Propstats figures reveal that the average selling price for free-standing homes in Constantia Upper has risen by 18 percent over the past 12 months when compared to the preceding twelve months. “While homes in Constantia Upper have historically been sought after, a shortage of stock has assisted in creating a seller’s market, however, a massive and concerted crime-lowering initiative has increased demand for real estate in the area,” says Mike Greeff, CEO of Greeff Properties, an exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate.
Chairman of Constantia Crime Watch, Mike Voortman reveals that the 2014 average monthly incidence for trio crimes (crimes in which victims are personally threatened) is down by 90% when compared to average monthly figures recorded in 2013, while the average monthly incidence of property related crimes (non contact incidents) has dropped by 60%.
“Professional management by the private sector utilising the combined resources of local community volunteer patrollers, the Constantia Valley Information Centre, a camera network and a Special Response Team (SRT), in close collaboration with Wynberg and Diep River SAPS and Metro Police, ADT and Chubb, are believed to be responsible for the drop in crime,” says Voortman, adding that weekly meetings and regular emails keep the local community and the security teams updated re incidents and crime trends. “CCTV cameras, and thermal imaging equipment which makes night vision possible are employed extensively by the crime prevention initiatives, and these provide essential evidence which has lead to numerous arrests.”
He reports that crime watches throughout the Constantia Valley have now joined forces under the umbrella of the Constantia Valley Watches Association (CVWA). Participants include: BKM, Constantia, Constantia Hills, Golf Links, Nova Constantia, Plumstead and Southfield. “The association aims to improve measures that deter crime through shared intelligence, resources and collective effort,” says Voortman, adding that the constant presence of patrolling resident community volunteers plus the vital financial support from the private residents and local businesses is invaluable. “We are truly spreading a powerful and effective net to deter crime in the Constantia Valley and ensure that it remains a haven for residents – the results are heartening.”
“Walking, horse-riding and cycling on the greenbelt and on the leafy streets are integral to the Constantia lifestyle, and the ability to engage in these activities safely is vital to the wellbeing of the community and to maintaining the value of the suburb’s real estate,” says Mike Greeff.
Recent sales by Greeff in Constantia Upper include two four-bedroom homes, which sold for R8 million and R5.8 million respectively, and a five-bedroom home which sold for R13 million.
Contact the CONSTANTIA VALLEY CONTROL ROOM on 086 000 2669 (24 hours)