Spotlight on Wynberg
Category Cape Town Property
Like many parts of Cape Town, Wynberg started out as a farming area established in around 1683 to supply the Dutch East India ships calling at Table Bay on the way to or from Europe, or anchoring at Simon’s Town for the winter. A wagon route linking the two towns went through the area.
Just over 100 years later, the British took control of the Cape and settled a large number of troops in Wynberg, leading to a military base being established in 1804. This provided local farmers with an outlet for their produce and the village began to grow. Farms were subdivided to make way for more residential, commercial and public buildings, and Wynberg became a fully-fledged town with its own municipality and magistrate’s court in 1886.
Today it is of course part of the City of Cape Town metro but, says Fiona Eadie, area specialist for the Chas Everitt International property group, it remains very self-contained and is a much sought-after address because of its central location among the posh Southern Suburbs and because everything its residents need is close to home.
“Main Road (M4) which links the Cape Town CBD to the False Bay coast runs through the middle of Wynberg, and the M3 freeway on the suburb’s western boundary provides quick access to the University of Cape Town, Groote Schuur Hospital, the CBD and the Foreshore. Wynberg also has its own station on the main commuter railway line between Cape Town and Simon’s Town.”
Despite its location and cachet, she notes, Wynberg is also a relatively inexpensive area in which to buy property compared to the neighbouring areas of Claremont, Plumstead, Bishopscourt and Constantia. And it has a large number of sectional title apartments, which makes it attractive to younger buyers. Indeed, 34,5% of recent buyers were young professionals and entrepreneurs in the 18 to 35 age group.
“However, the area also boasts some of the top schools in the metro, and this is a major attraction for family buyers, who accounted for another 33,9% of recent purchases. These schools include the Wynberg Boys’ and Girls’ high schools with their associated junior schools, the Springfield Convent School and various other primary schools, including Ottery Road Primary, St Augustine’s and Laerskool Simon van der Stel.
“Consequently, there is always high demand for property in Wynberg and almost always a shortage of homes for sale, and this has underpinned strong price growth over the past five years. The average house price in the area has more than doubled since 2013 from R1,3m to R2,66m, and the average apartment price has risen 62% to R950 000 currently.”
Eadie says this has attracted some new development in recent times, although these are mostly small-scale projects offering just a few high-end homes or modernised apartments. “Then there’s the Trovato Estate, an enclave of about 100 homes on the slopes of Wynberg Hill on the western side of the suburb, where most of the homes are either under renovation currently or have already been modernised and upgraded by their owners. The majority of properties here offer superb views and they generally come at a premium price.”
Another enclave within Wynberg is the Chelsea Village, made up of a network of quiet lanes leading off Wolfe Street and containing a large number of Georgian cottages, townhouses and heritage homes which are among the most desirable homes in the area. Many of these properties have also been converted to small business use and the area is very trendy with its galleries, boutiques and cafés, including the renowned Four and Twenty opposite the gates to Maynardville Park and the Open-Air Theatre.
There are also many other speciality stores scattered throughout Wynberg and along Main Road, where there is also a Pick ‘n Pay. Maynard Mall at the corner of Wetton and Main roads is also convenient for everyday shopping, with Shoprite as an anchor and a large array of fashion, beauty and fast food stores, banks and service outlets. And Wynberg is just a short drive from the Constantia Village and Cavendish Square shopping malls for those in search of fine dining, designer goods and movies.
For those who prefer the outdoors, the 22ha Wynberg Park is a wonderful local resource with walking trails and a children’s playground. For golfers, the Royal Cape Golf Club, established in 1885, is just a few minutes’ drive away, as is the Momentum Golf Village, which has a driving range, putting greens and a golf school.
Wynberg also has excellent medical facilities, including a MediClinic private hospital and the No 2 Military Hospital, as well as the Victoria Hospital, which was established in 1889 and has a very proud history of serving the community and offering first-class medical training.
Author: Meg Wilson