Sought-after and expensive suburbs on the Atlantic coast
Developed as a suburb in the 1940s, Mouille Point wasn’t really fashionable until after the 2010 World Cup and, more recently, the upgrade of the promenade.
The area behind what we now know as Mouille Point, however, has a significant place in the much older history of Cape Town.
Green Point Common stretched all the way to town and was the place for rambles and outings.
Regular horse race meetings were held there until the establishment of the Kenilworth Racecourse in 1882 (the oldest in South Africa), the building which now houses a McDonalds was the original course stand, and the slopes of Signal Hill accommodated spectators.
The common was the venue for some of the earliest rugby and cricket matches in the Cape, and the Green Point Track was an important venue for cycling and other track and field sports.
Mouille Point has shrugged off decades of being somewhat less than desirable, to emerge as one of the most sought-after beach suburbs of the Atlantic coast, competing with Clifton, Bantry Bay and the Waterfront, as it commands some of the highest apartment prices along the seaboard.
Located between Granger Bay and Three Anchor Bay, close to the luxury Water Club marina complex and V&A Waterfront and Silo precincts, Mouille Point occupies prime waterfront space and offers fabulous views.
“It is predominantly a high-density apartment suburb that offers a mix of older apartment blocks alongside trendy new complexes, such as East West and Amalfi, which have seen buyers prepared to pay ever higher prices for a front row unit,” says Lynn Pinn, sectional title agent for Seeff Mouille Point & Waterfront.
Colleague Finella Botes says: “Mouille Point comprises predominantly sectional title apartments. Well over 90% of property here is apartments.”
Those located on Beach Road, known as the Platinum Mile, are the most in demand and you can expect to pay well into the upper millions for a sea-facing unit, say the agents. The selling price on a rand per square metre basis is R61000. Prices range from R2million for a 33m² studio to R15.875m for a 222m² unit and R41.5m for a luxury unit in the new East West development.
“Top-end properties on the market include the fabulous 676m² penthouse in East West for R88m and a 449m² unit in The Breakers for R36m,” says Pinn.
In addition to locals, buyers from upcountry areas, Africa and offshore are drawn to the suburb.
“The promenade refurb has been concluded and grass is growing back. There has never been a better time to invest in Mouille Point than right now,” says Botes.
Places of interest and things to do in the area
Even though its official name is the Green Point lighthouse, it is in Mouille Point, and is the oldest operating lighthouse in the country. First lit in 1824 with two oil lanterns (sperm whale oil, to be precise), it was electrified five years later. Today it burns a warning light with a bright 850 000 candlepower visible for 25 nautical miles out to sea. The foghorn, which is as much an audible landmark as the lighthouse is a visual one, was installed in 1926. 021 449 5172.
Green Point Park (021 417 0120) lies just behind the long narrow strip which is Mouille Point, and in front of the suburb runs the promenade and the beachfront. Here you will find residents taking a stroll, walking their dogs, or entertaining children at Putt-Putt (021 434 6805) or a ride on the little Blue Train (084 314 9200), which operates daily from 9am until sunset, weather permitting. Proceeds generate funds for the Rotary Club of Sea Point projects. The two 18-hole Putt Putt courses are great for a family day or a fun date.
Numerous restaurants along the beachfront offer everything from steaks to sushi. Try Hussar Grill (021 433 2081), Pepenero (021 439 9027) or Butcher Shop & Grill (021 434 0758). Sotano (021 433 1757) is a popular sundowner spot with Mediterranean eats, sushi and live music offered in cool digs with a bar, patio and water views.
“The boardwalk that runs from Sea Point all the way to the Waterfront passes by Mouille Point and adds further character to the area,” says Lynn Pinn. “It is great for an early morning or evening stroll and the suburbs and surrounds are also suitable for jogging, cycling and other outdoor interests, including yoga on the promenade. The fabulous seaside lifestyle offers many health and wellbeing benefits.”