Cape Town in the southwest of South Africa blends sea, majestic mountains, rows of vineyards and raw scenery to make one of the world’s most exciting, cosmopolitan cities.
It is vibrant, cultured and sophisticated, an important financial centre but also heavily influenced by visitors from the northern hemisphere who come for prolonged stays to enjoy the outdoors lifestyle.
The wealthy Western Cape is considered the safest part of South Africa so while gated resorts are still popular, they are not the only options that overseas buyers consider. Modern marina apartments in the heart of the city centre, townhouses overlooking the coast and substantial detached villas in spacious grounds in residential suburbs all feature too.
Cape Town offers a variety of prime locations too. The Atlantic Seaboard is a collection of exclusive residential villages between the mountains and the sea including upmarket Clifton, blustery west-facing Camps Bay with its St. Tropez-chic atmosphere and further away from the city, the scenic beaches of Llandudno.
In the city itself the V&A Waterfront is one of the most visited sites in Africa, attracting 23 million tourists each year to its mix of shops, restaurants, museums and visitor attractions. It is home to five-star hotels and 500 modern and secure apartments that can provide a strong rental return for owners and provide easy lock-and leave homes.
The Southern Suburbs and especially Constantia, Wynberg and Claremont, are a family friendly area southeast of Table Mountain with large detached homes close to the best private schools. Or east of the city, the prestigious Winelands have gated estates among the vines with whitewashed Cape-Dutch architecture and magnificent scenery. Stellenbosch and Franschhoek are two of the best-known towns, much loved for their intimate hotels and alluring French heritage.