In the area 3 – Upper Claremont


Heron Cottage, a refurbished cottage currently on the market through Rawson Properties at a price of R1,85 million

Less than three months after teaming up to work together in Rawson Properties Newlands franchise, long-serving Rawson agent, Lynne Longworth (formerly in Rosebank) and Julie Millar, an experienced agent in the area, have made it into the top 20 agents in the Rawson Group which has 800 agents operating nationwide.

It was interesting to learn from Longworth and Millar that all their experience points to one category of Cape homes having exceptional appreciation potential – the less expensive homes in Upper Claremont.

Longworth said, “It is sometimes thought that Upper Claremont is out of reach of the everyday buyer – but we have several houses for sale here valued at under R2 million.”

One such, she said, is a charming character cottage close to Cavendish Square with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and two reception areas (one with a fireplace), secure parking for three cars – and the potential to go up another storey. This, said Longworth, is a home with real charm and character. It is selling for R1,75 million.

Equally charming, said Millar, is a tastefully refurbished Edwardian cottage nearby with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, an open plan lounge, dining room and kitchen and a TV room, leading to a sun-filled patio with a water feature. The price here is R1,85 million.

The home, named Heron Cottage, was of a group of semi-detached workmen’s cottages serving as a bakery in Main Road. It was built at the turn of the century – and the careful conversion has retained features of the Edwardian buildings.

The Rawson agents said that Upper Claremont always was, and probably always will be, a preferred area for many Capetonians because it is close to good schools and some of SA’s best retail precincts. It is also close to the Newlands sports stadia, the CBD and the airport.

“Many people find this proximity to so much that is important in their lives the decider, a compelling reason for buying here – but as we have indicated, the area still offers reasonably affordable opportunities,” said Millar.

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