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Home to several schools, restaurants and shops and offering a wide variety of fun activities and family friendly entertainment, the suburb offers value for money and remains affordable

A small southern suburb, Kenilworth is embraced by Wynberg to the south and Claremont to the north, and Harfield Village nestles close by.

Its location is a big attraction for residents and potential buyers: it’s not too far from the city for commuters, but remains truly suburban, while it has its own essential businesses and retail outlets. The larger neighbouring suburbs have the rest; not to forget several top schools nearby.

Convenience and affordability are two reasons why Kenilworth is considered highly desirable, says Just Property agent Martin Silver: “Not only is Kenilworth home to multiple schools, restaurants and shops, but it also has a spectacular view of the mountain. Just a stone’s throw away you’ll find Cavendish Square, which has mainstream chain retailers, a cinema, a food court and coffee shops.”

Kenilworth is a popular choice among families, offering a wide variety of fun activities and family-friendly entertainment, says Silver.

“Whether it’s Kenilworth Centre or the theatre just up the road at Maynardville, your choices are endless. For your peace of mind, there are hospitals and doctors’ rooms within the suburb, ensuring family health is always provided for.”

The homes in this well-established and still-flourishing suburb are spacious and have large, impressive gardens. “Kenilworth offers value for money and remains affordable,” says Silver.

“A small leafy suburb just 20minutes from the hustle and bustle of the CBD, I’ve lived here for 10years and I love it because it’s got everything one could want,” says local Kerry Ferreira. “It’s both modern and old and you can walk around and see buildings going up right next door to ancient 300-year-old oak trees. I love to see the new growth of the city and history side-by-side here.”

Whether you choose to rent or buy a freehold or sectional title home, you certainly know you have made the right decision. – Martin Silver, Just Property Picture: Supplied

A firm favourite among locals is 2nd Avenue in Harfield Village, says Ferreira aka Honeybun Shortcake. “That’s where you can find a selection of restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, even our brewery behind Banana Jam.

“There are some great schools in the area, such as Wynberg Boys and Girls schools, as well as many independents such as Auburn House Montessori and Michael Oak Waldorf.”

Says Silver: “Only a 10-minute drive away from the University of Cape Town, Kenilworth is also extremely desirable to students seeking a short commute to class and affordable accommodation.”

Kenilworth has grown in the Cape Town property market over the past 10 years, but is still affordable, he says.

“Whether you choose to rent or buy a freehold or sectional title home you certainly know you have made the right decision. Kenilworth is one of the top suburbs for both homeowners and investors.”

Places of interest and things to do 

Kenilworth is a quiet place but is stuck in between the hustle and bustle of Wynberg and
Claremont, allowing us the luxury of city living while still being able to feel comfortable and
calm in the suburbs. I love my suburb. I love Kenilworth. – Pinup model Honeybun Shortcake, AKA Kerry Ferreira
Picture: Supplied

1 Eat 

Rare Grill (076 460 0423) is a relatively new addition to the restaurants clustered around the beginning of 2nd Avenue below the train station, having been there about 18 months. Owned by Greg Bax (formerly Hussar), it won the annual The Wolftrap steakhouse championship last year, and was “highly commended” in the Eat Out Best Everyday Eatery awards last year. It’s small, so booking is essential to enjoy some of the best steak in Cape Town. 

2 Drink

Banana Jam is known for its wide range of craft beers on tap and in bottles, as well as an impressive rum collection in keeping with its Jamaican beach shack vibe. A favourite hangout for locals, the pizzas are grea. Goat curry is a speciality. 021 674 0186.

There are plenty of restaurants in the area. Picture: Tracey Adams/ANA

3 Lifestyle

As Ferreira says, there is a cosy mix of old and new in Kenilworth. The Pam Golding On Main lifestyle centre is relatively new. It has a supermarket and liquor store, beauty parlour, coffee shop, bakery and a bank. 0214264440. 

4 Shop 

Bargain hunters will find world brand names at Access Park (021 683 5885), all in one factory shop complex where prices are discounted from 30% up to 50-60%. 

5 Sport

Spend an afternoon watching thoroughbreds vie for line honours at Kenilworth Racecourse (0217001600). The track hosts trophy cups and family festivals, as well as the Sun Met and L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate.

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