Constantia – lifestyle

If you are looking for property for sale in the southern suburbs’ valley of Constantia in Cape Town you are certainly considering one of the Cape’s most sought-after addresses.

Constantia is conveniently located at the centre of the Cape Peninsula, only 20 minutes from the centre of town or  Cape Town International Airport. It offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.  Constantia Valley is Cape Town’s secret rural retreat and the perfect place to escape.

Dominated by farmland and vineyards until fairly recently, Constantia lies in one of the greenest, leafiest parts of Cape Town, where ‘old money’ and style are the operative description for stately homesteads, long driveways and oak-lined streets.

In Constantia you still find a smattering of country lanes and horses and a number of green belts for walking the dog or stretching your legs. This is a suburb fiercely protected by its residents who have a very active ratepayers association.

Living in Constantia

Constantia driveway

Many parts of Constantia lie bordering or close to the original vineyards that make up one of the Cape’s oldest wine routes. It includes the cellars of Groot Constantia, Simon van der Stel’s original farm, which offers up its gardens for picnics – a popular weekend outing for locals and visitors.

There are tales of historic Constantia, the duels, the ghosts, Boer War spies, the famous and sometimes notorious figures who have added to the rich tapestry of the area. Early wine farmers produced a dessert wine, found in the cellars of Napolean and written about by Jane Austen. Queen Victoria requested a glass of “sweet Constantia” every evening after dinner. Vin de Constance is its modern day equivalent and is just as popular.

Political exiles from the east are buried in two holy kramats; Nelson Mandela was moved to Tokai from Robben Island; Captain Cook’s botanist, Anders Sparman, bumped into a hippopotamus in the Valley. These days you will have to go to nearby Rondevlei Bird Sanctuary next to Muizenberg to see one.

Set in an enviable outlook, the leafy valley of Constantia is flanked on two sides by the Table Mountain National Park, a World Heritage Site.  Here you will find the cradle of the Cape wine industry, the southern gate of the world-renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, 18-hole golf-courses; places to see and stay, play, shop and eat.

Residents and visitors embrace Constantia’s country pace, take a stroll or a horseback ride along her winding green belt trails, play a round of golf, or discover the world-acclaimed beauty of “fynbos” along ambling mountain paths. For relaxation they can enjoy being  pampered at a tranquil spa and  indulge their pallets and curiosity among the many restaurants, art and antique galleries, boutiques and speciality shops in the village centre.

From Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens to Tokai Forest, the Constantia Valley is criss-crossed by a well-developed network of green belts, large open spaces and parkland.

Robert Percival, an English officer arriving in the Cape in 1796 was quoted as saying “Every stranger who arrives at the Cape… makes a point of visiting the Village of Constantia and those famous wine plantations; for these with the Table Mountain are looked upon as the great and first objects of curiosity at the Cape.”

This verdant valley maintains its attraction to this very day and remains both a must see item on any tourist’s agenda and one of Cape Town’s and South Africa’s preferred places to live and own property.

Arrange your free and non-obligatory meeting with our area specialist and maybe explore a little of what Constantia and its surrounding areas have to offer.

Our resident Noordhoek buyers’ consultant, Marco Garuti, can be contacted by email or by phoning + 27 (0) 83 265 8800.