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Bishopscourt has long been one of Cape Town’s most prestigious suburbs boasting some of Cape Town’s finest and most exclusive real estate. Nestled high up against the mountain ranges of Kirstenbosch Gardens and Newlands Forest, many homes in the area enjoy spectacular views over Cape Town. It enjoys the magnificent backdrop of Table Mountain and is sheltered from the south easterly wind in summer. This leafy tree lined suburb comprises approximately 300 substantial family residences on large plots with lush lawns and manicured gardens. It is close to some of Cape Town’s finest schools, UCT and the Claremont medical hub. Cavendish Square shopping mall and the international rugby and cricket grounds are in nearby Newlands. Golf courses are also in close proximity. There is easy access to the motorway and the drive to the Cape Town city centre and the Waterfront is approximately 15 minutes. Hiking trails on the mountain are on its doorstep and the famous beaches of False Bay are but a short drive away. Bishopscourt has been home to many famous residents, including Jan van Riebeeck, Nelson Mandela and the Archbishops of Cape Town. This suburb remains prestige personified.

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Claremont is one of the leafy, busy, vibrant suburbs making up the so called "Southern Suburbs" of Cape Town. Bordered by Newlands, Rondebosch, Bishopscourt and Wynberg it is approximately 20 minutes drive down the M3 from the centre of Cape Town. Buzzing Main Road splits it into Upper and Lower Claremont. Taxis, Golden Arrow buses and MetroRail provide public transport whilst UCT students have the added benefit of the bespoke Jammie Shuttle which bustles up and down through the linking suburbs. Cavendish Square is a world-class mall, plum in the heart of Claremont and surrounded by boutique-style clothing shops, antique dealers, galleries and all the major chain stores. Added to its appeal is proximity to the Claremont medical hub - Kingsbury Hospital being the centre point of a wide range of medical facilities. Throw in Newlands Rugby Stadium and Sahara Park for rugby and cricket fans and you have a most desirable combination of amenities.

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As part of the Southern Suburbs Kenilworth is adjacent to Claremont and has all the advantages of being centrally situated to schools, restaurants, shopping centers and fantastic sporting facilities. Kenilworth is approximately 20 minutes drive from the city centre.

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Set against dramatic mountain ranges and forests Newlands is a popular area for affluent families offering top schools, shopping centres, Newlands Cricket and Rugby stadiums and many other attractions. Newlands is conveniently situated just 15 minutes drive from the City Bowl.

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Between the slopes of Devils Peak on the west side and the M5 Freeway on the East lies Rondebosch. The University of Cape Town dominates the west side of Rondebosch. It offers a high density of schools in the area like Golden Grove Primary, Westeford High School, Rustenberg, and Rondebosch boys to name but a few. Rondebosch has many historic landmarks like the Victorian cast iron Rondebosch fountain, Rondebosch Common and the Baxter Theater.. This primarily residential area also offers business and shopping areas.

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Constantia is approximately 18km from the centre of the Cape Town city. Constantia is nestled on the western “foot” of Table Mountain. The M3 is the main road leading one to and from Constantia!

Constantia dates back to the mid 1650’s when Simon Van Der Stel established his first wine farm in the area. Since then a number of well known and historical wine farms and Estates have been established. Needless to say Constantia has produced some international award winning wines from the various Estates and there are at least 8 prominent Estates producing wines each year. Besides the beautiful wine farms in our residential area, there are also a number of top award winning restaurants in Constantia.

The Constantia Green Belt is also very popular for horse-riding, walking, mountain-biking and trail running and there are a number of trails leading off from Constantia Nek to Kirstenbosch and beyond to be enjoyed by all. Constantia is one of the few suburbs where one can still stable horses at home. The residential area of Constantia is varied and consists of retirement type secure estates such as Constantia Place and Alphendale as well as free standing homes with a minimum land size of 1350 m/2. There are a number of beautiful 24 hour security estates such as Silverhurst, High Constantia Estate and High Wycombe. Constantia is also a popular suburb for many countries to establish their Embassies - these are beautiful, spacious homes on big sized properties. Constantia has two top hotels as well as a number of well established ‘A’ graded B&B’s. Constantia also has a number of commercial centres – the Alphen Office park is popular for commercial office space. The Constantia Village Shopping Centre’s anchor tenant is the flagship.

