Wonderful ocean front locations, stunning mountain views, rolling vineyards, historic homes, newly built villas; the South African luxury property market has it all.
When it comes to luxury property, there are few locations that can match the extent of what’s on offer in this beautiful country with its many architectural styles; the contemporary architecture of the Atlantic Seaboard; the more traditional and ranch-style homes of Johannesburg and Pretoria; the Garden Route with its many homes built in the Long Island and Martha’s Vineyard marine style; Balinese style homes of the estates on the North Coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal, and the Western Cape estates featuring Cape-Dutch and modern farm-style homes.
There’s plenty on offer, but who is buying into this market? Rory O’Hagan, head of the Luxury Portfolio division of the Chas Everitt International property group:
“South Africa generally has quite a large foreign contingent among its luxury home buyers – mostly from the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, the Middle East and other African countries. Such buyers are generally divided into two groups: executives who require a residence when they are here on business, and individuals who are purchasing a holiday home or second residence. In recent years we have also seen an increase in the number of buyers from the Far East, who often prefer luxury properties in Umhlanga and the lifestyle estates along the North Coast of the KwaZulu-Natal province, which are also favoured by holiday home buyers from elsewhere in Africa.”
Dr Andrew Golding, Chief Executive of Pam Golding Properties, a leading light in the South African luxury property market for more than 40 years, adds expounds on what makes South Africa such a wonderful place to live.
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Lush Valley Living
The Val de Vie Estate lies in the lush Paarl-Franschhoek valley, surrounded by the Simonsberg and Groot Drakenstein mountain ranges, and is one of the most sought-after addresses in South Africa. It offers state-of-the-art security, its own polo club and fields, panoramic mountain views and miles of scenic horse-riding, cycling, running and walking trails.
This sumptuous family home is situated close to Paarl in the Cape Winelands, which is South Africa’s top lifestyle estate. It boasts six en suite bedrooms and four expansive living and dining areas including an indoor braai (BBQ area) with a pizza oven, as well as a traditional study/home office, a conservatory, a children’s playroom, an upstairs pyjama lounge, and an ultra-modern open-plan kitchen, as well as a whiskey bar and glass panelled wine cellar. It also offers a separate guest wing with its own kitchenette, two additional guest bathrooms and staff quarters.
Outside there is a spacious undercover veranda, sundeck and rim-flow pool. There is also an area for sundowners and outdoor BBQs, and a large terrace on the second level, all surrounded by manicured gardens.
£771,505 / €849,535 / $1m
Val de Vie Properties
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