Areas and Places

Cape Town's "Secret Suburb"

The suburb of Marina da Gama, located in the greater Muizenberg area of Cape Town, may well be one of the city’s best kept residential secrets. Established in the 1970’s on the eastern shores of Zandvlei, the enclosed waterside community consists of over 1300 erven – yet it remains largely undiscovered by many Capetonians, thanks to its location set back from major commuter routes. Pam Golding Properties (PGP) has recently relocated its Muizenberg office into the area, recognising the appeal of its tranquil environment, relaxed outdoor lifestyle and affordable pricing.

PGP’s area manager for the South Peninsula, Sandi Gildenhuys says the homes in Marina da Gama are grouped around a number of waterways which form part of the Greater Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve. “These create an idyllic environment for non-motorised watersports enthusiasts,” she says, “and you can find many residents enjoying an evening kayak, windsurf or stand-up paddle along the canals, or even visiting one another for sundowners by rowing boat. The active local Homeowners’ Association ensures all homes conform to approved architectural design guidelines, and the result is a charming village atmosphere with white-washed homes reminiscent of the Mediterranean.”

Competitive pricing is one of Marina da Gama’s most appealing features, particularly for first-time buyers, retirees and those downscaling after their families have left home. One can still acquire a one-bedroomed apartment here for under R400 000, or a two-bedroomed apartment for under R750 000. A modest starter or cluster home can be purchased for between R850 000 and R1.2 million, with larger family homes fetching between R1.3 million and R2.5 million. A few top-end homes with multiple bedrooms and luxury features can be obtained between R2.5 million and R4 million. Gildenhuys says demand is currently highest in the R1.5 million to R2 million price bracket.

The suburb’s limited number of controlled entrance points contributes to a secure and family-friendly environment, while its proximity to the Capricorn business node make it a favourite with younger professionals working in this area. Another appealing feature is the ease of access to amenities – besides its own shopping centre at East Lake, the suburb is well placed for larger shopping nodes in nearby Lakeside and Muizenberg, which also offer a wealth of recreational facilities including theatres, trendy restaurants and quaint shops. “And of course residents enjoy the close proximity to the mountains of the South Peninsula, as well as to Muizenberg Beach, one of the Cape’s warmest and safest beaches for swimming and surfing,” adds Gildenhuys. “This beach was recently re-awarded international Blue Flag status, confirming its high standards of cleanliness and safety.”

Marina da Gama has a strong community atmosphere, and regular events include the annual Marina Carols, a monthly craft market and an active local Gardening Club.

For more information on properties for sale in Marina da Gama, contact the new PGP office, located in the East Lake Centre, on 021 788 8476, or call PGP agents Peter Lombard (072 713 4800) or Christian Ligier (082 377 0022). PGP’s area manager Sandi Gildenhuys can be reached at

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