A bit of background …
Stonehaven Estate today sits on the original Brakkloof farm, dating from 1900. The farm stretched across the south side of the Fish Hoek valley, east of the Roodeberg Mountains. The approach road to Stonehaven Estate, Glencairn Expressway, cuts across the original farm.
The farm was granted to a Mr van de Poll (born in 1867) who at the time had lived nearby at Silvermine farm. Once his Brakkloof farmhouse was ready, he and his family moved to their new home. That very farmhouse still stands today as part of the Stonehaven Estate development, with a few extensions which were added in the early 2000s.
Brakkloof farm was a substantial farm, but Van de Poll paid comparatively low land tax, as part of the land consisted of wind-blown sand dunes. Van de Poll proceeded to grow vegetables and run a dairy herd on his new land. In addition, he was in charge of the night soil carts, and the upkeep of the gravel road between Sunnydale and Imhoff’s Gift farm. It was Van de Poll who planted the blue gum trees along what is now Kommetjie Road.
Bricks and clay …
Van de Poll went on to found the Brakkloof Brick & Clay Co. The farm had areas of clay deposit, along with kaolin. These products were used by the crockery manufacturer, Continental China, established in 1949, and still in existence today. In 1957, the Serina Kaolin Mine began mining operations. The land on which they worked is now the land on which Evergreen and Stonehaven Estate are nestled.The kaolin deposits were all mined out by 2001, and the owner, Van der Spuy (also the owner of Cape Point Vineyards) had the land rezoned for residential use.
And a bit of foreground …
Eco housing estate
After much back-and-forth, by 2004, the Cape Town City council approved the Stonehaven Estate as an Eco housing estate, including a vineyard, olive groves, public open spaces, wetland areas and stormwater retention dams. Now, Stonehaven Estate, where all the streets are named after types of wine, comprises 128 homes, and is a well-established community brimming with indigenous flora and fauna.
To add to the cohesive lifestyle feel of the estate, there is a community library, as well as a five kilometre walking or running path to take time out and appreciate the beautiful surroundings, and, in the olive grove, an amphitheatre.
In the area
Stonehaven, perched on the side of the mountain, is very close to both the Atlantic and Indian ocean sides of our peninsula. There are so many beaches to choose from within a few minutes’ drive, for dips, walks, sunset picnics …
We are also within minutes’ drive from two shopping malls, and many smaller shops and tourist hubs, charming coffee spots, and a wide selection of restaurants in the area. This is truly a lifestyle estate.