Rondebosch homes are usually highly sought after because of its position in relation to the academic facilities in the Southern Suburbs. The biggest draw-card for Rondebosch property owners are the top South African schools in the area. This list includes Rondebosch Boys’ School, Diocesan College – Bishops, Rustenberg Girls’ School, Westerford and St Georges Grammar, Oakhust, Micklefield, Forres and St Josephs to name just a few.
Apart from the many of top schools, Rondebosch is very close to UCT and because of this close proximity the university has always had a strong positive influence on children who attend schools in the area, a result of which is that a high percentage of children tend to attend this university.
A home very near Bishops that recently came on the market and was sold within two weeks, in Silwood Road, was no exception, says Zanny Muller, one of the Knight Frank Residential SA agents who marketed this home.
The four bedroom, two bathroom Victorian home was built in 1901, and still has many of the Victorian features that make these homes so attractive. There are cast iron fireplaces in the study, dining room, sitting room, and main bedroom, bay windows in the study, all the windows are wooden sash windows, the floors are wood and the ceilings of the rooms in the original section of the home are all high, pressed ceilings, which adds a feeling of spaciousness and light.
Situated on 1 347m² it is an ideal family home with four living rooms, two garages and additional parking for four cars.
The sellers, says Muller, worked hard to maintain the traditional finishes and features and when they built a large sunroom onto the home, they did so with sensitivity, never detracting from the original home.
The sunroom has fold-back doors which opens the room completely to the patio and garden, bringing the outdoors in and making this an ideal summer family entertainment area, because this area is sheltered from the south-easter winds that blow most of summer in Cape Town.
“The sunroom is large enough to fit a second dining room table as well as seating for the whole family, so it is probably this room in which you would do most of your entertaining in summer,” said Muller.
The garden is north facing, is well maintained and has an irrigation system.
“The listed price was R9 850 000, and we sold it for very near the asking price because of this particular part of Rondebosch that it is in. The price achieved was the second highest for this area this year,” said Muller. “Homes here rarely come on the market and are usually bought fairly quickly.”