Paarl property is highly sought after. The town is named after the fifty million year-old Bretagne Dome that forms part of the second larges... Read More
Paarl property is highly sought after. The town is named after the fifty million year-old Bretagne Dome that forms part of the second largest granite outcrop in the Southern Hemisphere. On a damp day in 1657 the dome was shimmering like a pearl in the sun's reflection and Bailiff Abraham Gabemma, upon seeing this spectacular sight, named the region Peerlbergh (“Pearl Mountain”).
Situated roughly 60km’s (or a 45 minutes drive) from Cape Town on the N1, Paarl is the 3rd oldest European settlement in South Africa and the largest town in the beautiful and historic Cape Winelands. Property in Paarloffers home-owners a unique location full of old world charm and leafy tree-lined streets, with residences suitable for both young and old; for those starting out or settling down.
The town forms part of the Cape Winelands and its local economy is focused primarily on agriculture in the fertile valley, with fruit and wine being the main exports and olives being the newest crop to gain popularity. Paarl boasts an eclectic mix of people, including African-, Khoisan-, Dutch-, French Huguenot, Eastern European-, Italian- and Xhosa descendants. It is this melting pot of cultures and traditions that makes the history of the area so colourful and rich. Its was the French Huguenots who brought the skills of wine making and viticulture to the region and to whom we attribute the fine red and white wines Paarl offers to South Africa and the rest of the world.
Paarl offers top pre-primary, primary and high schools, as well as tertiary colleges – all of which provides great academic-, sports- and cultural activities and rank among the very best educational institutions in the Western Cape and South Africa. Noteworthy local businesses coffee shops, florists and a variety of superb art galleries. Several local decor stores boast one-of-a-kind antiques unique to the region and established home industries produce delicious home-made sweet and savoury treats. The newly built Paarl Mall affords both visitors and residents the opportunity to shop at major retail stores, all under one roof with ample parking available.
Property in Paarl is diverse, ranging from stylish apartments to mansions, townhouse developments and retirement villages to freestanding homes in trendy “up and coming” neighbourhoods where kids still ride their bicycles before suppertime. Paarl property prices vary and includes well-priced “lock up and go” apartments in the centre of town; mid-range family homes ranging in size and affordability; vacant land on lifestyle estates to suit those who want to build their dream homes; and lifestyle smallholdings on the outskirts of Paarl with ample space and breathtaking views! Family homes also remain firmly in demand in Paarl. Rawson Properties Paarl can assist you in finding the home that suits your needs and also offer properties in Paarl for short and long term rental.
The Paarl region currently provides a range of activities and sightseeing opportunities for both local and international visitors, including world famous wine farms (many boasting top class restaurants and beautiful, sweeping vistas), hiking routs up Paarl Mountain, rock-climbing on the granite outcrops, as well as mountain biking. The mighty Berg River annually plays host to the four-day Berg River Marathon that sees canoeing enthusiasts flocking to our town from far and wide; while both the Boschenmeer Golf and Country Estate and Pearl Valley Estate in the Drakenstein Valley attracts golfers to their verdant greens. As two of the country’s top golf and lifestyle estates, these establishments offer stylish townhouses and homes, most overlooking the fairways and greens.
Cycling and hand-cycling events take place regularly. Other sporting events include bowling, cricket, fishing, squash, rugby (with the Paarl Gymnasium/Boy’s High Interschool match taking centre stage), swimming and tennis. Paarl also boasts cultural venues such as the Ou Meul Theatre that stages productions throughout the year, art galleries and craft markets (especially before Christmas). Various museums pay tribute Paarl’s rich cultural and agricultural history. The Taal Monument, an impressive monument on Paarl Mountain that is dedicated to the Afrikaans language, plays host to picnics and events during the day and sometimes even at night!
Paarl is the ideal place to enjoy country living at its best, with a wide range of South African properties to suit those who want to enjoy old world charm, character buildings and incredibly scenic views. Paarl property provides excellent value for money, great returns on investment and represents an unparalleled lifestyle choice in the Cape Winelands. Read Less