When you buy into a residential suburb, you’re investing in a diverse area where people may have chosen to live because of affordability, proximity to work and schools, or are renting because the flexibility suits them. Buying into a golf estate means that you’re investing in a lifestyle desired by a specific group of people – they’re more likely to be at a similar life stage, share your values and should share a passion for the game itself.
Some might argue that estates can function as a ‘bubble’ of sorts, with the increasing prevalence of on-site restaurants, schools and leisure amenities making estate life increasingly insular, so weigh up the balance of convenience versus the opportunities you afford yourself to offer your family diverse life opportunities afforded by things like travel.
The effect of access control and increased security at an estate goes beyond providing improved security and better peace-of-mind. It brings with it an air of exclusivity, and definite reduction in criminal activity.
In Pearl Valley in the Cape Winelands, the median price of a freehold property in 2019 was R9 million, showing increases of 20% over five years and 200% over the nine years from 2010. Buyers on the estate comprise a mix of locals from the Paarl and other areas of the Western Cape, but recent statistics reveal that some 75% of buyers are those relocating from Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, as well as expatriates returning to South Africa from abroad.
Golf estate living also comes with the benefit of excellent shared facilities within the secure confines of the property, most of which are established and maintained on the back of pooled resources, like levies. Buying into Pearl Valley you also get access to the broader Val de Vie Estate, South Africa’s most secure luxury lifestyle estate.
Val de Vie Estate is a global leader in luxury wellness estates and offers countless ways to enjoy an active and diverse lifestyle for the whole family. Residents indulge in quality time, make indelible memories and become more connected to each other and the world around them, while investing in their well-being. Community and friendships are established between neighbors while children live carefree lives playing outside.
Val de Vie Estate is a global leader in luxury wellness estates and offers countless ways to enjoy an active and diverse lifestyle for the whole family. Residents indulge in quality time, make indelible memories and become more connected to each other and the world around them, while investing in their well-being. Community and friendships are established between neighbors while children live carefree lives playing outside. The estate boasts 42km mountain bike routes, 21km jogging and walking trails alongside vineyards, picnic spots next to the Berg River, our world-famous Pearl Valley Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, stables, parks and paddocks are surrounded by 360-degree panoramic views. Outstanding restaurants, a coffee roastery, deli and wine cellar satiate even the most discerning palate. Exquisite event and entertainment facilities allow for festive celebrations while raising a glass to life. In the same way that Val de Vie Estate provides an extensive array of amenities, it offers a collection of home styles to best suit your taste.
Apart from the advantages of being surrounded by manicured greens and pristine fairways, golf estate living also often gives residents the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of nature, right on their doorstep. Many estates are situated outside major urban centres, giving residents the opportunity to explore the surrounding area. Pearl Valley has two signature holes, 4th and 13th, both offering majestic views of the surrounding mountains and lakes. The 4th hole is challenging, with limited margin for error as you need to cross the creek three times en-route to a tricky green. This par 5 is regularly listed as one of the best in South Africa, epitomising the ideals of ‘risk and reward’. The 13th hole is a daunting par 3 that will test both your ball strike and your nerve.
Article written by: Christel Swart
LUXURY PROPERTY SPECIALIST – PEARL VALLEY GOLF & LIFESTYLE ESTATE