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Property For Sale in the Cape Winelands


For those interested in purchasing Cape Winelands property, we bring you a brief summary of the region.

Franschhoek Property

‘French-Corner’ so named because the French Huguenots settled in this valley, protected on 3 sides by soaring mountains, in 1688. The Gourmet Capital of South Africa is situated on the R45 about an hour away from Cape Town. It is a charming village with the main activities concentrating on wine production, tourism and restaurants.

Entertainment / Shopping / Cuisine / Places of Interest
  • Hiking : The Boland Trail – 2/3 days
  • The Main street is a shopping Mecca for arts and crafts with many gourmet restaurants reflecting a French influence
  • The Franschhoek wine route
  • Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve
  • Huguenot Monument and Museum
Education
  • Groendal Primary School
  • Wes Eind Primary
  • Groendal High School
  • Franschhoek High School
Housing
Most of the area is taken up by wine lands. However residential development is taking place at a phenomenal rate. As you approach from the Northern side, just outside Franschhoek the first settlement you come across is mainly for the local farm workers, but as you enter the town you will notice many security estate developments.

A property in a security estate can set you back between ZAR 2 million and ZAR 6 million. These are all upmarket with quality finishes and most modern conveniences you can think of.

There are smaller houses in the town starting from around ZAR 1.9 million, these are typically 2 bed, 1 bath on smaller grounds.

There are also a large number of agricultural or commercial properties around ranging from ZAR 8 million – ZAR 45 million. These typically are wine or crop producing or have been converted to B&B type establishments.

There are a few private plots available at a starting price of ZAR 1.1 million for 900m²


Paarl Property
Situated on the banks of the Berg River, this beautiful town is surrounded by fruit-orchards, vineyards and separated by neighbouring regions by spectacular mountain passes.

Entertainment / Shopping / Cuisine / Places of Interest
  • Guided cycling trips of Paarl
  • Fynbos Trails guided on horse back
  • Wine land Ballooning
  • Paarl Art Route
  • Brandy Route
  • Paarl wine route
  • Paarl bird sanctuary
  • Paarl Mountain reserve – hiking and biking trails
  • Afrikaans Language Monument – built to honour development of Afrikaans
  • Paarl Museum
Education
  • La Rochelle Girls Primary
  • Paarl Gimnasium Primary
  • Paarl Boys Primary
  • Paarl Boys High
  • Labourie High
  • Police Training College
  • LWA Joubert
  • Frank Pieterson Primary
  • Noord-Eind Primary
  • New Orleans High
  • Orleansvale Primary
  • Charleston Hill High
  • Charleston Hill Primary
  • Ebenezer Primary
  • Drakenstein Primary
  • Paarl College
  • William Lloyd Primary
  • Paarlzicht Primary
  • Klein Nederberg Primary
  • Klein Nederberg High
  • Paulus Joubert High
  • Paulus Joubert Primary
Housing
Being a farming area with vineyards, olive trees, buchu plants and fruit orchards, there are farms in the area for sale. These can range from ZAR 7 million – ZAR 25 million. Small holdings and guest farms are available between ZAR 4 million - ZAR 12 million. There are Manor houses just outside the centre of the town from ZAR 6 million for 7/8 bedrooms, 5/8 bathrooms and many reception or living areas.
The Boschenmeer golfing estate offers upmarket housing with modern finishes for ZAR 2 million – ZAR 6.5 million (the accommodation varies from 4 – 6 bedrooms, with 2 – 4 living areas) Land in the estate starts at around ZAR 850 000

The Pearl Valley golf estate also offers upmarket housing with properties between ZAR 4 million – ZAR 9 million.
There are B&B/Guesthouse available, from 3 suites to 10 suites from ZAR 2 million – ZAR 7 million closer to the Paarl town.
Many duplex and cluster houses are being built and range from ZAR 600 000 – ZAR 800 000 for a smaller lock up and go to ZAR 2.5 million for a larger 3-4 bed, 2 bath.

The older houses in Paarl start at ZAR 870 000 for a little ‘fixer-upper’ and can go to ZAR 2 million for a 3 bed, 2 bath. There are also quite a few apartments available at the lower price bracket of ZAR 420 000 for a 1 bed 1 bath – ZAR 900 000 for a 2 bed. There are still a few small stands available in town forZAR 400 000 – ZAR 800 000


Stellenbosch Property
This broad and fertile valley is internationally known for its wines, historical homes, national monuments and varsity life.