Pick n Pay Supermarket as well as a Woolworths Food Store. There are a number of well known top brand shops at Constantia Village as well as banks, a post office and the Engen petrol station. In the middle of Constantia is the False Bay Rugby Club as well as the Constantia Tennis Club, the cricket oval and of course the newly renovated Virgin Active Gym. The Constantiaberg Medi Clinic has a 24 hour emergency centre and the hospital has many “in-house” doctors working from their own consulting rooms here. There are a number of Pre-Schools in the area as well as the Herzlia Junior School. There is a variety of good schools with in a 10km radius of the Constantia Valley.

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Talk to one of the many long-term residents of Tokai and you will hear stories of history in the making dating back to the days when Tokai was a largely agricultural stretch bordered by the Constantiaberg Mountains and snuggled into the Constantia Valley. Watched over by the inscrutable Elephant’s eye, watered by many mountain streams and kept green and leafy by the surrounding forests and plantations, Tokai remains a relaxed and rural suburb much in demand by young families because of the amenities it offers. Topped by the newly modernised Forest Glade House and stretching down to the fabulous new Blue Route Mall, Tokai offers easy access to the M3, Main Road and Steenberg Road, linked by the buzzing Tokai Road. Shops, schools, churches and medical facilities take care of life’s priorities but throw in leisure activities such as biking, hiking, walking and golfing and you have an irresistible mix - your every property requirement can be found right here. Chas Everitt has an office in Tokai on the main road, opposite the Blue Route Mall. Pop in and see us - whether buying or selling your agent is just down the road!

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Wynberg has a rich history, going back to 1683 when the farm was sold to the Dutch East India Company, which is where it got its name:'De Oude Wijnbergh'. Later when the British took control of the Cape they developed it into a garrison town and the village became a supplying source for the military and travellers alike.

Now Chelsea Village is highly sought after and 'fashionable' for its restaurants, delicatessen lunch establishments and all the decorating and antique shops, Trovato is the exclusive area of Wynberg bordering Constantia and Bishopscourt where many diplomats and some consulates are housed. Wynberg also has two of Cape Town’s top schools – Wynberg Girls and Wynberg Boys producing many top sportsman and academics.

Wynberg has two important parks, Wynberg Park, which offers a relaxation area for many and the popular Maynardville Park, with its open air theatre in the summer months. Wynberg also hosts many shops, shopping centres, sports fields and is conveniently located for easy access to all parts of Cape Town with all forms of public and private transport.

A most worthwhile place to visit!

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Plumstead is regarded as the ‘Cinderella’ of Wynberg and Diep River, this suburb is filled with homes built during the 1940's and 1950's. In this suburb pine trees are a stunning trademark as Sir Richard Southey bought a farm in 1891 and use to walk his farm dropping pine tree seeds therefor the beautiful tree lined streets . It`s residents are diverse with younger home owners buying the older homes and renovating and modernizing them. The area has easy access to the M3, the M5 and False Bay’s beaches. The suburb is also close to Constantia, Kirstenbosch and Wynberg. The train station is within walking distance, and bustles in the morning as people commute in and out of the city. The Main Road has numerous antique and second-hand furniture shops as well as restaurants pubs and takeaways. This is still an area you can walk your dog late afternoon and listen to the laughter of children playing in the parks and riding their bicycles in the streets. Opposite one of the the schools in Plumstead are a few shops, gas station and a SPAR that is open till late and over weekends. The buzz really starts when food markets appear on weekends where you can buy a gift and enjoy lunch with your family and friends.

