Free Property Valuation

Constantia ValuatorObtaining a property valuation is an essential step when thinking of selling but for other purposes too such as estate planning, insurance purposes and to keep up with your asset values.  So even if your move is not imminent, a house valuation still proves an excellent tool for indicating current market value, and possible room for improvements to increase the value of your home.

An online house valuation is a useful tool to get a quick and easy estimate of the actual price of your property.

By answering a few easy questions on the current condition of your home in Constantia, our complimentary property value calculator, using the latest GIS (Geographical Information System) will provide you with an indication of how much money you could potentially make from the sale of your home if you are intending to sell or for the other purposes indicated above.

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*HOMEimage is not an estate agency and offers specialised marketing solutions to property developers, hospitality industry, private property sellers and agents, such as 3D models, floor plans, virtual tours, professional photography, drone aerial photography, property marketing materials, and project management.

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Live the Constantia Life

UpperConstantiaUpper Constantia lies in one of the greenest and most ambient parts of Cape Town, where ‘old money’ and style are the operative description for stately homesteads, long drive ways and oak-lined streets.

Cool breezes blow through this large open plan versatile home which could be ideal as a guesthouse or Bed and Breakfast. Lush grassed garden irrigated by crystal clear water from a spring. All within walking distance to Constantia greenbelts and offering beautiful views across the historic vineyards. Read more about this Upper Constantia property for sale.

Contact Sally Gracie on 083 459 9523 or Di Forster on 072 122 9798 for additional queries.

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Constantia Valley Greenbelts Cycling Trail

Cycle TrailThe Constantia Valley Greenbelts cycling trail was officially approved by City Parks in December 2015. The proposal has followed the official channels,with interested & affected parties offered the opportunity to get involved from the start and provide input during the public participation phase.

There has always been a clear understanding which trails will be opened on a 1 year trial basis and which trails will remain closed to cyclists. While a blanket opening of the entire Greenbelts network would have taken away the current confusion about where one is allowed to cycle and where not, the feeling was that a phased approach would allow the current legal user groups to become accustomed to the cyclists sharing this much-loved public open space.

As of the 5th of February, the Greenbelts Cycle Trail has been clearly marked with directional arrows and a Code of Conduct at the main access points.

At the entrance to the Diep River Trail on Southern Cross Drive, the cyclists have been redirected, past the steps to a separate access point. Cyclists rejoin the existing trail further down the slope.

Along the Silverhurst trail, cyclists have been directed to the wider side of the trail and are not allowed to ride the narrow single track that passes the historic irrigation dam. “No Cycling” signs have been positioned accordingly.

Where there are narrow, dual use sections along the trail, we urge both cyclists and other users to take care and be aware of a possible “bumping into each other” on a blind corner. Cyclists are required to slow down and may need to get off their bikes to let other users pass safely. Cyclists yield to all other users groups.We believe that once the initial teething period has passed and normal routines have adapted to the new users on the Greenbelts, the actions will become ingrained and “normal”.

Cyclists want to enjoy the Greenbelts as much as everyone else, albeit on a bicycle. All users can coexist peacefully by treating each other courteously and with respect.

It is important to point out which of the Greenbelts are not part of the legal trail.

While there are smaller offshoots from the main trail that are not accessible to cyclists, the Klaasenbosch trail and the Alphen trail are the notable exclusions as per the agreement with City Parks.

We urge cyclists to please respect the spirit in which the trail sharing agreement was created and not ride their bikes in the Klaasenbosch and Alphen trails. While there is older”No Cycling” signage in place and partially degraded by the sun and vandalism, we have placed additional signage in strategic locations, requesting cyclists to stay out of these trails.

The Klaasenbosch trails are narrow and winding trails, heavily frequented by horse riders and families with children. A surprise encounter between cyclists and any one or more of the current users, could result in a nasty accident. Horses are trained and under control control by their owners, but some may be naturally more skittish and prefer quieter surroundings.

The Alphen trails is another busy Greenbelt and it was deemed advisable to not open it for cyclists during the trial phase.

Cyclists have been using the Greenbelts for many years, generally tolerated by the other users. In recent years, the numbers of mountain bikers have increased dramatically and they are looking for safe and enjoyable terrain to ride their bikes.A mountain biker has few options in the city and the devastating fires of 2015 have further reduced the legal trail network.

Most of the legal trails are too difficult for entry level cyclists to ride and the Constantia Greenbelt trail is an ideal space for novice mountain bikers to learn the ropes. Apart from the intervention at the top of the Diep River trail, the route has not  been adapted in any way to favour the better cyclists. The Greenbelt trail was proposed as a space for riders to commute from one part of town to the other, for all levels of riders to enjoy the outdoors in a safe environment, to create a link between trail networks and to legalize cycling in one part of the Greenbelts.

