Cape Town at a glance
Cape Town, The Cape of Good Hope, Kaapstad or The Mother City - despite what you choose to call it, Cape Town is without a doubt one of the most spectacular destinations in the whole of Africa. Made up of a mishmash of unique suburbs and neighbourhoods, all with their own heritage, culture and atmosphere - this city is alive with electric activity. Founded in 1652, Cape Town is the oldest urbanised area in the country and as such has been described as a first-world city - with the duality of established infrastructure and natural beauty contributing to this. Located on the shore of Table Bay and affixed to the tip of Africa, it is no wonder that so many local and international visitors decide to make the Mother City their home.
Resting in the curve of Table Mountain are the suburbs that make up Cape Town’s City Bowl. Often referred to as the heart of the Mother City, this collection of neighbourhoods has gained the title City Bowl due to the amphitheatre shape of the area. With the mountain on one side and the South Atlantic Ocean on the other – this region has enjoyed much activity due to the vibrant culture, endless entertainment, and business opportunities and the unique real estate that can be found here.
CBD (Central Business District)
The CBD is the heartbeat of Cape Town. As the biggest business district in this region and the financial centre of the Western Cape – it is no wonder that this area has many people scrambling to take up residence in its stylish apartments, lofts or townhouses.
• Iziko Museum & Planetarium
• Greenmarket Square
• Long Street
Devils Peak Estate
On the slopes of Devil’s Peak, above the city centre, nestled between Zonnebloem and Vredehoek is the suburb of Devil’s Peak Estate. With the Philip Kgosana Dr (M3) running adjacent to its border, this neighbourhood provides residents with superb views of Table Bay. Finding a property in this suburb is very rare, as Devil’s Peak Estate is not zoned for townhouses, apartments or sectional title units and residents heavily guard this area against any new developments. Spanning a mere 0.46 square kilometres, this suburb is in close proximity to its neighbours and the world-class amenities of Cape Town.
Devils Peak Estate Attractions
• Devils Peak
Developed around the site of the first Dutch East India Company garden, Gardens or The Gardens is an artsy, affluent area just south of the city centre. Positioned directly below Lion’s Head, Gardens’ residents are largely made up of young professionals who enjoy the work, live, play lifestyle that Gardens offers. Many upmarket restaurants, shops and amenities are located here, and there are many interesting attractions and activities to enjoy. Visit the Labia theatre, walk up Lion’s Head or go on a historical tour of Cape Town’s cultural heritage.
• City Bowl Market on Hope
• Company's Garden
• St Mary’s Cathedral
Located on the southern side of Camps Bay Drive and neighboured by Oranjezicht, is the small, yet wealthy suburb and community of Higgovale. Boasting some of the most stunning views of Table Mountain, Higgovale is truly a wonderful place to call home. This suburb is characterised by little roads, leading up steep slopes with lavish homes, nestled between lush greenery and trees. Moments away from Kloof Street, the abundant amenities of the city is just a short distance away, and with the beauty of its natural environment residents enjoy the best of both worlds.
• Higgovale Quarry (Rock Climbing)
• India Venster hike up Table Mountain
• Platteklip Gorge Hike
Stylish, artsy and trendy are three words that describe this little suburb situated in the foothills of Table Mountain. Starting from Kloof Street and only separated from its neighbour Vredehoek by Buitenkant Street, Oranjezicht boasts large, lavish homes with panoramic views of the city below. Apartments located in Oranjezicht are popular accommodation options for Cape Peninsula University of Technology students as the campus is a mere 3km away.
• De Waal Park
• Homestead Park
• Oranjezicht City Farm
• Stadsfontein Vault
Schotsche Kloof en Bo-Kaap
Schotsche Kloof, located at the foot of Signal Hill, together with one of the most photographed places in Cape Town, Bo-Kaap, is known as the Malay Quarter. Neighboured by Tamboerskloof, these suburbs are saturated in a rich history and a vibrant culture.
Resting on the outskirts of Cape Town’s city centre, Bo-Kaap is known for the colourful homes that line its cobbled streets. Wonderful old buildings painted in hues of pink, purple yellow, green and turquoise – mirror the area’s heritage. Dating back to 1750, many of these homes have been declared national monuments – contributing to the exceptional atmosphere of this locale.
Schotsche Kloof en Bo-Kaap Attractions
• Cape Quarter
• Heritage Square
• Rust en Vreugd
Resting between Gardens and a national park - Tamboerskloof is one of the oldest residential suburbs in the Western Province. Reminiscing of a time gone past, Tamboerskloof is filled with big Victorian-style homes which add to the beauty of this neighbourhood. Embraced by Table Mountain, Tamboerskloof is perfectly positioned, to allow residents to easily explore the rest of Cape Town and make use of the wonderful services that the city provides. With the ever popular Kloof Street a stone throw away, Tamboerskloof also offers easy access to the city’s ‘restaurant mile’ where there is much to experience.
