Upswing in Franschhoek’s luxury property market

Synonymous with award-winning wine farms, an eclectic and vibrant village and a sublime lifestyle, Franschhoek in the heart of the Cape Winelands has emerged from the recent economic recession with a renewed upswing in its luxury property market.

Front exterior of the main house on the prime located Franschhoek property, Le Jardinet on Champagne – priced at R30 million through Pam Golding Properties
Comments Surina du Toit, Pam Golding Properties area manager for Franschhoek: “While impacted to some extent by the economic downturn, from the end of 2013 through 2014 we’ve seen a definite upswing in interest in our top end lifestyle properties and subsequently, a few  such properties which had been on the market for some time were sold. High profile purchasers such as Sir Richard Branson, who last year acquired Mont Rochelle, have certainly placed the spotlight firmly back on the quality and lifestyle Franschhoek has to offer.
“During the past year (2014) Pam Golding Properties achieved the top prices in Franschhoek, namely R 27 million for a 2ha smallholding and R36 million for the neighbouring farm as well as a R32 million sale. These were all lifestyle farms or smallholdings.
“Recent sales by Pam Golding Properties of wine farms Auberge Clermont, Klein Champagne and La Providence reaffirm the sustainability and prestige of investment in this verdant historic town. Situated in a prime part of the valley which is sought after for its close proximity to the village – yet with scenic vineyard and mountain views, is an exceptional property which has just become available for purchase. This property gives the owner the luxury feeling of living on a lifestyle farm, yet without the responsibilities one normally associates with owning a farm.”

Situated overlooking vineyards with spectacular views to the mountains, Le Jardinet on Champagne is marketed by Pam Golding Properties at R30 million
Originally part of the farm Auberge Clermont, which dates back to 1694, bordering Klein Champagne and less than 1km from the village, is a luxury property incorporating six bedrooms in total, set on 4 247sqm of agriculturally zoned land. Priced at R30 million and exclusively marketed by Pam Golding Properties, Le Jardinet on Champagne (as the property is named), includes a main house built in 2011 with four bedrooms, three bathrooms  (two en suite), three reception room plus two separate self-contained guest cottages and staff accommodation. The home and separate buildings comprise some 1120sqm in total.
With spectacular views over the adjacent vineyards to the majestic mountains beyond, this immaculately maintained property offers a mix of contemporary and country living, within easy walking distance (1km) of Franschhoek village. The home is well appointed with a tranquil garden of over 100 trees, picturesque dam, lap pool and manicured lawns. Access is through a servitude road on Auberge Clermont Wine & Guest Farm. Scenic mountain views provide an eye-catching backdrop as the property looks towards the Franschhoek Mountain and the northern ridge of the Middagskransberg, with the Wemmershoek Mountains visible in the distance.
Says Shelly Schoeman, the Pam Golding Properties agent marketing this sole mandate: “As this magnificent home is uniquely positioned on a portion of a historic farm, overlooking the vineyards, the owner is able to enjoy the views and ambience of a working wine farm – yet with none of the responsibility of looking after the vines or wine production.  Beautifully built and in immaculate condition, this is ideal as a family or even a holiday home as the property is easy to manage and currently has two full-time, live-in staff. The nature of the accommodation, with the two separate, self-contained cottages and four bedrooms in the main house, the property is ideal for an extended family. There are also two spacious and airy spaces currently used as offices.

The spectacular scenic view from Le Jardinet on Champagne in the heart of Franschhoek valley
“This will certainly appeal to the buyer who is accustomed to quality and a certain lifestyle. For the family buyer Bridge House private school is in Franschhoek while it’s only a 20 minute drive to Paarl or 30 minutes to Stellenbosch to access quality schools and Stellenbosch University.
“It’s extremely rare to find this kind of property available for purchase in Franschhoek – the reason being that the majority of properties in this area are wine or guest farms on large portions of land. And it’s almost impossible to find a piece of land this size among these wine farms. Added to its uniqueness is the fact that the property is located next to an existing wine and olive farm with a guesthouse, which adds to the security and scenic appeal. Exclusive in terms of the setting as well as the spacious and luxurious home, providing staff and guest accommodation as well as work from home facilities, this is a property that literally has it all,” says Schoeman.
She adds that being zoned agricultural, the property rates are much lower, while electricity usage is extremely economical due to solar panel usage for underfloor, lap pool and geyser heating. The roof has double insulation ensuring the house is cool in summer and retains heat in winter. The entire property is irrigated with a borehole supplying the entire system and an underground spring providing additional water for nine months of the year. In addition, an underground drainage system routes water to a 20x10m dam which flanks the house and is ideal for swimmers.

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