Wellington offers more than just a weekend stay

The Boland town of Wellington is abuzz with activity on weekends, as locals and visitors throng to the area to enjoy its fine restaurants, wine farms and wedding venues.

Located less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town, Wellington also hosts popular events, such as the annual Safari Half Marathon that takes place annually on May 1. Wellington also has some innovative mixed-use spaces that attract people of all ages. One of these is the Old Tannery, on the banks of the Krom River, which is being converted into a mixed-use site with a contemporary, industrial feel. The precinct, already in demand for movie shoots and weddings, houses an eclectic mix of eateries, craft and leather shops, as well as office space that makes this a drawcard for locals and visitors alike.

Many visitors, entranced by Wellington’s warm hospitality, turn a stopover into a long-term stay. There’s just something enticing about the picturesque town that makes people want to put down roots. Property data shows that 67% of homeowners have had their properties for 11 years or longer. Sandra Gordon, Pam Golding Properties research analyst, says this is unusually high, given that the norm is usually about 50%. “This suggests a very low turnover in this housing market. Clearly, once someone buys a home in Wellington, they are reluctant to leave.”

Although Wellington’s homeowners have traditionally been older – between 50 and 60 years – the area is attracting a larger number of younger, first-time buyers. Lightstone data reveals that between February 2018 and January 2019, 54% of recent buyers were younger than 36. Families are also being drawn to the area because of its country lifestyle and selection of excellent primary and high schools. One of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology’s six campuses is also located in Wellington.

“House prices have increased steadily in the past 10 years, and this price performance has continued in 2019,” says Surina du Toit, Pam Golding Properties area manager for Paarl, Franschhoek and Wellington.

“But prices are still competitive, and Wellington affords accessible country living in the heart of the Winelands. There is a wide range of property options in the Boland town, including new developments such as Stadsig, a premier lifestyle estate close to the town centre. Plot-and-plan packages are priced from R1.69 million, making this estate an ideal option for families looking for safe country living.”

Besides the many award-winning wineries in the area, there are also the Jorgensen’s and James Sedgewick Distilleries offering samples of various spirits and South Africa’s first indigenous, international acclaimed single grain whisky. Wellington is also regarded as one of the Western Cape’s best wedding destinations, with idyllic venues such as Bakenhof, Kleinevalleij, Au De Hex and Diemersfontein. Other attractions include an array of restaurants, coffee shops and outdoor attractions, including mountain biking trails and horse riding.