Despite the big guys bragging about their exclusive ability to achieve record prices, we’ve been doing some rather spectacular sales – consistently over the past decade and a half. Bear in mind that at the time some of these properties were sold, people couldn’t believe that such a price could be achieved. R950 000 in Lynfrae? You can’t be serious. Impossible….
Of course now, more than a century and a half later, you can’t even buy a very small plot for that in Lynfrae Claremont.
( So, the records below were all records up to the point in time that the sale happened. )
- 2016 – Most expensive house sold in Upper Claremont below Newlands Rd – Tudor House @R20m.
- 2015 – Most expensive apartment ever sold in the Upper Claremont/Kenilworth area – 708 Intaba @t R6.4m.
- 2014 – Most expensive house ever sold in Lakeside – 8 Lynx Rd @ R5.95m.
- 2011 – Most expensive development house ever sold in Claremont – Being No 1 Adare place @ R22m.
- 2010 – Most expensive house ever sold in Upper Claremont – 15 Irene Rd @ R8.7m.
- 2005 – Most expensive house ever sold in Rondebosch at the time – being 26 Garton Rd @ R3.995m.
- 2002 – Most expensive house ever sold in Lynfrae at the time – being 14 St George’s Rd @ R950 000. ( This was whilst working for a large national property group.)
We’re also hoping to pull off by far one of the biggest sales ever in the Newlands/Kenilworth/Claremont upper areas in 2017 – watch this space – negotiations are currently underway.
It all goes to show that if you have an agent who is passionate about your property, with the right marketing tools, brand and strong negotiating skills, you can achieve a record price. You don’t have to go to ‘you know who’ who will do it for you if you’re lucky, and who will charge you a lot more – because after all, they’re doing YOU the favor. In my books, when you entrust your home to Vineyard Estates, not only are you giving us valuable business, but we want to overperform to thank you for the vote of confidence.
What I do want to clarify though is the following. Whilst I am happy to achieve a record price for my seller, I must believe that the price reflects fair value – even if that is premium value. I am not, and never will be prepared to sell somebody a property at a price that is well above it’s true value, unless that person knows they are paying premium and don’t mind doing so because they simply must have it.
PS – the above records are to the best of my knowledge accurate – and at the time each and every record was checked against Deeds Office data. If you pick up an error on any of the above records, please let me know immediately.