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With Constantia showing significant top-end buying activity, a new contemporary boutique estate in the sought-after Hohenort pocket in Cape Town is set to further pique the interest of local and foreign buyers.

According to Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty’s Upper Constantia team, they have had keen interest in top-end properties from locals, foreigners who are mostly swallows, and investors who are already, or are looking to become, permanent residents. “Propstats data reveals that for the year to date, there have been five sales of homes priced above R20m in Constantia Upper, with the highest sale price being R53m for a home in Silverhurst Estate, which sold for 10.2% less than asking price,” says team member Jacque Fourie.

“There were also 12 sales in the R10m to R20m price band, two of which sold for full asking price while the others sold for an average of 7.9% below the marketed price.”

With construction about to start on Botanica at Hohenort, buyers in this category have a few more options to look forward to. But they have to hurry. This exclusive estate with 24-hour security, consists of only four double-storey designer homes built to European specifications.

Fellow team member Joanna Thomas, says: “Developments in Upper Constantia have always followed a more traditional architectural style, but the Belgian developers, Square Turn Developments, wanted to create something completely new and cutting edge with Botanica at Hohenort.”

The homes’ light and bright contemporary design features are offset by natural wood and stone finishes with the ground floor living area opening up onto the expansive private outdoor entertainment area and plunge pool.

“Each fully-automated home also features top-of the-range security and easy-living technologies with energy-saving features throughout and landscaped, water-wise indigenous gardens,” says Thomas.

The homes are fitted with many eco-friendly and sustainable features, including insulated roofs and ground floor slabs, water-based under floor heating, intelligent lighting and energy control systems, grey and black water recycling, rain water harvesting and an integrated water heating system with solar supplementation.

“Buyers continue to be attracted to Constantia as there are very few areas in the country which offer the same stability and unique drawcards,” says team member Rouvaun McKirby.

“Although only 20 minutes from the city, the historic tree-lined suburb not only has gracious homes with large gardens but also offers country living in a setting of vineyards, wine estates and rolling hills against the backdrop of Table Mountain.

Stretches of protected greenbelt and kilometres of biking and hiking trails as well as a number of well-maintained parks make the area a playground for the outdoor enthusiast.

Botanica at Hohenort is marketed exclusively by Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty with prices starting at R26m plus vat (no transfer duties apply).

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