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November News 2016
November! Love this time of year! The start of the hustle and bustle of getting things planned for some chilled down time over the festive season! 

Got some more exciting news!

We have officially broken ground to start the build of a beautiful new show house here on Clarens Mountain Estate!

Stand 799 (see architects impression below) will soon be a gorgeous two main bedroom, both en-suite home, each with private gardens and indoor / outdoor showers.... ready for a loving family ....or two!
Designed by architects Sprunt, she has a price tag of R1.95 million (ex-vat). This lovely home boasts an open plan living and dining area, guest toilet, state of the art kitchen, and views that are breath-taking!  A perfect little investment, a second home or special weekend getaway!

Can’t wait to share the progress! Please contact me on +27 83 393 3351 or for more info!
some interesting reading ....
"Small homes are offering the largest gains"
"Who said size doesn’t matter? Smaller homes are proving to be savvy investments, with greater returns in comparison to medium or large sized homes.

The latest FNB statistics measuring the rate of price appreciation among properties of differentsizes, reveal that smaller sized homes are outperforming medium to larger sized homes.

According to Berry Everitt, CEO of the Chas Everitt International property group, the latest statistics indicate that smaller homes are increasingly popular among South African buyers, not just for being an affordable option but more so for being a great financial investment.

The FNB report measured homes that were the following sizes:
  • Small homes of between 20 and 80sqm
  • Medium-size homes of 80 to 230sqm
  • Large homes of 230 to 800sqm.
The results for the second quarter of the year show:
  • Small home prices were increasing at a rate of 12.5% a year (up from 12.4% a year in the first quarter).
  • Medium home prices were rising at a rate of 6.6% (down from 7.5% in the first quarter); and
  • Large home prices were growing by 4.6% a year (up from 1.4% in the first quarter).
Similarly, the latest Absa Housing review revealed that houses which cost less than R4.4 million had the following year-on-year increase in the second quarter:
  • Small homes showed a 9.9% year-on-year increase
  • Medium-size homes saw a 6.1% year-on-year increase
  • Large homes showed a 5.6% year-on-year increase
According to Everitt, one of the main reasons why smaller homes are showing higher gains is due to the additional demand from the growing number of repeat buyers who are opting to downsize to smaller homes, in pursuit of lower operating and maintenance costs.

“Add this to the traditional first-time buyer demand for such properties, as well as the slowdown in new housing delivery over the past few years, and you get supply shortfalls - and rising
prices” says Everitt.

Everitt notes that security,
convenience and lifestyle are additional factors influencing the growing number of high-end buyers who are choosing to purchase smaller properties, with result that small is no longer synonymous with cheap.
effect he adds that “small” is no longer a synonymous meaning for “inexpensive” any more.

“For example, even tiny studios and apartments can now easily sell for more than R50 000/square meter if they are in the most fashionable and sought-after locations, and prices like that will quickly push up the
averages” says Everitt.

Further statistics indicate that the small homes category has outperformed the other two categories over the past 15 years - including the “boom” period from 2003 to the end of 2007, when falling interest rates actually prompted many homebuyers to upgrade, and spurred high demand for bigger homes.

According to FNB, from the first quarter of 2001 up until the second quarter of this year each category has had the following cumulative increase in value:
  • Smaller homes showed a cumulative increase in value of 375.3%
  • Medium-size homes saw an increase in value of 349.8% and
  • Large homes showed an increase in value of 286.1%.
“In short, those who buy smaller homes can currently and for the foreseeable future expect much better returns on their investments than those buying medium or large properties – and that means that the traditional steps “up the property ladder” may soon have less to do with buying bigger and bigger homes than with buying more and more valuable small homes” concludes Everitt.

Do you know what red water is and are you catching your's?

Most households do not have a hot water system / geyser located close to each tap which means it takes time for the hot water to travel through the pipes and arrive at the hot tap.

While you are not using the hot water tap, the water in the pipes cools down, so the next time you run the hot water tap, this cool water needs to be pushed through the pipes before the hot water arrives.

