When one thinks of Paarl one thinks of Paarl Rock, wine, farming, natural beauty, culture, schools and so much more. Situated some 60 kilometres from Cape Town, Paarl lies along the banks of the Berg River. As the third oldest town in South Africa, having been founded in 1687, it is the largest town in the winelands and forms a cultural, historical, farming, educational and commercial hub. Paarl derives its name from the world Parel or Pearl in Dutch, a name given to it by a Dutch Fiscal in 1657 when he saw the giant granite rocks glistening in the sun after a rainstorm and named it 'de Diamant en de Peerlbarg'.
Sunset in the Paarl valley.
Paarl Mountain topped by a cluster of three granite domes (named Paarl, Britannia and Gordon’s rocks), an arboretum and the Taal monument is over 650 metres high and offers sweeping views across the Pearl Valley and the town below. It is a town which has many beautiful and historic buildings and farms. Fine examples of Cape Dutch, Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco architecture line its 11 kilometre long Main Street (the longest in South Africa). These buildings include the KWV headquarters, Laborie, the Strooidak and Tweetoring churches, Zeederburg Square and museums such as the Paarl, Taal and the Wagon Museums. Famous schools and their buildings include Paarl Boys', Paarl Gimnasium, and La Rochelle Girls' High Schools.
The commercial area stretches along and is clustered around Lady Gray street which runs from the Main Road down to the Berg River and the industrial area of Dal Josaphat, while the Paarl Mall which opened in 2005 has over 100 fashion, food and convenience stores.
What would Paarl be without its Paarl Wine Route – home to such illustrious estates such as Landskroon, Nederbug, Rhebokskloof, Backsburg, Glen Carlou, Freedom Hill and Simonsvlei. Almost all of which have restaurants where visitors can enjoy themselves under the oaks.
Not to mention a snake park, a crocodile farm a butterfly world and hot air ballooning.
It is not difficult to see why Boland towns such as Paarl'>Family buyers are drawn to Boland towns , or why CT’s Paarl is being transformed into a bustling trendy spot full of beautifully renovated buildings, coffee shops and restaurants. In June 2010 an historic Paarl property 'Rheebokshoogte' came onto the market. Boschenmeer Golf estate has over 400 homes and is popular with buyers who are relocating from Johannesburg and Pretoria. In 2008 an industrial park was launched around the same time as the 30,000 square metre Berg River Park see Attractive industrial development in Paarl.
Turning to Paarl property market statistics, since October 2005 and October 2010 the number of properties transferred in the following selected suburbs of Paarl reads as follows:
Amstelhof – 364
Boschenmeer Golf Estate - 78
Charleston Hill - 650
Courtrai - 289
De Zoete Inval - 200
Denneburg - 400
Groenheuvel - 603
Groenvlei-Paarl - 617
Hoog-en-droog - 429
Klein Nederburg - 466
Lemoenkloof - 701
Northern Paarl - 823
Paarl - 123
Paarl-Central East – 170
Paarl East - 141
Southern Paarl - 391
Vrykyk - 215
The median property sale price in Paarl over the last 5 years
Even though the number of properties sold in Paarl has declined in recent years, the median property prices has continued to increase which is a good sign for Paarl property owners.