Just weeks after the country celebrated Heritage Day (25 September), two historic heritage homes are available for sale in the scenic Cape Winelands town of Paarl.  Both are being marketed exclusively by Pam Golding Properties (PGP).
Paarl is the third oldest European settlement in South Africa, although the original Khoi and San inhabitants grazed their cattle in the fertile Berg River Valley long before the arrival of Dutch settlers.  Remnants of their rock art are still visible in the nearby Bainskloof and Wemmershoek areas.  The valley was “discovered” by the Dutch in 1657, when the public treasurer of the Dutch settlement in Table Bay, Abraham Gabbema, led an expedition in search of new meat sources and trading partners.  He arrived in the valley to find its famous granite boulders glistening in the sun after a rainstorm - ultimately leading to its name of Paarl or “The Pearl”.  Governor Simon van der Stel granted the first farms in the area to free burghers in 1687, and several French Huguenots settled in the area the following year.  Some former slaves were also allocated property in the area after their emancipation in 1834. 
PGP’s MD for the Boland and Overberg region, Annien Borg, says the town is today a culturally diverse one, the largest in the Winelands, and with a rich agricultural and architectural heritage.  It is also home to some of the country’s top schools and wine farms, as well as the leading winegrowers’ co-operative, the KWV.
One of the town’s oldest properties is now available for purchase through PGP.  “De Kleine Konstantie” was originally part of the farm “De Nieuwe Plantatie”, granted to owner Hermanus Lambertus Bosman in 1717.  The property borders the current Grande Roche Hotel, and overlooks the Drakenstein mountains in the distance.  The farm was divided into three portions in 1830, and the homestead on De Kleine Konstantie was erected about 10 years later.  The gracious Cape Dutch home is one of the town’s best-loved historical landmarks, and provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere with its polished wooden floors, old yellowwood doors and thatched roof.  The house totals around 360sqm of living space, and is situated on a plot of over 3100sqm.  It offers three bedrooms, two bathrooms and several reception rooms, as well as a self-contained flatlet with its own entrance, which is inter-linked to the main house.  The property also has a separate double garage and storeroom.  The home has been in the hands of its current owners for over 20 years, but they are now selling it to downscale for their retirement years.  It is on the market through PGP at R4.9 million.
Another historically significant home is 10 Zion Street, which is on the market at R5.2 million.  The Victorian-style home is located in the heart of central Paarl, next to the Pontac Manor Hotel.  It was originally part of the farm “Pontac”, which was granted to the Labuschagne family in 1723, and has had just four owners in its nearly 300-year history.  The home was erected in the early 1800’s, and was restored by its current owners in 1994.  The property is situated on two plots totalling 1483sqm, while the house itself measures 471sqm.  The wraparound front stoep offers superb mountain views as well as providing shade for the living areas.  The home has five bedrooms, two bathrooms and four reception rooms, while garaging is provided for four vehicles.  There is also potential for the attic to be developed into further accommodation, or for the house to be divided into two semi-detached homes.
PGP’s area manager for Paarl, Surina du Toit, says these two historic homes embody the town’s rich and diverse architectural heritage, which also boasts examples of the Georgian, Edwardian and even Art Deco styles.  “This rich mosaic is best demonstrated by the 12km stretch of Main Road – the longest in South Africa – where one can view original buildings such as the oldest Dutch Reformed Church in the country, the Strooidak Kerk,” she says.  “They would both make fine family homes, but would also be suitable for corporates seeking a unique and elegant headquarters.  There is also potential for them to be developed into guest-houses, although planning permission has not yet been sought for this.”
Released on behalf of Pam Golding Properties by Philippa Hudson

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