A Grand Victorian Lady

Located in the bustling Southern Suburb of Claremont, Wyndover Manor is an architectural, Victorian gem that was built more than 133 years ago. The story of the manor dates back to 1880 when Maria Forbes Watt acquired the grant for the land on which the manor was built. The manor was later purchased late in the 1920s by Margaret Teixeira for her large family.


 
Once a grand estate home, Wyndover Manor slowly deteriorated over the years leaving it in a sad state of decay with part of the home demolished. However, in 1987 the property was purchased by the Abbeyfield Society, seeing the property potential as the ideal place for housing senior citizens. After spending R200 000 on the property, the society was able to restore the grand old lady to some of her former glory. The home has been well-maintained ever since, and includes all the original features that complement the scale and heritage of the house.
 
After 27 years, the Abbeyfield Society has decided to sell the property, giving a buyer the chance to own a unique property and piece of Cape Town’s colonial history. “Wyndover Manor is more than just a home, it is a South African legacy that has been around for over a century. Very few properties have the heritage that this property has, which is what makes it a truly rare find in today’s market,” says Caron Leslie, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Property Associates, whose office is marketing the property.
 
Peter Kratz, Sales Associate at RE/MAX Property Associates, says that the eight-bedroom home features marble fireplaces in each room, beautiful carved wooden doorways and all the trappings of a gracious home built in a bygone era. “The rooms in home are huge, each with pressed-steel ceilings and enormous sash windows. The panoramic views looking out to the garden from the upper-level rooms are unsurpassed,” adds Kratz.
 
Currently on the market for R5.6 million, Kratz notes that the home also boasts Burmese Teak stairways, carved wood finishes and ornate plaster work, five bathrooms, a large kitchen, dining area and off-street parking for ten cars.  “On a stand measuring over 1200m2 in size, the grand scale of the home along with its ideal positioning in Claremont creates endless possibilities for the Wyndover Manor. It is in the perfect position for a professional practice or boutique guest house. It could also be the ideal family home for a large family looking for some breathing room,” says Kratz. “The property is conveniently located within proximity to amenities such as the a number of Southern Suburbs schools, Claremont’s commercial centre, Red Cross Hospital and Western Province cricket club and Newlands Stadium.”
 
Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, says that location is a vital element to a property’s appreciation in value over the long term. He notes that properties which are close to sought-after amenities will generally be an excellent choice in terms of their potential returns.
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