N7 Highway upgrade - good news for Swartland property

The upgrade of the N7 highway into a dual-carriage motorway is good news for the residential property market in the Swartland.  

So says Pam Golding Properties (PGP), whose area manager Gail Friedlander reports increased interest in homes in the area, since the project began in mid-2012.  The highway upgrade is currently focused around the area from the Melkbosstrand exit to the Philadelphia/Atlantis exits (as at November 2012), but is expected to be completed as far as Malmesbury by the end of 2013.

“The N7 upgrade will effectively turn Malmesbury into a satellite town for Cape Town,” says Friedlander, “by reducing the commuting time to around 45 minutes.  The Riebeek Valley and other small Swartland villages will also benefit from the improved accessibility, and we anticipate a significant increase in the number of people who will choose to commute to Cape Town from these areas.  Buyers will be able to purchase a home in a magnificent scenic rural setting, with peace, privacy and a relaxed country lifestyle, while still being able to enjoy the work opportunities of a big city.  We are already seeing a number of enquiries from clients who recognise the impact this may have on the property market in the Swartland, and who want to buy now before the prices start climbing.  The area offers excellent value for money when compared to prices in the city itself, and has the benefit of lower crime rates and a more wholesome environment for children.  It also has well-established infrastructure including excellent schools, making it an ideal place to raise a family.”

Friedlander says the highest demand at present is for properties priced under R2 million, including large vacant plots, small lifestyle farms and family homes.  “There is some demand from upcountry buyers including those from the Northern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State,” she says, “but the bulk of our buyers are coming from Cape Town and particularly its Northern Suburbs.  Some are looking to relocate their families to a safer, less congested environment offering better value for money, while others are investing in weekend and holiday homes, knowing that even the more remote towns will soon be accessible in under an hour and a half’s drive.”

Another interesting trend at present is that of would-be tenants who are opting to buy property instead, due to the current shortage of rental stock in the Swartland.


Prices in Malmesbury currently start at around R750 000 for an entry level property, going up to R1.2 million to R1.7 million for a modest family home, and R3 million to R4 million for larger and more luxurious properties.  The town has excellent infrastructure including high-quality private and government schools, a country hospital and fully-developed CBD with extensive retail offering.  Just 65km from Cape Town, it is an ideal getaway for those who enjoy the outdoor lifestyle, with a network of 4x4, mountain-bike and hiking trails, a nine-hole golf course development with plans to extend to 18 holes, and numerous wine farms in the vicinity.  There is also a growing tourism sector, with a number of restaurants, B&B’s and guest houses.

Riebeek Valley

The towns of Riebeek West and Riebeek Kasteel are highly sought-after as weekend getaways, but also have an established permanent population - including a number of acclaimed artists who gain inspiration from the magnificent setting on the slopes of the Kasteelberg mountain, surrounded by wheat-fields, vineyards and olive groves.  Just 80km from Cape Town, it is an easy one hour drive from the city.  The valley has a growing reputation as a food and wine destination, boosted by regular events such as the Olive Festival, MedFest and Shiraz and Art Weekend, as well as several fresh food markets.

Friedlander says prices here start at an entry level of around R1.1 million, with a small home or cottage costing between R2 million and R2.5 million.  The top end of the market sees larger homes fetching prices between R3.4 million and R5 million.  PGP reports a significant increase in enquiries in the area, with sales across a broad spectrum of properties including farms, vacant plots, houses and commercial buildings.  “The month of September (2012) was PGP’s best for this period in 14 years,” says Friedlander, “with sales in excess of R11 million.”

There is also promising interest in a new residential development, the Kasteelberg Nature Estate, which is to be built on the slopes of the Kasteelberg in 2013.  The secure development will comprise a mix of spacious freehold plots, lifestyle cottages and bedsit units, as well as a medical centre offering doctors’ consulting rooms and 24-hour nursing care.  All properties will enjoy sweeping views of the Riebeek Valley. Prices start from just over R1 million (VAT incl.) for both plots and free-standing cottages.


One of the surprise trends of the year (2012) has been the “discovery” of the quaint village of Koringberg, located some 40km past Malmesbury.  This charming village is set amid rolling fields of wheat and wintergreen, and has an acclaimed mountain-bike trail as well as magnificent scenic hikes and watersports on the nearby Misverstand Dam.

Friedlander says PGP is currently receiving around five enquiries per week for property in Koringberg.  Value for money is one of the prime drivers of this demand - vacant plots can still be obtained for as little as R200 000, while an entry level home costs just R500 000 and a larger residence from only R1.2 million.

“This is one of the last ‘untouched’ villages in the Swartland,” says Friendlander, “accessible via a good tar road, and with sweeping views of the Swartland.  Once the N7 upgrade is complete, it will be just over an hour’s drive from Cape Town, making it an ideal location for a weekend cottage.  We anticipate a significant escalation in demand over the next 18 months.”

  Comment on this Article

  Please login to post comments

Post to my facebook wall
Characters remaining

    Latest Property News
    • 20 Apr 2018
      Whenever changes in the political ecosystem of a traditional property market create uncertainty, smart investors begin to look elsewhere for new opportunities. Property experts at IP Global have analysed the trends and crunched the numbers to find new markets to explore in Europe and the United States.
    • 20 Apr 2018
      Energy and water self-sufficiency are increasingly important factors in home buyers’ choice of property – especially in Cape Town where the extreme drought of the past few years has made municipal supply costly as well as uncertain.
    • 19 Apr 2018
      During the last decade, rampant development has progressively transformed Cape Town’s property landscape with densification being the order of the day, but there are still one or two hidden gems like Scarborough which have retained their original character, offering an inimitable lifestyle and an attractive investment opportunity.
    • 19 Apr 2018
      The rental market is a cut-throat sector of the real estate market that waits for nobody. According to Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, first-time renters need to be fully prepared before they even start the process of looking for a place to rent in order to avoid the disappointment of losing out on their ideal property.
    • 19 Apr 2018
      Choosing to buy your first home instead of continuing to rent is a big decision that will usually take some time to put into action, but the sooner you can save up a sizeable deposit, the closer you will be to reaching your goal.
    • 18 Apr 2018
      Selling your home is no small task and as you will quickly find out, there are a lot of misconceptions about the process. Gerhard van der Linde, Seeff's MD in Pretoria East lists the top 5 misconceptions when you are selling your home.
    • 18 Apr 2018
      The Cape Town municipality is now installing water-management devices at properties that have been non-compliant with the new level 5 water restrictions and there are talks of fines between R5,000 and R10,000 for households that use too much water.
    • 17 Apr 2018
      The recent interest rate cut has stoked the coals in the first-time buyer’s market. At least for the next two months until the next interest rate announcement, homeowners are guaranteed lower monthly instalments than in the previous quarter. But, is it wise to take out a 100% bond just to enter the property market while interest rates are low?
    Subscribe to the MyProperty Newsletter

    Last Name  
    Email Address  
    Email Frequency
    Share this Page

    For Sale Property
    Rental Property
    More Options
    Connect with us