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‘Garden City’ suburb has plenty of greenery, space and good schools. Its location close to the N1 means getting to the CBD and Century City is a breeze and it is close to major shopping centres. These features make it popular with those with children

A short hop from Cape Town off the N1, the family-friendly suburb of Edgemead offers considerable value for money. There’s clearly something special about this suburb because, according to Lightstone property data, 61% of owners have had their homes for 11 years or more, suggesting a stable market.

The national norm for home ownership is about 50%. “This shows the suburb appeals to first-time buyers and young professional families. Edgemead is your first step into the northern suburbs,” says Pierre Nel, Pam Golding Properties area principal for Plattekloof and Edgemead.

“It’s ideal for family living. Most properties are freehold, offering the space young families need for their kids.” Edgemead is one of Cape Town’s “Garden Cities” – designed according to urban town-planning guidelines which allow for a community to be self-contained and with an emphasis on trees and other greenery.

Edgemead is one of the suburbs where house prices have strengthened. Unit sales have remained robust, and 2018 sales were stronger than those recorded in 2017. Pierre Nel, area principal for Plattekloof and Edgemead Pam Golding Properties Picture: Supplied

This is substantiated by 20-year resident Juanita Bower: “There’s a strong sense of community in Edgemead; neighbours look out for you. This means crime is not a big issue.

“The green open spaces make it a family-oriented suburb and there are great government schools.” Although Cape Town’s houseprice growth has slowed thanks to socio-economic challenges, in Edgemead prices have strengthened. Unit sales have remained robust; last year’s sales outpaced those of 2017. 

Freehold house prices have doubled over the past decade, with much of the increase since 2013. This corresponds with the increased movement or semigration from upcountry to Cape Town. Plot values have also accelerated over five and 10-year periods, with a marked increase in vacant land sales. 

According to edgemead.co.za, the first house was sold in 1972 for R14 945. The suburb was developed on 263ha of sloping land at the foot of Tygerberg Hills and was later extended to comprise more than 340ha. Nel says the median selling price is about R2.182 million. This would buy a property of about 140m² with three bedrooms and a single garage.

Larger properties of between 180m² and 220m² begin around R2.5m and offer bigger living areas, additional bedrooms and double garages. Nel says there’s a high demand for smaller homes with two bedrooms.

Many buyers already live in Edgemead, such as the more mature who want to downscale, but remain in the area. The most popular properties for young professionals are three-bedroom homes with a double garage, a pool and an entertainment area.

De Grendel Wine Estate and Restaurant is a short drive from Edgemead. Picture: Supplied

Edgemead’s location on the N1 makes access to Century City and the CBD easy. It is also close to Tyger Valley and N1 City Mall. A drawcard is its excellent schools – Edgemead Primary and Edgemead High are both English medium and highly regarded.

Top medical facilities, including Netcare N1 City Hospital and the Panorama Mediclinic, round out local services. “Edgemead is definitely a tight community. “The area’s Facebook page is among the best and informs everyone of anything happening,” says Nel.

Juanita Bouwer’s favourite places and things to do

There’s a strong sense of
community in Edgemead;
your neighbours look out for
you. This means crime is not
a big issue. The green open
spaces make it a family-oriented suburb, and there are
great government schools on
our doorstep. – Juanita Bouwer. resident Picture: Supplied

1 Eat

Barista Boys is a family-run affordable, cheerful restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and early dinner. It has been in Edgemead for nine years. Sharing encouraged. 021 558 1084

2 Outdoors

If road running is your thing, then Edgemead Runners is the club to join. One of the largest and most spirited clubs in the province, it offers organised training programmes for all levels and hosts time trials every Tuesday evening and training to help prepare for large events. edgemeadrunners.org.za.

One of the oldest cycling clubs in South Africa is City Cycling Club, tracing its roots back to 1881. Now based in Edgemead, it caters for cyclists from all walks and is affiliated to provincial and national bodies. There are club rides on Saturday and Sunday mornings catering for all levels. Nathan Reid 083 299 4503

City Cycling Club, now based in Edgemead, has been going since 1881. The club, which is affiliated to provincial and national bodies, caters for cyclists of all kinds. Picture: Supplied

3 Shop

Edgemead enjoys a great range of retailers servicing residents’ needs and it is short drive to N1 City Mall, Canal Walk and Tyger Valley Shopping Centre which, combined, offer every chain and boutique shop.

4 Drink

Not in Edgemead, but a short drive away, is De Grendel, a wine estate, farm and restaurant. They blend grapes from the local Tygerberg slopes and their farm near Ceres. The result is a collection of award-winning wines which can be tasted Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sundays from 10am to 4pm. Cellar tours available. 021 558 6280 

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