Home buyers head for Ladismith in Klein Karoo for a more self-sufficient, peaceful way of life

Since the start of 2015, home buyers have demonstrated a continuation of a growing modern trend towards a more balanced way of life, with Pam Golding Properties area manager, Masood Husain in Ladismith in the Garden Route region of the Klein Karoo reporting a steady rise for investment or getaway properties in this tranquil town as well as in nearby Calitzdorp, situated not far from Oudtshoorn.

Priced at R990 000 this attractive character home in Ladismith is marketed by Pam Golding Properties.

“As has been the case for the last four years or so, buyers are repopulating small towns such as these, seeking an escape from the pressures of city life in major metropolitan areas such as Johannesburg and Cape Town, and on the rare occasion, Durban too. Major driving forces further fuelling this migration incorporate a number of factors, including economic, social security and political. Many of these buyers are looking for affordable smallholdings in order to become almost self-sufficient, while they enjoy a better quality lifestyle.

“Right at the beginning of the year I sold a nine hectare piece of vacant land in Calitzdorp, which fetched R97 500 as well as a 4832sqm piece of municipal vacant land in Ladismith which I sold, almost simultaneously, for R185 000. In line with the predominant focus on bargain properties, both these represent exceptional value for money for the purchasers.”

Husain says Ladismith is made attractive by a combination of factors. It has busily booming neighbours on either side, namely Barrydale and Calitzdorp, which affords Ladismith – which is not experiencing a boom as yet, a kind of fish-bowl attraction.

“Over saturation in both these two towns is driving buyers our way, particularly those with foresight and vision who are looking to capitalise on the potential of Ladismith, as has been realised elsewhere. That, together with the town’s spectacular natural mountain views, friendly locals who greet each other and strangers alike, almost zero percent crime, as well as burgeoning cheese, wine, hospitality and transport industries, are all helping create an alluringly winning, growing market.

This well appointed 3 Star guesthouse in Ladismith is set on 53ha, offering significant potential for the investor. It is well priced at R4.4 million and marketed by Pam Golding Properties.

“Geographically Ladismith is situated on an elbow type joint on the R62 route between Barrydale and Calitzdorp, which provides a growing net in which to capture those looking for that little undiscovered gem which offers the perfect, sought after property.  I would say that Ladismith, as opposed to its neighbours, inherently offers most in the way of an ideal outdoor type lifestyle and healthy environment, which is also well suited to raising a family.”

Plenty of activities in the larger region also play a role in drawing home buyers and achieving increasing exposure for Ladismith. Calitzdorp and even Oudtshoorn, somewhat further afield, offer a variety of mountain biking races. There is also the annual Oudtshoorn KKNK (Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees) festival, as well as the Calitzdorp Port and Wine Festival in July, when visitors overflow into Ladismith. “Booming and creative restaurant activity in these towns attract visitors in what is happily a growing trend,” says Husain. “Calitzdorp is also experiencing an influx of those setting up small businesses, including artists and crafts people.”

He says from fairly low-key beginnings just a few years ago, Ladismith is now home to a number of appealing stop-over places for visitors. “Oaksrest Vineyards offers superb accommodation and conference facilities as well as a breathtaking wedding venue in a spectacular valley not far out of town. In the same valley is Mymering guest estate, home to Hillock Wines, with 4 Star accommodation and winner for the second consecutive year as one of the top 10 Klein Karoo restaurants. Then across from there is the very buzzy Koedoeskloof Country Lodge, with a rapidly growing biker fan base and a lovely weekend getaway for locals and city folk too. A little further afield lies the mystical Wolverfontein guest farm – an erstwhile ostrich palace which has been wondrously converted into a fabulous getaway which is truly off the beaten track.

“All of these factors attractively merge to form the ideal backdrop for a property newly listed on our books – offering a winning combination of city comforts in an elegantly appointed 3 Star guesthouse, yet with plenty of farmland available to indulge anyone’s need for a satisfying farm environment or experience. Situated in Ladismith and realistically priced at R4.4 million, this offers good returns for the investor, with the potential to further enhance the current returns at little cost – from utilising and maximising the under-used farming component to expanding and capitalising on the conference facilities which already exist,” says Husain.

This generous 53ha property includes 14ha under irrigation. The old manor house has been lovingly restored and upgraded to a high standard and includes 10 bedrooms, most en suite and with separate entrances to the main house and to the separate cottages. The self-catering cottage is fully upgraded with a kitchenette and a full bathroom. The house also has a store room with implements, laundry room, generous farm-style kitchen, scullery and several outside workrooms. The property includes a large pool, beautifully manicured gardens and spacious veranda ideal for sumptuous, elegant meals.

A further opportunity is a lovely three bedroom character home in Ladismith, built in 1914 and set on a generous stand of approximately 1979sqm, with scenic mountain views and ample privacy. With main bedroom en suite with wooden floor and a pressed ceiling, the home includes a huge farm-style kitchen with wooden floor and Oregon ceiling. There is a large living room with pressed ceiling, wooden floor and built-in fireplace, large wraparound veranda, attractive garden which adjoins the golf course, two garages and several outside rooms. Ideal as a family getaway, the property is priced at R990 000 through Pam Golding Properties Ladismith.

  Comment on this Article

  Please login to post comments

Post to my facebook wall
Characters remaining

    Latest Property News
    • 20 Apr 2018
      Whenever changes in the political ecosystem of a traditional property market create uncertainty, smart investors begin to look elsewhere for new opportunities. Property experts at IP Global have analysed the trends and crunched the numbers to find new markets to explore in Europe and the United States.
    • 20 Apr 2018
      Energy and water self-sufficiency are increasingly important factors in home buyers’ choice of property – especially in Cape Town where the extreme drought of the past few years has made municipal supply costly as well as uncertain.
    • 19 Apr 2018
      During the last decade, rampant development has progressively transformed Cape Town’s property landscape with densification being the order of the day, but there are still one or two hidden gems like Scarborough which have retained their original character, offering an inimitable lifestyle and an attractive investment opportunity.
    • 19 Apr 2018
      The rental market is a cut-throat sector of the real estate market that waits for nobody. According to Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, first-time renters need to be fully prepared before they even start the process of looking for a place to rent in order to avoid the disappointment of losing out on their ideal property.
    • 19 Apr 2018
      Choosing to buy your first home instead of continuing to rent is a big decision that will usually take some time to put into action, but the sooner you can save up a sizeable deposit, the closer you will be to reaching your goal.
    • 18 Apr 2018
      Selling your home is no small task and as you will quickly find out, there are a lot of misconceptions about the process. Gerhard van der Linde, Seeff's MD in Pretoria East lists the top 5 misconceptions when you are selling your home.
    • 18 Apr 2018
      The Cape Town municipality is now installing water-management devices at properties that have been non-compliant with the new level 5 water restrictions and there are talks of fines between R5,000 and R10,000 for households that use too much water.
    • 17 Apr 2018
      The recent interest rate cut has stoked the coals in the first-time buyer’s market. At least for the next two months until the next interest rate announcement, homeowners are guaranteed lower monthly instalments than in the previous quarter. But, is it wise to take out a 100% bond just to enter the property market while interest rates are low?
    Subscribe to the MyProperty Newsletter

    Last Name  
    Email Address  
    Email Frequency
    Share this Page

    For Sale Property
    Rental Property
    More Options
    Connect with us