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‘Big spenders’ are returning to Cape Town’s Constantia

19 Jun 2019

One of the surest signs of renewed investor confidence is when big-ticket purchases are made and, in Cape Town’s Constantia where the top end of the market has been notably subdued during the past 12 months, a number of recent high-end sales are an encouraging sign.

This north-facing home on a 1 900sqm stand in Constantia, Cape Town, has five bedrooms and bathrooms, mountain views, a borehole, backup power and more. It is selling for R19 999 999 - click here to view.

According to Joanna Thomas, Rouvaun McKirby and Jacques Fourie, Area Specialist Partners for Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty, there have been four sales at the top end of the market since February 2019 and, equally heartening, is the fact that recent buyers include foreign investors and returning expats.

“There certainly hasn’t been a sudden dramatic upswing as we are still experiencing low volumes of buyers, but the few recent sales that have taken place have been at a significant level, and we are cautiously optimistic,” says Thomas.

This five bedroom, four bathroom home in Constantia, Cape Town, has mountain views, numerous living and reception areas, covered patio, pool and more. It is on the market for R18.5 million - click here to view.

“And although sales are still sporadic, we are receiving more enquiries, and when buyers are willing to commit at this level it does indicate a level of confidence in the market.”

McKirby adds that the highest sale prices achieved were R41 million, R34 million, R21 million and R23 million.

“One property was in Broughton, a secure estate while the other three were all freestanding homes on generous stands.”

ThisThis home in Constantia, Cape Town, offers six bedroom suites, indoor and outdoor entertainment areas, a patio, pool, koi pond, and more. It is on the market for R33.5 million - click here to view.

Fourie says when the market is slow, it’s important for agencies to work together and not against each other to achieve sales, especially at the upper end of the market where homes can take up to two years to sell.

“Two of the recent top sales were joint-ventures between agencies which either listed the properties or had the buyers.”

This is sage advice as, according to Propstats data, last year Constantia properties spent an average of 105 days on the market and sold for 8.9% less than asking price, and this year these figures increased to 136 days and 10.9% respectively.

On a 4 000sqm stand in Constantia, Cape Town, this sprawling home has eight bedrooms and bathrooms, a pool and more. It is on the market for R36 million - click here to view.

Thomas says that although the market remains challenging, the benefits of an agency with considerable resources and a global reach to find buyers for properties at all price levels becomes most apparent during tougher times.

“Our median price has increased from around R9.5 million this time last year to R10.5 million, and our 80-percentile in 2018 was nudging R13 million, but a year later it’s risen to R15.5 million which is respectable performance in any economic climate.”

This five bedroom, six bathroom home in Constantia, Cape Town, has high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, large interior spaces with indoor/outdoor flow, a pool and more. It is selling for R34 million - click here to view.

The ongoing popularity of areas like Constantia is driven by a number of factors, not least their proximity to good schools as demand for quality education has resulted in long waiting lists at result-producing schools and many families with young children now determine their choice of schools prior to selecting a residential area.

The appeal of suburbs near good schools is clearly collaborated by Lightstone demographic data which shows that while 66% of recent sellers during the past 12 months were 50 years of age and older, 89% were aged 49 or younger.

This home in Constantia, Cape Town, has four en-suite bedrooms, a separate two bedroom cottage, staff accommodation, summer room, study, expansive pool area and more. It is on the market for R24 million - click here to view.

“Another more recent factor is the changing property landscape which now includes modern, often lower-maintenance homes and exclusive estates like Botanica,” adds Thomas.

“Also a significant drawcard is a comparatively lower crime rate than most other areas due to the collaboration of local community volunteer patrollers, the Constantia Valley Information Centre, a camera network and a special response team (SRT) that works in close collaboration with Wynberg SAPS,” says Fourie.

An established infrastructure, access to first-class amenities and the myriad activities for outdoor and sports enthusiasts are also drawcards that attract buyers to the region.

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