Golf es­tate has tran­quil views

Michelle Swart finds out about a rare op­por­tu­nity within the Steen­berg Golf Es­tate

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STEEN­BERG (moun­tain of stone) is the old­est wine farm in the Cape Penin­sula, dat­ing back to the days of Simon van der Stel. The orig­i­nal land grant for the farm was al­lo­cated to Catharina Ust­ings Ras by Gover­nor van der Stel. Catharina was a con­tro­ver­sial char­ac­ter of pi­o­neer­ing spirit, who as young widow had left her na­tive Ger­many to un­der­take the per­ilous jour­ney to the tip of Africa.

Al­though she set­tled on the farm in 1682, an of­fi­cial man­date was only granted to her in 1688 “to cul­ti­vate, to plough, to sow and to pos­sess” the land. Her name for it was Swaaneweide — the feed­ing place of swans.

Since 1990, 68ha have been planted with of a num­ber of cul­ti­vars in­clud­ing its flag­ship Sauvi­gnon Blanc as well as Chardon­nay, Mer­lot, Pinot Noir, Caber­net Sauvi­gnon, Caber­net Franc, Shi­raz and Neb­bi­olo.

The state-of-the-art cel­lar, com­pleted in 1996, has the ca­pac­ity to pro­duce around 70 000 cases and also boasts a viniteque, where bot­tled wines can be kept un­der ideal con­di­tions un­til they are ready to be en­joyed.

The Steen­berg farm­stead, in­clud­ing the manor house and the other build­ings, has been de­clared a na­tional mon­u­ment. The main gable, a “hol­bol” out­lined by heavy mould­ings in a small key­stone, is the only sur­viv­ing ex­am­ple of its type in the Cape Penin­sula.

In ad­di­tion to be­ing a premier wine es­tate, Steen­berg has been de­vel­oped to in­clude an 18-hole cham­pi­onship golf course. The in­di­vid­ual holes mir­ror the en­vi­ron­men­tal di­ver­sity of the area, pro­vid­ing a var­ied and unique char­ac­ter to the course.

Steen­berg is also home to a lux­u­ri­ous 24-suite coun­try ho­tel and the top class res­tau­rant, Catharina’s.

There are cur­rently only a few homes for sale in the 104ha Steen­berg Es­tate, which ac­com­mo­dates 225 homes in to­tal.

Those avail­able, said Jac­ques Marais, MD of Steen­berg Prop­erty Sales, are with­out ex­cep­tion good buys. “It is highly un­likely that any buyer will ever find him­self mak­ing a poor deal in this es­tate. Pro­vided he is not out to sell within a year, Steen­berg’s graph shows clearly that ap­pre­ci­a­tion can be ex­pected. To date, with the ex­cep­tion of 2009, the graph has moved steadily up­wards year-onyear at a rate sel­dom matched any­where in SA. In the 12 years since the first homes were com­pleted, av­er­age achieved sales prices have es­ca­lated by over 600%.”

Knowl­edge Fac­tory’s SAPTG data shows that in the 2004-05 pe­riod, full ti­tle homes within the Steen­berg Golf Course Es­tate sold for an av­er­age price of just over R4,8m. This has in­creased to an av­er­age of R10,7m, as recorded in the 2009-10 pe­riod.

One of Marais’s lat­est of­fer­ings is par­tic­u­larly at­trac­tive. It looks onto a fair­way and has tran­quil views over one of the golf course’s wa­ter fea­tures, which are home to many birds.

De­signed in Steen­berg’s oblig­a­tory Cape ver­nac­u­lar style, the home has bone white plas­tered walls and a pale grey pitched roof. “It is,” said Marais, “a spa­cious home that has three large bed­rooms, the main en-suite, and an­other fam­ily bath­room.”

The mas­ter bed­room has cherry wood cupboards in a dress­ing room. There is also a study or fourth bed­room, an open plan din­ing room, a for­mal liv­ing room and an open plan fam­ily room. Both the study and the fam­ily room have gas fire­places.

The kitchen is also fit­ted with cherry wood cupboards. Spe­cial fea­tures in this home in­clude a home the­atre and an en­closed bar­beque ve­randa, a swim­ming pool, staff quar­ters and an au­to­mated dou­ble garage along with a base­ment games room.

Marais said that any home buy at Steen­berg Golf Es­tate in­cludes golf club mem­ber­ship and an ad­di­tional play­ing right for the mem­ber­ship. The win­ery of­fers home­own­ers the abil­ity to pur­chase the es­tate’s wines at spe­cial tar­iffs.

“This home,” he says, “is par­tic­u­larly well sited as it is at the end of a row. It en­joys golf course and moun­tain views and has air-con­di­tion­ing.”

The Steen­berg es­tate, he said, is now thought by many to have the best se­cu­rity ar­range­ments of any es­tate in SA to­day. Price: R15 995m Con­tact: Steen­berg Prop­erty Sales Jac­ques Marais 072 211 9908 Of­fice 021 713 2244

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