If you’ve ever lived in Newlands Village, you’ll know that it’s very hard to leave: not only is it just below beautiful Newlands Forest, with its dog-friendly walks and burbling river to enjoy on sultry summer days, but its super-quick access to the city and international airport. Even at peak hour, it’s an easy drive, but literally everything you need no more than five minutes away, including top schools, universities and private hospitals. And, of course, there’s a plethora of shops and restaurants at Cavendish Square, a superb spa the Vineyard Hotel – also a best-kept secret for meetings and lunches – but Newlands Village itself is a friendly community with a distinct cafe culture. Locals love to drift down for breakfast with friends or take the kids for impromptu pasta or pizza, pop into pretty boutiques and delis, coffee shops – and there’s even a vet. There’s a delightful mix of families who have been here for generations because they just can’t bear to move, and newcomers who simply can’t believe that they’re living on the forested slopes of Table Mountain yet they’re so close to the city.
Top this unbeatable setting with a contemporary, north-facing home with magnificent views on one of the most desirable addresses and you have Newlands House, a triple-storey, three-bedroomed home with clean lines and, not one but two pools – one on an upper terrace with uninterrupted views. Unlike older Newlands properties, this modern home is one of the most spacious in the area, with high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling glass windows and sliding doors opening up to its mountain views, garden terraces and herb garden. The second floor was previously used as an artist’s studio but could be converted into a light-filled penthouse suite. Importantly for Newlands, the house has double parking and an underground storeroom (ideal wine cellar), but all the living areas are elevated to maximise sunshine and views.
What few know until they have lived there is that having a perennial mountain stream at the foot of your garden is paradise. Trees thrive here too – many of them stately oaks or exotic species not found anywhere else in Cape Town (except at the vibrant Montebello Design Centre in Newlands and the nearby Arderne Gardens in Claremont, who shared the same arborist in the mid-19th century). Some were planted as far back as the mid-17th century, and today this urban forest attracts prolific birdlife, and from time to time, large birds of prey drift down from the mountainous peaks that make up the most spectacular backdrop to the suburb.
Newlands Village offers a lifestyle that’s hard to beat, whether you have young kids at pre-school or are trying to juggle active social lives and sport events with teens, or undergrads who need to be close to Varsity… or could simply do with creative studio or a glamorous work-from-home space like this leafy, riverside paradise.
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