Country estates in the hamlet of Stanford, tucked away between Hermanus and Gansbaai in the Western Cape, are attracting scores of homebuyers who hanker after a quiet country lifestyle but still want all the conveniences of a modern home.
In fact, two new estates are now being developed in the hamlet to meet the demand, says Amelia van der Merwe of the local Homenet office, who notes that the typical little village atmosphere attracts buyers from as far afield as England.
"Stanford is a picturesque village bisected by the Klein River and ringed by the scenic Klein River mountain range, and life here is definitely reminiscent of a gentler age. We still have traditional homes with clay walls, gravel roads, and irrigation furrows. Pony shows and cricket matches are regularly held in the market square, while a monthly country market offers organically grown vegetables, jams and homemade bread."
The town also has its own brewery - the first in the southern hemisphere to produce beer as well as wine - and the two new developments will flank the brewery and offer sweeping views of the mountain range.
The first, Sunrise Village Estate, is being developed and marketed by the Homenet group and comprises 91 stands ranging from 650sqm to 1000sqm at prices from R457 000 to R836 000. About 60 percent of the full-title stands had been sold or reserved even before a full marketing campaign was launched.
Sunrise Village will offer a choice of eight architectural plans for two- to four-bedroom homes in the typical Stanford style (see architect's impression). The last sandstone from the local quarry that supplied the stone for the village church will be used in the development. Residents will enjoy 24-hour security and will have the use of the clubhouse and recreational facilities.
The Klein River Estate on the other side of the brewery will offer 38 units and Homenet has a sole mandate to market this development, which will be launched within the next few weeks. Stand sizes vary between 600sqm and 1248sqm. Total plot-and-plan packages will start at R1,115-million while the larger units will sell for R2,3-million.
Here also, strict architectural guidelines will enforce a built environment in harmony with nature. Road reserves will be landscaped while open spaces will feature indigenous flora.
Van der Merwe says the new developments are expected to benefit the Stanford community. Indications are that the local economy has already grown by at least 10 percent on the strength of the planned developments, while local guest houses and road stalls selling produce are flourishing.