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CAPE TOWN: Our insider’s guide to Bishopscourt

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With recent average sales price tag of more than R18.4m a property, Bishopscourt is home to top business people, politicians, foreign diplomats and celebrities from all over the world

Exclusive and affluent, Bishopscourt is a residential suburb in the southern suburbs. Here you will find large houses on expansive properties, and the lifestyle in Bishopscourt is one of opulence with the emphasis on luxury in a magnificent setting, say Greeff Christie’s International Real Estate agents Debbie Woods and Debbie Chalmers.

“Having marketed two of the highest priced properties in the area, we’ve been amazed at how much bona fide interest they have garnered, mostly from South African citizens paying with foreign currencies,” says Woods.

“It’s important to note the market is leaning towards a buyers’ market and it is, therefore, crucial properties are priced correctly to sell,” says Chalmers.

“Propstats statistics indicate that from January 2017 to date, there have been 15 sales in Bishopscourt totalling R277316050, with an average property price achieved of R18487737. The average time for homes on the market is 149 days.”

Close to Constantia and its wine valley, Kirstenbosch National Botanic Garden and Wynberg, Bishopscourt offers residents views across False Bay and easy access to historic wine farms, walks and hikes through some of the greenest territory in Cape Town, plus restaurant options ranging from award-winning fine dining to casual lunches at trendy coffee shops.

Seasonal attractions in the area include the annual open-air theatre season at Maynardville, and the summer sunset live music concerts at Kirstenbosch.

History tells us this area was Jan Van Riebeeck’s farm, Boscheuvel (“Bush Hill”), in the early years of his arrival.

Bishopscourt remains one of the city’s most desirable and prominent suburbs. – Greeff Christie’s International Real Estate Agents Debbie Chalmers, left, and Debbie Woods Picture: Supplied

Later, when a house in the area became the official residence for Anglican bishops and archbishops of Cape Town, the area was named Bishop’s Court. Leah and Desmond Tutu were living thee when Nelson Mandela spent his first night of freedom at their home in 1990.

The next morning, Mandela held his first press conference in the estate’s garden, and later acquired his own home in the neighbourhood.

Woods and Chalmers say Bishopscourt remains one of the city’s most desirable suburbs.

The emphasis is on space and luxury in Bishopscourt homes. Picture: Tracey Adams/African News Agency (ANA)

“Bishopscourt is known as a sought-after suburb for young upwardly mobile families, parliamentarians and top business men and women,” says Woods.

“Typified by magnificent oak trees lining most streets with multi-million-rand residences and park-like landscaped gardens, Bishopscourt is home to foreign embassies, celebrities and dignitaries,” says Chalmers.

Places of interest and things to do nearby

1 Eat

The award-winning La Colombe reopened earlier this month after a major revamp, with former head chef James Gaag now full-time at the helm as executive chef. The elegant restaurant on Silvermist Estate in Constantia has a winter special menu available on weekdays for lunch until August 31, at R465 a person. 0217942390

2 Wine

Groot Constantia, South Africa’s oldest wine estate that has been producing wine uninterrupted for 333 years, makes 13 different kinds of wines in the red, white and sweet wine categories which have collectively won more than 100 awards in the past decade alone. Visit for tastings, cellar tours, museums and restaurants. 0217945128 

Groot Constantia is situated close to Bishopscourt and is the country’s oldest wine estate. Picture: Tracey Adams/African News Agency (ANA)

3 Botanical Garden

Set against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch is one of the great botanic gardens of the world, and the first to be included as a natural World Heritage Site. It contains more than 7000 species of plants from southern Africa. 0217998783

4 Outdoors

Owned and maintained by the Table Mountain National Parks Board, along with the City Parks Department of Cape Town, Newlands Forest includes a fire station, nursery and reservoir. It is popular with nature lovers, cyclists and hikers. 0216897438

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