Carefree country lifestyle, magnificent views at Boschenmeer

Boschenmeer Golf and Country Estate, located on the outskirts of Paarl, is now almost fully developed, with just 11 vacant erven remaining out of a total of 485 properties.  

Pam Golding Properties (PGP) reports that the secure estate is one of the most sought-after in the Boland, offering a family-friendly country lifestyle with excellent security, convenient communal facilities and panoramic mountain views.  The 140ha estate enjoys a picturesque setting on the banks of the Berg River, framed by views of Paarl Rock and the Drakenstein Mountains.

PGP’s area manager for Paarl and Franschhoek, Surina du Toit, says 10 properties have been sold on the estate this year (2013) – half of them by PGP agents.  These include a vacant plot of 828sqm, sold for R710 000 in April, plus four family homes sold for between R2.5 million and R4.3 million. The PGP sales included the two highest prices achieved on the estate this year, namely R4.3 million and R3.55 million.

Boschenmeer was developed in 1997 around the existing Paarl Golf Club, and offered the first 27-hole course in the Western Cape - a David Frost signature course.  A new clubhouse was opened in 2004, and all residents of the estate have access to its facilities, including a driving range, restaurant, Pro Shop, carwash and Virtual Golf area, as well as a Golf Academy, ideal for improving one’s game or introducing youngsters to the sport.  The golf course forms the heart of the residential estate, with nearly 90 percent of all homes facing directly onto the greens and fairways.

Du Toit says the estate is renowned for its carefree family lifestyle and magnificent mountain views.  “This is a place where children can still play outdoors in safety, feed the ducks and ride their bicycles in the street,” she says.  “It is a very safe and wholesome environment for families, protected by excellent security including 24-hour manned entrances with access control, and dog patrols at night.  Besides the golf club, residents can utilise other superb communal facilities such as two tennis courts and a swimming pool, as well as a boma catering for up to 50 guests which can be rented out for functions and events.  Another factor attracting family buyers is the proximity to the many excellent local schools, both government and private, and to the Paarl Mall.  There is even on-site accommodation which can be rented by their guests, including a boutique hotel and a few self-catering lodges.  And of course there are a dozen superb wine farms within a 20km radius of the estate, as well as ample opportunities for hiking, climbing, mountain-biking and kayaking.”

Homes on the estate are separated into separate nodes to match the different lifestyle needs of buyers.  These include a mix of full title and sectional title townhouses, smaller “country homes” on erven of under 400sqm, and larger family homes on plots ranging from 400sqm to 1000sqm. 

Of the remaining 11 vacant erven, Du Toit says seven are currently on the market, with prices ranging from R820 000 for a 400sqm plot, to R1.495 million for 600sqm.  The entry level pricing for townhouses starts at around R1.4 million, while the compact country homes typically fetch between R2 million and R2.5 million.  Large family homes on larger erven can fetch anything from R3 million and more, depending on size and the level of luxury finishes.  Architectural guidelines maintain a Cape Vernacular design theme, while still catering for owners’ individual taste.

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