I am St. Francis Bay
I am surfski paddling around Shark Point
I am surfing at Seal Point
I am playing squash at the local courts
I am walking on the Wild Side
I am swimming in the canals
I am cycling around the Village
I am enjoying a meal at a local restaurant
I am St. Francis Bay Agent, Richard Aderne.
Hi, I am Richard Arderne, the Franchisee and Principal of Pam Golding Properties in St Francis Bay. I was born and brought up in Walmer, Port Elizabeth and with many visits to the Kromme as well as St Francis in the 1960’s. After St Georges, then St Andrews in Grahamstown, a gap year in Holland, I graduated in 1980 with a Stellenbosch Civil Engineering Degree. While working in the Navy for two years, I obtained my registration as a Professional Engineer in 1985, working on a motorway in Glasgow. In 1986 I moved into property development, including a stint as director of Faircape, in Cape Town.
In 2001, I joined Peter Golding at Pam Golding Commercial, starting a new business unit in the UK commercial property syndication. I was fortunate to marry to Jane Purdy in 1985, whose parents bought in St Francis in 1970, so all our holidays were spent here. Jane has been a successful artist, and co-owner of Bug Zoo Children’s Clothing since 1993 to 2003. We had three sons whilst living in our home in Llandudno, Cape Town for 17 years, where I tried hard at surf-skiing. I was tolerated on the Llandudno Squash Club committee for many years and likewise on the Llandudno Primary School committee.
In 2005, Jane and I purchased the Pam Golding Properties St Francis Bay franchise. Pam Golding had been run by a previous franchisee since 1995 in the old village centre, but I found a new premises at the entrance to St Francis, opposite the St Francis Links gate and have been there ever since. After first renting a front row home overlooking Hulett’s Reef, we bought a home in Cape St Francis. Three years later we sold and moved to the canals, where we have recently built a new home with canals on both sides!
It made sense to use my love of sport as our primary marketing tool, as St Francis has so much to offer on the sporting front and we want to share that. One is not merely selling a house, but a lifestyle and sport is very much part of our lifestyle. Organising and sponsoring sporting events means a lot to our business as these events bring feet into St Francis, especially during the quiet times. Our boys really enjoyed Woodridge and St Francis, learning to wakeboard, surf, kiteboard, and enjoy all aspects of the St Francis lifestyle. They have now all followed me to the Stellenbosch engineering faculty! Get in touch and let’s have a chat about your property needs.