The rural and semi-rural areas around Cape Town’s urban edge provide a wealth of opportunities for horse-lovers to stable and ride their charges. Yet given today’s busy modern lifestyles and pressure on free time, not everyone can manage the commute to these areas on a regular basis. This makes it all the more appealing to find areas within the city limits where one can keep horses on one’s own property, and enjoy the pleasure of riding on a daily basis. Pam Golding Properties (PGP) suggests that for equestrians in search of this convenient lifestyle, the Constantia Valley presents one of their best options.
PGP’s MD for the Western Cape metro region, Laurie Wener, says two suburbs in the valley stand out as ideal homes for horse-lovers – Constantia itself and Zwaanswyk, Tokai. “Not only do these areas allow a limited number of horses to be kept on a residential property,” she says, “but they offer access to some beautiful bridle paths, green belts and the Table Mountain National Park for some of the most scenic outrides available in the Cape.”
PGP’s Constantia agents Lesley Payne and Ingrid Hoaten say the suburb’s municipal laws allow one horse per 4000sqm of land, provided the neighbours have given consent for horses to be kept on adjacent properties. “Constantia has an extensive green-belt of connecting trails, many of them running alongside the Spaanschemat River. There are several sizable properties located close to this green-belt, which are particularly well-suited to horse-owners – however the reality is that these are seldom available for purchase, as owners tend to settle here for the long-term,” say the agents.
Equestrian properties in Constantia tend to be priced from R15 million upward. PGP currently has the exclusive mandate for a boutique wine and horse estate at the suburb’s highest point, Constantia Nek. The farm occupies 10 acres on the border of Upper Constantia and Hout Bay, and is on the market at R25 million (price inclusive of VAT and with no transfer duties applicable).
In neighbouring Tokai, the elevated enclave of Zwaanswyk is prime equestrian territory, with a number of properties boasting stables, paddocks and riding arenas. PGP agent Tina Roberts says the suburb’s location, tucked away behind Steenberg Golf Estate and backing onto the mountain slopes, means that it enjoys a tranquil, semi-rural environment with direct access to many beautiful riding trails, particularly those in Tokai Forest. “The suburb has just 105 homes,” says Roberts, “each set on a minimum of one acre. Each property is allowed up to two horses per acre.”
Prices for homes in Zwaanswyk range from R5.8 million to R30 million. PGP’s recent sales of equestrian properties include a 4000sqm erf with no residential dwelling, but with paddocks, stables and arena, which was sold for R4.55 million. A four-bedroomed home with cottage and stables, set on 3650sqm, was sold for R5.7 million, while a 4202sqm erf containing three cottages and flat ground ideal for horses, sold for R5.4 million.