Offering many property options, this large suburb close to the Winelands has a nature reserve on its doorstep
If you’re looking for value, consider the northern suburbs. Brackenfell is a short drive to the city on the N1, offers a range of property types, has good schools close by and a number of attractions on its doorstep.
“We’ve seen steady growth in the sale price of properties in the area,” says Denis Dunn, principal at Harcourts Dunn.
“The advantage of Brackenfell is that it is a very large region with an array of property options. The average price for an apartment starts at R900000, and a townhouse ranges from R1.1 million to R1.8m. Full-title homes are priced on average from R1.7m to R2.8m, and a larger home can cost anywhere from R4.5m and higher. The rental market is booming. For any investor who wants a high-demand property, Brackenfell is a great place to start.
“The other obvious allure of the ever-growing Brackenfell region is the developments. At Harcourts Dunn we have a specialist developments team that assists clients with all their requirements. “Brackenfell has a selection of nice developments, catering for professionals, young families and investors.
“We’ve had a lot of interest in Burgundy Estate and the development is showing good rental returns. Some of the other developments in Brackenfell are Protea Heights, Morgenster, Kleinbron, Protea Village and Sonkring.
“The Cape Town property market was certainly under pressure during 2018. External economic factors, water shortages and overall political instability undoubtedly influenced the market.
However, the affordable and high-demand regions continued to defy the trends.” Dunn maintains that Brackenfell is one of those areas that continue to show great positive returns.
Places to go and things to do in Brackenfell
For something really unique, visit Boere Sjiek. It’s an antique store with the most eclectic array of goodies and an outstanding coffee shop among the collectables. This is a must visit if you are in the area. 021982 2023
2 DRINK Sir Loin Steakhouse is a Castle Lite House and offers a broad selection of local brews on tap as well as a range of bottled beers. In addition to a regular “happy hour” from Tuesday to Saturday, they serve the most delicious 21-day-aged A-grade steaks.
For the adrenalin junkie, why not give Hostile Paintball a shot? You can choose from forest to urban warfare and this fun is open to 11- to 65-year-olds – and older. The courses are supervised by safety marshals and protective headgear is supplied (082 445 8304). For a more leisurely outing go to Bracken Nature Reserve. Encompassing 36ha, it is one of 31 operated by the City of Cape Town and has more than 160 indigenous species of plants – 10 of which face extinction. Entrance is free (021 982 1323).
Capegate is a relatively new regional shopping centre within Brackenfell. With more than 160 shops, representing all the major chains, it can satisfy the retail therapy needs of anyone. More than half the parking bays are free and it is home to the only Imax theatre in the Western Cape (021 981 2288).
The Candle Factory Shop is a perfect outing if you’re looking for a huge range of candles and related goodies. Whether it’s for a private home event or hospitality establishment, the Candle Factory Shop will have something to excite you (021 981 0528).