Hardie Property aims to provide Cape Town clients with personal service and the chance to give back to the community. And its owner, Richard Huxham-Hardie, real estate mogul and expert, is spearheading his way to a seamless property portfolio and offering.
A passionate real estate agent, Richard Huxham-Hardie is the founder and driving force behind Hardie Property. With a love for the Mother City, Richard enjoys showing off what Cape Town has to offer to new buyers and tenants alike.
THE STORY BEHIND THE BRAND
Against all odds, Richard launched his company during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. He predicted that many people would want to move after lockdown and felt confident that there would be a resurgence in the Cape Town market. He worked with designer Pierre Odendaal to create a brand that aims to help people live beautifully.
Richard is determined to help his clients find the right space. If he doesn’t have the stock, he’ll go out and find something that will work.
AN INTERNATIONAL BACKGROUND
Richard was born in Cape Town to British parents and spent most of his early childhood in Greyton. Later, his time was spent between schooling in the UK, his mother in South Africa and his father who travelled internationally as a diplomat and ultimately as British High Commissioner to The Gambia. Although he has spent much of his time in the UK, he considers South Africa his true home.
Richard began work as a real estate agent in London in his early twenties before moving to Guernsey in the Channel Islands, where he worked as MD of a design-led estate agency. He then returned to South Africa, where he really got to know the market in the Atlantic Seaboard, City Bowl and Southern Suburbs.
One of the things that Richard wanted to make sure of when he launched his brand was that the company would give back to the community in some way. As such, a percentage of the sale or rental commission is donated to a charity of the client’s choosing upon the successful transfer or signed lease of a property. For Richard, part of the appeal of running his own company is that it provides him with the opportunity to include philanthropy as one of the business’s core values.
One of the charities that Hardie Property has worked with is The Hope Exchange, an organisation that offers homeless people the chance to wash, clean clothes, get a meal, and access to clinic care and social support.