Entertainment / Shopping / Cuisine / Places of Interest
  • Fly fishing at Ada’s Valley Dam
  • 3 Golf courses in the area
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Jonkershoek River Valley : Historic tours on horseback
  • Vineyard Hiking trail
  • Van Ryk Brandy Cellars – demonstrations of distillation of brandy
  • Wine Route – Icon of the Western Cape with over 30 wine estates
  • Simonsberg Cheese factory – cheese tasting done
  • Strawberry farm – Pick your own strawberries
  • Art Galleries
  • Oude Libertas Amphitheatre : hosting ballet, opera and picnics at Sunday concerts
  • Spier Estate : restaurants, wine centre and banqueting hall. The estate also has a cheetah breeding centre
  • Butterfly World : walk amongst 24 species of butterflies and small birds
  • Game Farms : Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm, Drakenstein Lion Park
  • Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens : Horus Botanicus
  • Rustenburg Health Hydro : to de-stress and be pampered
Education
  • University of Stellenbosch
  • AF Louw Primary
  • Stellenbosch High
  • Stellenbosch Primary
  • Stellenbosch College
  • Devonvallei Primary
  • Rhenish Girls High
  • Rhenish Girls Primary
  • Bloemhof Girls High
  • Paul Roos Gimnassium High
Housing
If you want to invest in a small wine estate with its own cellar and manor house, you can do so if you have ZAR 137 million!!! There are however, small holdings and smaller estates available at ZAR 5.1 - ZAR 15.5 million on the outskirts of Stellenbosch centre.

Country Hotels and B&B’s are available from ZAR 3.7 to ZAR 13.1 million depending on the number of rooms offered.
There are numerous upmarket security estates ranging in price, design and accommodation in and around working wine estates from as little as ZAR 1.5 to ZAR 4.5 million. If you do not want to live in a security estate but would like to be in the winelands then a 4 bed, 3 bath with views of mountains and vineyards will cost in the region of ZAR 4.3 million.

Closer to the centre of Stellenbosch are many townhouses starting at ZAR 1.3 (2 bed, 2 bath) – ZAR 2.5 million (3 bed, 2 bath) and an apartment (aimed more at students and first time buyers) will be found to cost ZAR 1.1 (2 bed, 1 bath) – ZAR 1.9 million (2 bed, 2 Bath) There is a lot of newly built flats/apartments, 1 bed, 1 bath and larger on offer at ZAR 460 000 upwards.
Small 2 bed, 1 bath free standing houses are priced at around ZAR 1.6 million and go to about ZAR 2.2 million for a 4 bed 1 bath.

There are many historic buildings in the centre of Stellenbosch around the Dorp Street area ranging in price from ZAR 4 – ZAR 8.2 million.


Wellington Property
This small, quiet town with its many sites of historical interests lies at the foot of the Groenberg Mountains on the banks of the Kromme River. The town is an architectural jewel with many buildings of Cape Dutch, Victorian and American styles

Entertainment / Shopping / Cuisine / Places of Interest
• Bain’s Kloof Hiking Trails : several hiking trails through the wild flowers
• Sport : Wellington is the administrative headquarters of the Boland Rugby Union and is the home of the Boland Stadium
• Dried Fruit : headquarters of the SA Dried Fruit Industry
• Wellington Wine Route : well known for its exquisite red wines and Chardonnay
• Leather Factories : exclusive range of shoes and other leather goods
• Limietberg Nature Reserve : 9 different hiking routes through fynbos vegetation

Education
• Val du Charron Meisieskool
• Wellington Primary
• St Albans Primary
• Bergriver High School
• Huguenote High School
• Huguenote Primary School
• Huguenot College
• Boland Onderwyskollege
• Pauw Gedenk Primary
• Hugo Rust

Housing
This area developed around the farming community – there is still a vast amount of vacant land for development – which is happening very quickly. There are security villages and townhouses in town ranging from ZAR 1.2 – ZAR 2.6 million. There are many free-standing houses or cottages, starting smaller (2 bed 1 bath) from ZAR 500 000 (needing a bit of renovations) reaching ZAR 4.5 million for something a bigger and more modern or recently renovated. Plots can be found ranging from ZAR 399 000 to the ZAR 950 000 mark. On the outskirts of town are small holdings and farms ranging from ZAR 2.6 to ZAR 17 million, with income producing crops. There are large pieces of vacant land for ZAR 3 million –ZAR 18 million.

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