Putting Somerset West in the spotlight with Win A Home

Private Property South Africa
Private Property Reporter

It’s easy to see why we chose Paardevlei as the location of our latest home we’re giving away in our annual Win A Home competition. Somerset West is a fantastic place where you certainly can get the most out of life.

Somerset West continues to steal the hearts of property investors and home buyers, and for good reason. Framed by the majestic Helderberg mountain range, the golden sand beaches of False Bay, and the vineyards of the Cape Winelands, the town provides a backdrop brimming with beauty at every turn.

As the official location of the fifth season of Private Property’s Win A Home competition, currently airing on SABC 3, Somerset West is delighted to showcase more than its breathtaking surroundings, but its trendy real estate scene as well. Over the last three months, the show gave South Africans a peek through the keyhole of the latest architectural masterpiece by Balwin Properties. Here, interior designer duos have been waving their style wands to transform three white box penthouse apartments into a luxurious haven, soon to be handed over as the grand prize for one lucky viewer of the show.

Part of Win A Home’s merits (South Africa’s premier interior design show which awards the biggest prize on local television) is the fact that it is filmed on the new Paardevlei Lifestyle Estate, one of the many deluxe residential developments to arrive in the heart of the Paardevlei precinct. Aside from enveloping residents in awesome scenery, Paardevlei is perfectly positioned both for those seeking total relaxation or an activity-filled lifestyle. Here are some of the doorstep amenities and nearby highlights that the winner of the competition, as well as homebuyers, can look forward to.

Onsite facilities & services

  • 24-hour security
  • gym
  • laundromat
  • restaurant
  • swimming pool
  • concierge


  • Sanctuary Mall
  • Somerset Mall
  • Waterstone Village Shopping Centre


  • Triggerfish Brewery
  • Flagstone Winery
  • The Playhouse Theatre


  • Strand Beach
  • Momentum World of Golf
  • Strand Golf Course
  • Idunna Sanctuary Spa


  • Cheetah Outreach Centre
  • Dick Kent bird sanctuary
  • Paardevlei Nature Reserve with walking and cycling paths

The Paardevlei Lifestyle Estate is comprised of residential properties that stand out on every homebuyers’ radar. There are upmarket sectional title lifestyle apartments, renovated freestanding heritage property and large family homes, all offering residents the best in modern living. The estate also offers frail care and assisted living facilities designed for maximum convenience and luxury.

Somerset West’s greatest appeal is that it affords residents all the comforts of living in Cape Town, without most of the drawbacks. Only a stone’s throw from Cape Town, many people are choosing to live in Somerset West and then commuting to the Mother City for work. In stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of the city, Somerset West boasts a laid-back atmosphere and an inviting community spirit, yet there are plenty of things bubbling under its sleepy surface.

Outside of the Paardevlei Precinct, residents can find all the world-class facilities they need, including shops, restaurants, schools, pubs and bars, public transport, and healthcare facilities. The town’s dramatic topography provides a great deal in terms of recreational pursuits. Whether it’s playing golf, touring a wine estate, a picnic in the Helderberg Nature Reserve, a stroll on the beach, or a hike in the Helderberg mountains, Somerset West has a little bit of everything for the young and old.

Real Estate Availability and Prices
Somerset West also punches well above its weight when it comes to its real estate market. The value you can get for money here, compared to just down the N2 in Cape Town, can be vastly superior. Average house prices are more affordable. For a typical freestanding property (3 bedroom house), you can expect to pay around R3.5 million, R2.84 million in a complex, and approximately R1.46 million for an apartment. There are mostly houses on the market as they account for roughly 79% of the properties for sale in Somerset West, while 15% are apartments and only 6% are in complexes.

In recent years, Somerset West has experienced a steady increase in homebuyer demand, as there is a growing preference from career professionals and retirees relocating to the Cape to live along the scenic edge of the ocean. With a wide variety of properties available at present, those looking to buy may have better luck finding their perfect match, whether in the average or upper value band, in Somerset West.

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