Cape Town’s northern suburb of Brackenfell will celebrate its centenary next year – yet in population and spirit it embraces a vibrant youthfulness.
Pam Golding Properties (PGP) reports that the area is peppered with a number of up-and-coming suburban areas, which are providing the perfect starting point for first-time entrants into the property market, and an ideal home for newly-weds and young families.
At the same time, the range of properties on offer also incorporates larger upmarket homes, ideal for professional buyers and more mature families.
PGP’s area manager for the northern suburbs, Maureen Nel, says the suburb offers a wide variety of housing options at very affordable prices.
Entry level prices start at just R350 000 for a one bedroom apartment or R500 000 for a two bedroom unit.
This cluster home in Brackenfell is on the market for R1.65m and has 4 bedrooms and two bathrooms - click here to view.
Also particularly popular with first-time buyers and newly married couples are townhouses priced from around R550 000 for a small two bedroom unit with a manageable garden and ranging up to around R1.1 million for a larger three bedroom townhouse with a double garage.
Freestanding homes are priced from approximately R950 000 for a smaller home and up to R3.5 million for the largest, most elegant mansions.
One of the suburbs best showcasing this range is Protea Heights, situated just south of the N1 highway and east of the R300.
The area is well-located for access to a number of business centres, including Cape Town, Durbanville, Bellville and Stellenbosch.
This 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom cottage style house is priced R899 000 - click here to view.
It is also close to several attractive green belts, including the Brackenfell Local Nature Reserve, the Kuils River Golf Club and the outlying farmlands of Stellenbosch.
Many homes enjoy views of the Cape Peninsula and/or the mountains of the Boland, while those occupying elevated hillside erven can enjoy a 'picture postcard' view of Table Mountain by day and the twinkling lights of Cape Town by night.
The suburb’s close proximity to a number of business centres, coupled with the ease of access to public transport, makes it highly sought after by young professionals', so it’s no surprise that it has a large tenant base, says PGP.
There is also huge appeal for the student market, given the close proximity to the University of Stellenbosch.
This 2 bedroom flat in a secure complex is on the market for R515 000 - click here to view.
Rental units in Protea Heights can fetch anything from R3 000 per month for a one bedroom apartment or over R4 200 per month for a two bedroom apartment.
Rentals for a three bedroom townhouse would typically range between R5 500 and R6 500 per month, while a three bedroom family home with double garage can attract rental income of R6 500 to R7 500 per month.
Brackenfell is often described as the Gateway to the Winelands and residents of Protea Heights enjoy very easy access to the leading farms of Paarl, Franschhoek, Wellington and Stellenbosch, as well as the Durbanville and Kuils River wine farms even closer to their front door.
Other convenient amenities include major shopping facilities at Cape Gate Mall, Fairbridge Mall and Brackenfell Hypermarket, as well as private medical care at the Cape Gate Medi-Clinic.
The area also offers access to a number of quality schools, including Brackenfell Primary and High Schools, the parallel medium Bastion Primary, and the Paarl School for children with special needs.