International property investors have been enthusiastic buyers of property in Hermanus from local Real estate agents and Realtors. Hermanus has an abundance of residential beachfront properties and investment properties for sale.
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On the Botriver lagoon lies Fisherhaven, the westernmost part of Greater Hermanus. This quiet little place has one shop and many holiday homes. Originally a holiday resort, Fisherhaven is now home to many locals who prefer the peace of the hamlet to the quiet bustle of Hermanus. Situated on the lagoon it offers fishing, sailing and boating facilties.
Hawston nestles in a cove at Mudge Point. It is one of the oldest settlements in Greater Hermanus and was designated a “coloured”area by the former government. Hawston has some of the best sea views in the area and has many building of historical interest. It has a long stretch of beach that reaches towards Kleinmond but swimming can be dangerous. The eastern side of the beach, near Hawston Harbour, is a popular surfing spot.
Vermont and Onrus River are situated on the coast where the Onrus River runs into the sea through the lagoon. The colony of artists and writers settled here has included Uys Krige, Jan Rabie, Jack Cope, Elsa Joubert, Bill Davis, Gregoire Boonzaaier, Marjorie Wallace, Cecil Higgs, MC Botha and Hennie Niemand.
Vermont and Onrus consist mainly of holiday homes and their owners arrive in droves during the holidays to bathe on Onrus Beach. Showers, cloakrooms and a restaurant right on the lagoon edge and beach make this a very friendly beach for holidaymakers; it is also a favourite surfing and body boarding spot. The Habonim Holiday Camp borders on the beach preserving the green belt behind the beach from development. Brekvis Bay at Vermont lies on the boundary of the Vermont Nature Reserve and is one of the most undisturbed beaches in the area. Shielded by high dunes, Brekvis Bay is the perfect place to picnic and paddle.
Chanteclair above Onrus, between the mountain and the main road and Glen Fruin at the foot of the Hemel en Aarde Valley are new developments.
Sandbaai lies on the coast at the entrance to the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. It is the most recently developed residential area of Greater Hermanus. Most of the roads are gravel lined with an eclectic range of homes. There is a pretty even mix of holiday homes and permanent residences with permanent residents being, in the main, families with young children. The Sandbaai beach provides safe swimming at low tide and is dotted with rock pools and coves. It is a popular snorkelling spot and there are cloakrooms and showers.
The Hemel-en-Aarde Village is situated behind Sandbaai and has a variety of shops - farm stalls with delectable home-made items, restaurants, ceramic studios, galleries, jewellers, wineries, nurseries and more. It is the first stop on the Hermanus Wine Wander up the serene Hemel-en-Aarde valley. This valley between the Babilonstoring Mountains and the Kleinriviersberg was not always the propitious place it is today. In 1817 Moravian missionaries established South Africa’s first leper colony in the valley. It was also the country’s first specialised public health institution and operated until 1845 when all the lepers were sent to Robben Island. The Hemel-en-Aarde development with its high wall all around has already earned the nickname of "Small China".
Zwelihle, designated a ”black” area by the former government, is a residential area that consists of shacks in the main. Slowly, proper housing is being built to accommodate the residents and residents are empowering themselves by starting their own small businesses.
Mount Pleasant, another area formerly classified ”coloured”, lies at the western entrance to Hermanus. One of the smaller suburbs of Hermanus, it has recently been infused with colour by Operation Preen, a community collaboration to clean and paint the houses in the area.
Sprawled around the central business district are the older, tree-lined suburbs of Northcliff ( close to the schools), Westcliff(sunny part of town) and Eastcliff (close to golf course) with the more recent developments of Hermanus Heights behind the golf course and prestigious Fernkloof below the Nature Reserve.
The easternmost part of Hermanus, at the foot of the Kleinriviersberg which stretches to Stanford, is the residential area of Voëlklip. This is where beaches are dotted in coves along the shoreline culminating in the long Grotto beach, which stretches out to meet the magnificent lagoon at the mouth of the Klein Rivier. On the opposite bank lies of the lagoon lies Die Plaat, part of the Walker Bay Nature Reserve, 12 km of unspoilt beach that goes all the way to De Kelders.