Security is increasingly a key selling point for residential property in South Africa, and Cape Town is no exception. As a result, demand is growing for homes located within secure estates, which offer residents the peace of mind of living within a guarded perimeter with strict access control.
Among the most popular secure estates in Cape Town are those located in the Tokai area, which offer the additional benefits of accessibility, uncluttered surroundings and sweeping views of the mountains and False Bay. Pam Golding Properties (PGP) reports that Tokai has a number of secure estates which offer everything from lock-up-and-go townhouses to family homes and even luxury mansions. PGP agent Tina Roberts, who specialises in secure estates in the Constantia Valley, says there were 19 sales registered across these estates in 2013, most of them in the popular Stonehurst Mountain Estate. Roberts concluded nine of these sales, to a total value of R31 million. The average price across all agencies during 2013 was around R4.5 million. (Source – Propstats)
“Prices typically range from around R3 million to R4.5 million for a townhouse in Stonehurst Mountain Estate, and R5 million to R7 million for a family home in Silvertree Estate,” says Roberts. “Homes in the ultra-prestigious Steenberg Estate can cost anywhere from R11 million to over R20 million, as can those in Silwersteen and in rural Zwaanswyk, which is now a fully fenced-in suburb. Stonehurst in particular has seen very high demand, over the past year, and we anticipate that this will continue into 2014.”
Steenberg Estate is the flagship estate within the area, occupying rural surroundings around a prestigious golf course, with ample open spaces, tall trees, and rolling vineyards, plus a clubhouse and hotel on the property. The estate also offers two popular restaurants – Catharina’s for fine dining, and the more casual Bistro Sixteen82. The farm is in fact the oldest in the Constantia Valley, and has over 200 residential erven, all of the fronting onto the fairways.
Also extremely popular is Silvertree Estate, particularly with families whose children attend Reddam House private school. The estate contains its own private access gate into the school grounds, allowing many children to walk to school in safety. The location also provides easy access to the Blue Route highway and newly revamped shopping mall, and is highly sought-after by those working in the nearby Steenberg and Westlake office parks. Silvertree Estate has about 180 homes set on plots between 600sqm and 1600sqm in size. It enjoys state-of-the-art security including the very latest Biometric access control, an extensive CCTV camera network, and 24-hour vehicle patrols.
Stonehurst Mountain Estate is the youngest estate in the area, offering sweeping views from its elevated location on the slopes alongside Ou Kaapse Weg. The estate is growing in popularity as it approaches maturity, with many of its 100+ homes now completed or under construction. It includes a lifestyle centre for residents’ use, with a gym, pool and function area, and has extensive green belts throughout. The housing mix includes both lock-up-and-go townhouses and larger family homes. Access to the popular Westlake Golf Course, which lies immediately alongside, is another major selling point.
One of the best kept secrets of the valley is Silwersteen Estate, consisting of just 13 homes on the upper slopes alongside Ou Kaapse Weg. This estate is popular for its views of the surrounding vineyards and its hi-tech security, and tends to be favoured by established executive buyers in the 40-55 age bracket.
Rural Zwaanswyk now enjoys similar status to secure estates, thanks to the recent moves to fully enclose the suburb. This elevated area has just over 100 homes, all set on a minimum of one acre. It is particularly popular with equestrian buyers, with many homes offering stabling for horses, and abundant options for scenic outrides.