Clovelly, overlooked suburb of False Bay

Clovelly, overlooked suburb of False Bay

EXCLUSIVE ESTATE LIVING: This three bedroom house is one of only four in Echo Heights, an eco-friendly estate on the Clovelly mountainside.

The False Bay coastline has always been synonymous with the colourful beach huts of Muizenberg and St James, the Simon’s Town naval base and the bohemian charm of Kalk Bay, with suburbs like Clovelly often overlooked and seen as the drab wallflower on the hill, mainly populated by old houses and retirees.

However, Clovelly has undergone dramatic changes in recent years, with many of the older homes now being renovated, new homes being built and, most recently, the introduction of developments to the suburb.

Kate Feist and Taryn Breetzke of Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty say there has been a notable spike in interest recently as more investors have begun to recognise the value and appeal of the suburb. Stock shortages are now being seen as less than 10% of the existing 261 homes are on the market.

This is clearly evidenced by Lightstone data which reveals that while 56% of existing owners have owned their homes for 11 years or longer, 44% are recent buyers who have owned their properties for five years or less.

“In Clovelly, it’s still possible to buy a spacious three bedroom family home on a decent sized plot for under R3 million, which makes it the ideal area for first time buyers with young families to enter the market. Around R4.5m buys a four bedroom house with a pool and, for those with larger budgets, there are also renovated and newly built modern homes for up to R7m.

“Clovelly is also one of the few areas in Cape Town still blessed with vacant plots but, although there are about 60 available, they have started to sell quickly and will soon become a scarce commodity.”

Steve Thomas, Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty franchise manager in False Bay and Noordhoek, says the market in Clovelly is also is also showing solid growth.

“During the last 12 months ending September 30, there were 18 freehold homes sold at an average sale price of R2.528m, with four of the sales being in the R3m plus price band averaging R3.611m, 11 homes sold in the R1.5m to R3m bracket at an average of R2.536m and just one home was bought for R1.053m.

“However, four of these sales were during the last three months of this period at an average price of R2.714m, with one home in the R3m plus bracket at R4.495m, two sales in the R1.5m to R3m price band with an average sale price of R2.65m and one home sold for R1.06m.”

While the suburb may have flown under most people’s radar, one sector of society has always known about the jewel in its crown – the Clovelly Country Club with its pristine golf course of lush rolling greens.

And it is overlooking these fairways that Echo Heights, an eco-friendly estate, is being built. Comprising only four designer homes constructed in Siberian Larch timber with the gabions made from local rock and stone, this exclusive development offers discerning investors an idyllic lifestyle in tranquil landscaped surrounds.

Lew Geffen, chairman of Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty says: “If location is the real estate holy grail, then this estate delivers on every level. Adjacent to the scenic Silvermine Wetland Nature Reserve, the houses boast large expanses of double glazed floor to ceiling glass framing unobstructed views over Fish Hoek valley on the Clovelly mountainside and of the sea beyond.

“It affords residents a sense of country living, while being close to several beaches, the Clovelly golf course, numerous cycling and walking paths, good schools, a stone’s throw from the quant villages of Kalk Bay and Simons Town.”

Thomas concludes: “False Bay is currently a very affordable high growth, lower risk market that is showing good activity which looks set to continue. In addition to the relaxed lifestyle the area offers, residents enjoy proximity to an array of amenities as well as a host of outdoor and sports facilities, while being only 30 minutes from the Cape Town CBD.”