Engel & Völkers shines in the Southern Suburbs


Engel & Völkers Southern Africa is expanding its scope in the Western Cape with the signing of a license for the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town, including areas such as, Claremont, Kenilworth, Bishopscourt, Rondebosch, Newlands and Constantia. These suburbs not only offer an elevated style of living, they are also home to many embassies, celebrities and international personalities. Upper Claremont and Upper Kenilworth are amongst the oldest suburbs on the southern side of Cape Town, and there are beautiful and stately mansions dating back to the middle 1800’s, with expansive and mature gardens. Jeanne Shimmin, one of the most experienced and successful agents in the area and Phil Thomson, who is also Managing Director of Engel & Völkers South Peninsula, together with 2 successful businessmen, Charles Roberts and John Russell, are the shareholders of Engel & Völkers Southern Suburbs.

“We are very excited about the new E&V shop in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town, which is situated in the midst of our key market areas, being Bishopscourt and Constantia”, says Jeanne Shimmin. The signature shop, at 53 Constantia Road, opened during May 2009 in the Farriers Courtyard in Constantia, a venue that was tailor-made for the corporate identity of Engel & Völkers – white French doors opening out to a courtyard laid out in the traditional style, with Provence style fountains and landscaped gardens. The venue includes high fashion, a well known Constantia hair salon, exclusive furnishings, and the ever popular “High Tea”.

“With a successful career in the property industry spanning a number of years, I understand the market here,” says Phil Thomson. “I am familiar with the Engel & Völkers brand in South Africa, with its unique signature shop concept and it is ideal for meeting the Southern Suburbs market dynamic. Apart from its well recognised name and outstanding reputation for service excellence, Engel & Völkers offers superb marketing tools such as the glossy international in-house Global Guide magazine and the in-house Local Guide, a publication that is distributed nationally in South Africa and now internationally in an electronic format. These publications offer us a truly international reach, and will appeal to the cosmopolitan nature of the Cape Town southern suburbs society.”

The Southern Suburbs of Cape Town include some of the most sought after areas, for the fashionable elite, in which to live. The well-known wine estates of Groot Constantia, Buitenverwachting, Klein Constantia and Uitsig gave birth to one of the most prestigious suburbs in South Africa, namely Constantia. Bishopscourt is one of the finest of the Cape Town suburbs and was laid out on the grounds of the farm Boschheuwel (Bushy Hill) originally owned by Jan Van Riebeeck. Within a short distance is Kirstenbosch, the world famous National Botanical Gardens of South Africa.

This wind-sheltered, green belt offers history, beauty, a superb infrastructure, private hospitals, golf courses, shopping centres, excellent restaurants, some of the best schools in the country and the University of Cape Town. Some interesting sites include the Irma Stern Museum for art lovers, Mostert’s Mill in Mowbray, Rhode’s Memorial, the Baxter Theatre in Rosebank, the Rugby Museum, and the South African Brewery in Newlands, near the Newlands Stadium, where Cricket and Rugby matches are enjoyed regularly. Kenilworth Race Course is home to important horse racing events, while golf enthusiasts may choose from the best in town, at either Mowbray or Rondebosch golf courses.

Aware that the market has faced some challenges, there are signs of resurgence and the new license partners are confident that there is a demand for Engel & Völkers unique service offering. As a world-class company with over 30 years of real estate experience, Engel & Völkers boasts German precision, South African credibility and an international reach. Engel & Völkers prides itself on its unmatched service, superior industry knowledge and an outstanding reputation for having a finger on the pulse of the market.

“The Southern Suburbs team have already shown a commitment to making Engel & Völkers the first choice of home owners when it comes to buying, selling or letting out their properties. We’re delighted with the opportunities that this established and exclusive area – that’s perhaps resisted price falls and fluctuations better than elsewhere in the country – offers us and our partners as we expand into Southern Africa,” concludes Craig Hutchison, CEO Engel & Völkers Southern Africa.

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