High activity levels in Durbanville’s lower price range

PGP’s area manager for the Northern Suburbs, Maureen Nel, reports that such properties are typically selling within six to eight weeks of listing – well below the national average.  She adds that there is a particular shortage of stock at present in the price bracket from R1.8 million to R2.4 million.

“Durbanville’s convenient location and enviable lifestyle elements mean that it is highly sought-after as a residential address by all categories of buyers,” says Nel.  “While the suburb offers homes across all price ranges and to suit a variety of requirements, Durbanville is also known for its magnificent wine farms and some spectacular high-end homes which can fetch upwards of R20 million.”

Nel adds:  “One can obtain entry-level apartments here from around R500 000 to R1 million, while a townhouse or cluster home will set you back R900 000 to R1.6 million. Mid-level family homes are priced anywhere between R1.6 million and R7 million – and most are set on generous erven of 800sqm to 1000sqm, while luxury homes in a range of modern secure estates can be obtained for between R3.5 million and R7 million. Notably, these prices are substantially lower than one would pay for equivalent properties in some other parts of Cape Town, which translates into sound value for money for buyers.”

She says there is not much vacant land left to be purchased in the Durbanville area, although a few plots remain in suburbs such as D’Urbanvale, Kenridge and Eversdal Heights.  These are typically priced from around R1.1 million upwards and range in size from 800m².  Vacant erven can also be obtained within the area’s many secure estates, where prices tend to range from around R1.7 million.  “For example, the new phase of popular Heerenzicht Estate in Vygeboom currently has just nine erven still available,” says Nel, “and these are priced between R1.95 million and R2.9 million.  This will secure a sizeable plot in an ultra-secure luxury estate known for its high-quality homes.”

Durbanville traces its history back to 1825, when it developed around the site of the Tygerberg area’s first Dutch Reformed Church.  It was only declared a municipality in 1901, but since then has grown substantially to incorporate a number of popular suburbs such as Kenridge, Vygeboom, Durbanville Hills, Eversdal, Sonstraal, Aurora and D’Urbanvale.  The central part of the suburb retains a unique historic character, and is home to numerous well-preserved landmark buildings such as the All Saints Church, Durbanville Synagogue and Onze Molen mill.  It even contains its own eco-haven, the Durbanville Nature Reserve, which at 6ha may be diminutive, but offers excellent facilities for picnics, bird-watching and short hiking trails.
Another popular green lung is the Durbanville Rose Garden, spanning 3.5ha and displaying over 500 varieties of magnificent roses.  All this can be accessed just 30 minutes’ drive from the Cape Town city centre, Cape Town International Airport, Stellenbosch or Bloubergstrand.  Due to the local terrain with its undulating hills, many suburbs enjoy spectacular views of the Hottentots Holland mountain range and even the mountains around Ceres.  All have access to an excellent range of sporting, medical, shopping and social facilities, as well as a number of highly-rated private and government schools, including Chester House and Curro, Durbanville Prep, Stellenberg High and Kenridge Primary school.

PGP’s MD for the Boland and Overberg regions (incorporating the Northern Suburbs), Annien Borg, says the local wine farms are another popular focus for leisure activities. “The official declaration of the Durbanville Wine Valley only occurred in 2004, and incorporates 12 different farms,” she says, “but wine-making in this area extends much further back in time.  Some families have been making wine here for six generations, and there is also a thriving community of garagistes who make their own small volumes of hand-crafted wine as a hobby.  

The farms themselves range from small boutique wineries to large-scale farms producing over 6 000 tons per year.  Among the best known are Meerendal, Nitida, d’Aria, Altydgedacht and Hillcrest.”  Borg says these farms very seldom come onto the market, but can be enjoyed by residents via their extensive leisure facilities such as wine-tasting, restaurants and guest accommodation.  A particularly popular recent development is the rural mountain-bike trail which meanders through several of the older farms.

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