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“Stepping stones” of the Southern Suburbs

For many Capetonians, a home in the Southern Suburbs is a highly desirable asset. Quiet, leafy streets, leading schools, and a convenient central location, makes the area among the most sought-after in the city, particularly for family buyers.  


Yet many homes in suburbs positioned close to the mountain come with a high price tag, which may place them out of reach of younger families or those just starting out as property owners.  The good news for these buyers, says Pam Golding Properties (PGP), is that one can still obtain the Southern Suburbs lifestyle at a more affordable price – by purchasing in one of several “stepping up” suburbs located on the area’s eastern edge.

“There are a number of areas within the Southern Suburbs which offer good family homes in accessible locations, and which are still within reach financially,” says Howard Markham, PGP’s area manager for the Southern Suburbs.  “Many of these lie within the catchment area of leading schools, and are well positioned for access to major transport routes, allowing easy commuting both to the city and the Northern Suburbs.  Areas like Rondebosch Park Estate or Lynfrae are just a stone’s throw away from their more upmarket and expensive neighbours, and offer access to all their amenities - but at significantly lower prices.  As such, they are excellent stepping stones for property owners either entering the market for the first time, or wanting to gain a foothold in the Southern Suburbs.”

Rondebosch Park Estate


Rondebosch Park Estate lies adjacent to the world-famous Red Cross Children’s Hospital, and is particularly popular with young medical professionals as well as families with younger children.  This small suburb enjoys magnificent mountain views and is very child-friendly, with a number of pre-schools and play-groups in its quiet streets.  Children of school-going age enjoy an easy commute to any number of leading schools in the neighbouring suburbs, including Bishops, Rustenburg, Rondebosch, Forres, St George’s, St Joseph’s and Oakhurst.  In Park Estate itself lies the Vista Nova school for children with special needs.  The area is close to both Rondebosch and Mowbray golf courses, and has convenient shopping just a few hundred metres away at both the Rondebosch Village and Silwood centres.

Markham says the suburb is particularly suitable for families where one spouse works in the central city and the other in the Northern Suburbs, due to its accessibility via the M5 to both the N1 and N2 highways.  “Park Estate is often referred to as the ‘seven minute suburb’,” he says, “as it takes just seven minutes to commute to the airport, CBD and the major highways.  Plots sizes are generous, typically between 500sqm and 750sqm, meaning that most houses have decent gardens for children to play in. And there is excellent value for money on offer.  Prices range between R1.5 million and R3.5 million, and one can obtain a four-bedroomed family home with a pool for under R2 million.”

Claremont


The sections of Claremont situated to the east of Main Road offer several options for buyers in lower- to middle-price ranges.  PGP’s MD for the Western Cape metro region, Laurie Wener, says they tend to have a high turnover of homes as owners regularly upgrade to more expensive properties in other areas.  “They are also popular with upcountry residents relocating to the Cape,” she says, “who find the central location convenient for exploring the city and identifying their ultimate suburb of choice. Like Park Estate, they have easy accessibility to leading schools and transport nodes. Another appealing factor is their lack of traffic congestion and access to attractive, uncluttered shopping centres such as Palmyra Junction, Belvedere Square and Rosmead Shopping Centre.”

Harfield Village is a particularly sought-after area for first-time buyers and young couples.  With its quaint Victorian and Edwardian cottages, tree-lined streets and buzzing restaurants, it has a true village atmosphere and community spirit.  Its semi-detached homes are ideal first-time purchases, and Markham says one can obtain a two-bedroomed cottage on just under 300sqm, for around R1.7 million, or a three-bedroomed townhouse for well under R2 million.

Equally affordable pricing can be found in the part of Claremont which is situated between Belvedere Road to the west and the M5 highway to the east.  Here plot sizes tend to be bigger, sized between 450sqm and 800sqm, and one can obtain a two-bedroomed house for around R1 million, or a three-bedroomed home with a pool for around R1.8 million.

Somewhat more expensive but still competitively priced is Lynfrae, located between Keurboom Road to the north, Queen Victoria Road to the south, and Palmyra and Belvedere Roads to the west and east.  The area is typified by large family homes on spacious grounds, with leafy tree-lined streets and a number of excellent parks and sports facilities, most notably Keurboom Park and the Western Province Cricket Club complex.  Prices here can range up to R3.5 million.

Kenilworth


The section of Kenilworth located between Main Road, Wetton Road, the M5 highway and Harfield Village is another area offering a strong village feel and sense of community.  A long-established suburb, the area is home to several excellent schools including the Michael Oak Waldorf School and the private Cedar House.  Prices can vary from around R1.6 million to a ceiling of R3.5 million – the latter for the scattering of top-end homes including a few Sir Herbert Baker properties.  Markham says one can purchase a three-bedroomed family home in the area for around R2.2 million.



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