In the area 1 – Clarens

CLARENS in the Eastern Free State highlands, bounded by beautiful sandstone mountain ranges, offers a haven for fly fishing and undoubtedly promotes the idyllic country lifestyle. This scenic spot draws tourists time and time again, prompting some to take up holiday homes while others even opt for permanent residency.

For those aspiring to a sedate country existence, enveloped in natural surroundings and a rewarding outdoor lifestyle, the prospect of the new Nazarene Estate, just 15km from Clarens, makes for an appealing residential development.

This estate has been the vision of the local Burls family for years. When Ralph Burls established the Burls family farm called “Koeberg” in 1964, he was taken aback by the land’s astonishing beauty and tranquillity. He always dreamed of sharing this country paradise with others.

And now finally the Burls’ farm has been approved for the development of 12 sectional title stands of 1ha each. Nazarene Estate will measure 50ha with land dedicated to activities such as hiking, horse-riding, stabling for horses, mountain biking and fishing at the estate’s 3,5km trout river. The neighbouring farm is also owned by the Burls family, so residents will be living next to the developers of the estate.

The purchase of a stand will cost R1,2m and buyers can design their own dream home. Stephen Dunkley of marketers Clarens Properties, believes these stands, when built on, will become prime real estate in the Eastern Free State appealing to families, couples, nature lovers and the astute property investor.

Dunkley says that services have not been put in place as yet but permissions have been passed and this is being addressed. In terms of development planning and approvals, he says, all the correct procedures have been followed .

“While a body corporate has not yet been set up, they would probably be responsible for the architectural guideline of the development that would fit in with the surrounding environment and have at least some sandstone in the building structure,” says Dunkley. To maintain the peacefulness of the area and its pristine landscape the developers will not entertain quad biking on the estate.

This countryside paradise is only three hours from Johannesburg and Bloemfontein and presents the ideal venue away from the hustle and bustle of urban areas, traffic and stale city air. Clarens is at the foothills of the majestic Maluti Mountains which is the border between SA and Lesotho . It is also 20km from the Golden Gate Highlands National Park and 40km from Bethlehem.

At Golden Gate one will find an abundance of game such as eland, blesbok, black wildebeest, oribi, springbok and Burchell’s zebras. It is also home to rare birds such as the bald ibis and lammergeier. The park offers views of sandstone cliff formations, accommodation and numerous activities from nature walks, swimming and horse riding to game viewing trails. There are also Bushmen rock paintings at Golden Gate.

Clarens is a quaint village steeped in history with charming guesthouses, art galleries, coffee shops and restaurants. The nearby golf venues are the Clarens Golf and Trout Estate as well as the Clarens Golf Club.

The Nazarene Estate lifestyle promotes outdoor living and makes for a great change of scenery for those wanting to get away from the pressures of the urban lifestyle.

PRICE: R1,2m a stand

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