Property in Cape Town
Central Cape Town: Atlantic Seaboard Cape Town City Bowl
Having been shaped over hundreds of years by many different cultural influences and architectural trends, Cape Town is a highly cosmopolitan, aesthetically pleasing city that offers residents and investors a huge variety of property types, from student bachelor flats and trendy inner-city loft apartments to the ultra-luxury homes of jetsetting millionaires along the Atlantic Seaboard.
Laid out in the area between Table Mountain and Table Bay, the Cape Town City Bowl includes includes the inner suburbs of Higgovale, Gardens, Vredehoek, Oranjezicht and Tamboerskloof, which are well supplied with good schools and shopping centres and because of their proximity to the CBD, attract many young professionals as well as families. Property types here include spacious older apartments, cute Victorian cottages and rambling colonial homes.
Even more trendy are Woodstock, Observatory and Zonnebloem, which are home to many students and artists and boast many bohemian cafes, nightspots and retail outlets but have also been the focus of much new apartment development in recent years.
However, the property jewel of Cape Town – and indeed SA – remains the , including the scenic beachside suburbs of Bakoven, Bantry Bay, Camps Bay, Clifton and Llandudno, as well as Hout Bay Green Point, Mouille Point and Sea Point. These areas, which enjoy some of the best sea and mountain views in the world, house the most expensive real estate in SA, and have in recent years attracted increasing numbers of overseas property buyers who are prepared to pay many millions of rands to own a home here even if they only use it for a few months of the year.
Further south towards Cape Point are the suburbs of Noordhoek and Kommetjie whilst on the other side of the peninsula in False Bay, affordable properties in Lakeside, Muizenberg and Fish Hoek are attracting renewed interest.
Some of the oldest and most sought-after residential property in Cape Town is to be found on the southern slopes of Table Mountain in the area collectively known as the Southern Suburbs, which encompasses Pinelands, Plumstead, Rondebosch, Newlands, Claremont, Kenilworth, Wynberg and Constantia.
Many of these nodes are aesthetically appealing and offer a pleasing blend of old and new homes, most of which are celebrated for being protected from the high winds for which Cape Town is renowned.
Student-friendly properties abound in Rosebank and Rondebosch, cottage-style semis are commonplace in Mowbray, Claremont and Wynberg while stately mansions in large grounds dominate in Constantia, Newlands and Bishopscourt. There are upmarket shopping centres in Claremont, Wynberg and Rondebosch and the area boasts a myriad of other attractions such as the University of Cape Town in Rondebosch, the Kirstenbosch Gardens, the Newlands rugby and cricket grounds, the Groot Constantia wine estate, a host of fine restaurants and some excellent golf courses.
Cape Town Property in the Northern Suburbs
Predominantly Afrikaans-speaking, the northern suburbs of Cape Town are to be found in the Tygerberg area straddling the N1 freeway and include Goodwood, Parow, Plattekloof, Welgemoed, Bellville, Durbanville, Kuilsriver and Brackenfell.
A spate of residential and commercial property development has occurred in these suburbs in recent years, giving rise to several upmarket lifestyle estates, stylish new office parks and the enormous Tygervalley and Willowbridge shopping centres.
Upmarket Durbanville, which has its own wine route, is arguably the fastest-growing area in the northern suburbs. An attractive, tree-lined node, it is characterised by well-maintained, generously proportioned houses, upmarket restaurants, pubs, guesthouses and schools.
Popular Bellville has a very central location and offers easy access to Cape Town’s CBD and well as several beaches and the winelands. Properties here include apartments and free-standing houses, townhouses in security complexes and cluster developments.
Cape Town’s attractive Western Seaboard stretches from Rugby in the south to Melbosstrand in the north and offers buyers a broad spectrum of properties to suit every pocket.
Plenty of open space, good schools, well priced property and easy access to the seafront and Cape Town CBD all appeal as do spectacular beaches such as those at Big Bay and Sunset Beach and the annual windsurfing and kite surfing championships which are hosted here. Many residents also enjoy fine views of Table Mountain and Robben Island.
The Blaauwberg / Blouberg area, which includes Table View and Parklands as well as Bloubergstrand, is known as SA’s fastest-growing residential node, with massive property development in recent years having delivered a very wide range of houses, flats, townhouses, cluster villages and security complexes. And there is no shortage of convenient shopping facilities or entertainment venues as these suburbs have been carefully pre-planned to make all the facilities residents might need easily accessible.
Meanwhile the Century City development near Milnerton has gown into a fully functioning city-within-a-city, where residents can work, shop and play without leaving their own precinct. Embracing the principles of new urbanism, Century City contains the huge Canal Walk shopping centre as well as several award-winning residential property developments offering home ownership options from luxury free-standing houses on the water to trendy, high-rise, lock up and go apartments, and even a retirement resort.