This sprawling Victorian home, in a prime spot, is on sale for R4.2 million – but it has some damage

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Burnt homestead for sale (Property24)
Burnt homestead for sale (Property24)

  • A burnt Victorian Homestead is on sale, but will set you back R4.2 million. 
  • The three bedroom and one bath fixer upper was burnt in July 2018 and only has a few structures intact, including the front verandah.   
  • Situated in a secluded and elevated valley in Upper Rondebosch close to UCT Middle Campus, the corner dwelling boasts a view of the mountains.
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An original Victorian Homestead, severely damaged by fire, is on sale for R4.2 million in the Western Cape near the University of Cape Town (UCT).

The homestead was built around 1902 and is situated in a secluded and elevated valley in Upper Rondebosch close to UCT Middle Campus and the Baxter Theatre, with the M3 nearby.

Front veranda (Property24)
Front veranda (Property24)
corner homestead
Corner homestead (Property24)

The three bedroom and one bath corner site boasts a view of the mountain and forested park on UCT Middle Campus.

In July 2018, a fire engulfed the property and left the house severely damaged, leaving some structures of the building intact, including the front verandah. According to an estate agent, the fire was caused by an electrical fault in a heater. 

Burnt interior (Property24)
Burnt interior (Property24)

"Even though the fire brigade got there soon after, it was a tremendous amount of damage. Nobody, or animals, were harmed," said estate agent Robin Midgely from Pam Golding. 

After the fire, the property was sold for R3.75 million and is now being sold again.

Passage (Property24)
Interior (Property24)
Interior (Property24)


"Steeped in history, this home was once part of the old Rustenburg farm, a portion of which was consolidated into Cecil John Rhodes' Groote Schuur Estate.

"Rhodes established the Japonica Walk immediately to the north of this site," according to the Pam Golding listing.

The seller is said to have put in a huge amount of work on fixing the floors, and doing structural work n the walls and the roof. An electrical connection is due to be installed at the Stanley Road boundary.

Bathroom (Property24)
Bathroom (Property24)

Various plan approvals are in place. This includes Council and Heritage plan approval for a single story house and Heritage approval for a double story dwelling.

"All approvals and architect's plans will be provided to the new fortunate owner of this very special site," said the listing.

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