This large plot is 8565 sqm in size and is situated near Thornhill alongside Van Stadens gorge i.e. north of the N2 and the Van Stadens Wild Flower Reserve and just south of the Lady Slipper mountain range. Van Stadens is conveniently located in between Port Elizabeth (30kms away) and Jeffreys Bay (40kms away).
This area offers the best of both worlds as one can enjoy a peaceful rural lifestyle together with being close enough to all the modern day conveniences associated with a large city like P.E. The plot is very well positioned being at the end of Van Stadens Gorge Rd and therefore tucked away on the secluded eastern side of Van Stadens gorge opposite the upmarket Crossways Village. The whole Van Stadens area is a popular up and coming rural neighbourhood and properties here are becoming highly sought after which should ensure a healthy return on investment going forward.
Both municipal water and Eskom power are already laid on close to the perimeter of this plot and all that is needed to connect to the respective services is a water meter and some piping and then an electrical transformer and cabling as well as the associated connection/professional fees applicable to both. Apart from the cost of the transformer, the other costs involved are basically negligible as the bulk service work is completed. As with most rural areas the recommended sewerage system here is a septic tank with associated French drain and once again this is for the purchaser’s account.
In terms of land usage in the immediate surroundings it is a mix between mostly residential smallholdings and a few well run commercial farming operations. The veld type in the general area is mostly Cape fynbos interspersed with exotic trees and on the larger farms the fynbos has now been planted to some of the best pasture fields in the country which are able to support viable dairy farming operations. The vegetation on the plot is a mix between fynbos and grass and some exotic and indigenous trees. To the north east of the plot is an extensive pine plantation known as Longmore Forest. The area enjoys good rainfall figures of between 750mm to 900mm depending on the proximity/position in relation to the Lady Slipper mountain range which produces a watershed effect with clouds rolling in off the coastline. In terms of wildlife there are many bird species and in particular birds of prey and then plenty of sign of small antelope such as bushbuck, grysbok and duiker.
The Van Stadens area has also become an adventure centre with Falcon Rock Country Restaurant being the hub for activities such as: mountain biking, hiking and paragliding. The JBay Bike Park as well as other bike trails at Thornhill also caters for avid off road cyclists with various trails on offer from beginner to professional and then for longer less technical rides there is the Longmore Forest. Also at Thornhill we have Crossways Country Kitchen, African Dawn Animal Sanctuary, Jagerhof Game Farm as well as the nearby Gamtoos Ferry Hotel and Groendal Wilderness Area plus of course the Van Stadens Wild Flower Reserve. Other attractions in the surrounding area would have to be the golden beaches at: Van Stadens River Mouth or Van Stadens Resort; Gamtoos River Mouth and Blue Horizon Beach and these all offer excellent surf fishing while good estuary fishing is on offer in the Gamtoos River. For interest sake the nearby railway bridge although not currently in operation is apparently the highest narrow gauge bridge in the world. Port Elizabeth’s premier shopping destination known as Bay West Mall is just 10 minutes away. Both P.E. and JBay have many good schools and then right at Van Stadens there is a top private school being Woodridge College.