Noordhoek residents sing the praises of their quaint valley.
Sense of Community
Stephen Cruikshank – photographer ‘When my wife and I decided we needed a place bigger than my bachelor pad on the mountainside in St James, our current house in Noordhoek ticked all the boxes, except that it wasn’t on the False Bay coast! (I got over that though). I love that we are surrounded by Table Mountain National Park. We have the beautiful unspoilt beach, The Noordhoek Common, the mountains and Silvermine Dam all right here as well as good schools, shops and plenty of restaurants all within a short drive. On top of that there is a real sense of community in the valley.
We have two girls aged 10 and eight, and they attend Sun Valley Primary. Before that they both attended AA Montessori preschool situated in Village Lane, which was also wonderful. People think we are very far away from civilisation, which might be true but it is so worth it. If you work in Century City, the daily commute is going to be a challenge, but I’m generally on my way to a shoot when everyone is coming home so I’m going against the flow of traffic. If I have a shoot early morning in town I travel via Chapman’s Peak – is there a more beautiful drive to work in the world?’
Belvedere, a suburb of Noordhoek, was cited the best performing luxury suburb in South Africa over three years in the Financial Mail’s 2013 Property Survey. The suburb, which boasts gorgeous views as it is situated on the slopes of Silvermine Mountain, recorded a house price growth of 63%. According to the Financial Mail, you can expect to pay from R3,6 million to R6 million here for a double-storey home with wraparound veranda on a 1 000m square meter plot.
Piece of heaven
Noordhoek is home to De Goede Hoop Estate. Dave and Anne Rattle, Noordhoek specialists for Harcourts Back Wave, explain: ‘There is no other security estate within an hour of Cape Town that offers homesteads set on tracts of land five acres or more in size and so highly suitable for keeping horses. The estate is generally regarded as one of the finest secure estates in the Cape and occupies a magnificent mountain amphitheatre on the back reaches of Cape Peninsula’s Chapman’s Peak. One of the highest prices for any residential property in Cape Town has been recorded in 2005, for the Manor House in De Goede Hoop Estate, which achieved just under R107 million.’
Bernadette le Roux, is the co-owner of renowned restaurant Café Roux in Noordhoek and editor of Condé Nast Gourmet magazine: ‘The country lifestyle was what attracted me to Noordhoek initially – I am a Karoo farm girl – and I loved the idea of be able to have a sense of farm living so close to the city. I have now been here for nine years. Few things have changed and Noordhoek retains a rural charm that we love. I am always delighted by the sense of community among residents and in that way it is like a small town. This community sticks together and we celebrate together and support one another. We do still have everything we need here, though, and there is loads to do.
We have many excellent restaurants, like the brand-new Slip Slops, old favourites like The Foodbarn and speciality spots like Village Sushi. I never miss buying the most divine heirloom vegetables from the tiny stall that appears on Noordhoek Main Road near the vet on Friday and Saturday mornings. Although Cape Point Vineyards’ Thursday night market has a great vibe, I like to enjoy its scenic setting over sundowners and platters on a quieter evening. My kids also love living here and they’re generally barefoot. The whole area is very family- friendly and kids and pets, big or small, are welcome in most places.’
‘My children have thanked me for giving them the opportunity to grow up in Noordhoek. They’ve been able to surf, ride horses and generally experience nature’ – Dale Gremels, area agent at Greeff Christies, Noordhoek.
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