Slip-sliding Kaaimans Pass house for sale

THE Dolphins Point house below the section of Kaaimans Pass – which is slowly sliding into the Kaaimans River – has been put on the market for R8,7-million.

The site of the A-frame house is being marketed in South Africa as well as internationally by real estate agents.

The property shot to fame in the aftermath of the August 2006 floods when the main house on the site began to collapse and slide down the hillside towards the Kaaimans estuary. This co-incided with the closure of the N2 at the same point due to structural damage to the supports of the causeway that is still under repair.

The house borders a section of the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe railway line which was also damaged in the August floods. In order for the line to be repaired, the hillside – along with the house – needs to be collapsed.

Earlier this year owner Wim de Beer was left with a difficult decision to make when his insurance company refused to pay any compensation if he or another party assists in the collapse of the mountain. De Beer said the property was originally built as a family holiday home and then friends were invited to stay until eventually it was let out as self-catering accommodation.

“The site is owned by our family trust and is much larger than the area occupied by the two buildings there. We have reluctantly decided to put the property on the market and are confident that it will sell as it occupies a spot unique in the world,” he said.

De Beer conceded that the buildings on the site were unstable and would probably have to be demolished, but believes that the views over the Kaaimans ravine and railway bridge, backed by the breaking waves of the Southern Ocean, would make the location a very desirable acquisition. The land on offer measures about 5 700m². The asking price is R8,7-million.

One of the estate agencies appointed to market the property is Engel and Voelkers, who are offering it through their international division.

Judy Becker, of Mossel Bay- based El Shaddai Properties, also mandated to sell the site, was complimentary about the location.

Clinton Petersen of the George municipality planning department said there were some practical concerns regarding the zoning and access of the land.

“The site is currently classified as ‘residential zone 1‘, meaning that it can only be used for occupation by the owner.

Article by: Bob Hopkin - Garden Route Correspondent - www.theherald.co.za