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Own a piece of history in Cullinan

A mere 30 kilometres east of Pretoria, Cullinan is one of those hidden treasures located in the heart of South Africa. Named after Sir Thomas Cullinan the town is most famous as the discovery site of the Cullinan Diamond (the biggest diamond in the world weighing in at 621.2 g or 3,601 carats).


 
While the diamond was presented to the then King Edward the VII the town is still very much a South African gem with a number of the oldest and most endearing historical buildings and mining houses in the country. “For those who love the idea of small town living but with easy access to a metropolitan centre Cullinan truly offers the best of both worlds”, believes Nerina Wright, Leapfrog Cullinan Franchisee. Nerina knows the area well and makes good use of her 22 years of experience in the real estate market in the popular town.
 
Something old or something new
 
Most of the properties available in Cullinan are full title with the average mine house selling for around R900 000 while more modern properties are going for R1.5 million and up.


 
“At the moment we’ve got a great heritage property on the books that was originally built in 1920 for one of the then EXCO members of the Premier Diamond Mine. The three bedroom property is situated on a 1670 m² tree-filled stand and combines modern amenities and comfort with a real old-world feel”, explains Wright, “This is one of the larger heritage homes available and is in immaculate condition which makes it a steal at R1.6 million”.
 
For the more sports-minded the Cullinan Golf Estate overlooks the town’s nine-hole golf course, constructed in 1905 and is probably the oldest golf course in the old Transvaal. Nerina notes that there are still vacant plots available for interested buyers.
 
What to expect
 
During the week Cullinan is a sleepy mining town with around 8,700 inhabitants walking its tree lined Oak Avenue lined with shops and restaurants, each with its characteristic Edwardian sand stone and corrugated iron finishes. 

Things tend to heat up over the weekend as visitors roam between The History room, the McHardy house museum, St Georges Anglican Church (designed by Sir Herbert Baker in 1904) and the Masonic Lodge completed in 1909 at a cost of £1200.



Nerina who’s a Cullinan resident herself explains the town’s unique effect on its visitors; “People feel as though they have been transported to an era when the world was different. Moving to Cullinan is a lifestyle choice. Cullinan offers a combination of history, heritage, mining and nature. All your ears register here is the rustling of oak leaves as clouds that start building up for one of those refreshing late-afternoon showers and bird calls. Once settled here, you will stay for life!”


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