Norval Foundation + Steenberg Wines: Members’ Benefits

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.

And now, until end-April 2020, the two feted establishments are joining forces to offer a membership deal that is simply too good to pass up – particularly if art and wine are your things.

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New CT municipal bylaw amendment good news for landlords

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.

Longer-term letting options may decrease

While Airbnb believes that this bylaw complements their model and has the ability to boost tourism in Cape Town, it could mean that the number of flats available for longer-term letting will decrease, as landlords can increase their income when focusing on more expensive short-term lettings.

Smuts says that for long-term rentals, a higher rental income means that agents have the ability to earn more commission on each property within their portfolio if the commission percentage stays the same.

“With the new bylaw amendments, some landlords might decide to rather rent their properties out on a short-term basis, without necessarily realising how much work it could be,” says Smuts. She recommends that agents take the opportunity to expand their service offering in response to this, and build on the established relationships they already hold with their landlords.

“Depending on the agent’s proximity to the property, some of the additional services that you’d be able to offer include key-collection and drops during certain times, organising reliable cleaning services, or even just putting out fresh flowers,” says Smuts.

“Even if a landlord decides to leave, always remain professional and deliver outstanding service. If they change their mind, you want their return business, after all!”

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Short Term Letting in Sectional Title

City beaches awarded Blue Flag status

City beaches awarded Blue Flag status
Ten Cape Town beaches have been awarded Blue Flag status for the upcoming summer season.
Blue Flag is an international accreditation awarded to beaches that display excellence through meeting 33 criteria covering four categories: environmental education and information, water quality, environmental management, and safety and services.
Bikini Beach in Gordons Bay, Camps Bay, Clifton Fourth Beach, Fish Hoek, Llandudno, Melkbosstrand, Mnandi, Muizenberg, Silwerstroomstrand and Strandfontein ticked the boxes and were awarded Blue Flag Status.

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Source: Constantiaberg Bulletin

Two new offices as Chas Everitt invests in the future of Cape Town

Two new offices as Chas Everitt invests in the future of Cape Town

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.

Home prices here, as in many other areas known for their high-end real estate, have tumbled by as much as 30% as demand dried up, but well-heeled buyers are now beginning to see the opportunities inherent in this situation, she says, and sales are set to improve significantly in the coming summer “season”

“It also doesn’t hurt that we’ve had very good rains this winter which have filled up our dams and put an end to the drought and the threat of Day Zero which hung over Cape town for so long.”

Gracie says there has been a very positive response to the new office, with lots of walk-in custom from both local sellers and buyers interested in listings in this area. It has also prompted enquiries from several top local estate agents keen to join the group.

“We have exclusive mandates to sell some exceptional properties in Constantia (see photos) and Newlands and in the few weeks that we’ve been open have already made our first sales. We will shortly also have a team operating in Claremont.”

Meanwhile, the Ballan Group, which owns the Chas Everitt International franchises in George, Knysna and Sedgefield, has just opened a trendy new office in Bloubergrand on Cape Town’s west coast, under the leadership of sales manager Leonard Coetzee.

Named Chas Everitt Blouberg Metro, it covers a huge area – including Melkbosstrand, Table View, Parkland, Parklands North and Blouberg – that is generating well over 2000 home sales a year worth a total of at least R4,3bn, despite the current oversupply of new developments that is keeping a lid on prices.

“This part of Cape Town has become increasingly popular with local buyers over the past few years because it offers lower prices, a great beach lifestyle, excellent private schools and easy access to the city via public transport. Many people relocating to Cape Town from Gauteng and other inland provinces have also chosen to live here because of its relative affordability compared to the rest of the metro,” he says.

“It also appeals to a very broad spectrum of buyers, with apartment prices starting from around R750 000, home prices generally ranging from around R1,6m up to about R7,5m and exceptional beachfront properties going for as much as R25m. And we believe it is set for a significant revival within the next few months.”

As it is, he notes, the office has also notched up several sales in the few weeks it has been open and plans to have a total of at least 15 sales agents in the field by the end of the year.

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For more information contact

Sally Gracie on 021 712 5029 or

Leonard Coetzee on 021 204 9914

Time for Breakfast!

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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