• Cape Town's Ubuntu Tree
• The South African Jewish Museum
Seated on the lower slopes of Devil’s Peak, Vredehoek is characterised by the peace and quiet enjoyed here, with its name literally meaning peace corner. Seeing an influx of a younger buyer demographic, Vredehoek is located close to Cape Town city centre and prove a convenient residential destination for Capetonians working in the business centre. Trendy apartments and charming homes can be found in this vibrant and established suburb.
Recently Vredehoek experienced a property boom, as many older buildings were being restored – adding to an overall revival of the neighbourhood. With one of the best views around, it is clear to see why Vredehoek is now such a sought-after suburb.
• De Tuynhuys
• Molteno Reservoir
Incorporating part of the famous District Six Zonnebloem is entrenched in a rich history. During Apartheid, sadly many of the original schools, mosques, churches and homes were destroyed – now depriving Zonnebloem of its distinct characteristics. Now this suburb, located in proximity to Longstreet and Kloof Street, is home to the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and the property sector consists predominantly of police housing.
• The Old Granary
• Cape Town City Hall
City Bowl Amenities
• St Cyprian School
• Jan van Riebeeck High School
• Jan van Riebeeck Primary School
• Good Hope Seminary School
• German International School Cape Town
• MichaelisSchool of Fine Art
• Orms Cape Town School of Photography
• Trafalgar Secondary School
• International Hotel School
• Gardens Commercial High School
• St Martini Kindergarten
• St Mary’s Primary School
• Cape Town High School
• UCT English Language Centre
• Friends of Design Academy
• The Booth Memorial Hospital
• MediClinic Cape Town
• Gardens Shopping Centre
• Wembley Square
• Gardens Shopping Centre
• 98 on Long
• 210 on Long
• Golden Acre Shopping Centre
Cape Town’s City Bowl is an exciting destination filled with a vibrant nightlife, abundant business opportunities and magnificent suburbs. Together the CBD, Devils Peak Estate, Gardens, Higgovale, Oranjezicht, Schotsche Kloof, Bo-Kaap, Tamboerskloof, Vredehoek and Zonnebloem properties are very sought-after by those wanting to experience the City Bowl lifestyle. To find your City Bowl address, contact Knight Frank today.
Known as the Riviera of Cape Town, the lovely region known as the Atlantic Seaboard spans from the V&A to the northern shore of Table Mountain; including all the unique suburbs and towns that are found within its borders. These include the likes of De Waterkant, Mouille Point, Green Point, Three Anchor Bay, Sea Point and the ever popular Camps Bay and Llandudno. Often described as picturesque and scenic this idyllic part of the Western Cape boasts properties with views of both the mountain and ocean.
As a sub-district of Green Point, this neighbourhood is close to the central business district found on Somerset Road and is bordered by the historical area of Bo-Kaap. Due to its locale, the property market in this area has drawn many young professionals as it is a mere 2km from the Centre of Cape Town – making it the ideal destination for commuters.
This trendy suburb is also home to many chic eateries, an exciting nightlife and many other choice activities - all within walking distance from the many stunning apartments that line its streets. Alive with activity at night, De Waterkant is predominantly a business area during the day, making it the perfect work, live play destination.
De Waterkant Attractions
• Batstone Pool
• The Chocolate Studio
• La Petite Tarte
Located to the west of the V&A, Mouille Point is one of the most affluent suburbs of Cape Town. Situated where the coastline hugs the suburb, you will find high-end apartment buildings and spectacular views of the ocean. Although small, this suburb is home a popular and well-maintained promenade visited by thousands of Capetonians daily.
Taking its name from the French word, “Mouille” meaning “anchoring ground” - it was established in the 18th century and has thrived ever since. Most famous for its lighthouse, known as the Green Point Lighthouse, this residential node is made up of an eclectic mix of boutiques, eateries and delis which make Mouille Point a great place to live and visit.
Mouille Point Attractions
• Galileo Open Air Cinema Waterfront
• Green Point Lighthouse
• Mouille Point Beach
Forming part of the Atlantic Seaboard’s business district, Green Point is also a very popular residential destination for a younger market of homeowner often working in the area. Real estate in Green Point consists predominantly of modern mid-rise apartment blocks and restored Victorian-style homes, with balconies and trellises. This vibrant suburb is also very close to the city centre, Long Street, Company Gardens and the fantastic amenities and activities that can be found here. From this location, the popular Cape Town beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton are easily reachable.
Green Point Attractions
• Green Point Market
• Atlantic Seaboard Beaches
• Green Point Stadium
• Signal Hill
Three Anchor Bay
Seamlessly integrating into its neighbouring suburbs, it is easy to understand why the gem known as Three Anchor Bay is often mistaken as forming part of another suburb. With a name stemming back from the 17th century, this suburb can be found exactly at the point where Green Point and Sea Point meet.
The beautiful Three Anchor Bay lays claim to Signal Hill, a place where many go to picnic and watch sunsets every day, as this suburb is located in front of this natural landmark towards the sea. Many outdoor and ocean enthusiasts also enjoy this area as they paddle out from its shores, travelling along the coast towards Clifton.
