23 Jul 2013
Boschenmeer Golf and Country Estate, located on the outskirts of Paarl, is almost fully developed, with just 11 vacant stands remaining out of a total of 485 properties.
Pam Golding Properties (PGP) reports that the secure estate is one of the most sought after in the Boland, offering a family-friendly country lifestyle with security, convenient communal facilities and mountain views. The 140ha estate is on the banks of the Berg River, framed by views of Paarl Rock and the Drakenstein Mountains.
PGP’s area manager for Paarl and Franschhoek, Surina du Toit, says 10 properties have been sold on the estate this year (2013) and half by PGP agents. These include a vacant plot of 828 square metres sold for R710 000 in April, plus four family homes sold for between R2.5 million and R4.3 million. The PGP sales included the two highest prices achieved on the estate this year, namely R4.3 million and R3.55 million.
Boschenmeer was developed in 1997 around the existing Paarl Golf Club, and offered the first 27 hole course in the Western Cape. A new clubhouse was opened in 2004, and all residents of the estate have access to its facilities, including a driving range, restaurant, Pro Shop, carwash and Virtual Golf area, as well as a Golf Academy, ideal for improving one’s game or introducing youngsters to the sport. The golf course forms the heart of the residential estate, with nearly 90 percent of all homes facing directly onto the greens and fairways.
Du Toit says the estate is renowned for its carefree family lifestyle and mountain views. “This is a place where children can still play outdoors in safety, feed the ducks and ride their bicycles in the street.”
It is a safe and wholesome environment for families, protected by security including 24-hour manned entrances with access control, and dog patrols at night.
Residents can utilise other communal facilities such as two tennis courts and a swimming pool, as well as a boma catering for up to 50 guests which can be rented out for functions and events.
She says that another factor attracting family buyers is the proximity to the local government and private schools and to the Paarl Mall. There is on-site accommodation which can be rented by their guests, including a boutique hotel and a few self-catering lodges. "And of course there are a dozen superb wine farms within a 20 kilometre radius of the estate, as well as ample opportunities for hiking, climbing, mountain-biking and kayaking.”
Homes on the estate are separated into separate nodes to match the different lifestyle needs of buyers. These include a mix of full title and sectional title townhouses, smaller 'country homes' on stands of under 400 square metres, and larger family homes on stands ranging from 400 square metres to 1 000 square metres.
Of the remaining 11 vacant erven, Du Toit says seven are currently on the market, with prices ranging from R820 000 for a 400 square metre stand to R1.495 million for 600 square metres.
The entry level pricing for townhouses starts at around R1.4 million, while the compact country homes can fetch between R2 million and R2.5 million. Large family homes can fetch anything from R3 million and more, depending on size and the level of luxury finishes. Architectural guidelines maintain a Cape Vernacular design theme, while still catering for owners’ individual taste.
PGP currently has a range of properties on offer in the estate, ranging from large family homes to compact townhouses. Du Toit notes that the upcoming Inter-Schools weekend on 3-4 August (2013) provides an ideal opportunity for visitors to view the estate and find out more about its property offering.
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