In recent years the city centre of Cape Town has been reborn. Gone are the days when it shut down at 5pm and streets were dark and frightening after that. Now the night life of Long Street, the backpackers with their adventurous visitors, the clubs, the best and most innovative restaurants, the safety and the lights, makes it all a bustling living place where all the movers and shakers who know how to party (and can still go to work the next day) want to be.
And people are living there too! Top office storeys have been turned into jooj penthouses and entire blocks are devoted to apartments of all sizes. There’s a lot to be said for living in the CBD – proximity to public transport, to the best beaches, to the best shopping, and walking to the clubs and bars without having to worry about driving home!
And, if you can pay the right price, the views!
You can either feast your eyes on the harbour and the bay – a never-ending scene of action, telescope mandatory! Or you can see across the suburbs and Cape Flats, all the way to the Hottentots Holland – for fabulous winter sunrises.
Or you can brave the wind and see the fabulous Table Mountain every day, morning, noon and night, with or without a tablecloth, with pink or purple or yellow reflections of the sunset. A telescope might also be fun to watch the hikers and climbers.
This is the view from the holiday apartments on the top floor of the Cape Quarter Village – they don’t call them malls any longer, but ‘lifestyle experiences’