Three Anchor Bay Attractions
• Signal Hill
• Table Mountain
• Three Anchor Bay Beach
Arguably one of Cape Town’s most sought-after and affluent suburbs, Sea Point can be found between the vantage point Signal Hill and the Atlantic Ocean. 5km to the west of Cape Town’s business district – Sea Point is the ideal location for those working in the city while seeking accommodation amidst the beauty of nature and the comforts of city living.
As the only sea-side suburb of Cape Town, apartments in high-rise blocks provide residents exceptional views and have proved to be a popular first-time home investment choice. Divided by a Main Road alone, Sea Point has many interesting shops and entertainment options available – making this area’s famous promenade abuzz with activity day and night.
Sea Point Attractions
• Cape Medical Museum
• Outdoor Ice Rink
• Sea Point Promenade/Pool/ Pavilion
Situated on the slopes of Lion’s Head, with Bantry Bay bordering to the north-west, Fresnaye has gained a well-deserved reputation for being a highly desired residential destination. Fashionable, ideally located with sweeping vistas of the Atlantic – Fresnaye enjoys a prime location, protected by the mountain from the harsh south-easterly. Gaining a name, that inspires visions of a Parisian countryside, you can see Robben Island from many of the lavish and established homes to be found here.
• Lion's Head
• Robben Island
• Table Mountain
Located next to Fresnaye is the coveted suburb of Bantry Bay. Making the top ten list as one of the most affluent, exclusive and expensive suburbs in the whole of South Africa - it was named after a botanical medical garden that was planted here during World War I. Backed by Lion’s Head, Bantry Bay is known as one of the few areas in Cape Town that experiences very little wind, due to the secluded nature of its geography. As one of the most elite bays of the Atlantic Seaboard, residents can enjoy easy access to surrounding suburbs and a short drive from the Mother City, which rests a short distance, 7km away.
Bantry Bay Attractions
• Charles Darwin’s Rocks
• Milk & Honey Spa
• Saunders Rock Beach
This exclusive residential hub is home to some of the most affluent residents and expensive properties in the country. Properties, nestled between lush greenery on cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the Blue Flag beach below have consistently fetched record prices as Clifton has become a residential aspiration for many Capetonians and other South Africans alike. With the beaches of Clifton boasting white sand and tempered waters, it is also a popular tourist hotspots, particularly during the festive season.
• Clifton Beaches
• Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area
Established in 1713, Camps Bay draws thousands of people to its namesake beach yearly, due to the natural rock swimming pool, fine white sand and the beautiful view of the Twelve Apostles Mountains that is observed here. Moving up from the beach, one will find numerous posh restaurants and shops playing to this suburb’s sidewalk culture. Cool and vibrant, Camps Bay is the preferred location for those who enjoy a relaxed seaside, yet entertaining lifestyle – reflected in the price of properties in Camps Bay, fetching many millions.
Camps Bay Attractions
• Suikerbossie Pass
• Platteklip Gorge
• Camps Bay Beach
Llandudno is situated on the Atlantic Seaboard of Cape Town, South Africa. Featuring some of the most expensive residential property in South Africa, Llandudno is a highly sought after area with local and foreign buyers. The area is purely residential with no commercial activity and boasts one of the finest beaches in South Africa.
Llandudno Beach is surrounded by large granite boulders and boasts stunning views of the mountains. It is a popular surfing spot and a regular for locals enjoying the incredible scenery and open beach. Furthermore, Llandudno is also an access point for Sandy Bay, an isolated beach which remains popular with nudists.
- Suikerbossie Pass
- Sandy Bay and Beach
- Llandudno Beach
Often referred to as Camps Bay’s little sister, this charming little village has remained a peaceful haven – away from the visitor hustle and bustle of its neighbours. The tranquillity of this destination makes it a popular choice among affluent homebuyers looking for the benefits of Camps Bay and Clifton living, with additional privacy. Strictly protected, Bakoven’s beach is a where locals go to enjoy the natural beauty or have sundowners on the weekend. Only a 10-minute drive away from the city – one can understand why Bakoven is a popular residential choice.
• Suikerbossie Pass
• The Rotunda
• Beta Beach
Atlantic Seaboard Amenities
• Prestwich Street Primary School
• Waterfront Theatre School
• Vega School Cape Town
• Ellerton Primary School
• Reddam House
• UCT Graduate School of Business
• Nutwood Forest Pre-Primary
• Sea Point Primary School
• Sea Point High School
• Herzlia Weizmann Primary School
• Trafalgar School
• French School Cape Town
• Camps Bay Primary School
• Camps Bay Preparatory School
• Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital
• New Somerset Hospital
• Cape Quarter Lifestyle Village
• Golden Acre Shopping Centre
• V&A Waterfront
• Alfred Mall
• The Point Mall
If you are seeking fantastic property types in one of the ever-popular Atlantic Seaboard’s suburbs, Knight Frank has many accommodation types in De Waterkant, Mouille Point, Green Point, Three Anchor Bay, Sea Point and Camps Bay. Contact us today to find your dream home in one of these prime locations.
