Historic Wynberg home for sale

A grand Victorian home dating back to the early 1870’s has come onto the market in historic Wynberg - one of the oldest residential suburbs of Cape Town. 

A grand Victorian home dating back to the early 1870’s has come onto the market in historic Wynberg. “Lismore”, is on the market exclusively through Pam Golding Properties, priced at R6.5 million.

Pam Golding Properties (PGP) reports that the area was originally established as a wine farm named “De Oude Wjinbergh” (meaning “Old Wine Mountain”) in the 1680’s, and only developed as a town in the early 1800’s. A number of its grand Victorian homes were built later that century, and are still highly sought-after for their character-filled design and substantial size. This fine example, “Lismore”, is on the market exclusively through PGP, priced at R6.5 million.
Lismore seems likely to have been built around 1870, and the current owners are in possession of the original title deeds in the name of one Geesje Wilhemina Cloete van Breda, dated 1874. Despite its substantial age of around 140 years, the home has been well preserved and updated for modern living, including modernisation of the bathrooms around the turn of the 21st century. Whilst offering a comfortable modern lifestyle, the five-bedroomed home still boasts many of its original features such as shining wooden floors, Victorian fireplaces, high ceilings and a wrap-around veranda with broekie lace trim. The property includes three garages as well as staff accommodation and a swimming pool.
PGP agent Louisa de Jager says the home appears to have passed through at least four different owners after van Breda, before being purchased by the current owner’s father in 1947. He subdivided the original property into four, but two portions were consolidated once again following his death in 2001. Today the home occupies a spacious erf of 1162sqm, located in a quiet cul de sac in Upper Wynberg. De Jager says this is a highly sought-after area due to its accessibility and walking distance proximity to the Wynberg schools’ campus, as well as the ease of access to other top schools such as Herschel and Western Province Prep, and to the M3 highway.
Upper Wynberg’s grand old homes regularly attract prices in excess of R6 million – although they are not always available for purchase due to their enduring appeal to families such as the owners of Lismore.  “This is a much-loved home which has been kept in one family for over 65 years,” says de Jager, “and which is able to attract rental income in excess of R25 000 per month, should it be purchased as an investment. It would also make an ideal home for a large family, those who love to entertain and those who simply love the romance of an historic home.”
De Jager says demand in Wynberg is currently strong, not only in this upper price bracket but also in the categories of more modestly priced homes. “Entry level homes and cottages in this area will typically attracts prices of between R2.5 million and R3 million,” she says “going up to R4 million to R5 million for a larger family home. Recent sales in the area have included R6.2 million for a five-bedroomed Georgian home in Tennant Road, R4.2 million for a four-bedroomed house in De Villiers Avenue, and R4.75 million for a four-bedroomed house in Alexandra Road. Due to the substantial demand, prices are generally moving steadily upward – particularly for homes situated close to the schools or to the chic Wynberg Chelsea precinct with its quaint art galleries, coffee shops and Victorian cottages.”  

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