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Vibrant property market in Bethlehem

The town of Bethlehem in the Eastern Free State is maturing into a city and its property prices are showing steady appreciation as it attracts scores of new residents.
 
That’s the word from Hans Fick, the Chas Everitt International Notebook© licensee in Bethlehem, who says:“This is a fast-expanding town with a good mix of professionals like doctors and lawyers, and people providing services to the agricultural and commercial sectors.


This large family home in the suburb of Eureka in Bethlehem is on sale for R5,75m. It has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, three living rooms, kitchen with separate scullery and laundry, two studies, a separate guest suite, wine cellar, snooker room and staff quarters.
 
“The property market here has always been lively, and prices are in keeping with the sustained demand, but there is still excellent value to be found, especially in the older suburbs like Morelig, where you can still buy a large home on a large stand for R900 000. You can get a lot of house for very little money in Bethlehem central too.”
 
He says the cold winter climate, fresh air and stress-free lifestyle are some of the advantages of living in the Eastern Free State, but that Bethlehem also boasts some of the best schools and a sporting culture that puts them on the national stage.
 
“Voortrekker Hoërskool is one of the top10 schools in SA in terms of academic performance. Witteberg Secondary School is also excellent academically and on the sports field, whilethe TruidaKestell and Jordaniaprimary schools affor an excellent foundation.”
 
Bethlehem residents also enjoy upmarket entertainment and shopping facilities at the Frontier Inn Casino and Dihlabengand Metropolitan malls, Fick says, which have also brought more jobs to the town. “And of course the restaurants and recreation facilities of Clarensare close by.”
 
Turning to property prices, he says there is something to suit just about every pocket in Bethlehem, with prices in Bohlokong starting at around R250 000 and ultra-modern mansions in the exclusive Eureka area reaching as much as R5,8m. He warns, though, that buyers in the former township of Bohlokongmust make sure that there is an official plan of the house certified by the municipality, as many homes there were not built according to plan.
 
Meanwhile Bethlehem is increasingly also a favourite among retirees,Fick says, and the town boasts two retirement villages and several sectional title developments to meet the demand from such buyers, although freehold homes are the norm.
 
“Homes in Panorama, which was developed in the early 1960s,are priced at between R1,3mand R4m, while Jordania’s large homes with big rooms are priced at between R1m and R3,3m. In Bethlehem’s most recently developed suburb, La Provence, there are contemporary freehold homes available for between R1,2m and R4m and in the popular sectional title complex Die Dorpshuis, the average price is now in the upper R2-millions.”


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