There is of course the added value of more “eyes & ears” on the trails that will hopefully add to an ever safer space to enjoy by everyone.

Alphen Trail Diep River TrailCyclists Greenbelt Map 1

Cyclists Greenbelt Map 2

Cyclists Greenbelt Map 3

Original Source: Constantia Valley Watches Association

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The Constantia Crush

Constantia CrushThe Constantia Crush aims to bring wine farms from all over the province to your neighbourhood in a family focused festival.

On the 13th February 2016 they invite you to crush, sip and swirl over 100 beautiful wines from 25 spectacular wineries from across the Western Cape.

Whether you a wine connoisseur, a Sauvingnon Blanc sipping soccer mum, a cash strapped box wine fundi or tantrum throwing toddler this is the wine festival for you.

Bring your children along, they will be looked after and entertained while you taste through the wonders of the winelands in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

We have all your needs catered for; Craft beers for the non wine drinking partners in crime, plenty of food options to satisfy all appetites young or old, we even have free parking available for your designated driver.

Then once you’ve finished tasting, and ready to start drinking, all wines will be on sale at cellar door prices. So buy that bottle of your favorite new discovery, chill on the grass and enjoy the live music in the glorious Constantia sunshine.

Before you go don’t forget to stock up your wine rack at home and the one your friends don’t know about in your garage.

Buy tickets on Quicket https://www.quicket.co.za/events/14155-the-constantia-crush/

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Give Away | Property Power

property powerProperty Power is giving away 10 copies of the 11th edition of ‘Property Power in South Africa’. To be entered into this draw subscribe to our Constantia blog. Winners will be announced on the Friday 26 February 2016 on our blog.

Buying or selling a home as well as moving, can be one of the most stressful experiences in your life, even more so if you are not properly informed, and it is probably one of the most important investments you will make. You need to understand your rights and obligations and learn to take control of the process.

Property and its wealth creating power is not an exact science, but a very complex industry, in which most of us share an interest. Property Power is designed to empower home buyers, home sellers, first-time property investors and owner-builders/renovators with knowledge regarding important aspects of purchasing and selling immovable residential property.

Too many people run into financial difficulty and have to live with disappointments after making hasty decisions and not taking control of their property transactions. Property Power is a magazine (including an interactive PC CD-Rom) in which we cover the most important facts with regard to property transactions as comprehensively as possible, while keeping it simple, user-friendly and easy to read.

If you missed out on the previous editions, don’t despair. Each year, after the Minister of Finance announces the new Budget, we update Property Power and release a new edition. Everything discussed in the previous edition is simply revised and modified to the latest developments, figures and legislation in the market and newly researched material is added.

Updated Information
Property Power is updated and published regularly. You can visit our website at any time to make sure that you have the latest edition and that you are not missing out on any new information, like amendments to certain acts, or changes in the interest rate, budget speech, and so on. We endeavor to update Property Power at least once a year, however sometimes an edition may be relevant for two years.

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Update on the Ladies Mile Waste Site

ladies_mile_depot-300x151Rumours are rife regarding what is happening at the ‘Ladies Mile site’ and the owners/developers have at last allowed us to provide an overview.

In August 2015, the CPOA attended a presentation by the owners (represented by Mr Rashaad Solomon), Shoprite Checkers Property Division and members of their project professional team.

Firstly, it is important to define the property in question as it is not the entire site bounded by the M3, Ladies Mile, Spaanschemat River Rd and Kendal Road (i.e. erf 4724). It is limited to erven 13707 and 13708, together comprising a trapezoidal shaped land portion of approximately 1,5 hectares between the traffic lights and the M3 – around 20% of the whole site.

Rashaad gave an overview of the history of the property which the Solomon family purchased in 1902. They farmed vegetables and grapes for both local consumption and export. The property was considered to be Constantia’s commercial hub and there were 3 farm stalls (fresh produce, butcher and a dairy) where other farmers (of all races) sold their produce and bought provisions. The family were forced to leave the property in the 1960’s under the Group Areas Act.

Having been awarded the property in a protracted land restitution claim process, the family are keen to “bring back what was there”, although obviously farming is not a viable proposition. The Land Claims Commissioner required a business plan from the claimants as part of the Settlement Agreement. Thus the vision for the entire site, including another portion east of the M3, is for a mixed use development including residential and public open spaces which can be cross subsidized with some commercial and retail components.

