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CAPE TOWN: Our insider’s guide to Plumstead

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Established on the site of a military camp nearly 200 years ago, Plumstead has become a firm favourite with young families who are drawn to the area's good schools, shopping and medical facilities

Developed on the site of an 18th century Dutch East India Company military camp and only 13km from the Cape Town CBD, Plumstead is a favourite residential node for families.

The commissioning of the railway line to Muizenberg in 1882 and the establishment of a station at Plumstead put the precinct on the map.

For long-time resident Carol Brown, it’s the village-feel with which she identifies: “We’re a tight-knit community. For years most people have lived alongside one another.

“Something not to be discounted is convenience – requirements are on your doorstep. And the suburb is picturesque, great for taking walks close to home.”

Well served by the M3 and M5 arterial routes, Plumstead is less than 20 minutes from Kalk Bay, the airport and Hout Bay.

The leafy suburb borders fashionable Constantia, complete with its wine routes and access to walking, hiking and biking trails.

“Plumstead is ideal for families. There are numerous respected schools, both preparatory and high, excellent private and state medical facilities, and a slew of shopping options,” says Leon Lombard, an agent at Heads Residential Property.

Middle-aged and younger buyers comprise 54% of purchasers in Plumstead. Picture: Tracey Adams/African News Agency (ANA)

“There are abundant choices for public transport. The Main Road extends from the Cape Town CBD through to Simon’s Town, bisecting many suburbs along the way, including Plumstead.”

Taxis, bus and rail will all soon be complemented by a MyCiTi bus service.

“While the residential market has had its challenges, family-friendly attributes have contributed to median home prices remaining on an uninterrupted growth path since 2009, although there was a slight tapering this year,” says Lombard. “But we expect positive activity next year.”

Lightstone statistics show 20 homes changed hands for an average of R3.54million and most for around R2.27m.

Gabriel Road is home to Plumstead Pick n Pay Centre, Debonairs Pizza and KFC. This is also a major access road to the M3 freeway. Picture: Tracey Adams/African News Agency (ANA)

Sectional title and vacant land have also seen reasonable growth. Sectional title units sell at an affordable R1.37m, and 108 units sold in the past 12 months.

Much activity is provided by mature couples looking to downsize and younger families seeking accommodation with amenities close at hand. Middle-aged and younger buyers comprise 54% of purchasers.

Most homes were built in the 1940s and 1950s. Erven size averages 500m², and many homes have wooden floors.

“Plumstead has always been viewed as a tranquil, family-friendly suburb. It has all the attributes families desire – schools, medical, shopping and proximity to the city and other leisure venues. Home prices are value-filled. If you are raising a family, Plumstead could be a good option,” says Lombard.

Carol Brown’s favourite places and things to do

Something not to be discounted is convenience – requirements are on your doorstep. And
the suburb is picturesque, great for taking walks close to home. – Carol Brown, resident
Picture: Supplied

1 Outdoors

Walks in the quiet and picturesque suburb are one of Carol Brown’s favourite ways to enjoy the surrounds. For something further
afield, it’s a short drive to the Alphen Trail, which is a popular walk in the Constantia Valley.

2 Eat

The Cattle Baron is a favourite for great steaks and burgers and is conveniently situated in nearby Constantia Village; 021 794 4930. The Spur in Plumstead has been a perennial favourite for years; 021 797 7654.

3 Drink

Pirates Steakhouse and Pub in the Main Road offers visitors a great atmosphere. Picture: Tracey Adams/African News Agency (ANA)

Bee Jay’s Restaurant in Southfield Road has a great breakfast offering; 021 797 0257. The Mugg & Bean has a broad menu; 021 794 4387. Pirates Steakhouse and pub, on the Main Road, has a warm atmosphere; 0217975659

4 Shop

Genuine leather shoes and accessories, made in South Africa, is what Whatnot Shoes are all about; 0217623716. Focusing on the
age group 32 years to 50 years, Lashies has been around for four decades; 0217613433. 

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