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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ICONIC PROPERTY FOR SALE IN TOP WINELANDS ESTATE
Bel’Aire Winelands Estate is one of the most prestigious secure developments in the Winelands, occupying an elevated position on the eastern edge of Somerset West. Many homes in this secure residential estate command panoramic views over False Bay, the Boland mountain ranges and even all the way to Table Mountain.
PGP agent Thea Albertyn says Bel’Aire Winelands Estate was established in the late 1990’s, and consists of a little over 200 properties, all but five of them fully developed. The secure estate enjoys 24-hour guarded access with perimeter patrols in the evenings, shelter from the prevailing winds, and a high level of privacy. The average selling price in 2013 was R3.93 million, but prices can range well above R10 million for the larger and more luxurious homes. PGP achieved the highest price ever on the estate in 2011, with a sale of R13.3 million.
Fourteen properties changed hands on the estate last year (2013). “This is an area of very stable property ownership,” says Albertyn, “with 90 percent of residents having lived here for over 11 years. Residents have always been dominated by those in the 36-65 age group, but in recent years we have seen a small but notable increase in the number of younger and middle-aged buyers. For this age group, the proximity of Somerset College private school is a big selling point – the estate is very popular with parents at the school, who enjoy its child-friendly environment and the easy commute to school.”
Proximity to the R44 highway is another key selling point, as it provides easy access to Stellenbosch and its university, as well as to work opportunities including Techno Park. The N2 is also easily accessible, meaning that Cape Town International Airport can be reached within 20 minutes. “Major amenities are also close at hand,” says PGP’s area manager for Somerset West, Louise Varga, “with the huge Somerset Mall under 4km away, and the upmarket Waterstone Shopping Mall with its adjacent Virgin Active gym under 3km away.”
Properties currently on the market range from R3.8 million in price, to a luxurious triple-storey home in Place de la Chance, on the market at R16.995 million. The latter is a sophisticated contemporary home designed by Archen architecture, and was built about six years ago. It occupies a substantial plot of close to 3700sqm, with sweeping views towards Table Mountain and False Bay. The home has over 1100sqm of living space including four luxury bedroom suites, with the master suite offering his and hers dressing rooms. There are four large reception rooms as well as an open-plan gourmet kitchen with Miele appliances and separate scullery and pantry. Other luxury features include a heated rim-flow pool, two fully-equipped bars, a sweeping marble staircase, elevator and eat-in wine cellar. The home also offers an 18-seater cinema, gym, hobby room and library, staff accommodation, and garaging for three vehicles. Separate from the main house is a characterful tavern with a pizza oven and electric spit-braai, ideal for casual entertaining.
The landscaped gardens are watered by a borehole, and include a koi pond and other water features as well as a gazebo, small vineyard, olive grove and hydroponic garden tunnel.
To view this home, or for more information on property in Bel’Aire Winelands Estate, contact PGP agent Thea Albertyn on 021 851 2633, 082 925 5510 or email@example.com.