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CAPE TOWN: Our insider’s guide to Melkbosstrand

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Melkbosstrand is just 25 minutes from the CBD, but offers so much to do so that you can avoid town, with schools, shops, beaches and that globally famous Table Mountain view across the bay

A less than 25-minute commute to the Cape Town CBD, a comprehensive MyCiTi bus service, quaint seaside village feel, abundant recreational opportunities and value-filled property prices meld to make Melkbosstrand a hot destination for young and old property owners.

Melkbosstrand is a coastal suburb and beach on the south-west coast, 35km north of Cape Town. Named after the species of Euphorbiaceae bushes that grow on the dunes and give off a milky latex-like substance, it is commonly referred to as Melkbos. Picture: Armand Hough/African News Agency (ANA)

On the fringes of the rapidly expanding north-western suburbs, Melkbosstrand offers the most globally recognised views of Table Mountain from its pristine white beaches.

Living there doesn’t mean making sacrifices – there are world-class schools and hospitals nearby and shopping boosted with the opening of the Table Bay Mall.

For resident Fiona McKie and husband Brent the drawcard was peace and tranquillity plus easy access to the sea, beaches and incredible sunsets. “Most evenings we walk our two dachshunds on the golf course among beautiful-smelling fynbos and resident springboks.

From Melkbosstrand it’s an easy drive to towns such as Darling, and Yzerfontein, and nearby is the Durbanville Wine Route. “So there’s a lot to do out this way without having to head to the city. Melkbosstrand weekends are relaxing. You get the feeling you’re on holiday. The area replenishes your soul,” she says.

The cold Atlantic Ocean is a playground for many motorised and non-motorised sports. Several swimming routes feature Robben Island, but they’re not for the inexperienced – cold water swimming experience is mandatory. Melkbosstrand is also home to Station 18 of the National Sea Rescue Institute.

These are typical of the 850 homes on Atlantic Beach Estate. Picture: Armand Hough/African News Agency (ANA)

While overall sales have dropped since 2017, selling prices of sectional title units have stabilised, with freehold properties showing a significant increase. 

Lightstone, suppliers of property data, says the median price for a freehold property is at an all-time R3.048million high. “More properties are coming on to the market, reflecting forces witnessed around the country,” says Trevor Courtney, broker/owner Re/ Max Melkbosstrand.

“It’s a buyer’s market at the moment.” A reasonably buoyant rental market – particularly for properties under R10000 a month – and the buyer’s market could see the buy-to-let scene undergo some form of resurgence.

The make-up of property owners indicates about 75% have owned for more than five years, with 96% aged 36 or older. A growing trend of younger buyers is in the 18-35 group.

Developments are long-term, but as Melkbosstrand is effectively surrounded by sea and nature reserve, opportunities are somewhat limited. Atlantic Beach Estate has 860 homes surrounding an 18-hole links course. Enhanced security and amenities have seen estate sales in line with prevailing market forces. 

“The West Coast is an attractive residential precinct. Buyers obtain good value for money, and road infrastructure and facilities are up-to-date. “The area is well served by public transport and recreational opportunities abound,” says Courtney.

“Those not needing to be in the CBD are finding the area provides an improved quality of life. A proliferation of schools is evident of a growing family base for the region.” 

Fiona’s favourite places to go and things to do

There’s a lot to do out this way without having to head into the city. Melkbosstrand weekends are relaxing and you get the feeling you are on holiday. The area replenishes the soul. – Residents Fiona Maron-McKie and Milo Picture: Supplied

1 Outdoors

Melkbosstrand offers a plethora of outdoor activities: a newly built cycle track along Otto du Plessis drive; standup paddling, kite surfing and just lazing or walking on the beach. There is a stunning 18-hole links golf at Atlantic Beach Estate and visitors are welcome. For those who are more adventurous, there’s Thandeka Stables. For all from casual out rides for the occasional rider to fullon lessons for novices and accomplished riders alike. 0832302078

There are many water-related things to do at Melkbos, including stand-up paddling. Picture: Damir Spanic

2 Drink

Enjoying iconic views of Table Mountain and Robben Island, Damhuis Restaurant offers a bar for sundowner options after a walk on the beach. They’re pet and child-friendly and have a comprehensive menu. 0215530093

3 Eat

Melkbos Fisheries has to be on your dining list. Fresh and generous portions make this a cost-effective meal. 0215532114

A more upmarket seafood menu is at Café Orca. Tables on the patio and inside. 0215534120

4 Shop

For old-fashioned farm-stall food, the Melkbosstrand Ou Meul is a newcomer to the local offering. In addition to their famous puff-pastry pies – that can be bought frozen – they also have a range of homestyle food products. 021 553 7074.

The 150-shop Table Bay Mall will satisfy the most ardent need for retail therapy. There are the usual national chains and also speciality boutiques. 0211401044.


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