Settling in the picturesque CBD of Cape Town or its surrounding suburbs is a dream come true for many potential home-buyers. With good infrastructure, popular attractions such as Table Mountain, shopping malls and a multitude of wine farms, family activities and nature parks, it is an appealing location for all.
“Over and above the influence of price, making the decision on the area in which you would like to live will be one of your most important choices, so be sure to look to your surroundings when you are considering buying a home. Cape Town offers several beautiful suburbs, each with their own unique character. Doing research is key: don’t just trawl the internet, ask your estate agent about what the area you are considering has to offer and which amenities are close by,” says Anne Porter, Chairman at Knight Frank Residential South Africa.
Some of the more popular choices for home-buyers include the Atlantic Seaboard, Hout Bay and the Southern Suburbs.
Porter shares some of the advantages that these areas offer:
“The Atlantic Seaboard has an abundance of activities, trendy bars and restaurants. Its close proximity to many varied attractions including a number of restaurants and bars. The V&A Waterfront, the Promenade and the beach make it a great fit for home-buyers looking to settle down in a vibrant area that is close to the city,” says Porter.
The natural beauty of Hout Bay, its almost secluded charm and “small village feel” will no doubt appeal to those who prefer a homely, familiar atmosphere.
“Some tourist destinations will be a short drive away, such as the World of Birds Wildlife Sanctuary and Monkey Park, the Hout Bay Harbour and Mariner’s Wharf with its variety of shops and popular restaurants serving up Hout Bay’s signature dish of fish and chips. Close to the beach and city, it has a great sense of community and is ideal for families as there are several educational facilities available to choose from,” notes Porter.
“Living in the Southern Suburbs can be especially beneficial to families as well as those who like to experience the city life, but prefer to live just outside the busy hub of activity,” says Porter. “There are many top schools in this area so a lot of families move here when their kids start school, and usually end up staying after the kids graduate!”
Other areas to consider include the garden city suburb of Pinelands, which is a stone’s-throw away from many popular attractions and will no doubt charm families with its welcoming atmosphere.
The lush Constantia area, home to several award-winning wine farms such Groot Constantia, Constantia Glen and Eagle’s Nest, is another great area for those working in the city to consider.
Claremont offers several charming homes and apartments. Cavendish Square shopping mall has longer business hours and is ideal for checking in after work or over the weekend for some retail therapy. Another lovely Claremont attraction is Arderne Gardens, a public park and arboretum with several plant species and grand trees.
Newlands is a bustling creative hub that is sure to appeal to those who love spending time at specialty eateries and galleries. Theatre buffs will not regret considering Rondebosch, as the Baxter Theatre offers a variety of top-notch productions throughout the year. An equally appealing area is the upmarket suburb of Bishopscourt, home to the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
“An important factor to keep in mind when settling in the Southern Suburbs is the daily commute to and from work. If your work base is in the City itself, this will mean a longer travel time each day,” cautions Helen Oosthuizen, Knight Frank Claremont Office Manager.
Porter concludes: “Buying a home is the best investment you will make. Be clear on your core, non-negotiable requirements – such as the number of bedrooms, having a garden for pets, and off-street parking – and keep in mind that the value of a fixer-upper in a good area will only increase with repairs and improvements.”