Fresnaye, De Wet Rd, sold for R55 million by Seeff.
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Fresnaye, De Wet Rd, sold for R55 million by Seeff. Photo: Supplied

R20m plus super luxury sales slow, but the Cape still attains highest prices

By Staff Reporter Time of article published Mar 26, 2019

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CAPE TOWN - Despite the notably slower market above R20 million, the Cape continues to achieve the highest overall prices in the country. 

Samuel Seeff, chairman of the Seeff Property Group said that the economic downturn has affected the various sectors of the property market in different ways.

While the sub-R1.5 million (below R3 million in the luxury areas) price band remains fairly active, there was a notable slow-down in R20 million-plus value sales as buyers take time out and wait and watch as things unfold in the country, he says.

While this top end of the market is down by about 50% from the highs of 2015-2017, Propstats data shows that in Cape Town, just under R1.6bn in super luxury sales were concluded last year, about R1bn thereof on the Atlantic Seaboard alone. Seeff concluded 10 of the highest value sales in Cape Town last year with a combined value of around R380 million, most to local buyers.

The three highest value sales concluded in Cape Town include R80 million in Bantry Bay (sold by Seeff), R62 million in Constantia and R57 million in Clifton, R55 million in Fresnaye (sold by Seeff) and R41.5m in Mouille Point (joint Seeff sale). Seeff also sold a vacant plot in Fresnaye for R28m.

Camps Bay achieved the highest volume of R20m-plus sales with 8 units sold and only managed the highest price of R33m as the suburb experienced one of the slowest sales years in recent times.

Additionally, Seeff also concluded three sales at the Kerzner Estate in Leeukoppie at record prices of R30.5m to R37 million.

The highest prices achieved on the Atlantic Seaboard include:

1. Clifton – 5 sales, the highest price of R57m for a house in Kloof Road

2. Bantry Bay – 5 sales, highest price of R80m for an apartment sold by Seeff

3. Fresnaye – 4 sales, highest price of R55m for a house in De Wet Road sold by Seeff

4. Camps Bay (incl. Bakoven) – 8 sales, highest price of R33m for a house in Medburn Road

5. Waterfront – 2 sales, highest price of R20m (Parergon) and R26.5m (No 3 Silo)

6. Mouille Point – 3 sales, the highest price of R41.5m for a unit in East-West (joint Seeff sale)

7. Llandudno – 3 sales, the highest price of R57.5m

Cape Town’s City Bowl is also increasingly seeing high-value sales with two units sold in Higgovale with the highest price of R23m and two in Oranjezicht with the highest price of R28m.

Most of these high-value sales were cash deals according to Ross Levin, Director for Seeff Atlantic Seaboard, Waterfront and City Bowl. Only about a handful were to foreign buyers such as two sales to UK buyers, being for R26m in Bantry Bay (R26m) and R28m in Camps Bay/Bakoven.

While there is still demand high-end homes in top locations, buyers are now negotiating strongly. The upside, he says, is that there has been a notable rise in new listings giving buyers an excellent choice of stock. At the same time, sellers are beginning to look at lower offers.

While there were no high-end sales recorded for Bishopscourt, some 7 units sold above R20 million in Constantia Upper. James Lewis, MD for Seeff South Suburbs and Hout Bay notes that here too, listings have risen notably over the last two years, giving buyers a much broader choice and allowing for more room to negotiate.


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