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Steenberg’s success can be attributed to the careful thought and planning in initial stages

When buyers were given the option of plots or homes at Steenberg Golf Estate 22 years ago, at prices ranging from around R1 million, many were sceptical as to whether Johnnic’s (the developers) vision of converting a working farm to a golf estate with premier housing would be successful, or even work. These sceptics were very wrong indeed as it is now one of the premier golf estates in South Africa, says Karin van Niekerk, agent for Knight Frank Residential SA, who is marketing a home priced at R13,995 million in this estate at the moment.


The under-cover patio enclosed by frameless stack-back glazing creates the perfect indoor-outdoor entertainment space.
 
Property prices now range from R10 million to R20 million within Steenberg Estate, in many cases prices having increased almost tenfold since the estate’s inception.
 
This estate has an interesting history, says van Niekerk, in that it is the oldest wine farm in the Cape Peninsula, dating back to Simon van der Stel’s days. The original grant of the land here was given to Catharina Ustings Ras, who came to South Africa as a young widow and settled here in 1682 – although she only officially was allowed to farm from 1688.  
 
Steenberg Estate has always had above average security, an excellent building and landscaping ethos and good estate management. Children can play here safely for hours, with many green belts and commons solely for their use and there are kilometres of walking paths around the estate for those who want to enjoy the outdoors but do not play golf.
 
The home that van Niekerk is marketing is a four bedroom, three bathroom home on an 822m² plot. The front garden is completely walled, which is unusual for this estate, allowing the owners of this home peace of mind if they have pets and a completely private swimming pool and entertainment area.
 
The living rooms are generously proportioned, with a lounge, family room and dining room all opening onto an undercover patio enclosed by frameless stack-back glazing.
 
Buying a home at Steenberg Estate automatically comes with membership to the golf club, which alone is worth many tens of thousands of rands each year.
 
Steenberg has over the years went from strength to strength, offering visitors and residents an above average experience, said van Niekerk.  Whether it be wine tasting, a round of golf, a meal at the signature restaurant ‘Catharina’s’ or at Bistro 1682, and a stay at the hotel, the developers and estate management here can be commended for the good work they have done.



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