The time is right to invest in Bishopscourt

The time is right to invest in Bishopscourt

The elliptical pool at this Canterbury Drive home is one of many distinctive features of this property, which has the only vineyard in Bishopscourt.

Bishopscourt, one of Cape Town’s most exclusive suburbs, is known for being home to diplomats, ambassadors and even archbishops who are drawn to its large private homes with breathtaking mountain views. It was also where former President Nelson Mandela spent his first night as a free man, staying with then Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah after his release from prison in 1990.

But few know there is a vineyard in Bishopscourt, on the grounds of one of the luxury properties being marketed by Pam Golding Properties. The 6 222m2property in Canterbury Drive has one of the most sought after views in the southern suburbs. The views of Table Mountain and Kirstenbosch are the focal point of this north-facing home, and the elliptical infinity pool seems to defy geometry to ensure this vista is uninterrupted. Other features include an outdoor terrace area, a tennis court, a Koi pond and landscaped gardens. The house has its own wine cellar and cold room and a gym.

Myrna Duveen, Pam Golding Properties area specialist for Bishopscourt and intern Louise Sivertsen, have already sold eight properties here in the past year, ranging in price from R7.8 million to R41.3m. Duveen says that the suburb has some of the most valuable real estate in the country, and buyers know that the homes are spacious, with features that combine luxury and convenience with spellbinding views.

Bishopscourt is well-positioned with convenient access to the Constantia Valley, the rest of the southern suburbs and Cape Town central. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is nearby, as are the wine farms and other attractions in the area. Popular schools include the International School of Cape Town, Herschel, Cedar House, SACS and Bishops Diocesan College a short drive away. Barristers Restaurant has long been a favourite meeting spot in the southern suburbs, and Cavendish Square and Constantia Village, with their retail and restaurant offering, are also a short distance away.

Almost all the homes in Bishopscourt have CCTV cameras and surveillance, and there are dedicated patrol cars and a security team using a licence-recognition system and 24-hour off-site surveillance to ensure residents’ safety.