Clarens in the eastern Free State is getting a lot of attention from Gauteng buyers, evident in the fact that the 24-unit development, The Paddocks, sold out in six months to a majority of Gauteng residents. And the residential market looks set to continue fulfilling this demand.
This is according to Odette Parris, Pam Golding Properties agent in the area, who said Gauteng buyers form a predominant sector of the Clarens market.
“Located just outside Clarens, the Clarens Golf and Leisure Estate – an exclusive golf estate – is also experiencing ongoing interest due to its status and the fact that it provides residents with secure living in a tranquil and very scenic environment,” said Parris. “Vacant stands are popular and we recently concluded sales of erven priced from R275,000 to R340,000 for 700m². Currently available are vacant stands in the price range from R375,000 to R920,000.”
The agent said the commercial sector was reinventing itself too, with the popular Roter Haan German restaurant building a new and larger premises off the main street on the corner of Roos and Van Zyl Streets; while the Korporasie restaurant relocated from an old dark building to more spacious premises near the town square.
A new takeaway food outlet and café, located near the entrance to Clarens, recently opened which Parris said fulfilled a gap in the market; while a new hairdressing salon, located in the same block as the popular Post House restaurant, has also been added to the market.
Clarens Xtreme, an adventure centre for quad and mountain biking, abseiling, rock climbing and water rafting enthusiasts, complements the next-door Xtreme Coffee Shop which features a children’s entertainment area where they can be supervised and occupied in a secure environment while parents explore the town.
“Due to the busy tourist market there is constant development in the accommodation sector,” said Parris. “Almost every property in Clarens has accommodation of some sort, whether it is a renovated, modernised garage or garden cottage, or complete holiday homes leased out as self-catering units.”
For the business-minded, Pam Golding Properties is selling guesthouses priced from R3,6m to R4,5m, while it is also marketing a 160m² historic sandstone house; a five-bedroom house 8km from town, perched on solid sandstone rock with scenic views; and a three-bedroom, two-bathroom, red brick home of 240m² and with beautiful, modern finishes.
Photo: Scenic view of Clarens from a luxury five-bedroom home which is priced at R13,76m through Pam Golding Properties. https://goo.gl/xxHndO