Spotlight on Fish Hoek
Category Cape Town Property
The village of Fish Hoek lies at the eastern end of a long shallow valley that runs right across the Cape Peninsula and faces the warm Indian Ocean in False Bay. It is situated between trendy Kalk Bay and historical Simons Town, but has a salty flavour all of its own and a strong sense of community.
Originally a whaling and fishing base, the village expanded rapidly after the First World War and today is especially popular with retirees and holidaymakers, although its peaceful atmosphere, good schools and relatively inexpensive real estate also make it very attractive to Cape Town homebuyers with families, according to Giselle Donaldson-Cross and Liz Richard, the area agents for Chas Everitt International.
For those who need to commute to work in the CBD, they note, the journey only takes about an hour by Metrorail train from the Fish Hoek station, and about 50mins by road via Ou Kaapse Weg or Boyes Drive and then the M3, or via the recently repaired Main Road along the coast and then the M5.
The main attraction in Fish Hoek is of course its long, flat white-sand beach on the edge of a sheltered bay, which is a favourite among swimmers, windsurfers and canoeists, as well as residents who come to buy freshly netted fish from the local “trek” fishermen. A promenade along the coast at the southern end is also a very popular spot for dolphin and whale-watching.
The bay is sheltered by the Kalkbaaiberg headland (Trappieskop) to the north and by Elsie’s Peak to the south, and the village itself now spreads up the slopes of the surrounding mountains, with many of the elevated homes here offering spectacular sea views.
However, the agents say, there are very few hillside stands left for sale now, so these properties come at a premium and can sell for as much as R8m for a five or six-bedroom mansion with expansive entertainment areas and wraparound views. “But prices for the three and four-bedroom homes on the lower slopes start at about R3m, and they offer really great value compared to similar homes elsewhere in Cape Town.
“Meanwhile in the valley, house prices range from just under R1m for a two-bedroom seaside cottage to around R3m for a three or four-bedroom family home with mountain views, pool and double garage. Such homes are also generally easier to access.”
Most apartments in Fish Hoek are located in the central part of the village, and prices start from around R675 000 for bachelor units, R825 000 for one-bedroom units and just under R1m for two-bedroom units. “These prices have escalated quite substantially in the past five years,” the agents say, “but there is high demand for both short and long-term rental accommodation in Fish Hoek, so apartments here remain an excellent investment.”
Primary schools in Fish Hoek include Laerskool Paul Greyling, Fish Hoek Primary and Capella House, and the village also has its own highly-rated high school.
Fish Hoek is also very self-contained when it comes to convenience shopping, with a Shoprite, Woolworths and Pick ‘n Pay and many other stores in the retail precinct along Main Rd, and in the Valyland Centre. It also has branches of all the major banks, a pharmacy, Clicks, a hardware and several service stations. The nearest large shopping centre is Longbeach Mall, just a few minutes’ drive away in Sun Valley.
Local sports facilities include the Fish Hoek Bowling Club and the Fish Hoek Sports Grounds, which are home to a soccer club, athletics club, cricket and hockey club and a baseball team. For keen golfers, the Clovelly Country Club has one of the finest 18-hole courses in Cape Town.
This Mediterranean-style home in Fish Hoek offers spectacular views across False Bay to Clovelly and Kalk Bay and is for sale through Chas Everitt International for R5,25m. It has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, two huge reception rooms, a sun-drenched viewing deck, a beautiful modern kitchen, a study, a separate office or teen-pad and a double garage at street level, as well as a pretty terraced garden.
This multi-level home on the mountainside in Fish Hoek is ideal for dual living and is for sale through Chas Everitt International for R3,995m. It has a downstairs apartment with two bedrooms, one bathroom and open-plan kitchen/ dining/ living area leading out to a sunny viewing veranda. The main residence on the two upper levels has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, two large living areas, kitchen and deck offering spectacular sea views. Three garages, extra off-street parking and a waterwise garden with rainwater tank complete the picture.
Author: Meg Wilson