You don't need to buy a farm to live in the Cape winelands - and neither do you need to be super rich.
That's the word from the Chas Everitt International offices in Wellington, Paarl and Franschhoek. "The Boland lifestyle, with its spectacular views of the mountains and vineyards and its rich cultural heritage, is still within reach of average families," says Henriette Basson, who owns the agencies in partnership with husband Dries.
"Average prices for property in Wellington, for instance, hover around R1m, which will buy a comfortable family home. Entry-level properties such as bachelor flats sell at prices starting at around R500 000 while two-bedroom apartments near the Cape Technikon campus can be had from R650 000 upwards,"she says.
There is also a wide selection of sectional and full title units available in new developments in and around Wellington, with a new two-bedroom unit typically costing around R1m.
Basson says upmarket developments at slightly higher prices also cater for local and overseas buyers who want the Boland lifestyle but prefer living in security estates.
"We are currently marketing three security developments in the Paarl/ Franschhoek valley which are drawing a lot of interest. Buyers cite accessibility to Cape Town, only 40 minutes away, good schools and excellent security as reasons for settling in these estates.
"A fair proportion of buyers are from England, Germany and France and use their units up to four times a year when on golfing holidays."
The Boschenmeer Golf Estate offers townhouses from R1,25m and freestanding homes from R2,2m to R6m.
The newly-proclaimed Val de Vie Winelands Lifestyle Estate offers stands at prices from R1,1m and building packages for homes in the Cape Colonial style at prices from R2,5m. The development includes polo facilities and also offers trout fishing, birding and horse riding.
The third development, Pearl Valley, is a signature golf estate and spa that overlooks the Drakenstein mountains and offers private residences around a course designed by Jack Nicklaus. Prices for stands here start at R1,4m, while prices for the large homes range from around R4,5m upwards.