The idea of this site is to provide you with helpful information on a wide variety of topics relating to real estate in South Africa, with particular emphasis on Durbanville and surrounds. I hope you find my posts helpful! Please see my About Page for more information on Lew Geffen, Sotheby’s Realty and myself.




Lew Geffen Sotheby’s Durbanville (Cape Town North)

Since the founding of the Sotheby’s Auction House in 1744, the Sotheby’s name has earned renown as a marketer of the worlds most valuable and prestigious possessions. This reputation is built as much upon exceptional service to clients as on the notable luxury property such as art, antiques, jewellery and other holdings that pass through Sotheby’s offices worldwide. The Sotheby’s International Realty® organisation began in 1976, in part to serve clients desiring a complete package of estate disposition services, and soon became known for representing extraordinary property auctions and property sales throughout the world.

Although the affiliation to the Sotheby’s International Realty® network began in July 2000, Lew and Sandy Geffen created the base of luxury property excellence when they opened their flagship office, Lew Geffen Estates, in 1982 in Johannesburg. Over the next 20 years the Company became a market leader in Johannesburg, with over 200 agents operating in 12 branches. Lew Geffen was inspired by one of his colleagues to investigate an association with Sotheby’s International Realty® and became an Affiliate. The rest, as they say, is history.

With the input of the legendary Sotheby’s International Realty® brand, the company Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty grew to be represented throughout South Africa. Barak Geffen led the charge to this expansion and Yael Geffen inspired the marketing. Outside of the United States, Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty is the biggest single operation and is proud to be a member of Sotheby’s International Realty® worldwide which has 845 offices and 19,000 sales associates located in 63 countries and territories globally.

The lessons of the past should steer us towards ensuring lasting legacies for generations yet to be born

Each office is independently owned and operated within the Sotheby’s brand guidelines. The Cape Town North office is owned by Henry Madeleyn, with partners Dawie Du Plessis and Lindie Gaigher.

David Adshade

I grew up and attended school in Wynberg, Cape Town. After many years involved in the entertainment and music industry throughout South Africa and abroad, I finally settled in Durbanville in 2006. Twenty-five years in retail sales and marketing management eventually gave way to my long-time interest in the residential property industry, and I wrote the EAAB board exam in 2007. Having formed many professional relationships with an ever-increasing network of colleagues and clients in the area, I have built a successful property practice through the recession and survived!


Certificate in Estate Agency

Fidelity Fund Certificate

Member of the Institute of Estate Agents Western Cape

FETC Real Estate NQF4


My Values & Mission Statement

I pride myself on honesty, integrity and ethics in every facet of my life. I endeavour to apply these principles and provide a skilled, professional service to my clients and strive to develop lasting relationships based on these values.


The effect of the Expropriation Bill

The Expropriation Bill is not the draconian law South African property owners and investors may think, according to Michael Evans, public law partner. This is despite populist rhetoric centred on the need for more aggressive expropriation policies Although seizing land without compensation is a popular mantra by politicians, the simple truth is that there will be …