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Newlands: Village of springs

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Upmarket Newlands is an area of immense beauty and historical interest close to the city centre, mountain and forest. It is home to the sandellia, a tiny indigenous frog, living in the Liesbeek River.

Famous for being the highest rainfall area in Cape Town, Newlands is no doubt looking even more attractive than usual right now.

It also has several springs running off the area known as Table Mountain’s “back table”, a range that extends southwards for about 6km to the Constantia Nek-Hout Bay Valley, from which residents can draw water.

Newlands Brewery, which produces more than 360 million of litres of beer annually, uses this supply water in its manufacturing process. To learn more, you can take a tour of the brewery.

The upmarket suburb at the foot of the Back Table encompasses Fernwood Estate, Hiddingh Estate, the Village and an area adjacent to the Vineyard Hotel.

“It is an area of immense beauty, historical interest and although it has a countrified air it is a mere 15 minutes’ drive to the CBD,” says Seeff agent Vanessa Clerke. Fernwood, which borders Bishopscourt, is named after a farm estate which used to occupy this area.

The original manor house still exists, but is now used as a parliamentary sports club. Newlands Forest is incorporated within the Table Mountain National Park and is a popular outdoor recreation area.

It includes surviving remnants of indigenous afro-temperate forest and endangered granite fynbos, as well as extensive pine plantations. There are historic sites here, including the Woodcutter’s Cottage and Lady Anne Barnard’s Path.

Newlands is home to the indigenous species named sandellia, a tiny frog that lives in the waters of the Liesbeek River, which runs through Newlands. Newlands is synonymous with lush greenery (thanks to the rainfall), gracious houses and sport; this area is the home of cricket and rugby in the Western Cape.

Barristers Restaurant in the Village with traditional pub. Picture: Tracey Adams/ANA Pictures

Newlands is also home to some of the city’s best schools, including the oldest school in the country, South African College Schools (SACS). Historically, Newlands was the original home of Ohlsson’s Cape Breweries, now SA Breweries, which is still located next to the rugby grounds.

The original Ohlsson’s Anneberg Brewery site is now part the SACS school grounds. The only relic of the original brewery is the Josephine Mill. “The Village area, apart from its historic significance, offers a rich selection of homes from quaint cottages to elegant houses,” Clerke says.

The lifestyle here is trendy and sophisticated. There are quaint boutiques and a variety of restaurants in the hub of the Village, says Barbara van der Westhuyzen from Seeff.

“Children are catered for with ice-cream bars, pizza restaurants and burger bars and the Newlands swimming pool,” she says.

“Newlands will always experience high property demand because of its proximity to leading schools. The market is buoyant and we continue to see prices increasing in the area. Sought-after and valuable property is found here and buying obtaining property in Newlands is a sound investment.

“The area offers an excellent mix of prime property ranging from trendy entry-level homes for young professionals to luxury designer homes, heritage homes and family homes.”

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