The proposal for this first portion is for an ‘upmarket’ retail centre comprising a flagship Checkers on the M3 side and signature buildings on the Ladies Mile side including restaurants and convenience shops. A basement will cover the entire site to accommodate parking, services, storage and loading. The intention is to create an ‘open environment’ with low level walling, landscaping and lighting will be ‘low intensity’. Checkers will have a trading space of approximately 2900 m2 and the total development is approximately 9850m2 including basement parking etc.

A lot of thought has gone into dealing with site access/traffic and the planners have discussed the possibility of a traffic circle at the Ladies Mile/Spaanschemat River Rd intersection with the City.

The application process has commenced, with applications having been submitted to Heritage Western Cape, the Provincial Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning and the City of Cape Town – the Application Pre-Consultation Phase has been concluded with the City.

Subsequent to finalisation and formal acceptance of the Land Use Application by the City, the application will be advertised in terms of a public participation programme whereby the public will be afforded the opportunity to comment on the proposed development.

View Map of Waste Site Here

Original Source: Constantia Property Owners’ Association

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Do you live in a Burglary Hot Spot or a Suburb Safe Zone?

neighbourhood“If property owners do not take collective action as a neighbourhood community, the affect on everyone’s property values in that neighbourhood could be very negative”, says Cape Town real estate broker, Andre de Villiers from Cape Town.

De Villiers was previously a Neighbourhood Watch Chairperson for a popular Cape Town coastal suburb. “My experience is that there are far too few residents prepared to get involved in neighbourhood security unless there is a dramatic spike in crime or a violent attack. The majority of residents it seems are only too happy to leave the collective security concerns to someone else”.

“As the owner of four real estate offices in Cape Town, I can confirm that buyers are increasingly asking agents for more details about security issues in the neighbourhood of the house they are interested in. The focus on the individual house’s security is correctly seen as something that can be resolved by the buyer, but the area’s reputation and crime statistics are a greater concern, as a buyer knows this will probably be an issue that falls outside their immediate control.”

There is certainly a demand for reliable data but this is not as easy to obtain as some may think. Many smaller incidents are not reported to the police and many private security services treat their information as confidential and many neighbourhood watch groups are understandably concerned that their neighbourhood could suffer if their efficiency in keeping records resulted in a negative message!

“I think any professional estate agent should have some reasonable methodology to answer security questions from buyers objectively about the neighbourhood. We can’t put our head in the sand over this issue and a lack of access to reliable data is certainly a challenge,” said de Villiers.

The message to property owners is to ‘buy in’ to the responsibility of keeping their neighbourhood safe and crime free through collective action, and thereby collecting a ‘collective security dividend’. “Imagine if you will, a pocket of houses that is able to claim and where the seller or agent can statistically show, that the subject area is the safest area in this suburb! If that’s not a great selling feature then, as a real estate professional with over thirty years experience, I am not sure what is!” said de Villiers.

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Water Saving Tips

Cape-Town-Water-RestrictionsThe City of Cape Town is currently implementing Level 2 Water restrictions. This is due in part to the low dam levels. It is everyone’s responsibility to save water.

