The town of Somerset West is nestled under the Helderberg Mountain, just 30 minutes from the city of Cape Town
and 10 minutes from the beach. Houses for sale in Somerset West are particularly popular among families who want to benefit from the town’s country-style living. There is a wide variety of homes available to rent or buy, from large mansions and beautiful family homes, to townhouses, cluster homes and apartments, either free-standing or within security estates. Priced across all ranges, Somerset West offers an affordable way to own property in the Cape Winelands.
With its peaceful ambience, Somerset West attracts home-seekers from all over South Africa, the United Kingdom, Holland and Germany. The area has several security estates which allow property owners to simply lock-up and go. Vacant land in Somerset West is available for individuals who want to design their own home in this popular area. Properties in Erinvale Golf Estate and Bel’Aire Winelands Estate are particularly sought after, offering an ideal opportunity to own exclusive property in a beautiful setting.
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Owning property in Somerset West means you’ll be a short drive from Cape Town and still able to enjoy all the natural beauty and outdoor activities
that this area offers:
• Wine Route:
Situated directly on the wine route, the Helderberg surroundings have a lot to offer with world-famous wine farms and estates like Vergelegen, Lourensford Wine Estate, and Waterkloof Here, visitors can enjoy gourmet food and sample some of the best wines in the world.
Strand and Gordon’s Bay
, both of which offer powder white beaches are just a short drive away. The water is warm and safe for swimming and families regularly spend their days here soaking up the sun.
• The Helderberg Nature Reserve:
Directly at the foot of the Helderberg Mountain, this reserve is teeming with Fynbos, the indigenous Cape flora as well as a wealth of bird and animal life.
• Sir Lowry's Pass:
Opened in 1930, this winding road offers panoramic views of the entire Helderberg basin, False Bay and large parts of the Cape Peninsula. The summit of the pass is also a popular launching spot for paragliders.
• Cheetah Outreach:
Take a visit to the Cheetah Outreach facility to learn more about these amazing creatures first-hand and contribute to raising awareness of their survival.
Living in Somerset West
There are three high schools including the prestigious private Somerset College, Parel Vallei High and Helderberg High. The four primary schools are De Hoop Primary, Beaumont Primary, Somerset Primary and Somerset House. The Stellenbosch University is a 15 minute drive away and the University of Cape Town, a 45 minute drive.
Somerset Mall is home to over 190 shops ranging from large departmental stores to exclusive boutiques, restaurants, hairdressers and cinemas.
• Medical care:
Somerset West boasts two well-equipped hospitals, one being a private clinic as well as several retirement villages with their own frail care facilities.
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GAUTENG BUYERS FLOCK
TO SOMERSET WEST
Schonenberg Estate among most sought-after addresses
There has been a noticeable influx of Gauteng buyers moving
their families to the Western Cape, and particularly to the Somerset West area.
That’s according to Pam Golding Properties’ (PGP’s) area manager for the
Helderberg Basin, Louise Varga, who says the group has noted a rise in
Gauteng-based buyers during the first months of 2014, as well as increased
demand from other up-country provinces. Of PGP’s last 90 sales in the area, 15
were to up-country buyers (12 of them from Gauteng) and another nine to international
buyers, mostly from Germany, the UK and USA.
Security and a wholesome family lifestyle appear to be the
main factors driving these relocations. Some are moving their entire families
to resettle in the Cape on a permanent basis, while other buyers are
businesspeople setting up their family homes in a secure environment in the
Cape, while still commuting back to Gauteng for work on a weekly basis. As a
result, the demand for secure lifestyle complexes is particularly high – and
none perhaps more so than for Schonenberg Estate, located diagonally opposite
the renowned Lord Charles Hotel.
Schonenberg Estate occupies a substantial area of 65ha, and
has close to 530 residential erven, ranging from neat lock-up-and go homes to
larger family dwellings. The result is that the estate has a homogenous blend
of residents, ranging from young professionals and first-time buyers to
families with children and older buyers downscaling for their early retirement
years. The excellent security, including controlled access and 24 hour guard
patrols, ensures that children can play in safety in the ample green lungs and
park areas, while all residents can enjoy the 4km walking trails within the
estate, which are well lit at night. A portion of the estate is committed to wetland
conservation, and contains protected fynbos as well as several endangered
The development is approaching maturity, with 439 homes
completed and a further 30 currently under construction. Prices range from
around R2 million for a compact lock-up-and-go home with two bedrooms, to
around R4.5 million to R6 million for larger and more luxurious family homes
with swimming pools, double garages and luxury finishes.
Early investors have made a healthy profit, with homes
purchased for R1.4 million in 2008 now selling for just over the R2 million
mark. PGP’s most recent sales have included a brand new lock up and go home
sold for R1.8 million, and a larger three-bedroomed family residence which sold
for R2.35 million.
There is also appeal for investor buyers based on the strong
demand for rental homes at Schonenberg. PGP agent Mabel Botha says homes
currently under tenant in the estate are fetching between R12 000 and
R40 000 per month in rentals, with demand consistently outweighing the
available supply of rental homes.
Another key appealing factor for buyers is the central
location, close to the N2 highway for easy access to Cape Town and its
international airport, and well situated for access to the Winelands, top
schools and medical care. The estate lies alongside the boutique Waterstone
Village Shopping Centre with its Virgin Active gym, Pick n Pay, restaurants,
pharmacies and other amenities. The cherry on top is the centre’s Woolworths
store, at 2500sqm the largest Woolworths food market in the country, and recent
winner of the international Association for Retail Environments’ Design Award
for the best Supermarket/Grocery Store of 2014.
For more information on property for sale at Schonenberg
Estate, contact PGP agent Mabel Botha on 083 458 3782, 021 851 2633