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
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:
Contact: Rawson Properties Gerald Romanovsky 083 658 0140