De Klerk to sell multimillion-rand Paarl farm

The magnificent Paarl farm owned by former State President and Nobel Peace Prize winner FW de Klerk is for sale.

The mandate has also been awarded to the Paarl office of Lew Geffen Sotheby's International Realty, a group that has facilitated property sales for many other high profile individuals, including one for former President Nelson Mandela.

Set on the banks of the Wildepaardejacht River on the slopes of the Klein Drakenstein Mountains, the farm is some 82ha in extent and boasts an historic homestead dating back to the 1800s but restored in 1995. It has been priced at R35m.

"We are honoured to have this listing," says Lew Geffen, chairman of Sotheby's International Realty in SA. "It reflects the trust placed in our expertise as brokers of the finest properties worldwide, and recognition of our national footprint. In addition President de Klerk is one of my personal heroes, along with President Mandela."

The thatched manor house on the farm is about 280sqm in extent and well positioned on a viewpoint, facing north and overlooking the Paarl valley and surrounding mountains. It is complemented by a large swimming pool and well-established garden.

Other buildings in the homestead include a thatched Cape barn with two ensuite guestrooms and ensuite bachelor accommodation, as well as a two-bedroom manager's cottage, staff houses, poolroom, double garage and shed.

The farm has also been well-developed. It has about 14ha of vineyards and another 7ha of olive and fruit orchards, with about 3ha of fallow land suitable for further plantings of grapes, buchu or proteas. A mountain area totalling some 49ha is currently being cleared of alien vegetation and pine forest and is covered with fynbos.

The annual rainfall is about 1200mm. There are three strong springs that feed two dams on the property, while domestic water is supplied by a borehole.

"Overall this property is an excellent proposition as a lifestyle purchase." says Danie Hauptfleisch of Lew Geffen Sotheby's International Realty in Paarl. "We expect it to attract a lot of attention among both local and international buyers."

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