The Pearl of Pearl Valley

The second largest residential property on the Pearl Valley Golf Estate has come onto the market exclusively through Pam Golding Properties (PGP), offering a rare opportunity to acquire a consolidated double plot in this sought-after secure environment.  

Situated between Paarl and Franschhoek, Pearl Valley was opened in November 2001, and consists of a total of 500 properties scattered around an award-winning golf course, of which just over 300 have already been developed.  Most properties average around 1200sqm in size, but the home in question is situated on over 3800sqm of land.  The property is priced at R16 million.

PGP’s specialist agent, Jordan Greenhalgh, has been selling property at Pearl Valley since its inception, and as such, has more than a decade’s worth of specialist knowledge of the estate, as well as having a close business relationship with many of the home-owners.  She says around 40 percent of her sales in the past two years have been to repeat investors – existing residents wishing to downscale after their families have left home, or acquire more space as their families have grown.  “We see it as a hugely positive sign that so many people choose to stay within the estate as their lifestyles and requirements change, and simply move into new homes better suited to their needs,” she says.

“It’s also worth noting that a number of Johannesburg and Pretoria-based families have been relocating here in the past few years, drawn by the incomparable lifestyle on offer,” she continues.  “Since late 2012 there has also been a steady increase in enquiries from international buyers, after three years of very little interest from this market segment.  The estate has developed into a fully matured, close-knit community, dominated by families with children of school-going age, and it is clear that this environment holds far-reaching appeal.”

This appeal is reflected in the estate’s sales figures – well over R100 million worth of property transactions were registered in 2012.  Prices ranged from R2 million for a 1200sqm vacant erf, to R5 million for smaller homes, around R9.5 million for larger family residences, with some top-end properties selling for up to R15 million.  (Figures include sales across all agencies as well as private sales).  Greenhalgh says the current level of enquiries from both local and international buyers suggest that this upward trend should continue into 2013.

The new PGP mandate located on the double plot is a plantation-style home with a unique Spanish-American inspired design theme and distinctive custom-made fittings. The home occupies a prime position overlooking a natural wetland and surrounding farmland, as well as enjoying outstanding views of the Simonsberg mountains. Greenhalgh says it is unique not only in its size and design style, but also in its atmosphere of rural privacy.  “It offers the best of both worlds,” she says, “in that it feels more like a smallholding due to the abundant space and tranquil surroundings, but also offers the peace of mind of living in a top class secure estate, with the sense of community and access to leisure facilities which that entails.  There is no possibility of any other properties of this size coming onto the market – it is quite simply a one-of-a-kind home.”

Completed in 2009, the home was designed by Louis Phillips, a well-known architect in the Paarl area who has designed a number of homes on the Pearl Valley estate.  The double storey dwelling offers over 1440sqm of living space, including four en suite bedrooms on its upper level and a separate guest suite on the ground floor.  The home has a number of spacious open-plan living areas, including both formal and informal lounges with excellent indoor/outdoor flow.  Notable design features include large glass windows, solid oak floors and an authentic Mexican fireplace.  The home also offers a gourmet kitchen, large heated swimming pool, temperature-controlled wine cellar, staff accommodation and two double garages.  The extensive gardens include a herb garden, boules court, rose garden and miniature citrus orchard.

PGP’s area manager for Paarl and Franschhoek, Surina du Toit, says the Pearl Valley lifestyle is an enviable one, renowned for its central location, extensive amenities and state-of-the-art security.  “Residents here sleep easily at night, knowing that they are protected by multiple layers of security, including a CCTV camera network, perimeter protection with anti-burrow radar system, and regular guard-dog patrols,” she says. “The estate lies within easy reach of all major amenities including shops, hospitals, Cape Town International Airport, the University of Stellenbosch and a number of top-rated schools.  These include the private Bridge House in Franschhoek, which has so many pupils living at Pearl Valley that it operates a daily bus service to and from the estate.  In fact, the Bridge House playschool for children of two years and older is located within the estate’s perimeter.  

Other communal facilities include an on-site spa, restaurant, equestrian centre, tennis courts, hiking and mountain-bike trails, a swimming pool, and a boma alongside the Berg River which can be rented for private functions.  And of course, residents have access to the magnificent Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, which was named the best conditioned course in the Western Cape in the 2011/2012 Golf Digest Top 100 list – the third consecutive year it has won this accolade.  It is consistently rated one of the five top golf courses in South Africa.”

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