Somerset West has become the top residential purchasing area in the Helderberg property market, Western Cape, in terms of demand and average prices, according to the Sales Director of Somerset Lakes, an adventure lifestyle estate. Out-of-town buyers currently comprise approximately 40% of the potential buyers expressing interest in the area. An increase in the number of prospective purchasers from Durban, Pretoria, Gauteng shows the changing buyer demographic and this can be attributed to the attractions of the extremely appealing winelands lifestyle.

Somerset West is close to Cape Town and its business centre and forms the gateway to the Cape Winelands. As such, professionals needing to be close to a city centre but also wanting country living can have the best of both worlds.

Prospective buyers are attracted to properties within an estate because of the tight security on offer. Most gated communities have state-of-the art security systems in place, including 24 hour patrols and guardhouses, high definition surveillance cameras—monitored around the clock—and electrified and alarmed perimeter fencing with anti-dig foundations.

Families looking to raise their children in a safe area with good schools nearby are also attracted by the lifestyle aspect as a lifestyle estate offers gym facilities, communal pools, sporting activities and club houses which means you can live the life of Riley without moving a foot off the estate if you wish to.

The increasing demand for property within lifestyle estates means that property values continue to rise—a very good investment for the discerning buyer. Investors in Somerset West have sold one-bedroom units in the area for R300k more than they paid a year ago.

The Somerset Lakes Estate includes a new Reddam House School—progressive schooling right at your doorstep—cycling and jogging tracks, outdoor gym stations, a BMX Pump Track and adventure trails. The Reddam House School—a co-educational, non-denominational private day school—offers a dynamic and inspirational approach to education. Home owners will benefit from a free year of schooling and parents need have no qualms about the quality of education on offer. However, the surrounding area also has much to offer.

Somerset West itself has more than 40 exciting things to do for families. Besides the historic wineries and vineyards like the Vergelegen and Lourensford Wine Estates, Waterkloof Wines and Morgenster Wine Farm, which also offers an olive-tasting experience, there are any number of adventurous things for families to do. A visit to Monkey Town Primate Centre is sure to delight the little ones while flea and street markets like the one at Lourensford and Paardevlei Farmers’ market are always fun for all. The Cheetah Outreach is in close proximity and the wonderful Cape fynbos can be admired in Helderberg Nature Reserve.

At Blue Rock Adventure Park, you will be treated to one of the best destinations for water-sports in the Cape. Situated on the beautiful slopes of the Helderberg Mountains, this incredible lake is perfect for knee-boarding, water-skiing and wakeboarding. The Badi (beach area) is the ideal place to relax and take a break from the water while other activities include volleyball, a foofy slide and outdoor paintball arenas.

There are a number of day tours which can take you anywhere from whale watching in Hermanus to a Zipline Canopy tour off the mountain range or the Big 5 Aquila Safari Tour. There are golf courses, nature and wildlife tours, game and entertainment centres and historical and heritage tours The Henry Taylor, Bright Street and Cavalli Art Galleries are there for those seeking more intellectual pleasures and culinary food experiences are bound to please everyone.

Couples and families will not find it difficult to entertain themselves as there is something for everyone and all tastes. Owning a property at Somerset Lakes guarantees unlimited enjoyment and you can really live the laid-back, adventurous lifestyle in proximity to the coast and winelands safely and independently.