Focus on Clarens, Free State, South Africa

The village of Clarens and its immediate surroundings is known for a number of reasons;

  • The unique atmosphere and almost European feel to the village.
  • The characteristic sandstone mountains that stretch from the Golden Gate National Park to the other side of Fouriesburg. The most famous of which is the titanic rock overlooking the Clarens village.
  • The Golden Gate National Park itself boasting a variety of flora and fauna, the beauty of the mountains themselves and wide open skies.
  • The diversity of adventure activities including: mountain biking, quad biking, hiking, fly-fishing, star gazing and golf on an exquisite course,
  • The 23 resident artists and 27 art galleries,
  • The 20 restaurants and coffee shops where real interaction takes place,
  • Its tranquility; read a good book or just sit on a patio with views of the mountains and reflect on your busy life.

Clarens is a tourist hotspot. After Cape Town and Kruger National Park, Clarens ranks as the third most visited area in South Africa.

As you can see, Clarens is a very popular tourist destination. Some of you have been to our mountain village and have experienced this first hand. However, many have never been to Clarens and it would be a shame if they are never to experience this eco-tourism paradise for themselves.

It is for all of the above reasons that Clarens also offers great property investments;

What’s happening in the Clarens property market?

Currently homes range in price from R 350,000-00 (for a small sectional title unit) to around R 5 million, with the highest price ever achieved coming in at R 3,065 million (sold through Engel & Völkers). The average price for a full title, mid-level home is about R 735,000-00 and for the average top level home R 2,4 million. (All information provided by Lightstone). According to Lightstone property transfer data, full title properties in Clarens have appreciated by 9% from 2007 - 2008, while full title units on the Clarens Golf and Trout Estate have steadily increased in value by 15%.

We have experienced a renewed interest in the property market in Clarens over the past few months and feel positive about future, especially with 2010 around the corner and with interest rates that came down. The Engel & Völkers office in Clarens boasts a wide variety of farms for sale ranging from R 8,000 per hectare to over R 50,000 per hectare for farms with eco-tourism and developmental opportunities.

Now is the time to invest in a Clarens property for the selective buyer, requiring good returns on their investment.

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