Paarl is the largest town in the Cape Winelands and the third-oldest European settlement in the country. The town is named after an ancient granite rock which is reminiscent of a glistening giant pearl in the sunlight. It retains much of its old-world charm and is surrounded by miles of vineyards, making property here a popular choice among families and nature lovers longing to enjoy tranquil country away from the stress of city life. 

There are many options when it comes to homes for sale in Paarl. You can choose from a variety of sprawling family homes, townhouse developments, luxury apartments and high-end retirement villages. There are also plenty of commercial opportunities as the location makes it ideal for those who want to start a B&B or guesthouse to service tourists’ who frequent the area. Farms for sale in Paarl are also popular due to the area’s excellent winemaking reputation. As a growing town, Paarl offers an increasing number of development opportunities. Instead of buying an existing building, Paarl property buyers can purchase a piece of vacant land and build their dream home. Another option for house hunters are the high-end properties available in Paarl’s golf and polo developments: Boschenmeer, Pearl Valley and Val de Vie polo estate. Browse our Paarl property listings for more on what’s available or find out more about the area below.

Explore Paarl

Cultural Activities

Cultural Activities

Paarl has many museums that celebrate the long history of the town, including the Afrikaans Language Museum, Afrikaans Language Monument and Paarl Museum.

Architecture

Architecture

On a drive down Paarl’s main road you'll see beautifully maintained buildings which range in architectural styles including Cape Dutch, Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco.

Wine tasting

Wine tasting

Many of Paarl’s wine farms offer wine tastings, allowing you to sample many delicious varietals produced in this world-famous grape-growing region.

Nature

Nature

There are a variety of hiking and cycling trails as well as a crocodile farm, Limietberg Nature Reserve and Butterfly world.

Living in Paarl

Areas near to Paarl

Franschhoek, Gordons Bay, Malmesbury, McGregor, Montagu, Riebeek Valley, Robertson, Somerset West, Stellenbosch, Strand, Wellington,

Schools

 Paarl is the ideal location for families looking to buy a new home that will allow them options when it comes to selecting a school for their kids. From Girls’ High and Boys’ High to La Rochelle and Paarl Gimnasium, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Tertiary education

Paarl is within driving distance of the area’s premier tertiary education facility, the University of Stellenbosch. 

Sport

From cricket, cycling and bowling to athletics, golf and canoeing… name your sport and Paarl will offer it… 

Healthcare

You’ll find a range of healthcare professionals, from optometrists and dentists to doctors and physios, as well as private and provincial hospitals. 

For example Camps Bay or Mauritius