Regarded as the Venice beach of Africa, False Bay allows you to truly enjoy the scenic coastal beauty of the Western Cape, offering a vibrant, sun-kissed and breezy seaside lifestyle, immersing its residents and visitors with sweeping vistas of white sandy beaches, crashing waves and lush valleys. Located in… it is the largest true bay in South Africa and one of the greatest bays of the world. The suburb is rich in history and is a great watersport haven offering a delightful mix of seaside activities such as bathing, swimming, surfing, kayaking and kiteboarding. The villages practically flow into one another and the close-knit community focus on preserving and conserving the sought-after place. False Bay is also one of the top Blue Flag coastal areas and comprises four Blue Flag beaches.
False Bay maintains its value as a popular choice of investment in the Western Cape’s property market, primarily due to the attractive coastal lifestyle and affordability, two of the factors attributed to the suburb’s exceptional performance. FNB’s Property Barometer ranked False Bay at third place, being outrun by the Atlantic Seaboard / City Bowl and Southern Suburbs for growth in value. You can still purchase prime property close the ocean for under two-million rand. Amenities are very closely situated, offering short walks to the beach, shops and even schools. There has been a growing trend of luxury buying from discerning consumers who recognise the value in what this lifestyle has to offer. The bustling rental market of False Bay is driven by the increasing demand for residential and holiday rentals, offering an excellent prospect for buy-to-let investors.
Clovelly has an appealing country quality about it despite being in the heart of Cape Town’s suburbs. It lies between Fish Hoek and Kalk Bay, and is accessed by a railway crossing. This upmarket neighbourhood lies on the mountain slope above the popular Clovelly Beach, boasting breathtaking views of the scenic seaside suburb and lush valleys beneath. Clovelly offers a scenic coastal drive to nearby areas such as Scarborough and Kommetjie. Clovelly Beach is a popular hub for locals to enjoy a cardio workout as the sun rises or an evening stroll as it sets. The water temperature is much warmer compared to Cape Town’s west beaches thanks to the Indian Ocean. The beach gained a bit of international media attention in 2011 when a British man lost his leg from a shark attack. It’s best to adhere to shark warnings to avoid incidents like this in future. Dolphins and whales can also be spotted in these waters. The Clovelly Golf Course is also a popular attraction.
Fish Hoek Beach is one of the loveliest and safest beaches on the False Bay coast and has become increasingly popular amongst families. It spans quite a large area, offering plenty of space to enjoy the surroundings. The warm currents of the Indian Ocean make the water more inviting for swimming, snorkelling and other activities – the Fish Hoek beach is an ideal choice if you’re just starting to surf or wish to gain confidence in other watersport activities. Whales and their offspring can also be spotted close to the shore in season. The picturesque village of Simon’s Town is close by, and one of the few land-based colonies of African penguins are found at Boulders Beach a little further away.
Glencairn is a mountainous village with spectacular sea views, also a wetland conservation area comprising hiking trails, more than 2000 species of indigenous plants, birds, buck, mongooses and clawless otters that inhabit the area. It’s hard to believe that this is situated a mere 2 kilometres away from a bustling shopping centre. Glencairn lies between Fish Hoek and Simon’s Town in the bend of the road where the M4 meets the M6. Its homes are set right against the mountain overlooking False Bay and are close to local shops and restaurants. It’s also close to Simon’s Town, and Boulders Beach is just ten minutes away. Glencairn’s railway station has a subway that leads to its beach.
Kalk Bay is a fishing village with a diverse culture that boasts both a vibrant day and nightlife with its many attractions. Lying between the mountains and sea, and situated about 25 minutes away from Cape Town, this bohemian town maintains its old-worldly charm. The homes of this suburb are built on the mountain with sought after scenic views of the harbour and False Bay. Timely renovations have revitalised the personality of this historical village and many holiday homeowners have invested in property here. Kalk Bay is home to one of the last remaining working harbours in South Africa where you are able to meet the returning boats for the catch of the day. The area was originally inhabited by shipwrecked seamen and deserters, Kalkbaai (lime bay in Afrikaans) has its name is derived from early settlers who burned mussel shells to make lime for construction.
Kommetjie is a small village with a beautiful blend of majestic mountains, lush nature and refreshing seaside qualities. The pristine village has retained a lot of its rural appeal and residents regard themselves as living away from the hustle and bustle of the Cape Town city life, and are more than willing to drive 35 kilometres in and out of the city in exchange for the lifestyle. Its nested between Slangkop Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean.
Lakeside is a sought after residential suburb situated between the suburbs of West Lake and Muizenberg. It boasts splendid vistas of the lakes, sea and distant mountains. The magnificent Boulders and Muizenberg beaches are only a short drive away. They offer great opportunities for watersports, marine life spotting and other seaside activities.
