Somerset West at a glance
Somerset West property for sale offers a wide range of dwellings with apartments for sale or rent. Somerset West is found in the Helderberg Basin and is surrounded by magnificent mountains, fine beaches and stunning vineyards. Established in 1817 by four farmers, the village was named after the British Governor, Lord Charles Somerset in 1819. It has been extended quite a bit since its establishment but has managed to stay beautifully intact as it became the residential and commercial capital of the Helderberg Basin. Somerset West properties for sale are increasingly popular due to the town's historic charm and modern convenient facilities.
Charming, old-fashioned buildings line the roads offering enchanting shops and boutiques for a pleasurable shopping experience including wine, chocolates, antiques and jewellery. The shopping quaint facilities in Somerset West make the properties for rent popular with tourists. There are quite a few historic buildings and monuments around town including the old NG church built in 1819, and the famous, beautifully restored homestead of the Vergelegen wine farm which was started in 1700. The Somerset West properties for sale vary from the historic to the modern, offering houses which suit any taste. The wine route is a lush feature of the Helderberg region and forms part of the greater Stellenbosch wine route, including the oldest wine co-operative in the country. There is also a fruit route which is located about 15km away on the N2 and starts at Elgin.
For those who prefer walks and trails, Somerset West offers many opportunities to take in some stunning mountain and ocean views including the Helderberg Nature Reserve which covers 245 hectares and has trails which would suit any type of walker and is famous for its views over False Bay and Cape Point.
Somerset West offers ample opportunities to all sports lovers and includes golf courses, a country club, bowls, soccer, tennis, squash, cricket, hockey and a pistol shooting range. Of course one of the most distinguished golf clubs in the region, Erinvale, is also situated in Somerset West making Erinvale Golf Estate property for sale a sought after investment.
Purchasing property that is for sale in Somerset West appeals to families, due to the wide range of activities that interests that are available to all age groups. Popular activities include the Firlands Farm Stall that has many arts and crafts stalls, a steam train, farmyard, pub and bakery. Then of course Somerset West is also home to the Country Craft Market which boasts an astounding 150 unique handcraft stalls where one is bound to find something of material and sentimental value.
Somerset West has a Mediterranean climate. Therefore the summers are dry and hot but soothed with cool ocean breezes. Fortunately, the winter period won't all be grey as many days are usually dotted with sunny days throughout. For an ideal climate, Spring and Autumn are advised as it contains mild days and warm evenings. These are the best time to look for Somerset West apartments to rent if you are visiting the area.
With regards to education, Somerset West has excellent institutions which range from pre-school to tertiary level including the esteemed Somerset College and Parel Valley schools, the latter of which is taught bilingually. Of course, the University of Stellenbosch is just around the corner as well. The Somerset West property attracts residents from both home and abroad. Homes ranges from executive architect designed feature homes through to residential family homes and lock up and go convenience homes.
From historical farms such as Vergelegen and Lourensford to architect designed houses in modern golf estate living such as Erinvale Golf Estate and popular suburbs such as Spanish Farm, Golden Acre and Worlds View all with beautiful views over either the sea and or mountain ranges such as the Helderberg and the Hottentots mountain ranges and with access to the Helderberg Nature reserve makes Somerset West an ideal town to enjoy a wonderful lifestyle living.
The village lifestyle and proximity to beautiful sandy beaches and the wine routes as well as the easy access to Cape Town and Stellenbosch makes Somerset West a great location in the Western Cape and therefore the demand for properties to rent for both long and short term is also high. Somerset West is also the chosen destination for a large number of visitors from Europe.
Somerset West with its village lifestyle and peaceful ambience attracts visitors from all over South Africa, the United Kingdom, Holland and Germany. The area has several security estates catering for the owners who require a lock-up and go solution or for the elderly and young professionals.
Townhouses and Cluster homes are a popular real estate choice in Somerset West which offers an affordable way to own property in the Cape Winelands and are ideal for young families and those requiring a secure lifestyle. Vacant land in Somerset West is available and ideal for individuals who want to design their own home and developers who want to take advantage of the area's growing popularity.
Briza Street in Somerset West is a beautiful old suburb, affluently developed and green, with many trees and gardens. The area is characterized by wide, blue sky, broken by a mountain range, and many kilometres of lush farmland and vineyards. Somerset West itself is a prime location – a few minutes in one direction lies the coastal area of Strand, with its white beaches and holidaymakers’ paradise, and a few minutes in the other is the Helderberg wine region, a lesser-known, but very successful winemaking area.
Just a short drive from Somerset West lies Stellenbosch, a university town flourishing with small and large businesses alike. The areas’ proximity to each other makes it ideal to live in Somerset West, with larger, more affordable homes, and work in Stellenbosch, where the property is more geared for student than family living.
Somerset West is home to multiple wine estates, beautiful community shopping centres and a large mall, all tucked into the sheltered space between the mountains of Stellenbosch and the beaches of Strand. Multiple schools are also present in the area between Stellenbosch and Somerset West, ranging all the way from pre-primary to high school. For older families, Stellenbosch University is also close by.