Golf estate has tranquil views
Michelle Swart finds out about a rare opportunity within the Steenberg Golf Estate
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