Sophisticated buyers snapping up luxury pads in Vredehoek

Older buyers whose children have flown the nest are selling up their large family homes with sprawling gardens in favour of safer and more modern City Bowl pads. And, according to Signatura founder John Rabie, they are favouring Vredehoek as the formerly sleepy suburb undergoes an exciting renewal.

“Many of our buyers are experienced and savvy, and may spend time away from home travelling. They no longer need or want a huge suburban house with a garden and pool that need constant maintenance. Instead, they want to enjoy their new lives and freedom in lock-up-and-go homes with stunning views that are close to buzzy restaurants, parks for dog-walking, great malls like the Gardens Centre and other attractions,” says Rabie.
“Vredehoek ticks all the boxes. Not only does it have panoramic views of Lion’s Head, Signal Hill, the city and the harbour, but it also has a charming ‘village’ feel while still being a stone’s throw from the Waterfront and major highway networks. And now that the MyCiti route to Vredehoek is complete, there is also no need to rely heavily on a car.
“Vredehoek has the same ‘vibe’ as Notting Hill in London or even Brooklyn in New York City – an older neighbourhood that has lots of character but that is also undergoing a positive change to bring it up to date with new architectural innovations and lifestyles. Vredehoek was proclaimed after the First World War and is ready for a property renaissance.”
Signatura’s latest block is 45 on Exner, a corner plot on Exner Road that will be home to nine spacious apartments, each with two undercover parking bays and lift access. Eight units will have two bedrooms while the penthouse will have three. All will have large terraces for outdoor entertaining and four will have easy-to-maintain, indigenous gardens. Prices start at R2.6-million.
The private-label property brand kicked off its first development in Vredehoek: Horizons, in St James Street sold out within two weeks of launch. Since then, Signatura has also constructed Altino and The Outlook, also in St James Street.
“Jean Bernicchi Architects have paid considerable attention to views, privacy and interior flow while the landscapers have ensured that gardens will be both attractive and water-wise. 45 on Exner will be the next jewel in our crown,” says Rabie.

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