Learn more about Durbanville from local property experts.
What attracts buyers to Durbanville?
Where else will you find traditional quiet leafy suburbs, high-end security estates and excellent entry-level opportunities, all nestled together in an area of less than 30km2? You never have to drive more than 10 minutes from any one point to the other. Your every need is catered for right here in Durbanville - entertainment, good schools, excellent medical facilities, shopping, nature, a wine route (with well-known and highly rated wine cellars) and sports (including many mountain bike trials). While many residents speak Afrikaans as their first language, English is not far behind - and there's a nice German ring audible as well.
How has Durbanville changed over the past five years?
Most change has been brought about by the development of Pinehurst, Uitzicht and Meridian School, Sonstraal Heights and the expansion of Curro. The extension of Brackenfell Boulevard through to Graanendal and the R302 has now created easy access to Brackenfell and the Capegate shopping centre on Okavango Road, across to the northern end of Durbanville. The new shopping centre and all the recent housing developments on Langeberg Road have also been a huge boost for the areas adjoining the eastern boundary of Durbanville. The long-awaited extension of De Villiers Avenue from Durban Road has now been completed.
Who is buying property in the area?
Durbanville has become a very cosmopolitan neighbourhood and has shed its traditionally Afrikaans cloak. There still is a semi-gration of buyers from Gauteng, who accepted transfers from their companies or are looking for a more peaceful existence in the beautiful surrounds of Cape Town. Young families are also moving here from the Southern Suburbs for better value for their rand. Durbanville has some excellent schools, including Chesterhouse and Curro, which draws buyers to the area. Surrounded by wine estates, golf courses and easy access to the main roads, it has become an extremely popular and viable investment option.
Annemarie and Nico Cilliers: Principals /owners, Fine & Country Durbanville
This article originally appeared in Neighbourhood, Sunday Times.