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CAPE TOWN: Our insider’s guide to Llandudno

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There are no shops, no street lights, and with only one entrance road to the area, Llandudno offers homeowners security and views of unspoilt beauty from luxury homes set in the side of a mountain

Clinging to the side of a steep mountain, its small beach at its feet, the exclusive seaside residential suburb of Llandudno can be accessed only by one road guarded by security officers.

Its enviable position offers homeowners glorious views of the Atlantic Ocean, and a lack of street lights and shops ensures its elite status.

It is named after a resort in North Wales. Llandudno means “Parish of Saint Tudno” in the Welsh language, and apparently there are similarities between the two which led to this.

Given its location along Cape Town’s Platinum Mile – “Platinum 12km” just doesn’t have the same ring to it – and with only 321 houses, Llandudno’s property prices are among the highest in the area. Lightstone stats indicate buyers tend to be older, and they stay longer.

There have been six sales in the past 12 months, according to Lightstone. The median selling price of a home in Llandudno is R15.65million, and house prices have been steadily increasing since 2008, when the median price was R11.7m.

The market is fairly stable and impervious to price fluctuations seen in other areas, says Pam Golding Properties agent Sue O’Molony.

There has been a definite increase in the property market over the past 10 years. – Pam Golding Properties Agent Sue O’Molony Picture: Supplied

“There has been a definite increase in the property market over the past 10 years, from both local and international buyers,” she says.

Llandudno is ranked by New World Wealth research group as the sixth most expensive suburb in the country in terms of house prices, with the average cost per square metre of R54000.

O’Molony says an entry-level home in 2009 started at R6m, while the top end price was about R18.25m.

Llandudno Beach, with its boulders and white sand, is unspoiled and flanked by strips of fynbos leading up to the mountain. Picture: Tracey Adams/African News Agency (ANA)

“There was a steady increase in 2010, and a front-line property sold for R24.5m. Two record sales in 2014 hit the R40m and R42m mark, with prices starting at R9.5m.”

She says the market continues to show steady growth and the starting price of a home in Llandudno is now about R10m, with plots also selling for R10m and top-end sales of R40m and upwards. Mid-range properties are between R16m and R25m.

“Having no commercial activity allows the suburb its own rhythm, mimicking the ebb and flow of the Atlantic Ocean,” says Pam Golding Properties agent Derek Preedy.

“One feels unfettered by the pace of life beyond its boundary. The beach, with its characteristic boulders and almost blindingly-white sand, is unspoiled and flanked by strips of fynbos leading up to the mountain.”

Llandudno is close to Hout Bay and the V&A Waterfront as well as other beaches along the Atlantic seaboard.

It is on the MyCiTi bus route, which allows for an easy commute to the city just 18km away. There is a primary school in the area and nearby Camps Bay and Hout Bay offer excellent school options.

Places of interest and things to do 

I love the natural beauty of Llandudno, which offers me the opportunity to do the things which
are close to my heart – cycling, walking the dogs, swimming, surfing – and generally having
nature right on my doorstep. I grew up here and moved back after 20 years, and while the
community has changed, the beauty is the same as I remember from childhood. – Resident Charl van der Spuy
Picture: Supplied

1 Beach

With only one road in and out, Llandudno beach is sheltered and secluded. There are no shops in the immediate area so you have to plan your
visit, and bring everything you think you’ll need for a day in the sun and the surf. It is a short walk to the notorious Sandy Bay. 

2 Eat

On the hill overlooking Llandudno, with its spectacular views – especially of the sunset – Suikerbossie is a popular destination for many events. It serves meals and afternoon teas a la carte, Tuesdays to Fridays, from 9am until 4.30pm. Booking is essential. 021 790 1450/790 5933 

Booking is essential at Suikerbossie Restaurant. Picture: Tracey Adams/African News Agency (ANA)

3 Drink

At the nearby 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa, there are many experiences to be enjoyed. Whether it is high tea, a gin or craft beer pairing, or cocktails on the balcony overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the luxurious hotel has you covered. In addition, there is the renowned Azure Restaurant, the spa chiselled into the side of the mountain, an intimate private cinema, and nature walks on the back of Table Mountain. 021 437 9000. 

4 Birds

Just over the hill is Hout Bay, with many attractions including bars, restaurants and boat trips to Duiker Island. It’s also home to World of
Birds, the largest bird park in Africa where more than 3 000 birds (and small animals) are presented in landscaped walk-through
aviaries. It relies heavily on public support to remain open. 021 790 2730.

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