This cool water is called redwater and is usually lost down the drain.

We catch ours with buckets, but I saw a fabulous little gadget called a Redwater Diverter Valve that can be installed. Here is a link to more info! 

Every drop is precious and counts!!

Tel: 082 348 3953
What's happening in and around Clarens and the Free State....
5th November 2016

What's there not to love about Pinotage on Tap?! Don't miss 'the best wine event in the world' this Saturday in Clarens!

Diemersfontein Wines proudly host Pinotage On Tap - The ultimate and original Pinotage festival.

POT is recognized as the BEST WINE EVENT in the world. (Drinks international).

Diemersfontein Wines & Pinotage On Tap are delighted to bring you "THE BEST WINE EVENT" in the world.

Diemersfontein will once again deliver on their promise to bring you the ultimate wine festival - serving nothing short of great food, great music and the best wine festival experience ever... On Tap! (all incl. in your festival pass - as always!)
Festival Pass: R370.00

Tickets Include: Free-flowing Pinotage served on Tap, goodie bag, local paired dishes for lunch, dessert, live bands.
Festival Pass + Case of Wine - R910.00

Tickets Include: Free-flowing Pinotage served on Tap, goodie bag, local paired dishes for lunch, dessert and live bands AND a 6 bottle Case of Diemersfontein Pinotage, to be collected at the event on the day.
Time: 12.30pm
Venue: St Fort Guest House, Bester Street, Clarens, Free State
Tickets: R370 or R910 with a case of Pinotage.
11th - 12th November 2016
Free State Madeira Flower Festival
How well do you know the indigenous flowers of South Africa? 

What is the name of the flower in the image attached?

Just a reminder you can see these flowers and many more at the Free State Flower Festival on 11-12 Nov in Parys Free State, and best of all entry is free!

Venue: 131 Nelson Mandela Drive, Parys

I Love Free State 
Love South Africa
Did you know......on the 14th of November there will be a Super Moon?!!

The full moon of November 14, 2016 is not only the biggest, closest and brightest supermoon of the year.

It’s the closest supermoon since January 26, 1948.

The moon won’t come this close to Earth again until November 25, 2034.

Should you watch for this full moon on the night of November 14? Sure, and, if you do, it’ll be beautiful.

Astronomers call this sort of close full moon a perigee full moon. The word perigee describes the moon’s closest point to Earth for any given month. Five years ago – when the closest and largest full moon fell on March 19, 2011 – many began using the term supermoon, which we’d never heard before.

In the following years, we heard this term again to describe the year’s closest full moon on May 6, 2012, and again on June 23, 2013, and again on August 10, 2014, and yet again on September 28, 2015.

Now the term supermoon is being used a lot, and, personally, we approve! It’s a good descriptive term for the closest full moons, much easier to remember than perigee full moon.

Last month’s full moon – on October 16, 2016 – was also a supermoon. But the November full moon is even more super! In other words, the time of full moon falls even closer to the time of the moon’s closest point to Earth.
17th to the 19th November's Cherry Fever again!

Click here to book, look and see what's happening!
Summer Loving Minted Melon, Tomato and Prosciutto Salad
  • about 500g different-coloured heirloom tomatoes, chopped into large chunks (smaller ones left whole or halved)
  • 1 Charentais melon, segmented and cut into chunks roughly the same size as the tomatoes
  • 12 slices prosciutto 
  • handful mint, leaves picked, shredded
  • crusty bread, to serve
For the dressing
  • 1 ½ tbsp Sherry or red wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp honey

Q  What is the rhino's horn made of?

a) Bone
b) Hair
c) Skin

Answer to last month's question: Which of the following disciples is Nobel Prize awarded? d) All of the above
Don't forget to take a look at our  new price list! 

Pricing of our stands ranges from R350 000 to R875 000 

Take a look at what is on offer here

Alternatively, pop us an email 

or contact us on +27 83 393 3351 if you would like to know more :)
Do your bit to save water! Catch your red water! Keep doing those rain dances! See you in Clarens soon!
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