Durbanville at a glance
Known by many as 'Pampoenkraal', as it was originally called, Durbanville was officially renamed from its then former title, D'Urban in 1886 and is regarded today as the jewel of the Northern Suburbs within the City of Cape Town Metropolitan area. One would think that this title is only due to the many magnificent wine farms located on the Durbanville wine route. While this has been a big contributing factor for Durbanville's reputation, there are now many new reasons why Durbanville is becoming an even more valuable jewel and sought-after residential and business location choice for many. Lately, people moving here, have been classified as exceptionally aspirational individuals and 41% are aged between 18 - 35; indicating that a new wave of young professionals and families choose Durbanville for the convenient lifestyle that can only be found here. We have seen a notable influx in buyers with school going children and for any parent it is priceless to have the peace of mind of being close to top schools and work in an area where they can have the flexibility to commit time to their kids' sport and extra-mural activities after school instead of sitting in traffic. In 2011 the Census recorded the total population at 54 286 and this number has been growing exponentially. Cape Town international airport and Cape Town city centre which is home to the bustling V&A Waterfront, the Cape Town International Convention Centre, Green Point stadium and Table Mountain are all major tourist attractions and within 30 minutes drive from Durbanville.
The number of middle-aged buyers has remained consistent at 34% and this is also due to the fact that Durbanville offers a variety of lifestyle and leisure options for many different age groups. After work hours and over weekends, this area becomes alive with people and families visiting the array of lifestyle markets and family-friendly wine farms, going for walks with pets and visiting one of the many play parks in the neighborhoods and hundreds of cyclists set out on scenic cycling routes in the area. The Tygerberg MTB club is well established and extensive with routes through most of the wine farms that boast with green belt passages and clubs and pump tracks, making it a great option for those pursuing a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Another great destination to add to the list is the Durbanville Nature Reserve, which showcases unique varieties of fynbos.
The latest statistics show that there are a total of 25 000 houses in Durbanville, of which 8831 are freeholds in private estates like Graanendal, Welgevonden Estate and Clara Anna Fontein where RealNet Durbanville has a number of wonderful residential options to offer buyers. 9722 houses are found outside of estates. The average selling price in Durbanville currently is around R 2 000 000 to R 12 000 000 and properties generally offer great value for money. There is no shortage of events, with live music and wine festivals that take place throughout the year at the various estates. The area is a family-oriented environment with many top schools like Durbanville Primary and Durbanville High School which are some of the oldest in the Northern Suburbs. More top schools in the area include Eversdal Primary, Gene Louw Primary, Kenridge Primary, Fairmont High, Stellenberg High as well as the private schools Curro and Reddam House.
Famous wine farms include Altydgedacht, Bloemendal, D'Aria, Diemersdal, Durbanville Hills, Meerendal, Groot Phesantekraal, Nitida and Signal Gun which are popular wedding and conference venues, and some of which offer lovely restaurants as well.