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Tamboerskloof: Heed the call of the drums

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Tamboerskloof, on the edge of the City Bowl, is pricey with some manor-type homes, but it offers views, schools, parks, trendy pubs, proximity to beaches, and is within walking distance of the CBD

Forming part of the City Bowl, the sought-after suburb of Tamboerskloof rises up the slopes of Signal Hill and Lion’s Head.

When the Dutch arrived in 1652, lookout posts manned by spotters were established on the hills and mountains around the Cape Peninsula, including the crook at the top of Kloof Nek.

These spotters drummed the news of an approaching ship from one lookout post to the next until the farmers in the surrounding valleys heard the drums (tamboers) and would know to get their harvests to the harbour.

While the estates in the Gardens area, with their mountain streams and springs, were largely developed for vegetable production, those on the Signal Hill side were not so well watered and were planted with vines to became vineyards.

There are many advantages to living in Tamboerskloof, not least because of the mountain and sea vistas.

“Another plus for this area is its convenient location, just off the main route that runs all the way from the V&A Waterfront to Camps Bay, and within a few minutes’ drive of the CBD,” says Adel Louw, co-owner of the Chas Everitt International City Bowl franchise.

“Residents averse to driving in traffic can also use the excellent My CiTi bus rapid transit service that runs over Kloof Nek between the city centre and Camps Bay.”

Places of interest and things to do in Tamboerskloof

Property prices begin around R1.75million for one-bedroom sectional title apartments, and at around R4.5m for two-bedroom freehold homes. At the top end of the market, asking prices for ultra-modern four and five-bedroom homes range from R19m to around R25m, and those for the modernised Victorian mansions, which are more typical of the area, from R12.5m to around R16.5m.

“There is perennially strong demand, and statistics from property data company Lightstone show the average house price in Tamboerskloof has risen by 54% on the back of this over the past five years, from R3.95m to R6.09m currently.”

Over-35s are in the majority among home buyers in Tamboerskloof, says Louw, and most have children whose schools include Tamboerskloof Primary, Laerskool Jan van Riebeek and its high school, the German International School and Herzlia.

Tamboerskloof is a peaceful area with a strong sense of community and an active neighbourhood watch association – Adel Louw, co-owner of the Chas Everitt International City Bowl Franchise Picture: Supplied

“This also contributes to a shortage of stock because those who buy here tend to settle in for at least the duration of their children’s education. “In fact, 55% of current residents have lived in the area for 11 years or more, and another 25% between five and 10 years.”

Tamboerskloof is sheltered from the worst effects of summer’s south-easterly winds, and it is also a peaceful area with a strong sense of community and an active neighbourhood watch association.

“Its proximity to many of the city’s top attractions makes it popular with tourists, leading to the establishment of several upmarket guest houses and B&Bs.

“From here, people can easily reach the Waterfront, for example, or the beaches at Camps Bay and Llandudno, the N1 that will take them to the Winelands, or the trendy Bo-Kaap and Long Street areas, as well as restaurants, cafes and boutiques around Kloof Street.”

There are also plenty of nearby shopping centres.

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