Cape Town Atlantic Coast Side: Africa’s Most Expensive Real Estate
The Atlantic coast suburbs stretch from Green Point at the city gates, through Sea Point, Bantry Bay, Clifton, Camps Bay and onward through Llandudno and Hout Bay to Kommetjie and Scarborough. This coastline includes some of the most expensive real estate in Africa to remote beach towns beloved by surfers.
A once-neglected area of high-rise apartment blocks, restored terraced houses and converted warehouses, Green Point is now one of Cape Town’s most colorful communities. The suburb is on the outskirts of the city and has a vibrant nightlife. Green Point is a popular nightlife destination and boasts a wide variety of cafes, trendy restaurants, nightclubs and shows popular with the gay community. It is within walking distance of the V&A Waterfront.
Sea Point as a city within a city. Sea Point, with its countless restaurants, bars and pubs, bustles 24 hours a day. This is a truly cosmopolitan suburb that never sleeps. From the wide promenade, busy main road, high-rise apartment blocks and hillside villas, Sea Point has it all.
Bantry Bay is located on the coastal road between Sea Point and Clifton, centrally located for easy access to entertainment, world-class shopping centers and restaurants. The houses in this suburb offer spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean and Robben Island. Bantry Bay is the start of the stretch of the Atlantic coast favored by the mega-rich.
Clifton is probably one of the most desirable residential areas in Africa, with multi-million dollar apartments and houses. The view, however, is worth it and the windless beaches that enjoy greater protection from the prevailing south-easterly winds and longer sunshine than the False Bay coastline are popular with locals and visitors alike. The four adjoining beaches where you walk down the stairs between the bungalows to the white sands are breathtakingly beautiful.
Camps Bay and Bakoven sit behind Table Mountain, nestled below Lions Head and the majestic Twelve Apostles, and boasts a magnificent palm-fringed sandy beach. The cosmopolitan beach is vibrant all year round and people enjoy the atmosphere on the terraces of the cafes and restaurants. Not too many years ago this was a small seaside town, today Camps Bay is a playground for the wealthy with property prices to match.
Llandudno is millionaires row along the rocky coastline with a long stretch of undeveloped coastline. The town has a stunningly beautiful beach, much favored by surfers, however real estate in the town is likely to be beyond all but the wealthiest. Some of Cape Town’s most exciting homes have been built in Llandudno with talented architects incorporating massive granite boulders and glass-walled pools overlooking the bay into their designs.
Hout Bay Not far from Llandudno, just over Suikerbosie (sugar bush) Hill, is Hout Bay, one of the fastest growing areas in Cape Town, which has a thriving city center and its own waterfront development, which predates the more well-known V&A Waterfront in the city by several years. Hout Bay offers much for the visitor with boat cruises from the harbour, Bird World and a variety of restaurants to choose from.
Chapman’s Peak Drive from Hout Bay, what must surely be one of the most beautiful scenic drives in the world, meanders along Chapman’s Peak to Noordhoek. There are wonderful picnic spots and viewpoints along the way and the view of the Sentinel, guarding the entrance to Hout Bay, is unforgettable. A miracle of civil engineering even by today’s standards, the road is cut into an almost vertical cliff, it is an unforgettable experience to drive the winding road and watch the waves crash on the rocks below.
Note: Turnpike – passenger car costs R20 per trip.
Beyond the verdant valley of Noordhoek, the villages of Kommetjie and Scarborough are among the most isolated areas close to the Cape Point Nature Reserve. In Kommetjie, Long Beach is recognized among surfers as one of the best surf spots in the world. Outer Kom (200 meters from the lighthouse) with waves of up to five meters and Sunset Reef (about a kilometer from Long Beach) where waves of eight meters have been ridden are not for the faint of heart.
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