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

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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

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