Perfect place for a change of pace
The beautiful and historical area of Constantia continues to attract both local and international investors, writes Lea Jacobs
FAMED for its beauty and the magnificent wines the area produces, Constantia appeals to those who love the wide open spaces and the tranquil lifestyle the region offers.
Home to some of SA’s most sought-after properties, the area is an historic treasure and has some of the best examples of original Cape Dutch architecture in the country. But that’s not its only attraction: surrounded by vineyards and mountains, the entire region boasts exquisite scenery and is ideal for the outdoor enthusiast and those wishing to get away from the hustle and bustle of city living.
It is said that Constantia, which housed the original farm Groot Constantia that was given to Simon van der Stel in 1685, was named after Commissioner General HA van Rheede’s daughter, Constanza.
The farm, and in particular the manor house at Groot Constantia, remained Van der Stel’s favourite residence. The home is now a museum that features an array of antique Cape furniture dating from the mid-1700s and a wine museum that features a rare selection of wine drinking and storage vessels.
Constantia Hills nestles in the valley below the Constantiaberg and the Table Mountain National Park. Surrounded by a greenbelt and bordered on the north by the Grooteboschkloof River and in the south by the Prinskasteel River, this pristine section of Constantia is just minutes away from the prestigious and worldfamous Constantia wine route.
Located in the heart of Constantia Hills, Soetvlei Avenue is home to a select few estates, many of them equestrian. Any property east of or below Soetvlei Avenue may not be subdivided into plots smaller than one acre in size, which serves to preserve the rural feel of this pretty, bucolic pocket of the Constantia Valley. From the exquisite views to the pure spring water that residents describe as sweet, the area remains true to its sobriquet, Sweet Valley.
A unique opportunity to own a piece of this glorious land has now presented itself in the form of a dualliving equestrian property. Set on 4,062m² in Broadacres, a contained, exclusive gated estate with panoramic views over the valley and of the entire sweep of mountain ranges from the Southern Muizenberg range moving westwards to Constantia Nek and north to the rear slopes of Table Mountain, the property is home to a main residence and a cottage, as well as double stables, a tack room, feed room and paddocks.
The main house is a mix of contemporary and classic elegance and has a luxurious master suite with doors opening onto the garden. It has a full en-suite bathroom and dressing room. There are an additional three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a guest toilet.
The farm-style, dine-in kitchen is made-to-order for the regular entertainer, and there is also a formal dining room with flow to the patio and pool. A large cellar and double staff suites are value-adding extras.
A charming two bedroom/two bathroom cottage with open-plan living area, fireplace, kitchenette and deep set veranda provides a rental income of R30,000 a month during summer. During winter, rental income is about R14,000 a month. The property has also been used as a location for advertisement shoots.
There are two well points that service the house, cottage and staff quarters with potable natural spring water. The property allows direct access to many of the scenic trails through the greenbelt and the neighbouring Tokai Forest. Price: R15m Contact: Greeff Properties Janine Stevenson 073 168 4749 Jean Kerr 082 975 8427