Old farmhouse up for sale

2015-05-05 06:00

Steeped in history, a former Higgovale farmhouse has gone up for sale.

This with the hope that a sale will bring a new residential development.

The Higgo Road house was gutted in a fire a few years ago which damaged it beyond repair, explains estate agent Michele Apperley.

A plan was put forward to create sectionalised residences, incorporating the historic cottages, prior to the fire.

“The old farmhouse had heritage value until the fire. The property is now in an irreparable state and the current owners have obtained a demolition certificate from the heritage council,” she says.

The original buildings on the property – two small semi-detached cottages – were reportedly designed in the 1890s by architect Ernst Seegliger. And while the property has been standing open it has become a concern for neighbours, says Cape Town Central Community Police Forum chairperson Nicola Jowell. “The property at 3 Higgo Road is quite a sad situation,” she says.

“What a beautiful corner of our area and to be left in that state. There have been numerous complaints in the past about the state of the property and the safety concern to the neighbouring residents.”

The organisation has been notified on occasion of people squatting on the property and criminals using it to hide in, as an escape route or to store stolen property, Jowell says. The interior of the building has also become a canvas for graffiti.

“We do always urge residents to report graffiti to the council as soon as possible. The council does remove it extremely quickly, which is important as graffiti left unattended to can lead to our safety concerns. We have not received many complaints recently about the property but are extremely pleased to hear that it will be sold and hope that a new development is undertaken swiftly,” she says.

Heritage Western Cape confirmed demolition of the properties had been approved in August 2013, but had not provided more details at the time of going to print. The property is currently for sale at around R11m, Apperley says, and has received much interest from developers, despite restrictive zoning.

“With the lack of vacant land of this size in Higgovale, it would be lovely to see a large family home or two homes on equally sized erven or even a townhouse type security development if possible,” she says.

“I do think the residents in Higgo Road would welcome some finality and occupancy of like-minded neighbours in the not too distant future.”

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