With its views and beautiful beaches, Blouberg offers a similar ocean-side lifestyle to that of luxury Clifton or Camps Bay, but at a fraction of the cost of those Atlantic Seaboard areas
Whether you call it Blouberg or Blaauwberg – both being acceptable – it’s 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.
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 huge 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 South Africa and abroad,” says Hercules van der Walt, owner of the local Chas Everitt International franchise.
“Even now the area offers affordable land and there are hundreds of new homes in the pipeline. Although many of the original homes have already been renovated and modernised, the continual influx of new residents ensures home alteration and improvement is also big business here.”
Blouberg has spectacular beaches and has always been a popular holiday destination, especially among wind and kite surfers. As a result, it offers a laid-back coastal lifestyle with a string of restaurants, coffee shops and delis along the shore that provide residents and tourists with some of the best views of Table Mountain and Robben Island.
It is not surprising that modern beachfront apartments sell well to new residents as well as buy-to-let investors who rent to holidaymakers.
“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.
“Their choice has been made 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 30 minutes, even during peak times.”
Currently advertised prices for beachfront apartments in Blouberg begin at just over R1million 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 begin at around R800000 for one-bedroom units.
Two and three-bedroom townhouses and cluster homes in secure complexes are popular here among buyers moving from Gauteng and elsewhere in South Africa, and prices begin around R2m for two-bedroom units with sea views, and from about R2.7m to R4.6m for three-bedroom units with sea views and double garaging.
For those wanting 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 between R10m and R20m.
“The rising tide of permanent residents in Blouberg has, of course, also prompted the development of new shopping centres, schools and medical facilities which have served to further reinforce its popularity.”