Brackenfell at a glance
Brackenfell started out as a major road crossing and the township was established in 1913. The town was named after a fern that was very common in the area, the Bracken-fern. Henry George Walton purchased a section of the farm Kruispad in 1901 from Andries Brink and named the purchased section Brackenfell. The Brackenfell Estate Granite Company established their business on a section of this land and in 1904 a railway siding was built to serve the businesses. transport needs. This describes the birth and "toddler" stages of the modern town that followed.
The Northern Suburbs showed exceptional growth during the past years and neighbouring towns are now connecting each other. Kraaifontein at your north east, Kuils River touching the south western border and Durbanville, if you face north west and Bellville lies to the west.
What Brackenfell is like right now
Brackenfell today boasts over 30 suburbs, over an area of 25.27 sq.km. Careful town planning has ensured that Brackenfell has an excellent infrastructure for property and real estate owners.
Brackenfell can be divided into roughly 3 areas - Brackenfell North, Central and South. Brackenfell North includes the neighbourhoods of Vredekloof, Vredekloof East and Vredekloof Heights. Brackenfell Central includes the neighbourhoods of Hoogstede, Eden Park, Bracken Heights, Ferndale, Springbok Park, St Michaels and Morgenster, while the South is made up of Protea Heights, Ruwari, Protea Village, Silver Oaks, De Oude Spruit, Sonkring, Burgundy, Sonkring and Brackenfell South.
Types of Brackenfell Property available
Due to the array of suburbs in Brackenfell, the area offers a range of property which includes affordable apartments in secure complexes for first time buyers, freestanding townhouses for the younger families who enter the property market to large family homes and upmarket luxury houses. Whatever your needs might be, you will find your perfect match.
There has also been an increase in the development of apartment buildings, but this remained central to the CBD. The efficient public transport system made this a popular investment for commuters. Houses and flats to rent in Brackenfell are also popular amongst students looking for homes with easy access to the Stellenbosch campus, just 17 km away. The student market drives the demand for rentals and the strength of this rental market makes Brackenfell an attractive option for the buy-to-let investor.
Apartments range from R540 000 to 3-bedroom family homes, at prices ranging from R1.1 to R1.5 million, to luxury homes in the R2 million to R6 million price brackets.
Brackenfell was originally established around a major road intersection and this function can still be recognized today. Major roads running through Brackenfell are the N1 highway, R300, Old Paarl Road and the Bottelary Road. All the different entrance routes, and ease of access to freeways to all of Cape Town’s lifestyle attractions, contribute to Brackenfell being a popular residential hub in the Northern Suburbs.
The Pick and Pay Hypermarket opened in Brackenfell in 1976. At the time, the Hypermarket was viewed as an ultra-modern decentralised shopping centre which was one of the major commercial injections in the development of Brackenfell on, by then, the outskirts of Cape Town’s Northern Suburbs.
Today Brackenfell houses various shopping centres. Brackenfell boasts the popular Cape Gate development including the Cape Gate Regional Shopping Centre just off the N1 highway and the Fairbridge Mall is also popular amongst the suburb’s residents. Brackenfell is a km drive from the Tyger Valley Mall and the Willowbridge open air shopping centre in Durbanville and km along the N1 to Century City, the largest mall in Cape Town.
There are a variety of first-class healthcare service providers in the area, including private hospitals such as the Cape Gate Medi-Clinic and the Kuils River Netcare, as well as a state hospital (Tygerberg Hospital) in Parow – linked to the University of Stellenbosch’s Medical School..
There is absolutely no lack of quality education in the area. Buying a house in Brackenfell will offer you access to schools including Bastion Primary School, Brackenfell Primary School, Curro Private School, Brackenfell High School and Paarl School. There are also several high schools in Bellville: DF Malan High, Bellville High and HTS Bellville (High Technical School) and a number of primary schools. Busses are also shuttling on a daily basis from the area to top Stellenbosch schools such as Paul Roos Gymnasium, Hoer Meisieskool Bloemhof and Rhenish Girls High.
Stellenbosch University (17 km), University of the Western Cape (10.6 km) and University of Cape Town (30.2 km) are all within driving distance.
All major sport disciplines all well catered for in Brackenfell – including an indoor sports arena for action-netball, -cricket and -soccer. Golf lovers can take their pick from Kuils River Golf Club (7 km), Durbanville Golf Club (5.7 km), Devonvale Golf and Wine Estate (19.4 km) and a little further afield, Stellenbosch (32.1 km), De Zalze (32.4 km), Strand (43.1 km) an Erinvale (42.7 km) Golf Clubs.
The multi-purpose Bellville Velodrome is km from Brackenfell - allowing easy access to its sporting and music events.
Brackenfell is known to be moderately warmer than the Cape Town suburbs closer to the sea or even the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town. It yet still enjoys milder seasons than the surrounding Boland Winelands areas. Summers are warm and dry while winters are wet and cool.
Buying a house for sale in Brackenfell means you will be close to all the amenities you need.
Cape Town beaches are within easy reach – Blouberg (34 km), Strand (39 km), Muizenberg (45 km) and Clifton (35.3 km).
Cape Town CBD is 35 km from Brackenfell and Cape Town International Airport is km away. It is close enough to commute into city centre (by car or train) – yet far enough to maintain a sense of community. The surrounding mountain ranges also add to the area an almost “countryside feeling” which definitely softens in Brackenfell the pressures normally associated with suburban living.
Brackenfell is also within a short drive to most of the top wine estates of the Cape Winelands – with some of them literally just around the corner, e.g. Paarl (Fairview – 29.4 km), Stellenbosch (Spier 21.7 km and Simonsig 19.2 km), Durbanville (Durbanville Hills - 6.8 km), Kuils River (Zevenwacht 12.2 km) and Somerset West (Vergelegen 42.1 km).
The Bracken Nature Reserve, situated in the Ruwari suburban area, offers a perfect picnic venue, whilst the close-by Koopmanskloof Private Nature Reserve is perfect for a day of hiking and exploring.
The demographical character of Brackenfell, according to the 2011 census, is: population 44 842 at a density of 1 800/sq.km. The racial makeup is Black Africa (9.8%), Coloured (9%), Indian/Asian 0.8%, White 79%. First language users : Afrikaans (71,1%), English (20.8%), Xhosa (3.4%) and Other (4.7%) – source Wikipedia.