Western Cape: Where two oceans collide…
by Jacques Erasmus
World renowned for its majestic mountains, its white sandy beaches, its street lined palm trees and its luxurious accommodation, the Western Cape is a province with a vast amount of natural beauty. It is situated on the Southern tip of Africa with its very popular landmark Table Mountain, which has also recently been acclaimed as one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
On the southern side of the Western Cape lies the vast wetlands of Noordhoek as well as the historic towns of Kalk Bay, Simon’s Town and Fish Hoek – together forming the South Peninsula as we know it, an area famous for whale spotting with seasonal visits from the Southern Right Whales. “The South Peninsula still represents ‘good value for money’ with the market constantly improving. The most active area currently is Noordhoek, where we have had some record sales in De Goedehoop Estate for R15 million, a plot for R9 million and a home in Belvedere for R6 million,”says Francis Case license partner of Engel & Völkers South Peninsula. “Kalk Bay is an area that remains active with a high demand for properties, especially those below R3 million. Fish Hoek’s entry level properties are also in high demand,” she continued.
Moving north, towards Cape Town, we find the Atlantic Seaboard, which is arguably the most glamorous and high profile strip in South Africa. According to George Norris, team leader of Engel and Völkers Sea Point, the area has become a hot spot for both foreign and local buyers. Businessmen seeking a retreat from the bustling Johannesburg hub are purchasing weekend retreats, and there has been a great deal of Irish, British and German investors. “The area is ever evolving and there is an extremely diverse selection of properties to choose from, such as bungalows on Clifton Beach’s to a city ‘pied a terre’. There is also a great spectrum in price from a studio apartment starting at R800 000 to a palatial home in Clifton for R90 million,” George added.
Around the corner on the South East of Table Mountain lies the Southern Suburbs, this includes Rondebosch, Newlands and Constantia. This area plays home to the world famous Groote Schuur hospital and Newlands sports ground that regularly hosts top international sporting events. Constantia Valley can also boast with their outstanding wine estates. Craig Mcintyre, team leader of Engel & Völkers Southern Suburbs noted that “Properties in the area are mostly older type dwellings, which makes this the perfect area for buyers looking for homes with ample space.”
Following the coast line to the east of the city, lies Somerset West, Strand and Gordons Bay all making up the Helderberg basin. The slopes of the mountains are covered with vineyards and botanical gardens which forms a luscious green over the most parts of the area. “Properties in Strand and Gordons Bay varies between R400 000 up to R6 million, while Somerset West ranges between R1,4 million up to R15 million” says Amatola van Niekerk team leader of Engel & Völkers Somerset West. “The area offers variety for buyers, from a one bedroomed apartment to a ten bedroomed guesthouse with spectacular views of the Helderberg mountain range. The area also offers easy access to highways, airport and waterfronts”, she added.
Moving inland you will come across the Cape Winelands, which boasts a vast amount of highly acclaimed vineyards that produce top international wines, all basking at the foot of the Cape Fold mountain range. The Cape Winelands consists of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl. These towns are not only famous for their beauty but also for their aesthetics and atmosphere. “Over the last couple of years the area seems to have become a prime spot for foreign investors, especially in areas such as Paarl. The price range for a property in the Winelands are still between R750 000 for older colonial type dwellings and can go up to around R50 million plus for some of the wine estates”, Danny Pringle license partner of Engel & Völkers Winelands concluded.
Whether you prefer the luscious emerald green of the mountains or the oceanic blue, the Western Cape has it all. A mountain is composed of tiny grains of earth; the ocean is made up of tiny drops of water. Even so, life is but an endless series of little details, actions, speeches, and thoughts- Sivananda.