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Diep River

Diep River was named after the river that runs through the area and lies between Plumstead to the north, Heathfield to the south and The Vines. Diep River boasts two railway stations (Steurhof and Diep River) which makes getting to and from the city centre a breeze. Schools in the area include Westcott Primary and Oakley House School which caters for children from Grade R to Grade 9 with specific learning difficulties or just need a small supportive environment in which to learn. Bergvliet Primary and Bergvliet High School are also in the area. Easy access to shopping centres like Meadowridge Park ‘n Shop, Constantia Village and the Blue Route.

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Fish Hoek

Fish Hoek is a safe sea side village boasting a pristine 1.5km flat white beach, watch the whales from Jagers walk, or take a stroll up to Elsies Peak were you may even be able to help one of the shark spotters spot a shark in the bay below. From here you can clearly see the Silvermine Estuary and even Peers Cave and Noordhoek beyond. If you are looking for a good Golf course Clovelly offers one of the finest. Fish Hoek has some fine dining at the Galley Restaurant right on the beach. Then A.P.Jones in the Arcade is a family run business that has been going since 1920.

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Kalk Bay

Kalk Bay is a truly unique village with homes in the area enjoying beautiful views across Kalk Bay harbor and the Indian Ocean. With the main street in Kalk Bay lined by quaint antique dealersboutique storesfine restaurants and delisthe area has recently become a regular art stop off. Kalk Bay Harbor also boasts a number of trendy bars and restaurants on the waters edge.

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The False Bay Coast offers a quieter and more laid back lifestyle than the Atlantic Seaboard. Muizenberg is a popular destination for surfers and swimmers alikewith warmer water than the Atlantic Seaboard. Muizenberg has recently been going through a revival and properties are still relatively inexpensive in the area.

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St James

Bordering the trendy Kalk Bay areamountainside homes in St James enjoy panoramic views across the Indian Ocean. Ideally situated just a few minutes walk from the trendy streets of Kalk Bay with its quaint antique and boutique storesseaside restaurantsbars and delis.

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Simons Town

Simons Town is a charming seaside town where the pace of life is far slower than that of the Atlantic Seaboard. Mountainside homes enjoy panoramic views of the coastline and Indian Ocean across the harbor and waterfront. There are plenty of quaint restaurantsdeliscoffee shops and boutique stores along the main road and at the new Quayside Waterfront with its popular seaside restaurants. Boulders beach is also one of Cape Towns most beautiful beaches where on warm summer day’s swimmers frolic with penguins in the shallow waters.

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Glencairn offers good value for those wanting good sea views at a modest price.  Up the glen is the relatively new suburb of Welcome Glen that has seen significant price increases.  Home owners are frequently visited by baboons and this seems quite natural as you really feel like you are living in a nature reserve and yes, you do border one!  

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Nestled at the foot of world renowned Chapman's Peak Drive, Noordhoek boasts one of the longest stretches of white sandy beaches in Cape Town. Family friendly Noordhoek offers residents beautiful mountain and sea views, and a plethora of nature inspired lifestyle pursuits like horse riding, surfing and hiking.There are also many bistro style restaurants, an award winning vineyard featuring a busy community market once a week and a host of other shops and art galleries to choose from.

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Kommetjiea quaint seaside village bordering the soetwater nature reserve is the perfect destination if you’re looking to get away from the fast pace of city life. Residents enjoy the beach on their doorstep with many homes boasting panoramic views of the rugged coastline and Atlantic Ocean. Kommetjie is well known for its white sandy beachesgood waves and fishing.

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A short coastal road drive from Kommetjie at the Southern most tip of Cape Town is the spectacular seaside village of Scarborough. Scarborough offers residents a very laid back seaside lifestyle with a beautiful sandy beach ideal for walks and surfing. There are two trendy seafood restaurants in Scarborough with mountainside homes enjoying spectacular views over the bay and Atlantic Ocean. Scarborough is approximately 45 minutes drive from Cape Town City centre and only 10 minutes from Cape Point Nature Reserve.

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Misty Cliffs

Misty Cliffs is a spectacular seaside cove just around the corner from Scarborough. Misty cliffs offers a small wild beach with waves crashing on your doorstep. Mountainside homes enjoy spectacular views across the Atlantic Ocean and rugged coastline. Misty Cliffs is approximately 45 minutes drive from Cape Town and residents enjoy a quiet seaside lifestyle.

