The Bloubergstrand area boasts with amenities which include world class medical facilities, top-end private schools, a quality family lifestyle, blue flag beaches, good infrastructure and local governance. The Blouberg beach front offers beautiful white sand beaches, world class kite-surfing and without doubt the best views of Table Mountain and Robben Island the country has to offer.Many foreigners have either invested or elected it as a retirement destination.
“The area has a stable and diverse economy with property investments in the area showing a constant positive return and growth. The Sunningdale / Parklands North precinct is experiencing a burst of sold-out development due to high demand for properties near the ocean” noted Charl Krumm, Licence Partner of Engel &Völkers Bloubergstrand. From large family homes and beachfront apartments to investment purchases and holiday homes - the area offers a broad spectrum fromR600 000 to R60 million. Entry level areas include Parklands with sectional titles from R599 000 to R1,3 million. Higher value areas include Bloubergstrand,West Beach, Sunningdale and Melkbosstrand where prices range from R3 million to in excess of R15 million.
Durbanville and Surrounds
Durbanville and surrounds are part of the greater City of Cape Town and only 20 minute's drive from the city centre on the northern outskirts of the metropolis,including the Durbanville, Bellville, Brackenfell and Kraaifontein areas. Just a few minutes' drive will take you to one of the largest, most modern,world-class shopping and entertainment centres, the Tygervalley Centre, Bellville, and the exciting newly developed Tygervalley Waterfront, also in Bellville. Essentially a wine growing valley, the town has grown during the past few years by more than 400%, however retaining considerable individuality and character with a rural atmosphere and architecture. Surrounded by wine farms and small-holdings, the area has a unique 'small town' feel about it.
The area offers properties ranging from family homes, exclusive properties, townhouses and flats to small holdings and farms. “Prices start from just under a millionup to R10 million in areas like Welgemoed, Welgedacht Estate and Bellville.Areas such as Uitzicht, Pinehurst and Sonstraal Heights are extremely popular family suburbs” noted Antoinette Swanepoel, Licence Partner of Engel &Völkers Durbanville.
Plattekloof & Surrounds
Plattekloof is situated about 20 km outside of the city centre of Cape Town, on the N1 en route to Paarl. The area backs on to the Tygerberg hills and from here you can see right across to the city, including Table Mountain and the ocean. Thesuburb shares a border with De Grendel wine estate, which sits on top of this same hill and forms part of the Durbanville Wine Route, with top quality wine estates to visit. Plattekloof is ideally placed for quick access to the winelands and for keen golfers, the Bellville golf course is at your doorstep.For the self-confessed shopaholic, visitors who stay in Parow have access to the modern shopping scene in Cape Town. The gigantean Canal Walk, Tygervalley shopping centre, and the Willowbridge lifestyle centre offers hours of entertainment, add the Grand West Casino, which lies close to Parow, to the recipe for a memorable spending spree.
Jimmiette von Loggenburg, Licencee of Engel & Völkers Plattekloof says that property in the area varies depending on the Suburb. Sectional title units such as townhouses or flats start from around R700 000 and could reach the R1.8 million mark. Full title family homes vastly depends on the size and location, but you could expect to pay anywhere from R2.3 million upwards.
Camps Bay & City Bowl, City Centre
Camps Bay is best known for the cobalt ocean, pristine beaches, cafes and restaurants, butis also home to one of the most opulent property collections found anywhere inthe world. It is equally diverse, spanning the genteel villas of Fresnaye, the stylish contemporary beachside and ocean view properties of Bantry Bay, Clifton and Camps Bay, the dramatically located apartments of Bakoven and Llandudno,and the panoply of designs in Hout Bay. The area remains extremely popular asboth a residential neighbourhood and a holiday destination, and given its enduring popularity with holidaymakers, a significant percentage of interestcomes from overseas buyers. Consequently many properties are bought for investment purposes and are used as holiday homes. “The multiplicity of style and value along the seaboard is significant; properties currently listed range from R2.3 million up to R150 million” notes Paul Turner, Licence Partner of the region.
Sea Point is the beating pulse of an increasingly sought-after area. Close to the city, and with such iconic landmarks as the pool and promenade within easy reach, it epitomises the eclectic demographic of this part of the city, as is borne out by the variance of properties and clientele, and is fast becoming the location of choice for discerning dwellers. The wider area, including Green Point, Mouille Point, Three Anchor Bay, de Waterkant and the Waterfront, offers a diversity of property including family homes, lock-up and go apartments, townhouses and some gated developments. “Prices fluctuate significantly depending on the area and especially the views” Paul added.
The City Bowl is undergoing significant transformation in property terms. From the suburbs of Higgovale, Oranjezicht, Tamboerskloof and Vredehoek, hunkering down under the vast, protective glory of the mountain, to Woodstock and Observatory,the property selection is wide and diverse. There are countless opportunities for investment and development, with previously industrial buildings being turned into residential or commercial units. Equally, buyers love the tree lined avenues, full of charming cottages and larger homes, which retain many of their original features. Whilst not as wide as that to be found on the Atlantic Seaboard, the current portfolio price range spans R1 to R25 million.
Cape Town's Southern Suburbs lie to the south-east of the slopes of Table Mountain within rich valleys and vast vineyards reaching from just south of the Table Bayindustrial neighbourhoods in the north to the False Bay coastal suburbs, and the Cape Peninsula cliffs to the south, and are crossed north-south by the M5and M3 motorways. This area is identified as being the more affluent of the Cape Town metropolis' sections and includes the city's most expensive residential neighbourhoods. Due to the abundance of good public and private schools, there is a growing trend of young families moving to Upper Wynberg, Claremont, Rondebosch and Newlands. The Southern Suburbs presents a prime example of a residential market which continues to hold its own, taking into consideration the demand for sizeable gardens and easy access to schools,sporting facilities, hiking and equestrian trails. This demand defies the national downward trend according to property statistics, as the average purchase price in the area has risen by 1.7% in the past year.
Properties are as varied as the areas, with a selection of apartments and starter homes to sprawling mansions. Because of the diversity of areas within the suburbs,prices can range from R900 000 for an apartment in Lower Kenilworth, Plumstead or Diep River and can reach up to R4.5 million as seen in a new development in Upper Claremont. Flats in Newlands and Rondebosch average at about R2 million for a modern, 2 bedroom apartment. The prices of houses likewise starts at around R1.8 million and can go up to R10million. In Bishopscourt and Upper Constantia prices can reach the R50 million mark with a few currently being marketed at over R85 000 000.
Kalk Bay is an unpretentious bohemian fishing village which lies between the mountains and the sea and is just 25minutes' from Cape Town. The demand for property far outweighs the supply, and for the lucky ones who manage to snap up a piece of the area are sure to enjoy a good financial investment. It is home to one of the last remaining working harbours in South Africa and offers appealing shops and at least 20 top-notch restaurants. Property values range from a small flat at R2,5 million to cottages, family homes and historical villas that start at R3,5 million and can go up to R 25 million. Typical property types include small historical cottages beautiful period family homes and magnificent villas.