Returning expatriates seek new life at “The Vines”

The first residents – including several returning expatriates - have taken occupation at “The Vines”, a charming village situated within the acclaimed Val de Vie estate in the Franschhoek Valley.  

Ultimately consisting of just 20 free-standing homes, the village occupies its own private section of vineyards and has a design style which acknowledges the valley’s French Huguenot heritage.  The developers have recently expanded the range on offer to buyers, to include new single-storey options with a choice of five layouts.  The original offering of double-storey homes with three or four bedrooms, is also still available.  Pam Golding Properties is marketing the properties, which are all named after different wine cultivars, on a full title basis.  Prices range from R1.695 million to R2.875 million (VAT inclusive), depending on size, layout and the finishes selected by buyers.

PGP’s area manager for Franschhoek, Surina du Toit, says five of the homes have already been sold, three of them to returning expatriates.  “For example, “ she says, “PGP recently sold a three-bedroomed double-storey home to a professional buyer who has been living overseas for some time, but intends returning to South Africa soon.  She purchased for R2.55 million, inclusive of VAT, and will make her home here on her return.  Buyers are typically commencing with building as soon as transfer goes through, and two of the homes are already completed and occupied, with a third nearing completion.  The options for finishes include everything from air-conditioning to vacuflow systems, timber pergolas and wrought-iron balustrades, and top brands like caesarstone and hansgrohe.  This wide selection allows buyers to customise their home to their personal taste, and ensures all properties have their own individual flavour, within the overriding design theme.”

Residents of The Vines have access to the full range of amenities on offer at Val De Vie, including the brand new on-site preschool, which opened this year with its first 30 pupils.  PGP’s MD for the Boland and Overberg regions, Annien Borg, says the estate offers the very best of sophisticated country living, and is particularly well-suited to equestrians.  “Not only does it have world-class polo facilities attracting international matches and players,” she says, “but riders can house and exercise their horses on site, making use of the stables and paddocks, as well as a 10km network of bridle paths and a state-of-the-art Equestrian Centre with exercise arenas, lunging rings and professional trainers.  Other facilities at Val de Vie include a magnificent Sports and Leisure Centre with a gym, tennis- and squash courts and a 25m heated indoor pool, where Olympian Ryk Neethling runs a swimming school.  For those who prefer to take life a bit easier, there is a fine-dining restaurant ‘The Polo Lounge’, and after a good meal, close to 2km of Berg River frontage to stroll along, with abundant birdlife and magnificent mountain views.  There are also ample places for children to play in safety, including jungle gyms – making this an ideal home for those raising a family.”

Du Toit adds that South Africa’s gourmet capital, the village of Franschhoek, lies just a few minutes away from the estate, as does the acclaimed private Bridge House school.  “Other top-quality schooling options nearby include Paarl Boys and Paarl Gymnasium,” she says.  “Cape Town International Airport can be reached within 40 minutes’ drive, making The Vines an excellent choice for business people who commute frequently, and want to leave their families in a secure environment while they are away.”

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