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The exclusive equestrian suburb of Zwaanswyk stretches from the circle at the top of Tokai Road, behind the Steenberg Golf Estate and up the slopes of the Constantiaberg Mountain range. One of the highest-lying suburbs in Cape Town the views are commensurately majestic, spanning out to the Franschoek Mountains in the North, sweeping over the Great Drakenstein and Stellenbosch Mountains in the East to the distant seas of False Bay.

The entire suburb was recently secured by an electrified perimeter fence – primarily erected to keep marauding baboon troupes at bay but also serving as an effective security measure in conjunction with security patrols.

A low-turnover area in terms of sales, there are only 120 or so erven, mostly of 4000m2 and above. Choose from tracts of vacant land, equestrian estates, smallholdings, palatial mansions or modern villas - exclusivity and privacy are guaranteed.

All this and yet not far from priority amenities such as good schools, shops, medical facilities and leisure activities. Chas Everitt has an office in Tokai on the main road, opposite the Blue Route Mall. Pop in and see us - whether buying or selling your agent is just down the road!

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Stonehurst Mountain Estate

Situated at the foot of the iconic Silvermine Mountain Range just minutes away from The Westlake Golf club and virgin active gym in Westlake Centre which also offers many exclusive restaurants, shops and entertainment - there is something for everyone.

Stonehurst holds a board of well qualified trustees whom ensure the efficient running of this beautiful estate.

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Kirtstenhof a young and vibrant suburb containing nearly 2000 homes between Tokai and Lakeside in the southern suburbs. It is extremely popular due to its affordability offering good value for money. The majority of family homes selling between 1,5 and 2,5 million rands. It also boasts one of the best state schools in Cape Town - Kirstenhof Primary which also has a swimming pool. This school is undoubtedly a huge benefit for local residents. Access to the M3 Freeway is very easy and the coast is a 15 minute drive away. The brand new Blue Route Shopping Centre is within walking distance offering a wide range of restaurants and amenities.

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Ocean View

Ocean View is a small, densely populated coloured community which was established in 1968 and previously known as ’Slangkop’. The first residents moved into Ocean View on 1 August 1968. The community has since strengthened and grown to offers two established primary schools, one senior secondary school, many day care facilities and various places of worship. Kommetjie the neighboring suburb of Ocean View sits to its east and Imhoff’s Gift farm to its north with tourism attraction such as the snake park, camel rides, coffee shops and art shops. The Ocean View community is surrounded by beautiful mountain views with an exceptional sea view across the nearby Atlantic Ocean and not too distant Chapmans Peak. Ocean View is a short drive to the Long Beach Mall, 10 kilometers drive to Fish Hoek and 20.5 kilometers drive over Ou Kaapse Weg to the Blue Route shopping Mall in Tokai.

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Lying in the heart of the Cape Town Southern Suburbs, Bergvliet is centrally and conveniently situated, to beaches, shopping centres, the neighboring Constantia residential area and winelands. It was originally a farm owned by the seventeenth century Governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel and is today a most sought after residential suburb, noted for is well treed and leafy environs. It is a quiet and unhurried neighbourhood where dog walking is a popular pastime "Die Oog, a natural spring and bird sanctuary, which leads to the adjacent farm and dam, is proudly maintained by the local residents. Noted for its well known primary and secondary schools, it is particularly sought after by families with school going children. Residential even range from 800 to 1000m² with comfortable sized residential dwellings .local residents actively participate in the efficient and well respected neighbourhood watch. Not surprisingly its many attractive attributes combine to enhance its appeal. .

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This location has become so sought after.  Lakeside is situated between Kirstenhof and Muizenberg.  Has amenity on its doorstep such as Blue Route Mall, Restaurants, sought after schools, close to public transport and water sports. The lovely mountain backdrop below Boyes Drive is enjoyed by many.  One can also enjoy activates such as abs sailing, hiking and views as far as Gordon’s Bay.

