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Wanted: Toad Custodian

Pam Golding Properties are currently marketing the unique landmark property “Springvale” in Noordhoek Valley.



A landmark property in the Noordhoek Valley has come onto the market exclusively through Pam Golding Properties – and buyers will acquire not only a magnificent smallholding, but also custody of the largest breeding ground in the province for the endangered Western Leopard Toad.  “Springvale” occupies around 16 000sqm on the slopes of the Dassenberg mountain range, and includes two spring-fed dams, a main homestead and fully renovated guest cottage.  The property is on the market at R9.15 million.

PGP’s area manager for the South Peninsula, Sandi Gildenhuys, says the property’s environmental significance should not be underestimated.  “The Western Leopard Toad is listed as endangered by the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Research), due to its extremely limited habitat,” she says.  “The toad is found only here in Cape Town and in a small area of the Southern Cape around Agulhas.  Sadly human development including roads, housing and commercial activity has severely encroached on its territory.  What makes the situation worse is that these toads are explosive breeders, meaning that they only breed for a limited period of around one week per year, usually in August. To do so they have to make it back to their original breeding grounds and many lose their lives en route, usually while trying to cross roads.  Springvale is the largest breeding ground in the province, so it is of vital importance to this species’ survival. We hope and trust that the buyer who acquires this property will be a nature-lover who respects this unique aspect of their new home.”

Toads are not the only visitors to Springvale – the property has abundant birdlife including a resident owl, and substantial fish populations in its two dams.  The recently renovated guest cottage is the ideal place for drinking in this tranquil environment with its mountain backdrop and views of the ocean and Chapman’s Peak, especially from the balau deck which overlooks the dams.  The two-bedroomed cottage is well-suited for entertaining and provides accommodation for visiting family and friends.  The three-bedroomed main homestead has been partly renovated, but still requires additional work, making it an ideal purchase for those who wish to put their own personal stamp on their home.



PGP’s MD for the Western Cape metro region, Laurie Wener, says the property would be the ideal home for a large family of nature-lovers, or for artists wanting a quiet retreat that is still within reach of city amenities.  “Alternatively, it might be of interest to corporate buyers who could convert this into a private venue for their client functions and staff events,” she says.


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