05 Feb 2013
Convenience and quaint homes make Claremont’s Harfield Village a popular option with buyers.
Situated in the heart of the Southern Suburbs, this historic area is filled with character and charm and is one of the most conveniently located residential neighbourhoods in the city. Semi-detached cottages that date back to the previous century and larger homes built in the early 1900s live alongside modern apartments and townhouses.
The area was settled in the early 1800s, mostly by British settlers and road names such as Stafford, Sussex, Hamstead, York, Norfolk, and Lancaster remind of this.
The agents say it is a special area that comprises an eclectic mix of inhabitants who are passionate about their neighbourhood and the Harfield Village Carnival, an eagerly awaited annual social event.
The city is a mere 15 minute commute, while the M5 and M3 highways are up the road as are the suburb’s retail and commercial heartland, Main Road. Cavendish Square, trendy boutiques, retail stores, restaurants, pubs and coffee shops are close by as well as the Newlands rugby and cricket stadiums.
Tracey and Aleksieva say the neighbourhood also enjoys access to top schools and tertiary institutions.
They say the area comprises just over 1 000 houses and more than 200 sectional title units that include apartments and townhouses. Sales have been steady at around 80 units annually over the past three years while average prices continue to edge upwards on a year-on-year basis.
Apartments are selling for between R550 000 and R910 000 for a modern two bedroom apartment with an average price of around R900 000, up by 14 percent since 2007. A modern, two bedroom townhouse with a garage starts at around R1.195 million and ranges up to R1.35 million for a three bedroom unit.
Freestanding homes are selling for an average price of R1.33 million, about 10 percent higher than in 2007, add the agents. A quaint semi-detached cottage now costs around R1.495 million while a top-end home is on offer for R3.495 million. According to Tracey and Aleksieva, this particular home was the original farmhouse and has been meticulously renovated by the owner, yet retains the original character of the area.
It is set on a large plot of 644 square metres and has parking for three vehicles, something that is not common in the area where most properties do not offer off-street parking.
The original home was dark and cramped, say the agents. However, the seller has opened up the interior, adding sky lights and introducing a distinct French flavour into the interiors.
It has three bedrooms; the main with an original fireplace, closet and a vintage Victorian bathroom inspired by the movie ‘Great Expectations’ with Perspex sheeting as the roof to allow plenty of light in and opening into the enchanted garden.
There is also an original fireplace in the open plan lounge and dining area. The French country-style kitchen has an adjacent dining area that looks out into the garden. There is a decked entertainment area in the garden as well as a salt-water pool.
The seller kept some of the original wooden windows and added windows recovered from an old train station. Aged wooden floors adds to the charm of this French cottage, add the agents.
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