Construction has begun on “Stanford Bridge”, a new small gated residential development located in the picturesque village of Stanford in the Cape Overberg.
The character-filled village lies about 15 minutes inland from Hermanus, and is renowned for its well-preserved Victorian buildings and languid country lifestyle. Pam Golding Properties (PGP) reports that its slow pace of life and scenic, secure surroundings ensure its appeal as a weekend and holiday destination, as well as a permanent home for a growing number of young families, retirees, artists and entrepreneurs.
PGP agent Jill Smith says Stanford Bridge will consist of 32 free-standing homes, occupying a site of nearly six acres on the banks of the Klein River. This space includes an existing small dam and mature gardens, which will be further enhanced with facilities such as a bowling green, club house and bird hide. Access will be via a remote-controlled entrance gate, and buyers will have a choice of layouts and quality finishes, all designed within a Cape vernacular theme. The homes are priced from R1.71 million to R2.166 million, inclusive of VAT and with no transfer duties applicable.
“This is an idyllic location on the banks of a pretty river, with lovely views of the surrounding mountains, vineyards and paddocks,” says Smith. “It will provide a wonderful environment for children to enjoy – whether they are riding their bicycles around the development or playing cricket on the nearby village green, they can enjoy a safe and healthy outdoor lifestyle which would be the envy of many city-dwellers. Stanford Bridge would also be well suited to early retirees or those down-scaling after their families have left home, and especially to keen bird-watchers – Stanford is known as the birding capital of the Overberg and hosts regular events for ‘twitchers’. The security of living in a controlled access estate means that weekend and holiday users will be able to lock up and go with peace of mind, and will not be burdened with heavy maintenance.”
Stanford offers a wealth of lifestyle opportunities for residents and weekenders to enjoy, from wining and dining at the nearby vineyards, to mountain-biking, kayaking and horse-riding, or simply sipping a craft beer in one of the quaint local pubs. Voted “Best Village” in the 2012 SA Destination Awards, it has an active local Conservation and Aesthetic Committee, which ensures that the unique nostalgic character of the village is not spoiled by unchecked development.
The first completed home at Stanford Bridge has already been sold, while a second is finished and awaiting a buyer. Foundations are in progress for a further two homes, with more to follow thereafter.