Marina Da Gama
Marina Da Gama is a self-sufficient enclosed residential suburb that was built in the 1970’s. It’s much like a Greek village, crafted on the waters’ eastern banks of the Zandvlei Lake. The wildlife and floral kingdom give the suburb and surrounding areas a quaint countryside feel, and Cape Town’s city centre is just a 25-minute drive away. Marina Da Gama is also close to Kalk Bay and other popular beaches of False Bay.
This eclectic seaside suburb is set in the heart of Cape Town’s southern suburbs and boasts an eclectic mix of rich history, diverse culture, magnificent architecture and scenic views. The coastal walk from Muizenberg to Kalk Bay includes the historical mile that exhibits historic buildings including the South African Police Museum. A line of steep rugged cliffs above Muizenberg offer great opportunities for rock-climbing, they are however off limits at times when protected bird species are nesting.
Simon’s Town is a historic naval village that is undoubtedly one of the most quaint and delightful towns in Cape Town. It’s situated 40km outside of the bustling city with many beautiful homes, convenience stores, gourmet restaurants and cosy coffee shops. Its rich history stems from being home to the South African navy, where the historical mile, St George’s Street, has 21 buildings that were built over 150 years ago and includes the navy, local and toy museums. Other sought-after suburbs of Cape Town’s False Bay include St. James and Noordhoek.
Knight Frank’s team of area specialists are dedicated to helping you find the ideal home to suit your needs and expose you to all the coastal advantages in this beautiful area. Get in touch with us today.
The Victoria and Alfred (V&A) Waterfront, is a mixed-use development that is located on the shores of Table Bay between Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain and Robben Island. It is the most visited tourist destination on the continent with 24 million visitors per year and up to 180,000 every day during peak season. Its residential development is a gorgeous serene retreat crafted on the water’s edge of Marina, boasting exquisite views of tranquillity in a picturesque setting.
The waterfront complex which comprises a mixture of lavish upmarket stores, fun attractions, heritage sights, markets, tourism landmarks, and child-friendly facilities is admired by locals and tourists for its unique trait of being hosted in what happens to be the oldest working harbour in the Southern hemisphere. This commercial harbour is set in the midst of a massive and thriving entertainment venue, a truly spectacular destination bustling with excitement and teeming with an incredible variety of attractions and activities, leaving both local and international visitors spoilt for choice, having something for everyone – you can discover the experience of living, working, shopping and playing at the V&A Waterfront which includes exciting shopping and entertainment venues, world-class hotels, luxury residential units and corporate office accommodation that all boast magnificent sea and mountain views.
The V&A Waterfront is more frequently thought of as a shopping destination, covering 123 hectares, its split up into five shopping districts: Victoria Wharf; Alfred Mall and Pierhead; The Watershed; The Clock Tower; and Breakwater Point. With over 450 stores, all that shopping would most likely work up an appetite. Visitors are able to enjoy a fine dining experience at gourmet restaurants overlooking the harbour, or relax at one of the waterside pubs and enjoy the local entertainment. There is also a variety of coffee shops and fast food outlets which are more family-oriented.
The development of the V&A Waterfront all began in 1652 when the Dutch East India Company commissioned a young man by the name of Jan Van Riebeek to establish a refreshment station at the Cape of Good Hope. He built a small jetty for merchant ships voyaging from Europe to Eastern Africa, India and the Far East on their quest for exotic goods. Ships that had been at sea for months would be able to get fresh water and food, as well as offload the sick to be treated and carry out any repairs deemed necessary. This refreshment station was the foundation of the V&A Waterfront and the beginning of the City of Cape Town, the second largest city after Johannesburg, honoured as the Mother City and capital for parliament.
The Alfred and Victoria Basins
In 1858, violent winter storms left over 30 vessels wrecked and Lloyd’s of London consequently refused to cover ships wintering in Table Bay. Two years later (1860), The Royal Navy’s 16-year-old midshipman, His Royal Highness Prince Alfred (Queen Victoria’s second son), inaugurated the V&A waterfronts construction by tipping the first load of stone to begin the creation of the breakwater for Cape Town’s first harbour. Due to the discovery of gold and diamonds in South Africa, the first section of the harbour had to be expanded, resulting in the construction of the Victoria Basin. These two harbour basins were constructed between 1860 and 1920.
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (“V&AW”) was established in 1988 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Transnet Ltd. The company began redeveloping the historic docklands as a mixed-use precinct around the Victoria and Alfred Basins with focus on retail, tourism, and residential development, along with the continual functioning of the harbour. The area is famous for its outstanding heritage buildings that retain the charm of Victorian industrial architecture.
Since its origins in 1960, the trade routes to the east had transformed Cape Town into a hive of seafront activity and the port has been the scene of excavations, reclamations, harbour construction programmes and land-based developments. Over the past 14 decades, the harbour had gone through numerous changes which still continue presently with the redevelopment of land and buildings that surround the original Victoria and Alfred basins. The V&A Waterfront Project has been nearly 30 years of urban planning and development proposals.
