Endangered western leopard toad threatened by an invasive look-alike.

Endangered western leopard toad threatened by an invasive look-alike, public urged to help.

Cape Town – The discovery of the invasive guttural toad species on a property near Seascape Road in Noordhoek has set off alarm bells in conservation circles, who fear the invader species might hinder the livelihood of the endangered western leopard toad that is endemic to the area. Continue reading “Endangered western leopard toad threatened by an invasive look-alike.”

Norval Foundation + Steenberg Wines: Members’ Benefits

What a good idea!  Enjoy an unforgettable wine-and-art pairing in the Constantia Valley – plus a host of other perks.

In the heart of the Constantia Winelands, where vineyards and mountains converge, lies the world-class Norval Foundation, a centre for contemporary African art. Home to a modern bistro, striking sculpture garden and ever-changing exhibitions from international artists, the museum also happens to lie next door to Steenberg Wines, where a host of other exciting pursuits await. Continue reading “Norval Foundation + Steenberg Wines: Members’ Benefits”

New CT municipal bylaw amendment good news for landlords

Once promulgated in the Provincial Gazette, new municipal bylaw amendments by the City of Cape Town will allow “short-term letting from a house or flat for a period not exceeding 30 consecutive days for the same guest”.

Johette Smuts from PayProp says that while the amendments might mean an increase in rental in an already expensive city centre, the announcement is great news for landlords, and potentially positive for rental agents too.

“Previously, only single residential houses had the right to provide short-term letting (with the correct zoning). Body corporates, HOAs and other governing bodies retained control of short-term letting according to their own rules,” says Smuts. Continue reading “New CT municipal bylaw amendment good news for landlords”

New Chas Everitt Constantia office

Despite the recent slowdown in home sales in Cape Town which has seen many real estate companies scale down their operations, Chas Everitt International franchisees are investing in new offices in the metro in anticipation of a substantial turnaround in the not-too-distant future.

One of these is the new high-visibility operation in Constantia Village, at the heart of a plush heritage area that has been particularly hard-hit over the past 18 months by emigration, the stagnant economy and a decline in the number of upcountry and foreign purchasers.

“This will further strengthen our strong position and interest in Constantiaberg area where we already have offices in Tokai and Bergvliet,” says Chas Everitt Constantia principal Sally Gracie, “and will be used to expand our penetration of the upmarket belt along the mountain slopes from Constantia and Bishopscourt to Newlands. Continue reading “New Chas Everitt Constantia office”

Groot Constantia – Visitors Experience

Situated only 15 minutes from Cape Town’s CBD, Groot Constantia offers a unique and world-class Visitors Route Experience:

Starting at the original Manor House, the unique new Visitors Route takes guests to the Cloete Cellar, the birthplace of the famed Grand Constance. Here one can enjoy a wine tasting of five award-winning wines in a Spiegelau crystal glass – yours to take home as a souvenir. From there, guests visit the modern Production Cellar, which is the departure point for the self-guided cellar and vineyard audio-tours.

More details here

Time for Breakfast!

According to Sally Gracie, MD of the Cape Town South’s Chas Everitt real estate franchise one of the glorious things about Spring is breakfasts!  “Getting up a little earlier and taking some ‘me time’ with a friend or even alone, and enjoying a yummy breakfast at one of the many glorious restaurants in our area just reminds you of the many breathtaking spots we can enjoy on our doorstep,” said Sally.

Referring to this month’s The Inside Guide which features a very good selection of top breakfast spots Sally and Chas Everitt Cape Town South have offered to sponsor a breakfast for two to the value of R350-00 at the venue of your choice to one of our blog subscribers who joins us in September as part of the many #ReadyForSpring activities.
To enter the competition just enter your email address (see right column next to this article) and receive in your email our local posts and keep informed as to what is happening in your neighbourhood like this post! You can of unsubscribe at any time.

Sally’s personal favourite is included in the list.  It is the Chardonnay Deli (above) located at 87 Constantia Main Road, Constantia

Here’s a #ReadyForSpring idea! Why not start a Breakfast Club and take full advantage of what’s on offer and make some new friends! Add R10-00 a head and use the fun opportunity to raise some money for a worthy cause. Remember – no cell phones LOL!

Read More and view the 30 Best Breakfasts here

Featured image is The Conservatory at The Cellars-Hohenort

 

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Chas Everitt Cape Town South – An Irish Connection

Chas Everitt Cape Town South’s representative Andre de Villiers will be attending this Dublin event and participating in various networking events.

The Irish economy is booming! The appetite for second properties is now significantly higher than a few years ago and while closer destinations a few hours away are obviously the main attraction, many Irish buyers are familiar with Cape Town where they have family and friends and the “fly south for the winter” market is not resistant to a select number who are not averse to an overnight flight.

According to de Villiers, recent media coverage has made many Irish second home buyers aware that there is currently excellent value on offer in Cape Town with a very favourable Euro Rand exchange rate.

“We think the opportunity to market the value in Cape Town property overseas is real for second homes and in particular those who are retiring and can look at long-stay visits as Irish citizens get a free three month, visa on arrival in Cape Town.

Chas Everitt Cape Town South is going to maintain a permanent representation in Ireland to assist such buyers through Andre de Villiers who has 35 years experience in the Cape Town real estate market,” said Sally Gracie MD of Devler Estates trading as Chas Everitt Cape Town South.
There are few people better equipped to assist Irish buyers than Andre de Villiers who is currently living in Ireland.

“It should be understood that we seek to ensure that Irish buyers will get exposure to properties offering both great value and good security. Attacks on tourists, including Irish tourists, have had a significant impact on perceptions of South Africa as a destination. These are not issues that can be wished away and need to be dealt with however the growing pains of South Africa are typical of a vibrant emerging market and the bottom line is as a second home destination there is arguably little to compare with Cape Town,” said de Villiers.

While The Overseas Property Show does not have any South African exhibitors this year, Chas Everitt Cape Town South is planning to exhibit at this annual premier property event in 2020. Regular marketing of our local Irish representation has however already started with marketing in local online media already underway.

Devler Estates trading as Chas Everitt Cape Town South