Forest Glade – Sold by Fiona Eadie

Both sold by us!
R3 750 000 and R3 850 000

A pleasure to present two adjacent exceptional three bedroom, north-facing, double storey townhouses situated in a prime position in the magical sought after FOREST GLADE complex in Tokai offering homeowners a unique lifestyle.

Option to purchase adjoining three bedroomed townhouse for dual living.

Currently, both townhouses are used by the same owner as one dwelling.

Each unit has a single garage and access to visitor’s parking bays throughout the complex.

Forest Glade is a gated complex with majestic mountain views, wine farms and golf courses surrounding the estate. With many horse riding, hiking and mountain biking trails on its doorstep and the closest beach only 10 minutes away, Forest Glade is ideal for nature lovers and those seeking tranquillity away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The Prinseskasteel River (currently being rehabilitated) runs through the estate creating a beautiful sanctuary for birds and wildlife. The field has a playground for children and is home to a variety of largely indigenous trees and shrubs.

There are 103 semi-detached double-storey homes clustered into 5 Hamlets. Forest Glade is a pet-friendly complex with the permission from the Home Owners Association and neighbours.

Video of unit 1
Video of unit 2

Each unit has a single garage and access to visitor’s parking bays throughout the complex.  Alarm system including outside beams and CCTV surveillance, linked to ADT. Regular patrols by ADT. Complex linked to Tokai Neighbourhood Watch.

Great quality schools, restaurants, shopping, medical centres and many other convenient facilities are all easily accessible.

Call Fiona Eadie now to view by appointment 083 270 3353

View more:  R3 750 000
View more: R3 850 000

Ghosts of Tokai Manor

Although grazing rights on the lands around the Tokai Manor House were originally held by Simon van der Stel, the estate was sold in 1792 to Johan Andreas Rauch, chief of the armoury and head caretaker of the Groote Schuur Estate.

The following owner, Andreas Teubes, was responsible for the construction of a manor house which French master architect, Louis Michel Thibault, is credited to have designed.

The very high front stoep (verandah), with its massive round pillars, was created by dramatically curving the twin flights of stairs. The residence was completed in 1796 and was described as the most outstanding homestead in the Cape Peninsula.

The cost of building this splendid house ruined Teubes and he was forced into bankruptcy in 1799. In the early 1800s the residence was owned by Petrus Michiel Eksteen. He was a party-loving spendthrift who hosted the finest banquets. His parties were well-known and his cellars always well-stocked. (He was eventually declared insolvent in 1849.)

During one of Eksteen’s New Year’s Eve parties, his son Frederick accepted a wager from his father to ride his horse up the staircase and into the dining room.

The guests watched expectantly as he mounted the steep steps of the Manor House on horseback. The horseman circled the dining room table, hooves clattering, spurred on by cheers and laughter from the revellers.

Tragedy followed. The dinner guests rose to watch horse and mount depart. While descending the exception­ally steep steps, the horse tripped and both horse and rider fell. The game young man broke his neck in the fall and lay dead alongside his horse at the bottom of the staircase.

It is said that the spectral horse and rider still canter through the forest and sometimes, especially on New Year’s Eve, they still try to repeat their foolhardy act.

Over the years there have been several reports about the pair frequenting the area around the Manor House. Without a logical explanation, sometimes exuberant laughter and neighing of horses can be heard from inside the Manor House at night. In the dark early hours of the morning forestry workers have heard a horse at full gallop along the road. The rider reportedly wears clothes from a bygone era heads straight towards the old house and mounts the steps!

Tokai Hamlets – Property Snapshot

Tokai Hamlets – Property Snapshot

Screen Shot 2016-04-18 at 10.17.56It’s been a busy property market this first quarter in The Hamlets!! As you can see there were only 2 sales for the comparative period in 2015 vs 6 this year.

A whopping R14,065,000 difference.

Another noticeable difference is the Asking vs Sale price – buyers were only able to negotiate an average of -2.5% off asking prices. Does that mean they are good negotiators or were properties correctly priced in the first place?

Pricing your property correctly is fundamental to the success of selling your home quickly and with least fuss and stress.

Do you know what your home is worth in today’s interesting market? Are you happy with your new Municipal Valuation? If your answer to either of these questions is “No”, then please contact me for a quick, efficient and confidential no-strings-attached valuation and indeed any other advice you may need.

I’m just ‘down the road’, opposite the BP on Tokai Road!

Lisa Rowell, Tokai Area Specialist for Chas Everitt. 082 844 0800, 021 712 5029,,

Manouche Live at Earth Fair Market


Bring the family for an evening of fresh produce shopping, great food, craft beer and organic wines and enjoy funky Gypsy Jazz tunes from the incredible Manouche. This promises to be a great evening out!

To find out more, and stay up to date with event details, visit the Facebook event page.

When: Wednesday 17 February 2016. Market open: 3-8.30pm. Manouche live: 6pm-8pm.
Where: 333 Main Road, Tokai (where Builders Warehouse is)
Who to contact: Jacqui – Earth Fair Market, Tokai is open every Wednesday from 3 – 8:30pm and every Saturday from 9 – 2pm.  Visit for more info.

New Tokai Partnership

Bruce Haywood and Lisa Rowell have joined forces!

Combining their specialist knowledge and a wealth of experience to bring both a fresh energy and their service driven benefits to Tokai where they are both residents.

Working from the prominent Chas Everitt Office on Tokai Road right opposite the Blue Route Mall, they are ideally positioned to attract walk in buyers.  And with their fingers firmly on the pulse of community happenings via the many social media blogs they both co-sponsor, not to mention state of the property market intelligence, they justifiably claim specialist knowledge of the area and what’s happening with house sales.

