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A walk in Newlands Forest or collecting water from the spring are some advantages of living in this modern suburb, while a top Asian grocery and a famous tea place are on the doorstep

In the heart of the southern suburbs, Claremont offers residents everything a modern suburb in any city should – from quality education and sports facilities to retail and medical care.

Johan van Bosch, principal of Just Property Claremont, says: “Residents have various lifestyle choices in proximity. It ticks all the boxes when you consider owner occupied or investment properties.”

Less than half an hour’s drive from the centre of Cape Town – outside of rush hour – Claremont is also accessible by train, bus and taxi, and the Jammie Shuttle runs to UCT. Newlands rugby and cricket stadiums are close by, as well as beautiful outdoor spaces such as Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and Newlands Forest.

Places of interest and things to do in Claremont

“Residents have access to great schools and higher education in the area, and coffee shops and restaurants cater for all needs,” says Bosch.

Resident and owner of The Larder, Sonja Edridge, tells of morning strolls in Newlands Forest, getting water from the spring (albeit standing in a queue) or the “utopia” of Liesbeek River Gardens, which she says are incredible free advantages of the neighbourhood.

“School is close, work is close – I could walk if I wasn’t carting jam and food,” she says. “Once at work, Iamgreeted with the best flat white in town, a perk of the job.

“A serious bonus is the best Asian grocery store right next to us. A mid-week dinner crisis is easily solved with dim sum. When I want to escape my cafe for a bit of zen, I take a stroll to Oways for tea with Lisa and Mingwei, leaving the dilemma of choosing one of 400 teas to them to restore my mood.

Claremont ticks all the boxes when you consider owner occupied or investment properties.
– Johan van Bosch, principal of Just Property Claremont
Picture: Supplied

“Another favourite place is The Vineyard Hotel, strolling through the lush gardens on the hunt for the tortoises. local is lekker.” 

Prices for houses in Claremont begin from R3.5million upwards, says Bosch. “If you prefer an apartment, expect to pay at least R20000m², and secure parking is valuable.”

Given the mix of a nearly 44:56 split between apartments and free-standing houses, the area does cater for a variety of choices and is therefore popular for permanent residents as well as professionals and students, says Bosch.

Cavendish Mall in Claremont. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA

“It is an expensive market to enter,” he warns.

“However capital growth over the past five years especially has outstripped CPI by far, and in some cases by nearly double.

“The biggest drawback of the area is limited retirement options. Just Property has started a campaign to work with residential owners to address this challenge.”

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