Experience the History
The waterfront offers a guided tour that allows visitors to step back into the bygone era of sailors, mariners, and courageous voyagers. The maritime museum focuses on the history of shipping from historic to present times. Boat trips around the harbour and along the coast is a popular attraction and enriching experience.
The Cape Wheel is literally an all-round viewing experience of the Mother City that allows visitors to see many of Cape Town’s enthralling and extensive attractions from the V&A Waterfront. It affords great photographic opportunities set against breathtaking backdrops. The giant Ferris wheel, similar to the UK’s gigantic London Eye, has become an iconic part of the Waterfront, and the prime point from which you can see Table Mountain, Robben Island, Paarl Mountains, Signal Hill, the Bo-Kaap, and the working harbour from new heights. The Cape Wheel provides spectacular 360-degree views from their 30 fully enclosed, air-conditioned and panoramic cabins, two of which are wheelchair friendly. These cabins boost you 40 metres above the ground in four revolutions which lasts roughly 12 to 14 minutes.
Two Oceans Aquarium
The Two Oceans Aquarium is one of the Waterfront’s biggest attractions, especially for kids. The name of this underwater nature reserve is inspired by the meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic oceans. It showcases the diversity of marine life found in both these oceans in many exhibits which include the I&J Ocean Exhibit, the Predator Exhibit, and the Penguin Exhibit to name a few. The I&J Ocean Exhibit holds 1.6 million litres of seawater at a regulated temperature. It’s the first exhibit of its kind in the country to boast a full ten-metre long tunnel, and this particular exhibit allows for scuba diving.
Other attractions include:
- Chavonne’s Battery Museum
- South African Maritime Museum
- Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa
- The Scratch Patch
- Harbour Seal Cruise
- Helicopter Tours
Living at the V&A Waterfront
There are many hotels, self-catering units and residential units that allow for leisure living. Buying property at the V&A Waterfront ensures investment in an exceptional lifestyle within a secure and comfortable environment. The
Working at V&A Waterfront
The V&A Waterfront is also home to many sustainable commercial developments. A lot of these buildings have been developed with an approach to green construction, sustainable design principles, as well as the efficient use of natural and energy resources.
In a period of 1 year, Cape Town and South Africa’s global rankings as a choice business event destination has been bumped up significantly, and Cape Town remains the most successful city for business events in the country. The V&A Waterfront is a beautiful setting to host business conventions. Event planners can find appropriate locations and choose from over 40 conference and event rooms that can contain small and large capacities. Catering services and multimedia assistance are also available to ensure an enjoyable seminar.
The V&A Waterfront is an exciting atmosphere for work and play. Knight Frank’s team of specialised real estate agents can help you find the ideal space to suit your commercial or residential needs in this bustling precinct. Get in touch today.
Positioned at the base of Table Mountain National Park, you will find a group of suburbs making up Southern Suburbs of Cape Town. Consisting predominantly of residential properties ranging from older Dutch-style homes to charming cottages and modern abodes – the Southern Suburbs has proved to be a popular destination for homebuyers.
Located in the beautiful Constantia Valley is the leafy suburb of Bishopscourt. Large oak trees line quiet streets where established family homes can be found. Bishopscourt is also the location of several foreign embassies and many celebrities have also taken up residence in this exquisite destination. Homes in Bishopscourt easily fetch multimillion Rand prices and boasts views of the valley and False Bay. It is also a mere 15-minute drive from the City Centre.
• Constantia Valley Wine Estates
• Steenberg Golf Club
Synonymous with the popular Cavendish Square, Claremont is a bustling town, popular among students and filled with unique stores and starter homes. Cape Town is only a short 20-minute drive away when following the M3 and is also accessible via the Metrorail. Claremont is divided into Upper and Lower Claremont and as the name suggests, the Upper Claremont is home to pricier properties and boasts a cosmopolitan feel.
• Arderne Gardens
• Liesbeek River
Harfield Village’s name is often used to describe properties in the boundaries of Claremont and Kenilworth – which have been grouped together due to the village-like environment that exists where they are located. Here one finds shady avenues dotted with Edwardian and Victorian cottages all in proximity to the Harfield Train Station – providing residents with a short commute to Cape Town. Adding to its distinct village-feel, Harfield hosts a yearly carnival along one of its quaint avenues.
Harfield Village Attractions
• Thai World
• Chart Farm
Bordered by the serene winelands of Constantia and the frequented Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is the residential suburb of Kenilworth. This leafy suburb was established in the 19th century and has since become a well-established and sought-after area in Cape Town. Homes in Kenilworth consist of large family abodes with lush gardens and are still reasonably priced. Neighboured by Wynberg and Claremont, Kenilworth is connected to Cape Town and Simon’s Town by railway and can be accessed by the M5.
• Kenilworth Racecourse
• Stellenberg Gardens
Positioned on the slopes of Devil’s Peak, above Pinelands, is the southern Cape Town suburb of Mowbray. Located at the junction of several major roadways – this node is conveniently located and easily reached from surrounding neighbourhoods via the N2 to the north and the M3 to the west. Separated into two parts by the Liesbeek River, residences in Mowbray consist of railway cottages, modern apartments and spacious homes.