Alongside the blogs, they also sponsor the Community Directory which is a Google search optimized directory of small businesses, owned and operated by residents of the Southern Suburbs.  Give them a call for details for this FREE service.

Available ’24/7′ please do not hesitate to give Bruce and Lisa a call for any property related issue.

Lisa & Bruce

Lisa Rowell
082 844 0800
Bruce Haywood
082 555 6810

Park Reopened after Fire Rehab

SilvermingThe Silvermine West section of the Table Mountain National Park has been reopened.

Closed since fires destroyed large areas of the Peninsula in March last year, this section of the park has been rebuilt.

Following the March fires, most of the Silvermine and Tokai section have been closed off to visitors for all activities in order for the sections ranger team to get to work on rehabilitation projects. This included footpath work, rebuilding of damaged structures, closure of illegal paths, law enforcement and monitoring of the affected areas.

Table Mountain National Park reopened Silvermine East in September while work at Silvermine West continued.

Work in this section included the rebuilding of all the boardwalks and walkways around the Silvermine Dam, down the popular River Walk as well as the viewing deck at Blackburn Ravine.

Original Source: Peoples Post

Interest Rate Increase

Attention Tokai homeowners and house hunters! Last week’s news about the interest rate hike came as a bit of a surprise to a majority of the experts and commentators.  Herewith the implications in a nutshell:

  • Prime has gone from 9.5% to 9.75%.
  • Existing homeowners with bonds:  an increase of about R17 a month per R100 000 of their bond value – or R131 on a bond of R800 000 (the average bond value in SA according to BetterLife Home Loans).
  • Prospective first-time buyers:  household income requirement for the average first-time loan will rise by some R350 a month now to around R19 420.
  • Banks’ lending criteria:  will tighten further on net surplus income to ensure leeway for debt repayment in the face of increasing costs of food, medical and utility costs, and the installments on cars, credit cards and other debts.
  • Affect on the real estate market:  buying activity may start to slow down somewhat now, especially among first-time buyers who are the most credit dependent.

What should you do?  Save for a bigger cash deposit which will assist loan qualification and also help to reduce home loan installments.

Get pre-qualified!  Look at your finances in the cold light of day so you know what you can afford before you fall in love with a new home.

Wiggle Waggle Walkathon

12112428_10153016432730807_6333721806585841031_nIt’s time for you, your family and your furry best friend to get active at the Wiggle Waggle Walkathon!

Date: 15 November 2015
Venue: Cape Academy of Mathematics, Firgrove Way Constantia
Time: 07:00

Join the Cape of Good Hope SPCA for their 22nd annual dog walkathon. It is a fantastic day out for the entire family with spot prizes, giveaways, food stalls, pet orientated product stalls and amazing entertainment.

R45 per person/R40 per dog
(R50 per person/R45 per dog if you enter on the day)
Children in prams – no charge

Please arrive early (registration opens 07h00) and be sure to bring a copy of your email receipt as proof of payment.

Register at or on Webtickets:

Tokai Property Snapshot

Tokai Property Snapshot – 3rd Quarter 2014 vs 2015:

There is not a huge difference in property statistics but interesting nonetheless.  There were 11 sales for a total of R37,340,000 in 2014 and 13 sales for a total of R48,305,000 in 2015.  So the extra two sales brought in nearly R11 million more, quite a high average, but not reflecting reality.  The average sale price for 2014 was R3,183,636 – buyers having negotiated an average of -5.65% off the asking price, whilst in 2015 it is R3,499,615, dropping an average of -5.32% off asking prices.

Average days on market also fairly similar at 14 days last year and 18 this year. A recent article on Property24 states: “The slowing economy is starting to bite into the residential property market with sales and transfers dropping 7.1% in the third quarter of 2015 compared to the previous quarter.”  Obviously the writer is analysing stats for the whole of South Africa so it is understandable that the microcosm of Tokai would not look the same.

However it has to be said that in spite of this apparent decline, all things property are still looking pretty rosy in our neck of the woods.

Are you interested to know what your house is worth in today’s market?  Call Lisa Rowell on
082 844 0800 for a hassle-free, no strings, confidential evaluation and find out.

Tokai Property Snapshot – 3rd Quarter  2014 vs 2015
Detail 2014 2015
Total number of sales 11 13
Total value of sales 37,340,000 48,305,000
Average selling price 3,183,636 3,499,615
Average difference in ssking price -5.65% -5.32%
Average days on the market 14 18
(Source: Propstats, Tokai only – excl Lifestyle Estates and Zwaanswyk)

15 of the Very Best Braai Side Dishes

The Tokai blog and Chas Everitt wish all our Tokai residents a very happy Heritage Day.

Heritage Day

We have rounded up 15 of our favourite braai side dishes for you this Heritage Day! Enjoy!

1. Creamiest potato au gratin

2. Grilled sweetcorn

3. Creamy mushroom potato bake

4. Buttery, cheesy garlic bread

5. Creamy potato bake with caramelised onion

6. Butternut and onion gratin

7. Mielie bake

8. Biltong, feta and mushroom pap tert

9. Cauliflower with bacon and onion sauce

10. Baked bacon and spinach stuffed blooming onions

11. Bacon-wrapped mushroom

12. Potato salad with a twist

13. Creamy bacon potato salad

14. Braaied potato halves

15. Caramelised onion, potato and feta bake

Lekker braai” * Sourced from Food24