Wynberg - History in the making

The suburb of Wynberg was originally farming land belonging to one of the freeburgers that supplied the Dutch East India Company. In 1682 the land was sold to Herman Weeckens, who named the farm De Oude Wijnbergh.  With the Cape’s seas growing far rougher during the winter months, ships would lay anchor at Simon’s Baai, which would later be called Simon’s Town. Sailors would then travel via wagon route from Simon’s Town to Cape Town, passing through De Oude Wijnbergh estate.

After the British took control of the Cape Settlement in 1795, Wynberg soon developed from a small farming area into a garrison town with large numbers of troops settling in the area. As a convenient half way point between Table Bay and False Bay, the Wynberg area became a hub of commercial activity. More and more land in the area was subdivided and sold and the number of both commercial and residential properties began to increase with many prominent families building homes in the area.

According to Charles Haigh, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Elite, the Victorian era from 1837 to1901 produced some beautiful homes of distinction all with high ceilings and generously proportioned rooms. “Many of the homes built during this period still stand today, however, it is rare to find them fully restored and even more unusual for them to be on the market,” says Haigh.

However, he notes that one of the properties that RE/MAX Elite currently has on offer is an historic cape villa, which was built by the well-known De Villiers family in 1860. Fleeing France in 1688, the De Villiers family arrived at the Cape of Good Hope in 1689 in a quest for land. The De Villiers family was the first pioneers to arrive in South Africa with firsthand knowledge and experience in the art of winemaking and continue to produce wine to this day. 

Ann Broderick and Caro Hodges, the RE/MAX Elite sales associates who have an exclusive mandate to market and sell the property, say that since the home was built it has had several owners and for some time was owned by the Portuguese embassy. “The home has a rich history and is a monument to a bygone era. On the market for R28 million, this truly unique home has been meticulously restored to an extremely high standard with sensitivity to the original features, such as the high ceilings, cornices and Cape Oregon pine floors,” says Broderick.
The five-bedroom home, which is situated on a 3077m² stand, has been fully modernised but still keeps its traditional feel. All five bedrooms are en-suite with air conditioners and underfloor heating, in the tiled areas.  “There is an abundance of natural light in all of the rooms in the home, accentuated by the large glazed doorways, a leaded sky-light, double French doors and sash windows. A cobbled driveway leads up to the stately front façade which boasts historical European gables,” says Broderick.
She adds that the home features a grand formal dining room which opens onto the terrace with extensive views of the Hottentots Holland Mountains, a large swimming pool and a well-established garden that is walled, private and secure, with automated irrigation system and borehole. Other features include a formal lounge, study, family room, double garage, excellent security with surround beams, security cameras, electric fencing, alarm and intercom facial recognition.

“The home is also ideally positioned within proximity to the best private schools in Cape Town, along with easy access to Cavendish Square and the Constantia Winelands,” says Broderick. “The uniqueness and adaptability of this historical home will appeal to the discerning buyer,” she concludes.

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