Learn more about this Southern Suburbs neighbourhood and its property from estate agents in the area.
What do you love most about this area?
The area has a unique country feel with the charm and sophistication of an upmarket neighbourhood, offering nature walks, cycling and equestrian trails, coupled with world-renowned restaurants and wine farms. You can take your family and dogs for a ramble along the beautiful Alphen Trail in Constantia Valley. Park your car on the bend of Alphen Drive off Constantia Main Road and enjoy the lush grass, trees, vistas and the Le Sueur Meadow towards Hohenort. The local Constantia Village accommodates one’s shopping needs ranging from artisan bread, biltong and fair-trade coffee, to designer cashmere and French perfume, the quintessential one-stop shopping experience. A fabulous valley to live and work.
Who is buying property in the area?
Constantia comprises various subsections that attract different buyers. In the “lower” Constantia, Constantia Hills and rural Constantia areas, properties tend to be a bit more affordable compared to the Constantia Upper area, where houses can sell for well into the upper millions. Constantia tends to attract wealthy families, both from the Cape Metro upgrading into the area, and Johannesburg and other upcountry buyers migrating to the Cape. The area is also popular with foreign buyers, government and ambassadorial officials. The country lifestyle, stunning setting against the slopes of Constantiaberg, prestigious wine estates such as Groot Constantia and Buitenverwachting, all add to attracting buyers from across the globe.
What can buyers expect to pay for property?
In the “green suburb”, Constantia Upper, with its leafy almost rural feel and prestigious wine estates, we have experienced exponential growth in the last few years, so much so that the entry level has risen to R6m on a land size of 1,350m2, with top-end prices for properties on 8,000m2 and above achieving between R20m and a current record price of R50m. Our colleagues Mark Taylor and Gwen Anders, experts in the Lower Constantia area, south of Spaanschemat River Road, report entry-level pricing of around R3,8m on 700m2 and up to R12m on 4,000m2.
This article originally appeared in Neighbourhood, Sunday Times.
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