Spotlight on Blouberg
Category Cape Town Property
Blouberg is the popular collective name for a group of Cape Town suburbs including Blouberg Sands, Blouberg Rise, West Beach, Big Bay and Bloubergrant as well as the original Bloubergstrand seaside village.
Lying on the coast to the west of Parklands and Table View, this area is about 17km from the centre of the city and about 25km from Cape Town International airport, and has attracted massive development over the past 20 years. “Thousands of new apartments, townhouses and estate homes have been built here in response to the ever-rising demand from young Capetonians seeking more affordable housing than that available in other parts of the metro, and from an increasing number of buyers from elsewhere in SA and abroad,” says Hercules van der Walt, owner of the local Chas Everitt International franchise.
“Even now, the area offers relatively affordable land and there are hundreds of new homes in the pipeline, and although many of the original homes have already been renovated and modernised, the continual influx of new residents ensures that home alteration and improvement is also big business here.”
Blouberg boasts spectacular beaches and has always been a popular holiday destination, especially among wind- and kite-surfers. It offers a laid-back coastal lifestyle as a result, with a string of restaurants, coffee shops and delis along the shore that provide both residents and tourists with some of the best views to be had of Table Mountain and Robben Island.
So it is not surprising, he says, that the modern beachfront apartments in the area sell well to new residents as well as buy-to-let investors who rent to holidaymakers. “Indeed, an increasing number of professionals and executives are choosing to live here and commute to the city because they can enjoy a similar lifestyle in Blouberg to that offered in upmarket Atlantic Seaboard suburbs such as Bantry Bay, Clifton and Camps Bay – at a much lower cost.
“And their choice has been made even easier since the introduction of the MyCiti rapid bus service, which enables passengers to avoid traffic congestion along the R27 and reach the CBD within half an hour, even at peak times.”
Currently advertised prices for beachfront apartments in Blouberg start at just over R1m for bachelor units, R1,2m for one-bedroom units and R1,4m for two-bedroom options. At the top end of the market, there are four-bedroom penthouses available for around R17m, while at the lower end, prices for apartments just slightly ‘inland’ – that is without sea-views but still only a few minutes’ walk from the beach, currently start at around R800 000 for one-bedroom units.
The rising tide of permanent residents in Blouberg has of course also prompted the development of new shopping centres, schools and medical facilities in the area, which have served to further reinforce its popularity – especially among buyers relocating from other parts of SA.
Shopping centres in the area include the Bayside Mall, the Eden on the Bay and Seaside Village centres and of course the 65 000sqm Table Bay Mall which opened in September. There is also a local Checkers Hypermarket and a Builders’ Warehouse, as well as several other ‘big box’ retailers.
Schools include Blouberg Ridge Primary and Bloubergrand High, the Blouberg International School, CBC St John’s, the Elkanah House schools, Big Bay Academy and Parklands College. Blouberg also has a Netcare private hospital as well as a Virgin Active gym, and the superb Sunset Links and Atlantic beach courses are within easy reach for golfers.
Two and three-bedroom townhouses and cluster homes in secure complexes are especially popular here among buyers relocating from Gauteng and elsewhere in SA, and prices currently start at around R2m for two-bedroom units with sea views, and range from about R2,7m to R4,6m for three-bedroom units with sea views and double garaging.
For those who want a more traditional property, renovated three-bedroom suburban homes are available at prices from around R1,5m, while luxury five and six-bedroom homes close to the beach or in a gated estate are priced at between R10m and R20m.
THINGS TO DO IN BLOUBERG
*TAKE IN THE VIEW
This area offers some of the best views available of Table Mountain and Robben Island, so take time to photograph them from the beach or your balcony, or to savour them while sipping a sundowner on the deck of one of the area’s many seaside restaurants.
Blouberg has many excellent restaurants, cafes and pubs to suit every palate and pocket. Some of the best known are Blue Peter, On the Rocks, Blowfish and Café Blouberg on the beach in Bloubergstrand, and the Cape Town Fish Market in Big Bay.
*TAKE A TOUR
The seabird rehabilitation centre in Bloubergrant run by SANCCOB has treated more than 83 000 sick, injured, oiled and orphaned penguins and other birds over the past 37 years and its new hospital should be finished at the end of this year. Call 021 557 6155 to book.
*GO TO THE BEACH
The most popular beaches in this area are Big Bay, Small Bay and Bloubergstrand beach and all offer long stretches of white sand and excellent conditions for swimming, surfing, paddleboarding and kiting. You can learn to surf at Surf Big Bay, on 071 425 5470 or the Cape Town Surf School on 021 001 0378, and you can learn to paddleboard at SUP Fanatics on 082 459 6767.
The beaches of Blouberg are regarded as some of the best wind and kite-surfing locations in the world and attract thousands of international visitors a year. You can learn to kite-surf or brush up your existing skills at Kitesurfschool.Capetown which was founded by international Cabrinha team rider and Red Bull King of the Air contestant Andries Fourie.
*SUPPORT LOCAL ARTISTS
Visit Studio 46 on the Bloubergstrand beachfront and pick out a gift for family or a new treasure of your own. This relaxed venue provides a showcase for the work created by talented local painters, photographers, sculptors, crafters and jewellery designers.
This five-bedroom, four-bathroom home in Big Bay is for sale through Chas Everitt International for R5,2m. Set in a sought-after estate, it is within walking distance of the beach and also offers three living rooms, a designer kitchen and double garaging. Special features include fireplaces, a walk-in dressing room and double frameless shower in the master suite, a secluded pool and a covered patio with retractable roof.
This six-bedroom, four-bathroom home in West Beach is for sale through Chas Everitt International for R4,75m. Occupying an elevated position, this double-storey home also has five living areas, a study/games room, designer kitchen, automated double garage and a pool. Special features include high-spec home automation with surround-sound and a CCTV security system.
Author: Meg Wilson