After just fourteen weeks on the market the historic Cape Villa built by the well-known De Villiers family in 1860, sold for R22 million. Originally from France, the De Villiers family arrived at the Cape of Good Hope in 1689 in a quest for land. The De Villiers family was the first pioneers to arrive in South Africa with firsthand knowledge and experience in the art of wine making and continue to produce wine to this day.
Marketed and sold by Ann Broderick of RE/MAX Elite, the home has had several owners since it was built in the Victorian era, including the Portuguese embassy which owned the home for some time. Tony Bredenkamp from Upton Properties, who brought the new owners to see the property, said that they love in fell with it instantly.
“The new owners of the home are local buyers from the Atlantic Seaboard who knew that the home was their forever home where they wanted to retire. Given the fact that is a beautiful home in an ideal setting, it is easy to see why,” says Bredenkamp.
Initially listed for R24.895 million, the property is a true home of distinction with its high ceilings and generously proportioned rooms – common features of homes built during the 1800s. “It is not uncommon to find Victorian era homes still standing today. However, you rarely find them fully restored and even more unusual for them to be available on the market,” says Charles Haigh, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Elite.
According to Broderick, the home has been meticulously restored to an extremely high standard with sensitivity to the original features, such as the high ceilings, cornices and Cape Oregon pine floors. “While to the home has been brought into the twenty-first century, homage has been paid to its heritage. The home has a rich history, which was respected during the restoration process. Although the home has been updated, it still stands as a monument to a bygone era and window into the past,” she says. “The five-bedroom home, situated on a 3077m2 stand, has been fully modernised but still keeps its traditional feel. It is a truly magnificent home, and I wish the new buyer many happy years in their new home,” Broderick concludes.