After a long absence from the public eye, impressionist landscape artist, James Yates, is looking forward to exhibiting his work once again. Having closed his High Constantia gallery back in 2009, there will be a three day exhibition to be held at the American International School in Soetvlei Road, Constantia. Running from Saturday 25th until Monday 27th April between 10am and 5pm, James and his wife Steph are hoping to re-connect with their many valued clients and invite all art lovers to come along and view his unique style.
Tokai Property Snapshot – First quarter 2015 vs. first quarter 2014:
Statistics show that there were 15 freehold sales last year for a total of R43 595 000 (an average selling price of R2 906 333) compared to 7 this year for a total of R23 100 000 (an average of R3 300 000). So whilst the number of sales is down this year the average selling price is up and again illustrates the state of the market at the moment which is favouring sellers all the way.
This is further backed up by the number of days on market; an average of 41 days in 2014 compared to 23 days in 2015. It’s taking about half the time to sell for a higher average price because of the low stock situation.
Buyers are locals, 50% of whom are cash buyers and the rest are bonded. Another interesting snippet is the differential between asking and selling price. In 2014 it was an average of -6.8% with not much change in 2015 at -6.4%.
With the low stock situation we’ve got an interesting ‘bubble’ of higher asking prices in Tokai at the moment. There are currently 17 homes for sale at an average asking price of R4 237 000. People are shaking their heads in disbelief at how the prices have jumped, but will they sell for those prices?
What is your house worth in today’s market? If you are you thinking of selling there could be no better time to do so. Please contact Tokai specialist, Lisa Rowell on 082 844 0800 for an up to date evaluation on your home.
Source: Propstats; “Sold” freehold properties in Tokai and The Hamlets, excluding Zwaanswyk and Lifestyle Estates for the periods 1 Jan – 1 April 2014 and 2015.
The Zwaanswyk Association of Property Owners would like to extend an invitation to Tokai residents to attend a talk by Gavin Bell of SANparks on the 5th May at 7.30pm at The Range. He will be talking about the closure of the park, rehabilitation plans and possible land-slides that could happen as a result of all the tree clearances.
There will be a cash bar and it is hoped that people can stay after the talk and socialize together.
When Googling perfect places to live in the Southern Suburbs one should do a search on “Tokai”. Results may vary – you could end up exploring the Tokai of nuclear power plant fame in Japan, or even find yourself learning about Tokai Guitars, a top-selling brand also from Japan but of course what you really want is all the information on the leafy, family-orientated suburb of Tokai Cape Town!
Once you start reading you will quickly learn that our Tokai was named after a range of hills in Hungary and that its ancient forests and slightly younger pine plantations hold many stories of historical significance dating back to the days when it was largely an agricultural stretch, sparsely populated with farms and homesteads and watched over by the inscrutable “Elephant’s Eye” peak of the Constantiaberg Mountains.
Today’s Tokai is a relaxed and still-rural suburb attracting and retaining families who have discovered the lifestyle and convenience offered by its location and amenities. Similar to Bergvliet in many respects, but often regarded at the ‘next step up’ the property ladder by many Capetonians, it ticks all the boxes. Topped by the newly modernized Forest Glade House and stretching down to the fabulous new Blue Route Mall, Tokai offers easy access to the M3, Main Road and Steenberg Road. Shops, schools, churches and medical facilities take care of life’s priorities but throw in leisure activities such as biking, hiking, walking and golfing and you have an irresistible mix.
Please RSVP Savannah@worldsport.co.za. You are welcome to bring your Tri-buddies along and share the invite!
Race registration as well as race briefing will take place on Thursday 23 April, Friday 24 April and Saturday 25 April 2015. Full details relating to registration times and race briefings will be confirmed closer to the time. Enter here.
The Revolution Food Fair is a banting-focused market taking place monthly on the first or last Sunday of the month.
On offer, a variety of delicious banting foods and products, as well as local wines and live jazz to keep you entertained. A portion of the funds raised from the event will be donated to the Peninsula School Feeding Association.
Confirmed 2015 Dates: Sunday 29 March 2015.
Entry is free.
Revolution Food Fair – Banting Market:
Where: Winter location: Earth Fair Market, South Palms Centre, 333 Main Road, Tokai
When: Selected Sundays (generally first or last Sunday of the month) 10am – 3:00pm.
Who to contact: Heather at 021 823 0149 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tokai blog and Chas Everitt wish you a Happy St Patrick’s Day. May the homes and houses in all of Tokai be filled the spirit of green this special day!
For more see www.Ireland.co.za – Chas Everitt Cape Town South is proud to be the sponsor of the Irish South African Association website.
The Tokai Forest Market formerly known as the Porter Estate Produce market, is an outdoor market located on the lower edges of Tokai Forest.
After a close call with the recent wildfires, the Tokai Forest Market is back on this Saturday 14 March 2015 from 09:00 – 14:00.
What you’ll find there:
Fresh produce (much of it organic), artisan breads, delectable honeys, free range lamb, vinegars, jams and pickles. Hand-crafted goods and clothes. Sit down and indulge in farm-style breakfasts, smoothies, moer-koffie and there are plenty of activities to keep kids busy.
Michelle on 0725388793 or email email@example.com for more information.
The Earth Fair Market in Tokai is a great place to do your weekly food shop. They have an excellent range of grass fed meat, real free range chicken, eggs, butter, dairy, organic veggies, fish and all kinds of breads.
They also can’t resist having some fun on occasions and St Patrick’s Day offers a great excuse to spice things up. This coming Saturday (14 March 2015) and the following Wednesday (18 March 2015), the market will be celebrating the ever-so-Irish occasion with green beer, green traders and green food. They will also have live music on the Wednesday.
If you’re bringing children, don’t forget there’s a great Little People’s Corner so the kids can have fun too.
Earth Fair St Patrick’s Day – Event Details:
Where: Earth Fair Market, South Palms Centre, 333 Main Road, Tokai (near Builders Warehouse)
When: Saturday 14 March 2015 – 9am-2pm and Wednesday 18 March 2015 – 3pm-8pm
Who to contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The massive fire raging in the southern peninsula mountains is set to burn for at least another two days – perhaps longer.