Bishopscourt ranks as one of the most-sought after suburbs in the country

Bishopscourt ranks as one of the most-sought after suburbs in the country and is, along with Johannesburg suburbs such as Westcliff, Houghton and Sandhurst regarded as "old money" enclaves.

It has never been a high turnover suburb, says Seeff agent, Ingrid McFarlane. Rather, she says buyers are drawn to the suburb for its status, stunning estates and grand residences. Embassies, high ranking government officials and captains of industry are drawn to the area as it offers the right address for business and residential purposes, she says. This, she says continues to translate into demand and property values here.

While fewer properties are changing hands than may have been the case during the "boom" period, there is still business being done in the suburb, she says. As has been the case across the market, there has been a market correction here with asking prices having to come down to more normalised levels and, where sellers are pricing in line with what buyers are prepared to pay, properties are selling, she says.

The location against the southern slopes of Table Mountain and leafy green lanes, adds to the attraction of the suburb. It provides convenient access to the CBD, airport and other business centres. It is on the doorstep of the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens with other attractions such as the Newlands rugby and cricket grounds, the Claremont business centre, Cavendish Square and more in close proximity. Of course, it is also home to some of the top schools in the country, she says.

The grounds are generally large and properties have top class security. Stunning gardens and large, stately homes enable government and embassy officials and business executives to host and entertain guest and visiting delegates in privacy and grand style, she says. It is not a large suburb, in fact, the agent says that there are only a few hundred homes here, but some of the city's top achievers live or own property here.

Entry level property prices start at just under R10 million, but most properties are priced upwards of R15,5 million to around R36 million for an exclusive estate in Upper Sidmouth Avenue that illustrates the type of property and high profile residents that the suburb attracts, says the agent. Developed in the 1960s by the Porter family, the property has been occupied by a number of prominent families of the Cape including Brett Kebble, but is now back in the hands of the Porter family.

The estate covers 6,240sqm of some of the country's most expensive real estate and offers unparalleled security and privacy and views of Table Mountain. It has sprawling lawns and landscaped gardens with old world status including an old slave bell, cobbled walkways and water features. An antique marble fountain imported from Italy in 1967 forms a focal point in the garden and there is also a unique glass conservatory. The magnificent custom-made wrought iron gates were also imported from England during the 1967 period by Anne Porter's father in law.

The residence offers more than 1,500sqm in floor space and features traditional Cape Dutch architecture and stained glass windows recovered from the original old homestead as well as pressed ceilings that are the last that were done by a famous craftsman of the Cape. There are eight bedrooms suites as well as a further three separate guest suites. The living areas include a formal lounge and dining room, a family lounge and dining room, large kitchen with a refrigerated walk-in pantry and extras such as a grand library Pierre Cronje cabinetry, a wine cellar, billiard room, music room and more.

A separate building and outdoor entertainment area is situated next to the floodlit tennis courts and swimming pool. There is also a squash court, gymnasium, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi located here. The property includes three staff suites, garaging for seven vehicles with additional parking and a guard house at the front entrance.

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