Chas Everitt International opens in Worcester

Property group Chas Everitt International has opened an office in the
Western Cape Boland town of Worcester, which is currently a hive of
development activity.

The office is the third to be opened in the area by well-known property pair
Dries and Henriette Basson, who are also the Chas Everitt International
franchisees in Paarl and Franschhoek, and will be managed by Engela Vlok,
who also has extensive experience in the property field.

She says more than 700 stands are to be released in Worcester West within
the next six months at prices under R200 000 each, and that about 30 stands
will be released in the popular Langerug suburb.

"In addition, four new high-density developments are currently being planned
for the centre of town. Construction has also started on a casino, expected
to open in September, to the west of the town and an 80-bed Southern Suns
Hotel will be opened next to the casino."

Meanwhile, entry-level homes in Worcester, typically featuring three
bedrooms, one bathroom and a garage, are now priced at R600 000 upwards.
Prices of apartments start at about R650 000 while most properties sell in
the R900 000 to R1,2-million price range.

The town is famous for its specialist schools for the deaf and blind as well
as the Technical School Drostdy that recently celebrated its centenary.
These schools attract learners from all over South Africa and neighbouring
countries. The Boland College situated in Worcester also offers commercial
and technical training and demand for student housing stimulates the rental
market, Vlok says.

Set against the spectacular Boland mountains, Worcester features prime
examples of Victorian architecture while thatched homes are much in
evidence. It is supported by a strong agricultural industry and is rightly
famous for its wine, olive and chicken industries. Kleinplasie, a nearby
open-air farm museum, celebrates the agricultural roots of the area.

Other attractions include the Goudini Spa about 10km out of town and the
opportunity to view the Big Five at the new Faerie Glen Nature Resort about
7km out of town.

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