With spacious, luxurious homes in Cape Town’s highly sought-after ‘Hen-and-Chicken’ precinct in Upper Claremont hard to come by, the conversion of Greenways Manor and its six-acre estate into a highly secure, exclusive residential development - Greenways Estate, has aroused considerable interest among home buyers, says Pam Golding Properties.
After 60 years as a residence, Greenways was converted into a luxury retirement complex in 1981 and more recently used as an upmarket hotel.
Says Samantha Nel, Pam Golding Properties area manager for the Western Cape: “This is gracious living redefined- striking the perfect balance between classic elegance and contemporary living in a prime location. Buyers are able to choose from an inclusive range of architect-designed residential options set harmoniously among beautifully landscaped gardens dotted with majestic, mature trees. The redevelopment project will incorporate 13 sectional title apartments,a distinct sectional title residence, six semi-detached terraced houses, and 12 luxury freestanding homes – all designed by acclaimed architect Kevin Gadd.
“Accessibly priced from R2.599 million, the apartments will have a broad appeal across all generations and those seeking lock-up-and-go convenience in an estate filled with character and charm. Greenways Estate caters for everyone, with terraced townhouse units and freestanding homes adding to its unique offering. All prices are inclusive of VAT with no transfer duty payable.”
In a prime location overlooking the eastern slopes of Table Mountain and world-famous Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden - with the Hottentots Holland Mountains in the far distance over False Bay - the quaint moniker for the precinct is drawn from the shape of a nearby mountaintop rock formation seen from this prestigious, north-facing enclave which rubs shoulders with upmarket Bishopscourt.
Nel says the tranquillity of this highly appealing, tree-lined neighbourhood, with its generously proportioned family homes, belies its convenient central location just a few minutes from many of the city’s finest schools, only 10km to the city centre, 14km to the V&A Waterfront and 20km to Cape Town International Airport. Shopping malls, hiking and biking trails, quality eateries and the wine estates of the Constantia Valley are just some of the easily accessible attractions.
“In exclusive Upper Claremont there is limited new stock coming onto the market,” says Nel. “According to Lightstone statistics, during the past 12 months (September 2021 – August 2022), only 10 new sectional title units were released onto the market, with no new freehold homes available. This is a sought-after area to live in with homes at premium prices, and these expansive homes in Greenways Estate will set a new benchmark in this prestigious neighbourhood.”
The Manor House
With its gables and strong Sir Herbert Baker influences, the elegant manor house, designed and built in 1928 by renowned architect Norman Lubynski as a grand example of Cape Revival architectural style, has been sensitively restored and modernised while retaining its old-world charm, to create 13 luxurious sectional title apartments, breathing new life into the homestead. Varying in size from 37sqm, the apartments are priced from R2.599 million. One of the apartments, situated on the first floor, includes the sizeable balcony visible at the front of the manor house. One dedicated parking bay is provided for manor house residents except for the largest unit which is allocated two bays, while there are also 13 dedicated visitors’ parking bays.
Meticulous attention has been paid to replacing all services, roof, refurbishing original solid brass light fittings, beautiful wood panelling, floors, and decorative fireplace carvings, not to mention the striking carved wooden door at the entrance. Residents of the manor house apartments will also enjoy attractive shared spaces including the wood-panelled library, dining room and lounge, as well as amenities such as the kitchen, laundry, wine storage, meeting room, fibre connectivity and invertor with back-up power, including solar. There is also a grand staircase and lift. The communal areas will be managed by the Body Corporate.
Architecturally designed homes
Twelve sites have been allocated for buyers to build bespoke luxurious freestanding homes starting from 350sqm in size, plus garages and priced from R19.7 million, while adhering to the estate’s architectural guidelines in order to harmonise with the Cape Georgian theme.
Six elegant, three-level townhouses, also designed by Kevin Gadd, and inspired by classic Georgian vernacular, offer contemporary urban living in beautiful surrounds. These are priced from R16.5 million for homes from 350sqm in size. On-site parking is also provided.