Franschhoek, situated in the world-renowned Cape Winelands, has grown to be one of South Africa’s primary culinary destinations and a property market favourite. The scenery is spectacular, the food is delicious and the small town offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Buying property for sale in Franschhoek allows you to enjoy the town’s long history which is complemented by the natural surroundings of leafy trees and vineyards.
Residential Property in Franschhoek ranges from small two bedroomed cottages to large family homes sporting expansive gardens. If you’re looking for more of a lock-up-and-go property, consider buying property in one of the area’s security estates like Domaine Des Agnes, Fransche Hoek Estate, La Petite Provence and Delta Crest. Franschhoek is one of the Western Cape’s top tourist locations, so rentals do really well here.
The farms for sale in Franschhoek are a short drive from the town. The lifestyle wine farms in Franschhoek are excellent investments and give owners the luxury of living on a working farm, without the responsibilities that go with commercial farms. Franschhoek is also a great location for those looking to buy vacant land to develop their dream homes. Browse the Franschhoek property listings or find out more about the area below.
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- Wine: As one of the leading wine producing areas in the Western Cape, buying property in Franschhoek delight those who enjoy nothing more than a sunny afternoon sampling wine, cheese and local produce surrounded by magnificent natural beauty.
- Culinary: Home to one of the world’s best restaurants, Le Quartier Francais, Franschhoek is the culinary capital of the Cape.
- Nature: Nature enthusiasts will enjoy spending time traversing the mountain and vineyard trails and those looking for active pastimes will enjoy the area’s cycling, golfing and horse riding facilities.
- Festivals: Being able to call Franschhoek home means that you will have easy access to the annual festivals that the town has become well-known for: Franschhoek Uncorked, Franschhoek Open Gardens Franschhoek Chefs and Champagne festival and the Bastille Day festivities.
Living in Franschhoek
- Schools: Home to a variety of pre-primary and primary schools. From Franschhoek, parents also have easy access to Bridge House School as well as the various schools in Paarl and some of which include the prestigious Girls High, Boys High, Paarl Gimnasium and La Rochelle.
- Tertiary Education: Franschhoek is also within comfortable driving distance of the University of Stellenbosch, making it popular with students who prefer not to live on campus.
- Healthcare: There are a number of general practitioners and healthcare service providers in Franschhoek itself and the Stellenbosch Medi Clinic is a short drive away.
- Shopping: From grocery stores and fresh produce markets to specialist retail stores and boutiques, you’ll have a range of shops on your doorstep that cater to your ever need.
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Helping to build a cohesive community
A PGP agent spearheads successful community outreach in Franschhoek Valley.
In the highly competitive world of real estate, there is not much time for focusing on anything but the business. But when an agent looks beyond the houses on his books, and takes note of the needs of the wider community, the results can be significant. One such example is Doug Gurr of Pam Golding Properties’ Franschhoek office, who from small initial acts of outreach has built a registered non-profit organisation that is literally changing the lives of hundreds of children in the Franschhoek Valley.
Gurr moved to the Franschhoek region in 2002, and immediately began interacting with children from the local township schools, playing soccer with them and assisting them with lifts home from school. This gave him first-hand experience of the dire conditions in which many were living, and particularly, the poorly equipped schooling facilities available to them, often at great distance from their homes, and without reliable public transport. Gurr joined hands with another local resident, American Dave Riordan, and together they began spending free time reading stories to the children at a local primary school, and organising sports activities for them. From this small beginning, “The Kusasa Project” (meaning “tomorrow” in Xhosa) was born. Volunteers were recruited and the programme began expanding to include additional schools and a broader range of outreach activities. The programme was registered as a charitable trust in South Africa in 2007, and is now also registered in the UK and Holland, as well as having affiliation in the United States.
Today, The Kusasa Project reaches nearly 2000 children at six different schools in the Franschhoek Valley, plus a number of crèches and its own Early Learning Centre, which opened in January 2012 thanks to funds raised via Kusasa donors. The project’s Breakfast Club feeds over 700 children every day and has just served up its 500 000th meal, while a network of over 60 volunteers reads to the children, helps them with homework and transport, and organises field trips to broaden their horizons. The project also raises funds for high school scholarships and school uniforms, and offers clubs in activities like ballet, chess, art, soccer and running – extra-mural activities that were previously beyond the reach of these children due to a complete absence of funding and transport. Life skills programmes help build the children’s self-confidence, and teach positive social interaction, emphasizing values of respect and unity.
Gurr says many of the volunteers are affluent residents of the valley and its upmarket security estates, as well as children of the private Bridge House school. As a result, he says the project is doing more than just providing educational assistance – it’s also building bridges between communities who might otherwise never connect with one another. “This has produced significant community cohesion,” he says, “whereby everyone is comfortable, respectful, understanding and intimate with each other’s society. We believe these children are far less likely to travel down a negative path if they come to know and understand the broader society and wider world. The wealthier side of Franschhoek is a community that reaches out to those less fortunate, and we have provided a vehicle by which they can engage this desire to a very positive effect.”
PGP’s MD for the Boland and Overberg regions, Annien Borg, says the project has helped shift perceptions in the valley in a very positive way. “When people consider moving to the countryside, two of their biggest motivating factors are generally the search for security and a sense of community,” she says. “The area in which Kusasa operates used to be a cause for concern for many residents, who worried about crime and the effect on property values in the valley. This kind of negative perception keeps businesses away, prevents development, and erodes the sense of community cohesiveness. What Kusasa is doing is to literally bridge that chasm and replace negative perceptions with positive inter-personal interactions that are changing people’s views of one another for the better. Now, it’s something that the community as a whole can be proud of, and it’s the kind of community everyone wants to be part of and wants to invest in.”
PGP’s involvement with the project has included sponsorship of soccer teams and volunteer involvement by its Franschhoek agents and support staff. Gurr was also awarded the company’s national Lions Award this year (2012), recognising an agent who has contributed to positive change in their community, and who embodies social upliftment and good corporate citizenship.
“We realised we could create something significant,” concludes Gurr. “We believed we could raise funds, and could motivate and encourage others to get involved if we established a registered organisation that was structured, professional and business-like. This has worked as planned, but the true success of The Kusasa Project is down to the wonderful volunteers, both local and international, plus the legions of generous supporters, who embrace and understand the joy of giving and the critical nature of global social responsibility.