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Chic appeal and prime position of historic Wynberg a magnet for home buyers

Situated in Upper Wynberg in Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs and priced at R6.95 million through Pam Golding Properties, this character home is ideally positioned for a family seeking proximity to excellent schools and all amenities.

Steeped in history, the centrally located and character-filled suburb of Wynberg in Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs is a magnet for a diverse range of home buyers across all price bands, says Laurie Wener, MD for Pam Golding Property in the Western Cape Metro region.

Bordered by Kenilworth, Plumstead and Constantia, Wynberg is one of South Africa’s oldest suburbs, dating back over three centuries to a time when the area comprised farmland and was originally named De Oude Wjinberg, which means ‘Old Wine Mountain’.

“Conveniently positioned with easy access to all major routes leading in and around the city of Cape Town, including the north and south, as well as good schools, shopping and other amenities close at hand, there’s an enduring appeal to Wynberg which spans generations,” says Wener.

Louisa de Jager, Pam Golding Properties agent in the area, elaborates. “This is a highly sought after area particularly among families, being in walking distance of the Wynberg campus of schools – comprising Wynberg Girls’ High School, Wynberg Boys’ High School, Wynberg Girls’ Junior School and Wynberg Boys Junior School. It’s also within easy reach of other top schools such as Herschel and Western Province Preparatory School, and to the M3 highway, while shopping centres such as Constantia Village and Cavendish Square in Claremont are a short drive away.

“Architecture in the area is varied and incorporates restored Victorian cottages with their old world charm, as well as more modern homes. Colloquially referred to as Old Wynberg Village, the heart of the suburb is an urban conservation area – which is also home to the chic Chelsea Village precinct, which comprises mostly charming Victorian and even older cottages. The quaint and engaging village enclave offers locals and visitors or those exploring the area a vibrant and eclectic mix of interior decorating shops, art galleries and coffee shops, while Maynardville Open Air Theatre is renowned.”

De Jager says due to the area’s many attributes, residential properties in Wynberg are in constant high demand across all sectors of the market. “Entry level homes and cottages start from around R2.5 million to R3 million, ranging up to around R4 million and more for a spacious family home. In sought after Upper Wynberg, where grand residences can fetch prices in excess of R6 million, homes are generally snapped up when they come onto the market – as such properties are usually tightly held by owners.”

“Because of the sustained demand for homes in the suburb property values tend to appreciate steadily.” A property currently on the market through Pam Golding Properties is this elegant family home, originally constructed for Lord De Villiers around 1880 as a home for his European viticulturist and situated in leafy Upper Wynberg. With high ceilings, wooden floors and shuttered windows, the attractive character home includes four bedrooms (main en suite), 2.5 bathrooms, a light and bright conservatory flowing to an entertainment patio and pool, plus a formal lounge with fireplace and dining room, study and open plan living.