• Mostert's Mill
• South African Astronomical Observatory
Described as an upmarket residential area, Newlands is probably best known for Newlands Cricket Ground and Newlands Stadium. Seated at the foot of Table Mountain, the Liesbeek River runs through this suburb and was the original water source in the area. Newlands is also the location of several prestigious schools, including the oldest school in the country - South African College School Primary.
• Groote Schuur Zoo
• Littlewort Trail
Dubbed the “garden city”, Pinelands is located on the outer edge of the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town is characterised by the large thatched roof homes with established gardens, sheltered by deep-rooted trees -Pinelands residents enjoy a peaceful and wholesome existence. Pinelands is primarily inhabited by an older demographic with many prime retirement villages and accommodation options available. Due to the safety of this suburb, an increase of younger homebuyers and tenants are also steadily moving closer to the convenient amenities in the area.
• Cecilia Forest
• Oude Molen Eco Village
Besides being a residential suburb, Rondebosch also has a small business district, medium shopping district and is home to the University of Cape Town’s main campus. Rondebosch was established alongside the first experimental crops that were grown next to the Liesbeek River and in 1657 the first assembly of Dutch East India Company employees settled along the river banks in the area now known as Rondebosch. Today, properties in the suburb are occupied by students and apartment blocks are used for educational accommodation. Situated between the M5 highway and Devil’s Peak – Rondebosch’s main commercial area is located at the intersection of Main and Belmont Road, while the centre of Cape Town is easily accessible and lies a mere 9km away.
• Baxter Theatre
• Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Peppered with beautifully restored Victorian homes and modern apartment blocks, the suburb of Rosebank provides residents with quick and convenient access to the University of Cape Town and the City Centre. This suburb is a popular choice among students, with its competitively priced rentals and proximity to campus allows for a comfortable commute to and from classes.
• Starke Ayres
• Kings Blockhouse to Kirstenbosch
Located a short 10km drive from the City, the southern suburb of Thornton runs adjacent to Pinelands and is a stone’s throw away from the Grand West Casino. With many of the streets in this suburb named after a Viking theme, Thornton has a quirky character and atmosphere. Forming part of the border between the Northern and Southern Suburbs, you will find an abundance of affordable family homes located along tree-lined streets.
• Grand West Casino
Located between Kenilworth and Plumstead, Wynberg was originally farmland that was developed by British settlers in 1795 into a garrison town, with more and more people putting down roots in this area over the centuries. Today Wynberg is one of the main transport hubs for the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town and is easily accessed from the M3 freeway.
• Theatre in the Park
• Chelsea Village
Southern Suburbs Amenities
• The Hill Pre-Primary School
• International School of Cape Town
• Western Province Primary School
• Claremont Primary School
• Livingstone Primary School
• The Grove Primary School
• Herschel Secondary School
• Michael Oak Waldorf School
• Cedar House Preparatory School
• Wynberg Boys School
• Hillcrest Primary School
• Peakview Pre-Primary School
• Rhodes High School
• Damelin Mowbray
• University Pre-Primary
• Hebrew Academy School
• University of Cape Town
• Wynberg Military Hospital
• Life Claremont Hospital
• Life Kingsbury Hospital
• Mowbray Maternity Hospital
• The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital
• Cavendish Square
• Howard Centre
• Access Park
• First Stop Mall
Properties in the Southern Suburbs are varied and the demand in the area is fuelled by buyers looking for prime residences close to the City Centre and modern amenities. If you are interested in settling in one of these fantastic suburbs, Knight Frank has many suitable apartments, townhouses, family homes and other property types available in Wynberg, Thornton, Rosebank, Rondebosch, Pinelands, Newlands, Mowbray, Kenilworth, Harfield Village, Claremont and Bishopscourt. Contact us today for more information.
Constantia is one of the most affluent and prestigious suburbs in South Africa, situated roughly 15 kilometres south of Cape Town’s centre. The suburb is a major tourist attraction outside of the central city area. Constantia is renowned for their wine as the old township is a wine producing area, one of the oldest in the Southern Hemisphere, which is home to at least ten wine estates. Eight of these estates are included in an official wine route which offers tourists and local day-trippers the opportunity to participate in wine tastings at these notable farms. Other activities include numerous walking and hiking trails that allow a picturesque experience of the outdoors that promote a fresh take on healthy living. Constantia lies on one of the greenest and leafiest parts of Cape Town where you can find a number of green belts for outdoor enjoyment.
Constantiaberg comprises an array of good primary and secondary schools such as; Bergvliet High School, Bergvliet Primary School, Constantia Pre-School, Constantia Primary School, Constantia Waldorf School, Constantiaberg Pre-School, Herzlia Constantia Primary School, Meadows Montessori Pre-School and Norman Henshilwood High School.