Here are some useful tips on how you can save water:
Save water throughout your home
  • Ensure all taps are fully closed – a dripping tap at 1 drip per second wastes up to 30 litres a day – that is equivalent to 10 000 litres a year.
  • Replace tap washers regularly and fit tap aerators to restrict and spread the flow. This saves water yet feels like you are using the same amount of water.
  • Ensure your plumbing system is regularly checked for leaks and engage a plumber when necessary.
Save water in your garden
  • Water your garden before 09:00 or after 16:00 (or even later on hot summer days). Avoid watering during windy periods and only water your garden when necessary.
  • Re-use your bath and sink water to water plants and lawns. Professional greywater recycling systems are also available for purchase.
  • If you have an overflow pipe that drips into the garden, place a bucket beneath the drips and use the saved water to water pot plants.
  • Mulching flowerbeds keeps down the weeds and holds moisture in the soil for longer.
  • Use a mulching lawn mower that allows clippings to be finely cut and blown back into the lawn.
  • Don’t mow lawns below 4 cm in length, as this reduces root depth and lawns are more likely to burn in summer.
  • Use a trigger nozzle with automatic shut-off on your hose when you wash your car, and use short bursts of water – this can save up to 300 litres each time. Or, to save even more water wash your vehicle using a bucket of water.
  • Use a trigger nozzle with automatic shut-off on your hose when you water your garden.
  • Check and maintain your irrigation system regularly, to ensure no water is running to waste, or that paved areas are being watered.
  • Adjust your irrigation system for the season and switch it off during rainy weather – even if it is borehole or wellpoint water.
  • Watering the garden less frequently, but deeper (for longer) encourages a deeper root system, which results in stronger plants. This practice can make water-wise plants out of most established plants.
Save water in your kitchen
  • Ensure washing machines or dishwashers have a full load before running them.
  • Rinse glasses, cutlery and vegetables in a basin of water, rather than under a running tap, and reuse the water for pot plants or in the garden.
  • Rinse water can be reused for the next cycle of washing up before being discarded.
  • Keep a bottle of drinking water in the fridge so that you don’t run lukewarm water down the drain when waiting for it to cool.
  • Run tap water into a bottle when waiting for it to heat up.
  • Thaw frozen foods in the fridge, sunlight or microwave rather than placing them under running water.
Save water in your bathroom
  • Close the tap when brushing your teeth. This saves up to 20 litres per month. Use a mug of water to rinse your toothbrush.
  • Plug the sink when shaving rather than rinsing your razor under running water. This saves up to 45 litres per month.
  • A half-filled bath uses about 113 litres, a 5-minute shower uses about 56 litres. Shower rather than bath, if you have to bath make it a shallow one or share it.
  • Reuse bath water in your garden.
  • Install a new water-saving toilet or put a clean, sealed plastic container filled with sand in the toilet cistern. This could save you up to 7 300 litres each year.
  • A toilet leak can waste up to 30 litres an hour – check if your toilet is leaking by adding a few drops of food dye to the cistern. If the colour seeps into the bowl, you have a leak, which should be fixed as soon as possible.
  • Install a water-saving shower head, take shorter showers, don’t run the water at full force and turn off the shower when soaping or shaving.
Save water in industries, businesses and schools
  • Automatic flushing urinals are the ultimate water wasters. If they cannot be replaced immediately, turn off the water after hours and over weekends – schools doing this have saved up to R5 000 on their annual water bill.
  • Flush valves should flush for just two to four seconds and urinals for six to eight seconds.
  • Regular maintenance of toilet fittings will save unnecessarily flushed water.
  • Ensure your plumbing systems are regularly checked for leaks.
  • Use a broom to sweep forecourts and other paved areas. Do not use a hose for this purpose.
  • Potable water must not be used to dampen building sand or other building material to prevent it from being blown away.

Original Source: Cape Town Green Map

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Constantia Waldorf School Recycling Depot

Area: Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Physical Address: Spaanschemat River Road, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Phone: +27 (0)21 794 2103
Fax: +27 (0)21 794 1105
GPS Co-Ordinates: -34.030807, 18.438823
Web: www.waldorfconstantia.org.za/recycling-centre.htm
recycle002Embracing the vision of sending minimal waste to landfill, the Constantia Waldorf School is wholeheartedly involved in recycling. Sorting stands take the place of dustbins, both in the classrooms and outdoors. The pupils take responsibility for emptying their classroom sorting stands into the collection bins. A composting bin transforms the school’s domestic organic waste into compost, which is used in the grounds.

The different categories that you can bring to the depot are as follows:

    • Glass bottles and jars.
    • Corrugated cardboard – please flatten boxes.
    • Mixed paper and card – such as egg trays, cereal boxes, loo rolls, phone books, magazines, envelopes, junk mail, coloured paper, low quality white paper.
    • High quality white paper – such as office paper, exam pad paper, books with covers removed.
    • Tin cans and aluminium cans – food, beverage and aerosol.
    • Foil.
    • Polystyrene – trays and packaging.
    • Bread tags.
    • Opaque bottles – such as milk bottles – MUST BE RINSED.
    • Transparent bottles – such as beverage and oil bottles.
    • Miscellaneous plastic – we collect number 5, we take the rest to another collection point for recycling.
    • CFLs (energy saving light bulbs).
    • Small batteries.
    • Computer ink cartridges – in good condition for re-use.

What not to bring:

    • Windowpanes, mirrors, glassware, ovenware, crockery, pottery.
    • Waxed cardboard boxes – such as banana boxes.
    • Tetra Paks – such as juice, milk and wine boxes.
    • Photographic paper, wax paper, tissues and serviettes, disposable nappies.
    • Bubble wrap, cling wrap, crinkly-cellophany-type plastic.
    • Paint tins, scrap metal, garage waste.
    • Fabric, broken articles, e-waste

 

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Constantia Property in Demand

Constantia is enjoying keen interest from buyers. The top end schools, relaxed lifestyle and affluent community are very appealing to buyers looking for exclusive homes in this sought after area.

Situated in a very quiet area of Constantia:

11Hillcrest1This family home offers a spacious open plan lounge with fireplace, separate dining area open plan to the kitchen. Excellent security and situated in sought after area of Constantia, well known for its close proximity to top international and private schools, easy access to all major roads, world class restaurants, well known wine estates, as well as numerous mountain and forest walking trails. Read more about this sold Constantia property.

Contact Shanaz Herskovitz on 082 746 7788 for additional queries.

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