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Best of Cape Town’s northern suburbs for property buyers

04 Jan 2017

Cape Town's northern suburbs are coming out of the shadows with plenty to offer every kind of house hunter, including some exceptional luxury homes.

This four bedroom, four bathroom home in Kanonberg has an entertainment room, pool and walk-in wine cellar. It is on the market for R11.5 million – click here  to view.

“Ideally located along the N1 arterial, the suburbs nestled among the Tygerberg hills give homeowners easy access to the city centre while providing them with a peaceful, suburban lifestyle,” say Charl and Adél Louw, co-principals of the local Chas Everitt International franchise.

They say the area is part of the City of Tygerberg, made up of the combined municipalities of Bellville, Durbanville, Goodwood and Parow, and it has experienced enormous property growth in recent years, not least because of its proximity to Cape Town International Airport, Grand West Casino and a number of wine routes, including the Durbanville Wine Valley.

With many excellent facilities, including schools, hospitals, shopping centres and entertainment venues located in the area, young professionals, home buyers with families and empty nesters are all spoiled for choice when it comes to finding their ideal location for property in “The North”, and with this is mind, Chas Everitt International has compiled the following suburb guide:

Best for schools

“The northern suburbs offer an excellent selection of multi-lingual primary and high schools,” says Charl. “In centrally situated Durbanville alone there are over 10, which accounts for the suburb’s strong allure for family buyers. Government schools include Durbanville High School (Afrikaans), Fairmont High School (English), Stellenberg High School (Afrikaans and English), and Durbanville Primary, Eversdal Primary, Gene Louw Primary and Kenridge Primary.”

This four bedroom, four bathroom home in Plattekloof has an indoor heated pool, Jacuzzi and indoor braai. It is on the market for R15.995 million – click here  to view.

The area also has a number of private schools, namely Curro, Reddam House, Chesterhouse and El Shaddai Christian School, he says.

Best for shopping

Adél says shopaholics are well catered for in the northern suburbs, which are home to some of the largest retail complexes in the Cape, not to mention a wide selection of boutique and specialty stores and markets. Bellville’s Tygervalley Shopping Centre houses some 275 shops and includes a banking mall, a food arena and the Ster-Kinekor cinema complex with 10 cinemas, as well as more than 5 000 parking bays.

 Also in this suburb and situated alongside the greenbelt of Elsieskraal River, the Willowbridge Shopping Centre is an upmarket open-air lifestyle centre with a chic café-society vibe and some of the best homeware and décor shopping in the country. It includes The Barnyard Theatre, which seats over 500 and hosts everything from live musicals to sports screenings.

Best for security

“The northern suburbs have seen significant growth in the security estate market,” says Charl, who attributes the rise in popularity of this type of residential development largely to the influx of semigrants from Gauteng over the past few years.

This two bedroom, one bathroom apartment in Tyger Waterfront has a patio and underfloor heating. It is on the market for R1.795 million – click here  to view.

“Security is obviously a major consideration for these buyers, and gated estates offer the very best there is.”

Located on the slopes of the Tygerberg Hills and neighbouring a nature reserve, Belville’s Welgedacht and Kanonberg are probably the two most prestigious estates in the northern suburbs, and both offer high-level security with 24-hour guarded patrols and the safety of a single-access, electrified perimeter. In Welgedacht, entry-level homes currently go for around R4.5 million while stands in Kanonberg, which range in size from 730sqm to 3 000sqm, are priced between R300 000 and around R1 million.

Best for affordability

“While house prices have certainly escalated in the northern suburbs in the past two years, there are still suburbs that offer plenty of bang for your buck,” says Adél.

“In up-and-coming Uitzicht, between Durbanville and Kraaifontein, buyers can still find a two bedroom apartment for R600 000. In the Bellville suburb of Boston, meanwhile, there are two bedroom homes available for under R1 million, which is probably why over 30% of recent buyers in this area are between 18 and 35 years. Meanwhile in Sonstraal Heights, one of Durbanville’s newer suburbs, the average price for a good-sized family home is R1.65 million.”

Best for young professionals

This three bedroom, two bathroom home in Uitzicht has vinyl flooring, braai room and gym. It is on the market for R2.4 million – click here  to view.

While by no means cheap, Century City, a 250ha mixed-use development combining office, retail, residential and leisure components, is a boon for young professionals seeking a secure, vibrant environment with every conceivable amenity on their doorsteps. Located next to the N1 and less than 15km from the city centre, the development is well serviced by various modes of transport, including the MyCiti Bus.

“More than half of the buyers in Century City are under the age of 50 and the average price for a one bedroom apartment is around R1.8 million,” says Charl, who notes that, despite the hefty price tag, purchasers generally enjoy substantial capital appreciation on their properties.

“It is also worth remembering that the number of opportunities in this high-demand location is capped, which provides buyers with further security of investment.”

Best for luxury living

Known as the ’Bantry Bay of the North‘, Plattekloof backs on to the Tygerberg hills, shares a border with De Grendel wine estate and boasts sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. The suburb’s palatial homes are largely situated in security estates, which are regarded as some of the most exclusive in the Western Cape.

Stands in residential developments here, such as Baronetcy Estate, sell from R2 million upwards and, while the starting price for an entry-level home is around R3.8 million, houses priced at more than R20 million are not uncommon,” says Adél.

This four bedroom, three bathroom home in Panorama has laminated floors, double garage and a well-maintained garden. It is on the market for R2.63 million – click here  to view.

She also notes that sales of these blue-chip properties have increased considerably recently due to the additional international exposure they’ve gained through Chas Everitt International’s affiliation to Leading Real Estate Companies of the World© and its luxury real estate programme Luxury Portfolio International©.

Best for retirees

Quiet, friendly and less expensive than Plattekloof, although also located in the Parow Valley, Panorama boasts one of the Cape’s foremost medical hubs. The Panorama Mediclinic includes world-class heart, oncology and endoscopy units and the adjacent 6 700sqm Panorama Health Care Centre, which opened in late 2015, has a state-of-the-art dialysis unit as well as a surgical day hospital with three theatres.

“The average price for a three bedroom house in this suburb, which is just 10 minutes from both the Century City and Tygervalley shopping centres, is R2.5 million,” says Charl, who notes that Panorama’s residents generally tend to be in the older age category.

“Some 40% of owners here are between 50 and 65, and almost 30% are older than that.”

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