Cape Town – The home of exclusive estates
Most South Africans of European descent (those whose distant ancestors were born and raised in this country), can trace their roots back to forebears who arrived in this country from abroad during an important historical event that was to have an enormous influence on this country, its population and its future..
Today’s Cape Town is one of South Africa’s most sought-after cities in which to live and work. Its natural beauty, diverse landscape, and the varied populace of the region give the area a wonderfully cosmopolitan ambience, while making the Cape a unique place in which to reside.
Ask almost any South African where they’d most want to live. An estate in Cape Town is bound to be mentioned by many, since there’s so much to see and do here. Amongst the attractions, there’s the sea, stunning beaches, mountains, world-class amenities and a multitude of wine estates, many of which owe their establishment to the Dutch settlers of old.
Shortly after arriving in the Cape in 1652, the Dutch established a settlement, farms and a military presence, housed in the country’s first estate surrounding a fortress – the Castle of Good Hope.
The castle’s estate
The Castle of Good Hope was the first type of European estate to be established in this magnificent most southerly part of the African continent, since it was surrounded by a boundary wall – a distinctive feature of estates in the country from the 17th century onwards.
As the population and their needs grew, farms were apportioned according to the criteria of the VOC authorities in the Cape. Vineyards and their walled homesteads were among the early agricultural and residential features of the area. Today, they and other newer vineyards are highly sought-after wine estates.
The modern concept of estate living is in many ways, one which is relatively new. According to a recent internet article, South Africa is said to have been at the forefront of developing these contemporary lifestyle estates, today having more of these luxurious, exclusive residential communities than any other country worldwide.
Cape Town and its surrounding area are home to many of this country’s finest residential estates. Each estate represents a community and is thus typically equipped with communal facilities, reserved exclusively for the use of residents and their guests.
Some estates feature fully equipped children’s playgrounds, walking, nature or horse trails, gym or other sporting facilities, a clubhouse, restaurant and possibly even a compact commercial area, conveniently located, but well away from homes.
Access control is an important feature of exclusive residential estates, particularly in Cape Town, which is a tourist Mecca for South Africans and visitors from all over the world, because the area is so rich in attractions – history, culture, diverse landscapes, leisure activities and, of course, its breathtaking natural beauty.
Your own estate home in Cape Town
Would you like have a home in a Cape Town residential estate? Ask almost any South African whether he or she would love to live in the Cape, and the answer is bound to be a resounding “Yes”. You probably agree, but this begs a question.
How do you find a professional estate agency that specialises in high-end Cape Town estate homes? Who are they and how do you start the search for your perfect new home?
There’s one simple answer and one direct solution to your perceived dilemma. Fine & Country South Africa is a national company (with extensive international representation) that specialises in the luxury sector of home buying and selling, including those located in prestigious Cape Town estates. Contact us via our handy email link and we’ll get right back to you to assess just what type of home matches your every wish.