Settling in amidst Cape history
People are rediscovering the beauty of Tulbagh and sales are on the increase. Lea Jacobs takes a look at what this historical Western Cape village has to offer
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The town, about an hour’s drive from Cape Town, is built at the northern end of the Tulbagh Valley and is almost completely surrounded by mountain ranges. As with many other historic towns, the lifeblood of its early development was the church. The original church still stands and it, along with 31 other buildings in Church Street, makes up the largest number of national monuments in any single street in SA.
The town, says Seeff agent Nelia Retief, is a draw card for visitors and its picturesque location and beautiful architecture have led to this hamlet becoming a popular wedding venue.
“Aside from the architectural appeal, the town has several museums, antique stores, art galleries, restaurants, a number of top wine estates and an abun- dance of heritage homes and property investments, priced significantly lower than those in other Boland towns,” says Retief.
She says that although the heart of the town has about 400 residential properties and the boundaries have been expanded to their limits, buyers will be pleased to know that the charismatic small town feel that has always prevailed is here to stay.
“The last few years have seen an emergence of small business owners opening up service providers and home offices and there is a shortage of rental stock to meet both residential and business demand. Currently, only 65 of the 400 properties in the town are available for rent and there is a growing list of long-term tenants looking for medium sized lock-upand-go properties, thus presenting an unprecedented buy-to-let opportunity for investors.”
Data sourced from Lightstone, a property statistics and data provider, reveals that 23 freehold and 28 sectional title properties were transferred in the past year. A total of 26 of these in both categories were in the R400,000 to R800,000 price band.
“Those looking for a weekend retreat, retirement home or who just want to relocate to the tranquil countryside for a better quality of life will find the village one of the most charming and captivating areas in which to live,” says Retief. “It is family-friendly and the ideal environment in which to raise children.
“There is a real feeling of community here, with just about every facility and amenity, including schools, at one’s fingertips.”
She says property options are varied and there is something to suit those with a modest budget or to wow the most discerning buyer. “Cash buyers are increasingly snapping up well-priced properties, as are young couples looking for an affordable foothold in the property market. This is borne out by the growth in sales.”
To cite one example, Retief says that a home in Shand Street sold within eight days of being listing at R1.25m, R500,000 more than the asking price.
She says that vacant plots are also being snapped up at exceptional prices that range from as low as R20,000, up to around the R350,000 mark.
“Demand for historic homes has seen Seeff selling No 32 Church Street for R1.587m to a couple looking for a quiet retirement home. The property attracted significant interest,” she says.
Property prices here start at around R500,000. Historic homes in Church Street range up to about R2.7m for the original Fagan homestead that is steeped in historical significance. An exciting new option is the Pastoral Mews development. This first new secure estate comprises 13 modern Cape Dutch homes with five design options that range in size from 92m² for a two-bedroom home to 117m² for a three-bedroom, double-storey home. Prices start at R996,000, inclusive of all transfer costs — a significant benefit for buyers. Contact: Seeff Properties Nelia Retief 082 899 2248 Office 023 230 1414
This historic Cape Dutch home in Church Street is on the market for R2.7m,