No matter which way you turn your head, the property market in Cape Town offers unique investing opportunities. However, when it comes to choosing where to invest, nothing is more important than location, location, location.
Turn your head to the North and you’ll find the rolling vineyards of Durbanville. Turn your gaze towards the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean and you’ll find the bustling urban sprawls of Sea Point and Camps Bay. And while each of these suburbs offer a distinctive taste of urban or suburban, nothing encompasses both the urban and suburban aspects of Cape Town more so than the suburb of Newlands.
While Newlands may be one of South Africa’s oldest neighbourhoods, it offers a beautifully modern twist with affordability and affluence both key factors that make this the picture-perfect property investment. Home to Cape Town’s favourite sporting stadium, hiking trails, excellent educational institutions and thriving retail and commercial opportunities – there’s no question that Newlands is a heavy hitter within the property game.
Here are a few reasons buyers are loving the leafy streets of Newlands:
Established in 1700, Newlands has a lot of history behind its name. This bustling suburb was named after the Cape Colony governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel’s estate De Nieuwe Land and has managed to retain its suburban, village character.
Residents and visitors alike have the opportunity to visit some historic sites, which includes an 81-year-old Josephine Mill, which is both a museum and the only functioning watermill in Cape Town. For those looking to walk the path of yesteryear, you can visit Paradise Cottage, a residence that was inhabited by Lady Anne Barnard at the tail end of the 18th century.
A modern residential hub
The luxurious Newlands Peak is the flagship development for Rawson Developers, offering the ideal location for those looking to enjoy all that this incredible suburb has to offer.
This state-of-the-art residential hub integrates emerging global trends in both aesthetics and layout in its architectural design, with the 11-storey building blending seamlessly with the natural surrounds. What’s more, this new residential hub is pet-friendly and includes 248 units that provide a “sensitive interplay between contemporary design, natural light and green spaces.” It doesn’t get better than that!
Nature is just a stone’s throw away
Newlands offers the avid outdoorsman a chance to immerse themselves in nature with the Liesbeek Parkway Green Corridor, Newlands Forest and Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden right at your doorstep.
Take a stroll along the Liesbeek River and meander down from the mountain through the suburb, or stretch your legs and take a hike with the doggos and admire some stunning views. If that’s not nature enough for you, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden is recognised as a World Heritage Site thanks to its spectacular Cape Floral Kingdom and offers 528-hectares of mesmerising fauna and flora.
World-class schools are in close proximity to Newlands Peak, including Westerford High School, Grove Primary School, SACS, Rondebosch Boys’ School, Rustenburg Girls’ School, Bishops Diocesan College and the International School of Cape Town.
The University of Cape Town, which is considered one of the best universities in South Africa, is also nestled along the lower slopes of Table Mountain and is situated just above Newlands, making this affluent suburb the perfect location for students.
Security and safety
Peace of mind is at the heart of living in this charming suburb, blending a quality lifestyle seamlessly with convenience. The City of Cape Town, through its Groote Schuur Community Improvement Development plan, has placed a significant focus on safety and security, as well as cleanliness of the public space in the area.
As a community-driven venture, it includes an integrated public safety plan, run in conjunction with SAPS and Local Community Policing forums – and strategically placed mobile kiosks as a point of contact for the public. Foot patrols by public safety patrol officers operate in the area 24/7, 7-days a week.
A hub for sports fans
Sports fans can breathe a sigh of relief as the iconic Newlands Rugby Stadium, which has been set for redevelopment, along with Newlands Cricket Ground, make this a paradise for sports fans.
Sustainability has also become a key focus with more than R800 million being invested into the transformation of these iconic sports grounds with mixed-used sport, commercial, education and a leisure-orientated precinct in the works, offering a pedestrian first approach.
Luxury at your fingertips
Shop until you drop at one of the many shopping amenities in and around Newlands. Cavendish Square, The Link, Dean Street Arcade, Palmyra Junction or choose from one of the many boutiques located along the streets.
All that shopping is bound to work up an appetite, so why not choose from a selection of mouth-watering restaurants. Choose between a scrumptious Buddha bowl at Rootbar, a crispy pizza at Basilico, juicy steaks at Barristers or creative California rolls at Sushi – you’re spoiled for choice when choosing to call this amazing suburb home.
Grab an ice-cold beer with your friends or loved ones at Foresters Arms, or admire the SAB Newlands Brewery just down the road, the home of millions of litres of South Africa’s favourite brews. If you’re looking to sink your teeth into some culture, the Motebello Design is Cape Town’s hidden gem, offering 25 arts and crafts studios and workshops, a historic greenhouse and nursery, and a stunning restaurant.
With so much on offer, what’s not to love about this suburb?