Southern Suburbs at a glance
The Southern Suburbs of Cape Town can be found resting at the base of Table Mountain, which creates an impressive setting for this part of the city. Characterised by its leafy streets, lined with a mix of grand family homes, charming cottages and apartment buildings - this area is hugely popular amongst students at the University of Cape Town and several other tertiary institutions which are located here.
Established in 1685, Constantia is one of the oldest settlements in Cape Town and is widely renowned for its wine production. This upmarket suburb lies a mere 15 km from the heart of the Mother City but still remains quiet, surrounded by the hills of the Constantiaberg Mountain and lush greenery. Considered to be one of the most desired residential destinations in South Africa, Constantia’s property landscape is made up of stately homesteads and luxury family homes reached via long oak-lined driveways.
Here residents can make use of the superlative schools in the area, these include the renowned Constantia Primary School, Constantia Pre-Primary School and the Constantia Waldorf School.
Resting on the slopes of Table Mountain in the distinguished Constantia Valley, the suburb of Bishopscourt stands out as a jewel with ancient giant oaks lining its streets. This pristine area is home to a number of foreign embassies, which is no surprise, as many important diplomats and celebrities have made this exclusive setting their home.
Properties in Bishopscourt largely consist of multi-million Rand mansions, all providing residents with security and a high-level of privacy. With its Village Residents Association maintaining harmony and natural splendour of this suburb, Bishopscourt has kept up its reputation as an area of the highest calibre.
Attractions in this suburb range from shopping opportunities to charming eateries, however, the best-kept secret in Bishopscourt is the Boschenheuvel Arboretum and Liesbeek Parkway Green Corridor. A beautiful natural setting where relaxed walks can be enjoyed next to the babbling brook of the Liesbeek River.
At the foot of Table Mountain, you will find the residential area of Newlands. Known for being the wettest suburb in South Africa due to the high-levels of rainfall it experiences - Newlands is also home to one of the first schools in the Country - South Africa College School, as well as Newlands Forest, ever popular amongst outdoor enthusiasts.
Attracting hordes of people due to its cricket and rugby stadium, Newlands has become a bustling area alive with activity. Providing residents and visitors with almost immediate access to the renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and many other attractions, such as delightful restaurants and The Montebello Design Centre - Newlands is a firm favourite amongst established and growing families.
Synonymous with the trendy Cavendish Square shopping complex and home to charming starter properties is the youthful suburb of Claremont. Divided into Claremont Upper and Lower by Main Road - Claremont has long been a popular residential destination for young professionals and students alike. This is due to its proximity to the University of Cape Town, which is located approximately 4 km away in the neighbouring suburb of Rondebosch.
Moreover, residents of Claremont enjoy simple commuting options as this area is a mere 20 minutes from the city centre and provides a host of public transport options, such as the train, various busses and taxis.
Its cosmopolitan area, Claremont Upper, is much desired by prospective property buyers and is characterised by wide pavements and Victorian shop fronts - setting the tone for the large family homes and spacious apartments that line the streets of its quiet neighbourhoods.
Kenilworth, edged by the Constantia Winelands and the spectacular Kirstenbosch Gardens, can be found between the suburbs of Claremont and Wynberg. Divided into Upper and Lower Kenilworth this area is home to large properties with substantial gardens located across the railway line and still provide prospective homebuyers with great value for money and has remained an affordable family hub. From here residents enjoy easy access to the centre of Cape Town, as the city is a short 20 min drive away and the shopping opportunities in Claremont is a stone’s throw to the North.
Kenilworth has many attractions and fun activities on offer, the most popular of which is the Kenilworth Racecourse (the oldest racecourse in South Africa), which hosts the Sun Met Horse Race drawing more than 50 000 visitors to this suburb each year. Another frequented destination in Kenilworth is Access Park, this commercial business development is home to a multitude of factory outlets and many other businesses.
Rondebosch is primarily an upmarket residential area, bordered by Newlands and Claremont. With a small retail and business area, Rondebosch is mostly known for being home to the University of Cape Town’s main campus, which is located against the side of the Table Mountain Nature Reserve. Established in the mid 1600’s Rondebosch has grown to become one of the most sought-after suburbs South of Cape Town.
Rondebosch is nestled between the lower slopes of Devil’s Peak and the M5 freeway, framed by Table Mountain - bestowing a feeling of magnitude and awe on those travelling towards this node. As such its location and proximity to the University plays a factor in its popularity, with an extensive network of arterial routes connecting Rondebosch to surrounding neighbourhoods and places of interest.
Rondebosch enjoys a rich cultural and artistic atmosphere, drawing crowds of creatives to its weekly food and goods markets, Groote Schuur Estate Museum and the Baxter Theatre - where many plays, stand-up comedy and music can be appreciated.
As the demand for property in the Southern Suburbs grows, Dogon Group Properties still has some great homes available in Rondebosch, Kenilworth, Claremont, Newlands and Constantia. This charming part of Cape Town could be your next residential address, so if you are looking for a home in the Southern Suburbs call us today.