Affordable lifestyle at Gariep Dam for
weekend and retirement buyers.
Located just of the N1 between Joburg and Cape Town on the Orange River around the country’s largest dam, Gariep is one of the undiscovered rural gems, says Seeff agent Mariaan Booysen.
Surrounded by nature reserves, it lies in a central location on the southern border of the Free State where it borders the Eastern and Northern Cape. Gariepdam is a water sport haven and the town hosts a number of national and international championships, including yachting regattas annually, she says.
It is an ideal stop-over for travellers and guest houses here flourish during the holiday season. Voted tourist town of the year in 2010, tourism is a growing economic driver with visitor numbers increasing every year as more people discover this stunning little town, she says.
With only around 284 properties and a permanent resident population of just 1 500, it is a tranquil and safe environment with clean air. It offers one of the best rural lifestyles and climates in the country for retirement buyers, says Booysen.
While tranquil, it is not short of leisure pursuits with activities such as fishing, game viewing, bird watching, bowls, yachting, boating and other water sports, fishing, tennis, nature hikes and more.
The town abounds with affordable property options, ideal for weekend getaways and older buyers looking for a quiet, country lifestyle, says the agent.
A new retirement village with three affordable ownership models has been launched there to cater for the growing demand from retirement buyers. Property options include life rights Units, rental and outright purchase. Prices start at R320 500 for a 38m² assistance flat and R800 000 for a 97m² two-bedroomed sectional title unit with a garage. There is also a two bedroomed option without a garage available. The second phase includes construction of a hospital with 24-hour assistance.
Buyers looking for a larger weekend or retirement home also have an excellent selection of well-priced properties to choose from, says Booysen.
There are still a few vacant plots in the town and some that overlook the dam; these range between 742sqm and 1486sqm and start from as little as R120 000. Three-bedroomed homes range upwards of R400 000 and even at the top end range only up to around R2.53 million for a large, furnished home.
Mariaan Booysen for more information at 0825637835 or 051 7540564.
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