The town of Darling is a small farming region and was founded in 1853 and named after Sir Charles Henry Darling. The Darling creamery was established in 1899 and is a museum today.
Darling also played a role in WWII when 8 Lockheed Ventura aircraft became part of 22 Squadron patrolling various coastlines in search of German U-Boats.
Darling, as the name may suggest the town is a quaint tranquil village that manages to captivate visitors with it charming lifestyle and natural surroundings like its annual wildflowers and forms part of the West Coast Wildflower Festival and its own nature reserve, the Darling Renosterveld Local Nature Reserve. The Tinie Versfeld Wildflower Reserve is a must see when in full bloom.
The property market in the town is not quite as laid back as the lifestyle and the architecture has managed to capture the history of progress with typical quaint period homes from the Colonial era, cottage design homes and modern architectural homes but the architecture remains more close to the tradition thus retaining its allure. The mixed architecture then also means the property values vary accordingly. There are no townhouses or apartments which help to maintain the integrity and quaintness of the town and a village rather than that of a developing suburban town.
Naturally, there are farms which make up the bulk of property usage and thus also add to the general median property value of the town which is showing stable growth.
Commercial property in Darling is mostly guest houses and B&B’s which are mostly all successful adding another property usage to the fray.
Darling also boasts a private school the Darling College which is a bi-lingual independent school.