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Ottery is part of the Cape Flats area(some would argue that it forms part of the Southern Suburbs)with its own train station that has been revamped in recent months, including a park and ride facility for those who commute to work, direction north towards Cape Town, or south towards Fish Hoek.  It is bordered by the M5(opposite Plumstead/Wynberg), Wetton Road in the direction of Lansdowne, Strandfontein Road in the direction of Mitchell’s Plain/Strandfontein, and Klip Road until it meets up with Montague’s Gift Road which becomes Plantation Road. 

Ottery boasts its very own Royal Cape Golf Course which is home to the Lion of Africa Open in November each year.  Plenty of squirrels, owls, Egyptian geese, Leopard toads, Hadedas, and other birds inhabit the trees and ponds within the golf course.  Ottery Road separates the golf course from Youngsfield Army Base(which spans across to Wetton Road) which lies between Ottery and Wetton stations.  The Ottery School of Industries which was originally a rehabilitation centre for troubled young boys has since the late 90’s become a small business centre with parts of it being leased out to tenants.  Most of the residences on the same property has been leased out to families or have been purchased by some families.  On the property is a facility that offers First Aid training, another offering welding courses to artisans, and a nursery where one can purchase plants, trees, etc. 

Ottery is a mix of suburban residences as well as small pockets of industrial areas where you will find all sorts of businesses ranging from limousine hire, building suppliers, automotive repairs, steel suppliers, glass and wood suppliers, even a branch of Waltons Stationers.  Conveniently Ottery also has two traffic departments where one is able to write your learner’s or do your practical driver’s licence test.  It also has its own fire station on the corner of Ottery and Strandfontein Roads.  The Pick ‘n Pay Ottery Hypermarket is currently undergoing a revamp with a larger mall, more parking space, and more retail and banking outlets. 

For those who don’t want to leave the area there is a KFC & MacDonald’s(both 24-hour drive-through), Nando’s and Spur(halaal for Muslims).  Opposite the Ottery Hypermarket is the Ottery Value Centre also with quite a few small businesses operating:  Volksie hire & repairs, liquor store, baking suppliers, baby supply store, packaging supplier, just to mention a few.  Makro Ottery and SAB depot occupy the block stretching from Ottery Road, New Ottery Road and Old Strandfontein Road. 

For baking enthusiasts or small catering businesses you will find the Baking Tin warehouse in Paddy Close.  There are plenty of crèches and daycare centres for working parents with toddlers who need a secure comfortable place to leave their children for the day.  There are also two primary schools, playparks, a baseball field, general practitioners, pharmacies, ATM’s, churches and mosques easily accessible in Ottery, as well as active neighbourhood watches, and some areas have their own bicycle patrols monitoring certain parts.  Homerite & Rawson properties also have their own offices in Ottery Road.

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Bordered on the one side by Constantia and on the other by Bergvliet, Meadowridge , one of the original suburbs designated as a garden city, is a sought after residential suburb, with many attractions and amenities.

Apart from predominantly three or four bedroomed houses, catering largely for families, the area is also well served by a range of gated and retirement complexes, meeting the needs of different socio-economic groups.

Central to the area is the Meadowridge Park 'n Shop Centre, comprising a wide range of retail shops, larger national outlets and coffee shops and restaurants, with ample secure parking. The centre is generally in walking distance of most of the suburb.

An attractive feature of this leafy, treed, suburb is the several well tended parks and open public areas, used by families and dog walkers. The Meadowridge common is one such facility. Eight hectares in extent and designated as a conservation area, it is home to the well known fynbos natural plant diversity with in excess of 137 different flowering plants. The park is a natural environment with numerous large trees.

Additional amenities include a well used library, and churches of many denominations. Immediately adjacent to Meadowridge are the highly sought after Bergvliet High School, and the well known Sweet Valley Primary School. Bergvliet and Westcott Primary and the Constantia pre- primary schools are and also in the vicinity .Recreational facilities include tennis, bowling, running, and football clubs.

Meadowridge has easy access, via nearby highways, to the city, beaches and local wine estates and other amenities.

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