Fabulous views, secure village lifestyle drives strong demand for Tre Donne Equestrian Estate, Somer
When it comes to a secure country lifestyle, the Tre Donne Equestrian Estate, located along Sir Lowry's Pass in Somerset West must head the list of most desired. Yet, says Seeff agent, Rosmarie Bell, it is still somewhat of a hidden gem. This is largely as properties here do not often come onto the market. Surrounded by farmlands, vineyards and the scenic Hottentots Holland Mountains, Somerset West is one of the most sought-after residential areas in the Cape. For family buyers and those with an equestrian interest especially, Tre Donne is an excellent choice. The estate is just under 40 hectares in extent and boasts 24-hour security. There are about 94 properties and the land sizes are generous, ranging from around 3 500-5 000sqm in size. It is zoned for agricultural use and owners can keep horses and small livestock as well as for example a private vineyard or orchard. Aside from clean air, residents get to enjoy fabulous views, something that is a big draw-card for buyers according to the agent. There are still a few vacant plots up for grabs at prices that start from around R800 000. Built homes tend to cost from around the R3 million price mark and, not short on luxury living, ranges to about R14 million for a top end multi-levelled home with a floor space of 1100sqm and bespoke finishes including fireplaces and air-conditioning. The home comes with four bedrooms, a separate two-bedroomed flat, a designer kitchen with double cooking facilities, a separate scullery and freezer room, multiple lounges including a family room with a bar and indoor braai, a wood-fitted study, plush private cinema, stunning wine cellar, indoor Jacuzzi and sauna, salt-water pool, borehole and irrigated garden. Best of all, says the agents, is a generator (housed in a generator room) to power the home during times of need. Somerset West tends to draw buyers from across the globe, says the agent. There are for example many luxury homes here that are owned by UK and European Swallows who come here to escape the winters. In recent years, we have also seen an influx of buyers from other provinces, especially the Johannesburg and Pretoria areas. Part of the attraction of the village is that residents get to enjoy the best of country living, yet are still within about a 20-40 minute radius of the city and airport, ideal for the commuting executive, says the agent. Down the road are the many attractions of the Cape including top wine farms and the Blue-Flag beaches of the Strand. These days, there is almost no price too high that buyers are prepared to pay for a home in a top class location, especially a security estate. Tre Donne not only offers the security, but also one of the best lifestyles that money can buy. For more information, contact Seeff Somerset West, Rosmarie Bell on 021 851 4141/082 498 4658 or visit www.seeff.com (web ref. 356456).