Durbanville is a typical residential suburb located in the Western Cape. In the 19th century it was known as Pampoenkraal.
Pampoenkraal had ample fresh water and travellers used to stop of there on their journey for water.
Lord Charles Somerset was the governor of the cape colony back then. The resident farmers of Pampoenkraal wanted a church and requested his permission to build a church. The Dutch Reformed Church was commended in 1825, and was completed and inaugurated a year later on 6 August 1826.
Ten years later the farmers petitioned the governor Sir Benjamin d'Urban to rename Pampoenkraal to D'Urban in his honour. By that time Durban, the Kwazulu-Natal town had already existed. The name D'Urban held for 50 years and in 1886 the new name Durbanville was adopted.
Durbanville is today a self-sustaining thriving community. There is a well-respected wine farm on the Durbanville hills producing first class wines. There are many new suburbs which have been developed around Durbanville. Growth is the one factor which will drive property prices, and Durbanville and its suburbs have become a sought after area.
Property design in Durbanville is similar to other residential suburbs across South Africa, catering for all fashion tastes. This results in property prices being equal to the rest.
It may be advisable to consider Durbanville as a holiday residential area as it is centrally located and access to the highways is convenient. Visits to the Stellenbosch wine farms are conveniently close, and it is also in close proximity to Strand and Muizenberg, Simon's Town and malls.
Durbanville has all the right private and public schools, private and public hospitals and social requirements of a large city.
Bergsig, Eversdal and Tygervalley are suburbs which are certainly worth considering since they are more upmarket and established. Returns on investment are stable and rental income on a par with industry norms.
Cape Town has a large clothing manufacturing industry which is nice if you wish to purchase clothing directly from manufacturers at very low prices. Claremont is one such suburb which caters for the clothing manufacturing industry and is close to Durbanville.
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