Property in Albertinia
Nestled at the foot of the imposing Langeberg Mountain Range, the first thing you notice about Albertinia is the abundance of aloe plants adorning the steep slopes of the mountainside. This small town has become synonymous with the production of Aloe ferox products, as the plant enjoys prolific growth in the vicinity.
Aloe plants can be identified by their fleshy, spiky leaves which contain a bitter sap with known healing properties. Aloe products are becoming a highly sought after product, with everything from aloe-infused skin-care and cosmetics to nutritional supplements being manufactured all over the world. Albertinia is home to two such manufacturers, boasting two Aloe factories which produce juice, gel and a range of skin-care products. Enjoy a tour of the factory and pamper your body with some wholesome, natural merchandise.
Along with its Aloe production, the town also provides South Africa with red and yellow ochre and Thamnochortus insignis – a thatch reed utilised for commercial thatching. There is also a great deal of emphasis placed on agriculture, with numerous livestock farms dotting the surrounding areas.
Visit some of the gorgeous wine estates in the area and sample some of the exemplary offerings from their cellars, or immerse yourself in nature and go hiking in the nearby majestic Reins Nature Reserve, which offers numerous trails to explore.
According to Lightstone, freestanding homes make up 100% of the current market stock in Albertinia. Prices in the area increased considerably from 2004 until 2007, climaxing at R320 000 in 2007. In 2008, the price dipped to R191 000, before improving slightly in 2009. Since 2009, prices have remained reasonably consistent, with R254 000 being the average price in 2011 and 2012. 36 to 49 year-olds account for 45% of the recent purchases made in area. They also comprise 44% of the recent sellers in the vicinity.