Marianne Price and Lana Redman, who together sell homes in the Upper Constantia area on behalf of Anne Porter Knight Frank, the Claremont headquartered estate agency, have secured buyers for one of Constantia's best known homes, "Southern Comfort".

The home, which is situated at 90 Brommersvlei Road, was built some 40 years ago by Noel Wood, then Constantia's leading pharmacist. He had assembled from many of the Cape's historic demolished homes a collection of teak, yellowwood, brass and other window, door and floor fittings, most of which would be virtually unprocurable today.

The home was designed in a classic Cape Dutch style with straight line gables but, breaking with the Cape Dutch tradition, was given an upper storey with dormer windows in the roof. The house has exceptionally large living and dining areas with terracotta tiled floors and wide, almost Mediaeval, open fireplaces. There are five bedrooms and four bathrooms as well as a large study that can be used as a bedroom and a kitchen with a separate scullery and pantry.

In the gardens are both a swimming pool and a tennis court.

Price said that the new owners, a young couple who run an interior decoration shop, plan to modernise the home internally, but will not make radical changes as they appreciate its historic ambience.

"The fact that this home was able to command a price of R8,1 million shows that the Constantia prices are holding up," said Price. "Nevertheless, it has to be recognised that we are now in an increasingly competitive market and sellers must accept this if they hope to find buyers within a reasonable period of time."

For further information contact Marianne Price and Lana Redman on 021 671 9120 or email

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