Views, vineyards and village life

With its magnificent location amid rolling vineyards and towering mountains, almost every street in the scenic village of Franschhoek can boast of panoramic views, character-filled homes and a relaxed country lifestyle.  

Yet if one had to choose a contender for the most popular address in the village, then Cabriére Street would certainly be a finalist, if not the outright winner.  Pam Golding Properties (PGP) reports that the street, which runs parallel to the main thoroughfare of Huguenot Street and borders a number of wine and fruit farms, is highly sought-after for its magnificent views and picturesque homes.  It is also a popular address for upmarket lodges and guesthouses.  Most homes are firmly retained by their owners, with the result that properties seldom come onto the market.

This high demand and low supply environment ensures that Cabriére Street commands some of the top prices for residential property in Franschhoek.  Fewer than five residential homes have changed hands in the street since 2010, with sales in this period including R5.5 million for a two-bedroomed home and R6.233 million for a three-bedroomed home (these figures include sales by all agencies).  PGP recently concluded a sale of R9.1 million for a three-bedroomed home with guest cottage, which is awaiting registration.  Properties facing the vineyards fetch even more, and over the past five years, a few of these homes have sold for over R10 million.

PGP Franschhoek agents Doug Gurr and Shelly Schoeman say Cabriére Street, like many others in the village, traces its name back to the initial French Huguenot settlers. “When the Huguenots fled France to escape religious persecution in the late 1600’s, many brought with them the French vine rootstock which would help establish the valley’s famous vineyards,” they say.  “Most named their new farms after the regions they had left behind, and these were echoed in the street names as the village developed.  In this case, the street is named for the Cabriére region in the south of France – a name still attached to some of the most prolific and high-quality vineyards in the valley.  Most homes in Cabriére Street lie within easy walking distance of the bustling village centre with its world-class food and wine experiences, boutique shopping and art galleries.  Yet they are far enough removed from the main road to offer a tranquil and unhurried lifestyle with an atmosphere of rural peace.   It is quite simply one of the most outstanding locations in Franschhoek.”

PGP currently has the exclusive mandate to market a substantial family home in Cabriére Street, enjoying unfettered views across the adjacent fruit and wine farm to the surrounding mountains.  Set on an erf of over 1600sqm, the home is in pristine condition, and offers five bedrooms as well as a separate guest cottage.  Schoeman notes that homes of this size are seldom found in the village.  The property is on the market at R13.9 million.
The character-filled home has typical country features such as thatched roof, wooden shutters, oak staircase and screed floors.  Yet it also offers the very best elements of luxurious modern living, from top-quality integrated kitchen appliances to under-floor heating, heated towel rails, ADSL and WiFi.  There are five family bedrooms in the main house, three of them en suite and the remaining two sharing a bathroom and dressing area.  The main bedroom suite leads onto its own private balcony, ideal for enjoying sunsets over the mountains.  Living areas include both formal and informal entertainment areas with two fireplaces, and retractable doors allowing for excellent indoor/outdoor flow.  The exterior includes two under-cover patios, one with a built-in braai, which give way to a lovely garden and large solar-heated pool.

Other features of the home include a study with built-in bookshelves and a spacious eat-in kitchen with separate scullery.  The guest cottage, which is adjacent to the house but has its own private entrance and balcony, offers an en suite bedroom, sitting area and kitchenette.  The double garage has an adjacent home office space and separate laundry room with drying courtyard.  Security features include an alarm system, exterior beams and electric fencing on two sides of the property.

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