The Cape Dutch Farmhouse of Bergvliet

Private Property South Africa
Anna-Marie Smith

Translated to mean "Mountain Streamlet ", this leafy suburban area with a dam and bird sanctuary, is located along a popular greenbelt frequented by dog walkers and trail runners. Known as the Bergvliet Farm, this historic property dates back to 1947 when it was used as a place of residence for returning World War II servicemen.

Possibly the suburb’s best asset is the central location in the heart of Cape Town’s southern suburbs, a mere stone’s throw away from the Constantia Valley and wine route, and other neighbouring areas such as Tokai, Kirstenhof, and Diepriver. This treelined suburban area is most popular with young families, as a result of the three resident schools, dating as far back as the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. The area boasts both primary and high school facilities with Bergvliet Primary School, and Sweet Valley Primary School, and Bergvliet High School, all within easy distances to most of the residential areas and public amenities.

In addition to easy access from the M3 highway in both directions to the False Bay coast and the city, other central locations nearby include Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and the Constantia Wine Route. Firm favourites among local schools and residents include the Rondevlei Bird Sanctuary and the Maynardville Open-air Theatre, a firm favourite for sunset picnics and traditional Shakespeare and ballet theatre performances. And for sports enthusiasts the nearby Constantia Cricket Club, as well as the Newlands Cricket Stadium and Newlands Rugby Stadium offer outdoor entertainment during winter and summer months. Not to be missed at the foot of Table Mountain overlooking Newlands is Rhodes Memorial, renown for its shaded tea garden in the close vicinity of the University of Cape Town.

The profile of Bergvliet residents reflects a stable period of property ownership, with the majority of residents having lived here for 11 years and more, and a fairly young residential age group of recent buyers to be aged between 36 and 49 years of age. Statistics show a total number of 74 freehold property sales to have taken place during 2011, with average prices reaching R2.2-million, and a further 10 property sales during the past three months with average values of R2.3-million. The Lightstone graph of freehold values over the seven year period from 2004 to 2011 shows average freehold prices in 2004 to have started out at R1.2-million.

Also illustrating residential property values in Bergvliet are current municipal ratings showing the suburb’s central position in terms of property values, to be closest to neighbours in Constantia Hill Estate, Tokai, Kreupelbosch and Meadowridge. And in national rankings it is closely rated with New Muckleneuk in Pretoria, and Hillcrest in KwaZulu Natal. Freehold property values in municipal suburban rankings reflect nearby Kreupelbosch and the coastal town of Gordons Bay to hold similar freehold values of around the R2.1-million mark. Although this suburb only holds an 8% sectional share market stock, average prices which started at R232 000 in 2004 currently stand at R900 000.

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