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BUY HERE: Koringberg: Swartland serenity

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Set among majestic mountains and fields of golden wheat, the village of Koringberg offers potential buyers value for money, a peaceful outdoors lifestyle, and a low crime rate

Just 15km from Moorreesburg along the N7 to Piketberg, and an easy hour’s drive from Cape Town, lies the lesser known but charming little village of Koringberg.
The winter rainfall means the area is lush and green at this time of the year, with hot summers creating golden wheat fields. Koringberg’s history dates back to the farm Hooggelegen in 1709, later subdivided into three farms which are still active today and can been seen on the left as one approaches the town.

Once known as Warren’s Camp (Mr Warren was a chief engineer with South African Railways back in the day), the community broke away from the Dutch Reformed church in the neighbouring towns Moorreesburg and Hopefield in 1923 and established a new church on the farm Brakwater.

The name was changed to Koringberg, which literally translates to Wheat Mountain. The town was surveyed and the first plots were offered for sale in 1924 for the princely sum of £1.

“Today very few of the original families still live in Koringberg, although many still farm in the district, including the Mo`stert brothers at Hoogelee (sheep) and Nuwedrift (wheat and grapes) on the N7,” says Ronald Brink of Just Property.

“There is a relatively small population of local homeowners and many people have weekend homes here.”

There is a relatively small population of local homeowners in Koringberg and many people have weekend homes. – Ronald Brink, Just Property Picture: Just Property

Stands in Koringberg are large (more than 1200m2), and there are between six and eight properties being renovated and houses being constructed, along with guest houses, cottages and holiday homes available for short-term accommodation. With the correct municipal permit, property owners can keep 10 sheep and one horse per stand.

“Construction of three freehold houses on one large erf with unobstructed views of the wheat fields and Piketberg and Wintershoek mountain range, is in the planning stage. This will become the ideal lock-up-and-go weekend retreat, providing community living without excessive levies and stringent body corporate rules. Rates and taxes are relatively inexpensive,” says Brink.

The market has seen considerable growth over the past 12 to 18 months due to migration to the Swartland, he says.

“Property owners, particularity in the age group below 49 (56% of buyers) are looking for value for money, a peaceful and tranquil lifestyle and low crime properties within an hour’s drive from Cape Town,” he says, adding that 70% of sellers are of retirement age.

Winter rainfall turns the area many shades of green, and hot summers bring golden wheat fields. Picture: Just Property

“We have noticed an increase of 13% to 15% in the price of vacant land in the past three months. The most expensive property was sold for just under R1.2million but there are now few properties under R1m available.

“We currently have a three-bedroom home on a large corner property (1373m2) with a lap pool and studio with a separate entrance for R1.89m,” Brink says.

Other interesting options in the area include the unused school, on the market for R4.5m, which could be converted into a retirement centre, rehab centre or flats to rent; and a farm with more than 250 olive trees on more than 12000m2 (which can be sub-divided into 10 plots) for R2.75m.

Hester Truter’s places of interest and things to do

The tranquil village of Koringberg is an ideal retirement destination for lovers of nature and
wide open spaces, like us. Friends and family envy our slow and peaceful lifestyle, marvellous mountain views and surrounding farming activities. Our charming home in the
Main Road was built in 1926 and traded as Die Koringberg Handelshuis until 1997. -Residents Hester and Niklaas Truter
Picture: Supplied

1 Museum

One of only two museums in the world dedicated to the history of the wheat industry can be found in Moorreesberg. 022 433 1093

2 Cycle

“Swartland mountain bike trail Koringberg is a single track MTB trail that rises up from the normally flat Swartland,” says MTB online. “This trail follows steep Jeep-track climbs and a tight technical downhill single track. It’s guaranteed to get the heart rate pumping on the climbs and the adrenalin flowing on the descents. The 360 deg views from Koringberg and Swartberg are never-ending, with Table Mountain, the Cederberg and Winterhoek mountains in the distance.” 022 433 1072

3 Hike

Routes around Koringberg offer views of the surrounding mountains and the entire Swartland. The three circular hiking trails are clearly marked and are fairly easy, taking between two and four hours to complete. Permits are available from Moorreesberg Tourism. 022 433 1072

Picnic, drink organic wines and smell the lavender at Org de Rac. Picture: Katarzyna Grabowska

4 Wine

Organic farming, lavender, rosemary, olives, fantastic views and beautiful surroundings are all at Org de Rac, where you can taste the wines and enjoy a cheese platter picnic. The estate is also a wedding venue. 022 913 239

5 Family

On the farm Ebenhaezer in Moorreesburg, Die Hut has rolling lawns, farm animals and an olive grove in a child-friendly environment. Relax in the braai lapa or at the pool, spend a night in the guest house, or have a meal at the restaurant, which is within easy walking distance of the town. 022 433 2665

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