Historic Cape Town military fortification gets new life as luxury apartments

A street view of The Marlo.

A luxury residential development is under construction on Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard that will be of particular interest to property investors and history lovers.

The 4-storey boutique development, The Marlo, is situated on the slopes of Signal Hill between High Level Road and Ocean View Drive in Battery Crescent on what is one of the last possible prime building sites on the Atlantic Seaboard.

It features 20 premium apartments ranging in sizes from 33m2 studios to 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom apartments with the largest boasting a 432m2 footprint.

The development is located on what was part of Cape Town’s fortified military defence systems and was originally an English battery and tunnel system designed to house troops.

The Sea Point battery was a large coastal defence emplacement built during the Anglo-Russian war (1889) in response to a need to fortify the colonies. By 1922, the battery was considered redundant and sold off by the Department of Defence.

With new life breathed into this historical relic, The Marlo is a fusion of history and modern living with the contemporary building seamlessly incorporating the historic battery cellar beneath it. The cellar, featuring original brick walls and vaulted ceilings that once housed troop bunkers, is now the Marlo’s Residence Club and features a boardroom, workstations, a wine cellar, and a private gym.

Its rare location, as it stands, clings to the side of Signal Hill, meaning that the building enjoys uninterrupted and spectacular views looking out over Table Bay. Each luxury apartment, which can be purchased furnished or unfurnished, is configured within the building to maximize natural light, the available views and the ocean-facing, open-plan living and dining areas, covered balconies, designer kitchens, and high-end bathrooms.

Paul Upton, Head of Developments for Dogon Group Properties, marketing, and sales agents for The Marlo, explains that “the building is unrivalled in location, enjoying an expansive and elevated ocean facing setting that allows every apartment to have uninterrupted sea views. Added to this, The Marlo’s communal roof top leisure deck and pool boasts some of the best 360-degree views in Cape Town, looking over the ocean towards Robben Island and enjoying stunning mountain views.”

We are extremely excited to be involved in the marketing and sales of the apartments at The Marlo.  There are hardly any spaces left on the Atlantic Seaboard for development – making The Marlo a rare find. Not only does the elevated location of this luxury building set it apart from others, but its design, with innovative communal living spaces, as well as the seamless integration of its historical past make The Marlo a definite one of a kind,” he says.

In recent years, Sea Point has enjoyed a rebirth and revival, with much development taking place in the suburb. Both the refurbishment and upgrading of older buildings, as well as the construction of brand-new luxury residential developments which enjoy the prime location, views, amenities and all else that the area has to offer,” says Alexa Horne MD of Dogon Group Properties.

Homes in Sea Point are proving to be extremely popular as they are ideally located just a stone’s throw from Cape Town’s incredible outdoor attractions such as the V&A Waterfront, Lions Head, Clifton and Camps Bay beaches. You are within easy reach of a vast variety of renowned restaurants, cafés, and shops, as well as well-kept parks, and the popular Sea Point Promenade. Coupled with this, property in Sea Point is still offering great value for money compared to neighbouring suburbs within the desirable Atlantic Seaboard.”

Whatever draws you to invest in a Sea Point property, it’s clear that this suburb on the Atlantic Seaboard is a much sought-after place to live or visit. The unique wind-free microclimate, like the Mediterranean, makes for a sound investment, and the Marlo itself offers an unrivalled location that promises a desirability factor which will translate into investment returns – coupled with a premier lifestyle opportunity,” concludes Horne.

The Marlo is scheduled for completion in June 2022.