Cape Dutch architecture, is perennially popular with buyers in the Cape, and Somerset West has some great examples.
When it comes to architectural styles, few are more popular than Cape Dutch architecture, so unique to the Cape. According to Rosmarie Bell and Carole Rosenblatt, agents with Seeff Somerset West, the village is especially a popular choice for those looking for a country lifestyle and if they can find a Cape Dutch or vernacular architectural style, it tends to be a winner.
It also does not necessarily have to be historic as these are incredibly rare, but can be a newer home such as a lovely Cape Dutch home currently on the market in The Links for R6.2 million. This particular home featured as the monthly winner in House and Leisure magazine in June 2010 and placed third overall for the year.
Set on a plot of 869sqm, the home ticks all the boxes for buyers looking for this style, say the agents. It has a typical white-washed exterior with a beautiful gable. The spacious living areas with sash windows, a wood burning fireplace and a well-appointed country kitchen, all lead out through French doors to a broad veranda with plenty of space which overlooks the garden and saltwater swimming pool.
The home includes two bedrooms with the main bedroom also opening to the veranda, two and a half bathrooms, a garage, storage and additional off-street parking. Other features include under-floor heating in the kitchen and bathrooms, wooden flooring, a fireplace in the living room, lovely kitchen with a scullery and excellent security.
The views too are quite spectacular, from Cape Point all the way to Hangklip, say the agents. The home is being sold fully furnished in neutral tones with quality designer furniture and furnishings.
According to the agents, the Cape Dutch building style is a particular favourite for areas close to the winelands. It is desirable for the uniqueness popular for a variety of reasons. Because the style is so popular, these types of properties also tend to hold their values well and grow in value.
Somerset West itself is sought-after for its country and vineyard surroundings and it is home to a number of top wine estates such as Lourensford, Vergelegen and Waterkloof. It is also not short on top class facilities ranging from superb schools including a new Curro Private School and Reddam and two state-of-the-art hospital, shopping malls and much more.
Lightstone data shows that despite the economic challenges, the property market has steadied on at a good pace with over 1200 transactions worth over R3bn and at an average price of almost R2.5m recorded for the 2017 year. The average selling price for luxury homes stands at R6m according to the data.
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