A mix of new and old liv­ing

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LO­CATED at the cen­tre of the Cape Penin­sula, only min­utes from the cen­tre of town, Con­stan­tia Val­ley is Cape Town’s se­cret ru­ral re­treat. Un­til the 1960s, Con­stan­tia was largely horse and wine coun­try, in­ter­spersed by large, el­e­gant home­steads. About 40 years ago, cer­tain farms in lower Con­stan­tia were sub­di­vided. Sub­di­vi­sion in the Bel Om­bre area also started 40 years ago, and about 16 years ago de­vel­op­ment started in the Sil­ver­hurst Es­tate.

To­day Sil­ver­hurst Es­tate is one of the most sought-af­ter se­cu­rity es­tates in the Cape. The new­est wave of de­vel­op­ment be­gan about five years ago.

The Cape Winelands cul­tural land­scape was one of the nine can­di­dates for World Her­itage Site sta­tus sub­mit­ted to UNESCO by SA. As part of the Cape Winelands, the Con­stan­tia Val­ley pro­vides an ex­cep­tional ex­am­ple of cul­tural and agri­cul­tural de­vel­op­ment as in­flu­enced by his­tor­i­cal events and the im­pact of set­tlers and ex­plor­ers from Africa, Asia and the East Indies, Europe and the Amer­i­cas.

Un­like other sub­urbs in the Penin­sula, there was no large scale ur­ban de­vel­op­ment in the Con­stan­tia Val­ley dur­ing the Vic­to­rian and Ed­war­dian pe­riod, how­ever there are a hand­ful of Vic­to­rian and Ed­war­dian build­ings of his­tor­i­cal in­ter­est.

One of these is Morn­ing­side Manor in Tokai. Orig­i­nally de­signed by Sir Her­bert Baker, circa 1903, it was re­stored in 1923 by the ar­chi­tect Thain Forsyth fol­low­ing a dev­as­tat­ing fire. In 1965 the es­tate was sub­di­vided into plots rang­ing in size from 1 000m² to 1 500m², ul­ti­mately giv­ing birth to the sub­urb of Tokai.

The orig­i­nal thatched, gabled, Cape Dutch, Morn­ing­side Manor, has five bed­rooms and an im­pos- ing teak stair­case, high ceil­ings, orig­i­nal wooden floors and sash win­dows, a bev­elled front door with a typ­i­cal Dutch fan light.

“Homes with her­itage value rarely come on to the mar­ket, and as such are highly sought af­ter, so this is a rare and spe­cial op­por­tu­nity to se­cure a piece of Con­stan­tia Val­ley’s pre­cious and var­ied his­tory,” says Mike Gre­eff, CEO of Gre­eff Prop­er­ties, an ex­clu­sive af­fil­i­ate of Christie’s In­ter­na­tional Real Es­tates, who is mar­ket­ing this his­tor­i­cal home.

Gre­eff notes that the de­vel­op­ment of the area all started to change with the build­ing of pri­vate schools, and new shop­ping com­plexes in Con­stan­tia and Tokai. “More peo­ple wanted to move out of the city. New of­fice parks in Wyn­berg and West­lake fur­ther in­creased de­mand.” The area of­fers a num­ber of ex­cel­lent ho­tels, guest­houses and restau­rants, a nearby golf course, and quick ac­cess to beaches, na­ture trails and the M3 mo­tor­way. “Con­stan­tia is still ru­ral, here you can live close to the orig­i­nal vine­yards where some of SA’s finest wines are pro­duced,” he says.

De­spite this prox­im­ity to open land and a sense of be­ing out­side of the city, restau­rants and out­door venues abound. Kirsten­bosch Botan­i­cal Gar­dens in par­tic­u­lar is a beau­ti­ful and pop­u­lar venue for lo­cals and vis­i­tors alike. There are lo­cal malls, and the False Bay beaches such as Muizen­berg, St James and Fish Hoek are all eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble from the val­ley.

Con­stan­tia sports cen­tre, on the Main road, has a cricket pitch, ten­nis courts, bowl­ing greens, while a Vir­gin Ac­tive Gym and is ad­ja­cent to False Bay rugby club.. Schools are lo­cated in nearby Wyn­berg, Claremont, the Amer­i­can In­ter­na­tional School in Con­stan­tia Hills, or Red­dam House in Tokai.

“If you're think­ing of buy­ing a tract of old farm­land to sub­di­vide and build a se­cu­rity com­plex, you're in for a bat­tle for ap­proval,” says Gre­eff. “The Con­stan­tia Prop­erty Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion is very strict on sub­di­vi­sion. Re­stric­tions also ex­tend to com­mer­cial space. Many Con­stan­tia res­i­dents are A-in­come earn­ers who want to be near the area’s ex­cel­lent pri­vate schools and raise their fam­i­lies in a semi-ru­ral set­ting.”

The mix of prop­erty sizes is broad. In Up­per Con­stan­tia, these can range from 1 350m² to 8 000m². Prices range from R3,5m for an av­er­age fam­ily home, right up to those sell­ing above the R20m mark. In Ru­ral Con­stan­tia, plots range from around 700m² to 2 000m², with homes sell­ing from R2,5m up to R5m and some­times more. “Con­stan­tia rep­re­sents great value at cur­rent prices be­cause plot sizes are much larger than those in the rest of the South­ern Sub­urbs. As the South­ern Sub­urbs be­come in­creas­ingly dense, Con­stan­tia will be­come even more valu­able be­cause of its po­si­tion and large plot sizes,” says Gre­eff.

Ac­cord­ing to prop­erty data provider, Light­stone, more than 93% of the prop­erty in Con­stan­tia is free­hold, with the bal­ance made up of res­i­den­tial es­tates and very few sec­tional ti­tle de­vel­op­ments. The sta­tis­tics also show that more than 45% of cur­rent res­i­dents have lived in the area for 11 years or more, with 42% of re­cent buy­ers aged be­tween 36 and 49. The av­er­age prop­erty price in the area over the past 12 months was around R6,5m.

Michelle Swart michelle@vel­vetsquare.co.za

This home presents a unique op­por­tu­nity to own a piece of Con­stan­tia Winelands ar­chi­tec­tural her­itage

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