A piece of heaven on sale

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THE news that the Western Cape has at­tracted over R30bn in for­eign di­rect in­vest­ment (FDI) over the last three years has to be good news for prop­erty sell­ers, par­tic­u­larly those who are look­ing to move high-end prop­er­ties in and around the Mother City.

Al­though stats aren’t read­ily avail­able on how many for­eign buy­ers are mak­ing Cape Town their home, the fact that a re­cent re­port noted that peo­ple from the UK were the top in­vestors, closely fol­lowed by those from the US, is en­cour­ag­ing.

The British have long been en­gaged in a love af­fair with the Cape and, given the favourable rand/ pound ex­change rate, a warmer cli­mate and what is pos­si­bly some of the finest real es­tate in SA, it stands to rea­son that the city’s most pres­ti­gious homes are go­ing to at­tract for­eign at­ten­tion.

Price Road in Constantia, in par­tic­u­lar, has proved to be a favourite. The el­e­va­tion pro­vides out­stand­ing views of the Hot­ten­tots Hol­land moun­tain range and Hangk­lip Moun­tain bor­der­ing Groot Constantia. All the prop­er­ties in this street are set on large stands mea­sur­ing an acre or more — no sub-di­vi­sions are al­lowed.

There are few prop­erty sales in this part of Constantia. This is due not to a lack of in­ter­est, but rather to those who in­vest here hav­ing no de­sire to leave, so a re­cent list­ing has caused some ex­cite­ment.

Cielo nel Capo, Ital­ian for “Heaven in the Cape”, was con­structed be­tween 1998 and 2001 in Tus­can style, and is set against the Vlakken­berg Moun­tain, south of the city and north­east of Hout Bay. The prop­erty is lo­cated in one of the most sought-af­ter sub­urbs in Africa and fea­tures a breath­tak­ing view of Cape Town and False Bay. The villa is tucked into the moun­tain­side, on five lev­els, all of which are ac­cessed by two el­e­va­tors.

No ex­pense was spared in the choice of fin­ishes and func­tion­al­ity, and there are sev­eral large en­ter­tain­ment ar­eas, a cinema that seats 14, a gym, a large heated in­door swim­ming pool, a steam room, a spa bath that ac­com­mo­dates eight and a flood-lit tennis court. The villa is con­sid­ered to be one of the top prop­er­ties in Africa, and has fea­tured in sev­eral Hol­ly­wood, Euro­pean and Bol­ly­wood films. The 1ha es­tate is fully de­vel­oped and fea­tures for­mal gar­dens and a por­tion of moun­tain­side that is planted with en­demic Cape fyn­bos.

All build­ings on the prop­erty un­der­went ma­jor ren­o­va­tions in 2010 and at the same time all the tech­nol­ogy was up­graded or re­placed to con­form to the lat­est stan­dards. The prop­erty is be­ing sold fully fur­nished.

Cielo nel Capo is a five-minute walk from the Ta­ble Moun­tain Na­tional Park and a 15-minute drive from the world-fa­mous Kirsten­bosch Na­tional Botan­i­cal Gar­dens. Many cel­e­brated wine farms are only five to 10 min­utes away.

The es­tate is a 25-minute drive from all the renowned Cape beaches and down­town Cape Town and the V&A Water­front.

The en­tire prop­erty is ser­viced by wired and wire­less net­works. It is in­te­grated with an alarm sys­tem and a com­pre­hen­sive se­cu­rity sys­tem pro­tects the prop­erty.

Other com­forts in­clude dou­ble glaz­ing, air-con­di­tion­ing and un­der-floor heat­ing throughout.

The top floor of the main house com­prises the bed­room floor. The fam­ily wing fea­tures three bed­rooms and a TV lounge. The mas­ter suite comes com­plete with a sur­round-sound au­dio visual sys­tem, an en-suite bath­room with spa bath and dou­ble shower cum steam-room and sep­a­rate toi­let, dress­ing room and bal­cony.

The sec­ond and third bed­rooms are spa­cious with full en­suite bath­rooms and walk-in cup­boards. These two rooms share a pri­vate bal­cony. The TV lounge is a mini the­atre and study with all the mod­ern elec­tronic gad­gets.

The guest wing com­prises three ad­di­tional bed­rooms with a VIP suite. This large room has ev­ery­thing that could be expected of a home of this cal­i­bre, in­clud­ing a pri­vate bal­cony. The other two bed­rooms in this wing share a bath­room and a bal­cony.

The mid­dle floor of the main house is where the liv­ing and en­ter­tain­ment ar­eas are lo­cated. There are lift fa­cil­i­ties to the pavilion, tennis court, gym­na­sium and pool. In ad­di­tion to the sit­ting room and li­brary, there is a spa­cious atrium. There is a sep­a­rate scullery with a walk-in cold room, freezer and pantry.

The large fam­ily room fea­tures a sunken bar. The en­closed ve­randa off the fam­ily room has a built-in bar­beque and pizza oven. Price: R87m Contact: Blue Chip Prop­er­ties Fay La­mond 083 658 2226 Of­fice 021 794 0266

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