The Southern Peninsula was once a rural area stretching all the way to Cape Point. Recently, coastal developments are giving way to provide modern, compact housing.
The Southern Peninsula covers all the towns and villages south of Kirstenhof, from the Southern Suburbs down to Muizenberg, Saint James, Kalk Bay, Fish Hoek, Kommetjie, Simon’s Town, Noordhoek, Scarborough and Sunnydale.
Noordhoek, which means “north corner” in Dutch, is a small suburb of Cape Town. It stretches along the picturesque Long Beach at the foot of Chapman’s Peak. Its pristine white sand and azure waters are simply breathtaking. It is no wonder why many artists choose to live here.
Many houses have beautiful views of the sea. Locals enjoy strolling, picnicking and horseback riding on the sand, surfing, or simply watching the sunset. For all its beauty, though, the waters here can be dangerous to swimmers.
Residents treasure Noordhoek’s tranquil and rural surrounding. It was only in 2001 that a large shopping complex, Longbeach Mall, was allowed to be constructed. The rest of the suburb remains rustic, with a few pubs and restaurants, an art gallery and a crafts centre, and occasional music shows providing entertainment.
The village of Scarborough on the Cape Peninsula attracts nature lovers, as private nature reserves are within its perimeters and many of its residents are involved in environmental research and protection.
Scarborough consists of 800 plots, divided between two areas: up the slopes or close to the ocean and main road. About 65% are already sold or developed. The prices of existing houses or lands depend on location and views, with upper plots being pricier.
Homes for sale range from small bungalows to beach cottages to more upscale and complex houses. Those who opt for vacant lands must coordinate with a body of volunteer architects, surveyors and builders to ensure environmental-friendly constructions.
Kommetjie, which means “little bowl” in Dutch, is a quaint fishing village in the Western Cape’s southern peninsula. Guarded by the beautiful Slangkop Mountains, it is rustic and peaceful. With continuous growth in residential development, it is to be hoped that Kommetjie retains its natural charm.
Holiday homes and residential houses here have panoramic views of Hout Bay and access to long, white sandy beaches. Many homes overlook Long Beach in neighbouring Noordhoek, renowned for surfing.
Located on the beachfront is the posh gated development, Klein Slangkop Estate. Its elegant homes nestle in milkwood forests and enjoy mountain views. Other sought-after residences and guest cottages are found in Imhoff’s Gift, Old Kom, Riverside Glen and Blue Water Estate.
Kommetjie is a close-knit community, serviced by restaurants, 24-hour stores, supermarkets, boats, and garages.