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Oudtshoorn’s ‘Ostrich Palace’ back on the market

home-exteriorAn Oudtshoorn home, which has been known to local residents as an Ostrich Palace, clinic, bridal dress shop and haunted house, is back on the market.

Situated in the upmarket area of Westbank, the home has undergone intensive restoration, with fine craftsmen, woodworkers and a Belgian stone mason being called in to restore it to its former glory.

The house has been sensitively modernised with new bathrooms, a kitchen, entertainment area and studio. Careful attention was paid to details such as the type and pattern on replaced woodwork and the windows; most of the chandeliers were replaced with appropriate pieces sourced from France. The layout of the house was also altered to create a light living space that flows gracefully from room to room.bathroom-pic

“It is not often that one finds the opportunity to own a property with such a rich, interesting and mysterious history and, moreover, to have the option to use it for residential purposes,” said Hellen Coetzee, property consultant for Seeff Oudtshoorn, which has the sole mandate to market and sell the home. “While the house was originally built as an ostrich feather palace, with money earned from the sale of ostrich feathers (which was more expensive per kilogram than gold at the time) just prior to the great economic collapse in the feather trade industry in the early 1900s, it has been through many stages during the last century.”

With property prices following an upward trend along the South African Southern Coast, Oudtshoorn has also experienced an increasing inward movement of new residents, interested in agricultural, commercial, residential and development property.

The average house price for a three-bedroom, one-bathroom home in Oudtshoorn is around R1m, said Coetzee. “The property market here is definitely more active than in previous years. The area also sees many cash buyers.

“With regard to the rental market there is a major shortage of rental properties as demand for this type of property is extremely high.”bedroom-2-pic

The home is for sale for R2,950m and features four bedrooms, three bathrooms and two garages. A detached studio allows versatile space for a study, office, library or playroom, while the undercover patio and braai area enjoys an easy flow to the sparkling swimming pool and manicured garden.


The house in 1971…


…and then in 1979.


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