Somerset West Property

somerset-west-estate-agencyProperty in Somerset West is still considered to be the more upmarket real estate option within the Helderberg Basin.

Somerset West Properties offer a relatively broad range of properties from sectional title townhouses, a variety of older traditional free standing houses and modern homes, as well as sought-after secure residential estates including Bel'Aire, Schonenberg, Fernwood, Dennegeurand many more.

One of Somerset West and the Cape’s iconic residential Golf estates, the Erinvale Golf Estate, needs little in the way of introduction in so far as golf estate living.

In the latest FNB Somerset West Property Barometer (2012) area report, the make-up of property in Somerset West indicates that full titleSomerset West houses (which would include cluster type properties) now weighs up with 80% full title and 20% sectional title properties.

For many years property in Somerset West was almost exclusively composed of freehold houses - however residential estates have started really increasing strongly as a segment within freehold from around 2005.

Many suburbs within Somerset West offer residents the luxury of spectacular sea views or incredible mountain views.

Having a property in Somerset West allows residents to live a fortunate and safe lifestyle and best of all you are in close driving proximity to the Cape TownInternational Airport and Cape Town.

Somerset West Property Price Bands

Property in Somerset West starts at around R750 000 and peaks at well above the R20 million mark. Sales in 2012 were dominant in the R1.5m - R2.5m segment. Stock in the entry level is low but in high demand.

SAPTG (South African Property Transfer Guide) reports confirm the demand and excellent market values of Somerset West property.

It says a lot that the area still boasts relatively higher prices in spite of recent prevailing buyers’ market conditions. The first 5 months of 2013 depicted close on 140 sectional title property sales with an average price of R 1 100 000. Freestanding property (conventional full title houses) sales in Somerset West over this period are closer to 360, with an average price of about R 1 800 000.

The 2013 FNB Somerset West property reports indicate that more than two thirds of the homes sold thus far have been full title or freestanding. The majority of these are 3 to 4 bedroom Somerset West houses of approximately 100 square metres to 300 square metres. It must be noted though, that secure estates (Schonenberg EstateErinvale Estate, Helderberg Estate etc) are gaining strong popularity as of late and you can fetch beautiful 3 to 4 bedroom estate homes for between R 1 800 000 and R 3, 200 000.

Demographics Somerset West

Somerset West property buyers entering the town are spread predominantly in the 30 to 60 age group with property sellers leaving the Somerset West area being mainly in the mature age category.

General Area Information Somerset West

Somerset West forms part of the Greater Cape Town Municipality.

Somerset West is a scenic and beautiful town that is surrounded by mountains and the sea. The town dates back to the 1800's, and is named after Lord Charles Somerset.

Vergelegen was the home of Simon van der Stel.

Somerset West is now considered and recognised as the 'capital' of the Helderberg Basin.

The Helderberg has numerous wine estates to boast and is in close proximity to the Stellenbosch, Boland and Franschoek wine routes.

Medical Facilities

Vergelegen Medi-Clinic is centrally situated within the town.


Somerset West offers Top of the Class schools from pre-school to matric (Public and Private)

  • De Hoop Primary School 
  • Helderberg Primary School
  • Somerset House Primary School
  • Somerset West Primary School
  • Beaumont Primary School 
  • Somerset College
  • ParelVallei High School
  • Hottentots Holland High School
  • Somerset West Private School
  • Helderberg International School

Restaurants And Shops

Somerset West is well known for several fine dining and traditional fare restaurants.

Somerset Mall Shopping Centre is the biggest of the shopping centres within the area offering more than 200 retail shops including the normal big brands.

Waterstone Shopping Village - situated on the corner of the R44 and Main Road has a Woolworths Food outlet and Pick n Pay

A Kwik Spar is conveniently situated nearby at Lion Square Shopping Centre

Outdoor Activities

Golfers are well catered for and Somerset West is home to the international standard Erinvale Golf Course as well as the Somerset West Golf Club.

For those wishing to take in a quiet, leisurely stroll or picnic in a nature environment, the Helderberg Nature Reserve is an ideal escape for those wanting a quiet walk or jog (for the more energetic)

The Helderberg has numerous wine estates to boast and is in close proximity to the Stellenbosch, Boland and Franschoek wine routes.

Acknowledgement Somerset West Property Information

Certain of the Somerset West property and real estate data used to provide the detailed information on the Somerset West property market was provided courtesy of FNB Home Loans and was extracted from the latest FNB Somerset West Property Barometer reports. This information is used with their knowledge and consent.somerset-west-estate-agents


Author: Barry Davies