After recent flooding in the area there is a strong sense of community and it's a good time for selling property, although agents advise against bargaining too high
Goodwood is to be found deep in the heart of the northern suburbs, and its history dates back to the first few years of the 20th century.
It was named after the British racetrack in West Sussex because there was indeed one there as well. Apparently, it was only used for one meeting and then abandoned; the reason was not important enough to record.
Today, Goodwood – about 10km from the CBD and easily accessible via the N1, N7 and N2 – is part of the Cape Town metro.
Greater Goodwood is made up of several suburbs, including Townsend Estate, Goodwood Estate, Vasco Estate, Richmond Estate, Tygerdal, Glenwood and Ruyterwacht.
It is a value-for-money area, offering great deals for home buyers, especially middle-income buyers.
A strong sense of community exists, which was evidenced in the way people came together during recent floods.
“We’ve had two floods right through our houses during the space of four or five weeks,” says Marchané Janeke.
She was woken at 5am on April 26 with her landlady splashing around in their yard trying to open stormwater drains.
“The weeks after that were tough for most, and people lost a lot of valuables, but we did well.
“Then on the night of May 31 the water was almost knee-deep within minutes and pouring in everywhere. Stormwater drains were open, but were so blocked that no water went in rubble and water everywhere.
“We have high walls and lots of security in Goodwood but after this, we opened the gates and for the first time in quite a while I saw that neighbourly feeling return. We talk, we help and we stand together. If we don’t, who will?
“We are still thankful for the rain we so desperately need and thank God for the blessing.”
The area has become something of a buyers’ market in recent weeks with property prices flattening in most of the suburbs and in some cases there have even been price reductions, says Seeff licensee for Goodwood and surrounds, Johann Groenewald.
He notes it is a challenging time for sellers as they will need to rethink their premium pricing and be open to offers if they really want to make a sale.
“Sellers who are still holding out hoping for a better price, could lose out on the current pool of willing buyers,” says Groenewald. “Buyers are beginning to bargain, offering below the asking prices, especially on overpriced properties.”
There is still a shortage of sellable stock, so buyers cannot be too choosy either, Groenewald advises.
“Some of our most affordable suburbs are Vasco Estate, Townsend Estate and Goodwood Estate and Ruyterwacht.”
Two-bedroom apartments in the greater Goodwood area go from about R550000 to R850000, and scarcer three-bedroom apartments can fetch R900000 and more.
“Townhouses are popular with first-time buyers and prices range from R1.1million to R1.7m.
“Traditional three-bedroom family homes offering basic living and sleeping arrangements begin at R1.2m, while those with extras to up to around R2.5m.”
Places of interest and things to do
GrandWest Casino & Entertainment World has all the bases covered. Dine at: The Hussar Grill, Bukhara, the Spur, Cape Town Fish Market or head for the fast food court. 021 505 7777.
Grab a cocktail in Jackson Hall or Hanover Street, where you can dance the night away on Fridays and Saturdays. 021 505 7777.
From musical concerts and international stars in the Grand Arena, to expos and festivals, no one will be short of entertainment at GrandWest. Cartoon Network Live! runs until Sunday, with the channel’s most popular heroes in an interactive and spectacular stage production for children aged five and older. Disney On Ice is from July 11 to 15 and the hit show Tap Dogs is in August. Telephone 021 505 7777.
The whole family can enjoy ice skating, 10-pin bowling, arcade games, laser tag and movies at GrandWest. For the adults, there is the gaming floor with slot machines and tables.
N1 City mega mall is the home of the first Dunkin’ Donuts in South Africa, and a total of 140 retail stores, shops and restaurants as well as a game arcade and cinemas. There is a pizza-eating competition at noon today. The mall offers its customers plenty of free parking. Telephone 021 595 1170.