Malmesbury is the main town in the region known as the Swartland. The area has a Mediterranean climate favouring the production of grapes, wheat, olives, canola and fruit and many industries in the town are based on these products.
Summers are hot and dry, while the winters are mild, and, despite the winter rainfall, there are still many sunny, clear days to enjoy the lush, green countryside.
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N7 Highway Upgrade Good News for Swartland Property
PGP sees growth in demand due to improved accessibility. The upgrade of the N7 highway into a dual-carriage motorway is good news for the residential property market in the Swartland. So says Pam Golding Properties (PGP), whose area manager Gail Friedlander reports increased interest in homes in the area, since the project began in mid-2012. The highway upgrade is currently focused around the Philadelphia/Atlantis exits (as at November 2012), but is expected to be completed as far as Malmesbury by the end of 2013.
“The N7 upgrade will effectively turn Malmesbury into a satellite town for Cape Town,” says Friedlander, “by reducing the commuting time to around 45 minutes. The Riebeek Valley and other small Swartland villages will also benefit from the improved accessibility, and we anticipate a significant increase in the number of people who will choose to commute to Cape Town from these areas. Buyers will be able to purchase a home in a magnificent scenic rural setting, with peace, privacy and a relaxed country lifestyle, while still being able to enjoy the work opportunities of a big city. We are already seeing a number of enquiries from clients who recognise the impact this may have on the property market in the Swartland, and who want to buy now before the prices start climbing. The area offers excellent value for money when compared to prices in the city itself, and has the benefit of lower crime rates and a more wholesome environment for children. It also has well-established infrastructure including excellent schools, making it an ideal place to raise a family.”
Friedlander says the highest demand at present is for properties priced under R2 million, including large vacant plots, small lifestyle farms and family homes. “There is some demand from upcountry buyers including those from the Northern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State,” she says, “but the bulk of our buyers are coming from Cape Town and particularly its Northern Suburbs. Some are looking to relocate their families to a safer, less congested environment offering better value for money, while others are investing in weekend and holiday homes, knowing that even the more remote towns will soon be accessible in under an hour and a half’s drive.”
Another interesting trend at present is that of would-be tenants who are opting to buy property instead, due to the current shortage of rental stock in the Swartland.