Although there are wonderful healthcare facilities that are easily accessible in Cape Town’s city centre, Constantiaberg has a few great medical facilities offering excellent healthcare such as; Victoria Hospital, Melomed Hospital and Mediclinic Constantiaberg.
In recent years, Cape Town’s suburb of Constantia has been making intriguing headlines in South Africa’s property news with the demand for residential real estate at an all-time high. There is much value and a variety of accommodation to be found in this robust area, and Constantia homes are selling for higher asking prices within quicker periods, outrunning predictions and becoming top performing, solid and growing investments. The majority of stable homeowners are between the ages of 50 and 64, whilst recent buyers investing in Constantia property are predominantly between the ages of 36 and 49. Most of Constantia’s property values have been well sustained since the recession and the number of sales and prices are rising above former levels. Homeowners and ratepayers have assumed watchdog roles in the community to ensure that Constantia has kept its rural vineyard and country house atmosphere regardless of the continual developments and increase in gated estates that are in demand. This consequently means that Constantia will continue to remain appealing to discerning buyers, not only in South Africa but also to prospects from around the world.
Bergvliet, meaning “Mountain Streamlet” in Afrikaans, is a quaint suburb in Constantia which is bordered by Retreat, Meadowridge, Tokai, and Heathfield. Bergvliet was previously a large farm that was initially part of the original Constantia Farm. The original farm was transformed into a residential suburb for South African servicemen returning from World War II. The Bergvliet farm, as it is known today, is a beautiful countryside setting that attracts residents who want to enjoy the scenery when going for a run or walking their dogs. It houses a small natural pond that has also become a sanctuary for tiny birds. The neighbourhood is a friendly and tight-knit community that runs a very active neighbourhood watch that has grown to include surrounding neighbourhoods over the years. The ratepayers association is equally active and fight to protect and develop the area.
This suburb is named after the river that runs through it and is flanked by Plumstead to the north and Heatherfield to the south. Generally speaking, the small suburb is not well known, but has particularly quaint and picturesque pockets with beautiful landscapes and homes, whereas other homes that are situated closer to the main roads give a false impression of Diep River’s countryside scenery. The Reitvlei Reserve is found in the lower regions of the suburb, with a recreational area on one side and a sanctuary on the other. Diep River is one of the areas hyped by estate agents to soon “take off”, as property in this area is still reasonably priced.
Kristenhof is a residential suburb that is centrally situated to a number of shopping centres, restaurants and tourist-friendly facilities. Kristenhof has peaceful and relaxed suburban feel that is similar to Tokai, a neighbouring suburb. It’s approximately 20 minutes away from Cape Town’s City Bowl and a little over half an hour from the Cape Town International Airport. Also close by is the Blue Route Mall that houses around 120 stores, buzzing with entertainment and offering a great variety of shopping opportunities.
This beautiful leafy green and tree-lined upmarket suburb contains an array of recreational spaces and breathtaking vistas of the Constantiaberg Mountains. It’s bordered by Constantia, Plumstead, Diep River and Bergvliet, and has developed a distinctive personality of its own despite its many borrowed elements from surrounding suburbs. The general lifestyle of residents in the area is calm and very easy going. The tightknit community collaborates together in creating exclusive Meadowridge customs, particularly during the December holidays on Edison Road (named after America’s greatest inventor, Thomas Edison). A group of homeowners have tasked themselves with a festive tradition of decorating their homes with outdoor Christmas lights. There is excellent access to Cape Town Central via the M3 which is a major arterial route.
This residential suburb is fairly large and situated just south of Wynberg. Plumstead has good access to both the M3 and the M5, and is close to Constantia, Kristenbosch and Maynardville; the beaches of False Bay are also not difficult to reach from Plumstead. The market comprises mainly pensioners and younger creative types who are carrying out a trend of transforming the older houses that were built in the 40’s and 50’s into modern renditions. It’s a very quaint and close-knit village where residents casually stop at their neighbours’ front gates to engage in some friendly chatter whilst walking their dogs or going for a run.
Tokai is named after the Tokai forest of which it borders and is situated in the foothills of the Constantiaberg (a massive mountain in the shape of a whaleback in the Table Mountain range). It is bordered by the suburbs of Steenberg and Kirstenhof to the south, Bergvliet to the east, Constantia to the north, as well as the SAFCOL pine tree plantations against the mountain to the west. The atmosphere is very warm and welcoming and is a very sought after area. Although it is similar to the suburb of Bergvliet in many respects, Capetonians regard it as the next step up the property ladder. The residential properties are fairly large and set in beautifully tree-lined avenues, making it a very comfortable and sought after area. The Tokai forest used to be filled with oak trees but is now a pine tree plantation extending to the slopes of the mountain, providing adventurous routes for mountain bikers.
The villages of Constantia are perfect for those who enjoy the outdoors and appreciate the value of close-knit communities. Knight Frank’s skilled area specialists will pinpoint the right home that suits your needs and preferences in this sought-after suburb. Contact us for your residential property needs.