Learn about the Vredehoek neighbourhood, in Cape Town City Bowl, from property experts.
What attracts buyers to the area?
Vredehoek, which includes Highlands Estate, is very much sought after by families with school-going children, especially the Jewish community with children at nearby Herzlia. A lot of the properties in the suburb are north-facing and have excellent views over the city and out to the harbour with extended sunlight each day compared to, for instance, Tamboerskloof. Generally, Vredehoek is still cheaper than the rest of the City Bowl and offers far better value. The community is very neighbourly, with a very active neighbourhood watch, and the little restaurants and shops in Derry Street are extremely popular as meeting places.
How has the area changed over the past five years?
This long-established, sunny area on the slopes of Devil’s Peak has evolved over the past few years into one of the most sought-after City Bowl neighbourhoods. High demand for properties has resulted in the building of numerous new luxury apartments with excellent views, adding huge value and prestige. Many existing, characterful apartment blocks have also been upgraded. There are superb restaurants and bistros within easy walking distance, and living five minutes’ drive from the city centre appeals. Young families enjoy access to many well-maintained, secure play parks, while keep-fit and nature enthusiasts make the most of direct access to the Table Mountain National Park.
What types of properties are available and what can buyers expect to pay?
One of the reasons for the growth of Vredehoek is the process of gentrification making it one of the City Bowl's most popular suburbs. A great deal of development has taken place over the last few years. Purchasers can expect to pay in the residential market from R4,5m and in the sectional title market from R2m. The apartments and homes in Vredehoek are somewhat larger than the average property, which allows buyers to either purchase something old and renovate, or to purchase something brand new due to the amazing developments that have taken place over the last few years.
Rob Stefanutto: Managing director, Dogon Group Properties
This article originally appeared in Neighbourhood, Sunday Times.
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