Bishopscourt, one of Cape Town’s most exclusive suburbs, is known for being home to diplomats, ambassadors and even Archbishops who are drawn to its private, expansive homes with breathtaking mountain views. It was also where former President Nelson Mandela spent his first night as a free man, staying with the then Archbishop Desmond Tutu and wife Leah after his release from prison in 1990.
But few know that Bishopscourt owns its very own vineyard, ensconced on the grounds of one of the luxury properties currently being marketed by Pam Golding Properties. The home in Canterbury Drive, set on 6 222m2, is much like a fine wine - filled with nuances that make it a standout property in this illustrious area. Not only does this property boast Bishopscourt’s only vineyard, but it offers penthouse living and one of the most sought after views in the Southern Suburbs. The sweeping views of Table Mountain and Kirstenbosch are undeniably the focal point of this north-facing home, and the elliptical infinity pool seems to defy geometry to ensure that this vista is uninterrupted. Other features of this grand property include an outdoor terrace area, tennis court, Koi pond and landscaped gardens. In keeping with the vinicultural tone of the property, the house has its own wine cellar and cold room. There is also a fully-kitted gym.
Myrna Duveen, Pam Golding Properties area specialist for Bishopscourt and intern Louise Sivertsen, have already concluded eight sales here in the past year (April 2018 to April 2019), ranging from R7.8 million to R41.3 million. Known for its extensive knowledge of the suburb and market insight, Pam Golding Properties commands an almost 70% share of this highly competitive market. Duveen says that while the suburb has some of the most valuable real estate in the country, buyers know that the homes are spacious, with features that combine both luxury and convenience with spellbinding views.
Another special buy is an eight bedroomed home on Bishopscourt Drive, listed for 29 million, which has much to offer the discerning buyer. Like most of the homes in Bishopscourt, it comes with spectacular mountain views, and boasts a Jacuzzi, sauna and gym. There is a seamless and pleasing flow between the interior and landscaped garden to the sparking pool. Also marketed through Pam Golding Properties, for R39.5 million, an elevated property in Exeter Avenue. This is the perfect family home, offering understated grandeur with six en suite bedrooms as well as spacious receptions rooms leading out to a tree-filled garden and the spectacular views.
Bishopscourt is also well-positioned with convenient access to the Constantia Valley, the rest of the Southern Suburbs and Cape Town central. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is nearby, as are the wine farms and other attractions in the area. Popular schools include the International School of Cape Town, Herschel, Cedar House, SACS and Bishops Diocesan College a short drive away. Barristers Restaurant has long been a favourite meeting spot in the Southern Suburbs, and Cavendish Square and Constantia Village, with their retail and restaurant offering, are also a short distance away. Security is paramount and not only do almost all of the homes have state-of-the-art CCTV cameras and surveillance, but there are dedicated patrol cars and a security team using a license-recognition system and 24-hour off-site surveillance to ensure residents’ safety.
“The slowdown in house price growth, being seen around the Western Cape, means that it is a good time to buy a gem of a home in this prestigious suburb,” says Duveen. Buyers know they will invest in a home that offers the best in terms of luxury, exclusivity, scenic living and easy accessibility, within the heart of the Southern Suburbs.