Bellville, originally named 12 Mile Post and Hardekraaltje and was established as a railway station servicing Stellenbosch, Cape Town and Strand. Framers brought their fresh produce from towns like Stellenbosch, Paarl and even Ceres to be traded at the markets.
The town was named after the surveyor Charles Bellville in 1861 to Bellville in honour of him surveying the town to what it is in part today. The town was proclaimed in 1940 and a city in 1979.
In 2013 there were some suggestions tabled for the redevelopment of Bellville by the community and local government. The Greater Tygerberg Partnership tabled the following, and the model was loosely based on the early success of the Cape Town CBD redevelopment and clean-up. It was proposed to attract more commercial property development and investment in the form of upgrading existing structures, change the stigmatized image associated to Voortrekker Road from Maitland all the way to Bellville CBD, with emphasis on Parow and Elsies River, and create an awareness of and intention to bring a safer inner city lifestyle back to the Bellville CDB.
The model of re-development in inner-city property is nothing new and the success model is located in Braamfontein in Johannesburg and Newtown where after the redevelopment of stagnant property sectors, apartments have been turned around and the region became a viable investment prospect once again.
A revival of the Bellville inner city will attract investors and create the centralized commercial and mixed residential hub it once was.
Bellville is a well established suburb which has the advantage of being at the coast, which brings tourist and holiday makers and is not caught up in the seasonal bustle of the holiday season per se. Bellville is thus an ideal suburb for many reasons and the property values are stable and in demand.
Take a tour of the MyRoof website, there are a number of properties listed in Bellville and surrounding suburbs.