Ex­cel­lent value for money

Con­stan­tia Val­ley in the Western Cape boasts the old­est wine­mak­ing re­gion in the coun­try. Lea Ja­cobs finds out more about a home for sale here

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FAMED for its beauty, the Con­stan­tia Val­ley area has be­come a draw card for buy­ers who want to en­joy the finer things in life, in one of the finest ar­eas in the coun­try. Steeped in his­tory, the orig­i­nal homestead de­signs re­flect the laws im­ple­mented by a Cape High Com­mis­sioner when he vis­ited the area in 1685.

Build­ing con­straints in­cluded us­ing only lo­cal stone to win­dowsill height. The walls had to be plas­tered and white­washed and low walls had to be con­structed to cre­ate an en­closed farm­stead. The roofs were thatched us­ing reeds from the Cape fyn­bos. It seems that the gables, which give these prop­er­ties their tra­di­tional Cape Dutch look, were added at a later date and can be at­trib­uted to the skilled slave labour force and po­lit­i­cal ex­iles that ar­rived in the re­gion in the early 18th cen­tury.

The Con­stan­tia of to­day is some­what dif­fer­ent and while a num­ber of prop­er­ties re­flect the his­tory of the area, a large amount of devel­op­ment has taken place over the years. As an in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tion the area boasts a wide range of bou­tique ho­tels; award­win­ning restau­rants and art gal­leries. There are also nu­mer­ous life­style and dé­cor shops in the area, as well as a num­ber of farm stalls sell­ing lo­cally pro­duced spe­cial­i­ties. Some of SAs finest wine farms are lo­cated in the areal.

A mere 10 minute drive from Cape Town, the re­gion has be­come a mag­net for those look­ing for the peace and quiet that the area of­fers. Ger­ald Ro­manovsky from Raw­son Prop­er­ties be­lieves one of the as­pects driv­ing sales is af­ford­abil­ity be­cause the area of­fers ex­cel­lent value for money when com­pared to the At­lantic Seaboard. “Houses in Con­stan­tia are far big­ger and be­cause of the size of the stands of­fer far more pri­vacy than those in other high­end ar­eas. The ex­tra space means that many prop­er­ties fea­ture ten­nis courts and gar­den cot­tages.”

The re­gion has lots to of­fer the out­door en­thu­si­ast and along with the three golf cour­ses, res­i­dents en­joy horse rid­ing, moun­tain walks as well as the ser­vices of a lo­cal gym.

How­ever, Ro­manovsky says the real beauty of liv­ing in the area, is the prox­im­ity to all Cape Town has to of­fer. Ca­van­dish Square, an up-mar­ket shop­ping cen­tre is a 10 minute drive away, and it takes 25 min­utes to reach the air­port or a mere 15 min­utes to the V&A Water­front.

De­spite the slow­down in the prop­erty mar­ket, Knowl­edge Fac­tory’s SAPTG statis­tics in­di­cate that the area re­mains pop­u­lar and 220 full ti­tle homes have been sold in 2010. The high­est price paid for a prop­erty in this cat­e­gory was R37,5m. In com­par­i­son, there have been 39 sec­tional ti­tle units sold, with one com­mand­ing a price of R4,935m.

Ro­manovsky says houses in the pres­ti­gious area, priced around the R6m mark tend to at­tract more in­ter­est. He noted that houses priced over the R15m mark at­tracted cash buy­ers.

A mag­nif­i­cent ex­am­ple of Con­stan­tia prop­erty has come on to Raw­son Prop­erty’s books. Sit­u­ated in the ex­clu­sive Peter Cloete Av­enue, Ro­manovsky says the home has been de­signed in a style rem­i­nis­cent of many French chateaus. Ex­ten­sively ren­o­vated five years ago, the floor area mea­sures 800m² and now boasts three sep­a­rate wings. The de­sign of the home is com­ple­mented by Traver­tine tiled floors and state-of-theart fin­ishes. The light, airy home has large rooms and high ceil­ings. There are two fire­places on the premises.

Each wing com­prises three self-con­tained units each with its own en­trance. The first wing, which forms the main part of the house, fea­tures four bed­rooms en suite, two lounges, a sun room as well as a for­mal din­ing area.

There are two bed­rooms sit­u­ated in the first wing, both with en suite bath­rooms, a small kitch­enette, lounge and din­ing area. The third wing of­fers three bed­rooms en suite, a guest cloak­room, a kitchen and a lounge area. All the rooms, in­clud­ing the bed­rooms have ac­cess to bal­conies that of­fer out­stand­ing views across the Con­stan­tia Val­ley.

Set in a 3845m² gar­den, the ter­raced grounds which fea­ture a large col­lec­tion of rare cy­cads, are au­to­mat­i­cally ir­ri­gated by a bore­hole on the premises.

“This beau­ti­fully de­signed home of­fers the oc­cu­pants a won­der­ful semi-ru­ral but so­phis­ti­cated life­style,” says Ro­manovsky. Price:

R17,9m

Con­tact: Raw­son Prop­er­ties Ger­ald Ro­manovsky 083 658 0140

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