of pricing, historic homes, especially when they are heritage sites and in good condition, tend to attract a premium, yet are still well priced compared to city property, says the agent. These properties are also rare and, this adds to the premium that buyers are prepared to pay. Prices in Swellendam tend to start at around R2 million for a home in a good condition and can range to around R3,65 million for a spacious Victorian heritage home with stunning views of the Langeberg Mountains.

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