Words: Kit Heathcock | Images: Natasha Lassen
In a city hungry for new homes, the suburb of Parklands is booming, attracting a new young community who enjoy its proximity to the beaches and the easy escape from the city up the West Coast.
Ten years ago, Parklands was a small outer suburb adjoining Table View. Now, together with its neighbor Sunningdale, it has expanded to the limit of the metropolitan area with a varied mix of quiet residential streets, retail spaces and commercial development. A big plus for residents was the opening in 2013 of the Sandown link road connecting the R27 to the N7, giving easier access to the rest of the city. And with the new Table Bay Mall and the superstores along Sandown Road, it has all the shopping you could need within a five-minute drive.
From the established family homes of old Parklands to the modern houses of the new suburban streets, there’s a wide variety of property to choose from. Secure gated complexes of luxury houses rub shoulders with more modest starter homes and apartments, and the area attracts all ages – from young professionals and families with children to retirees downsizing.
“Having lived in Century City previously, I was astounded at how affordable rentals in the Parklands area were and the beautiful, spacious home you could get for it,” says resident Peter Marx.
“I completely fell in love with Parklands and am seriously considering buying here. I live in the newish area of Parklands, which means that everything around me is new –from homes to shopping centres. It is also wonderfully located for getting to areas like the CBD and Durbanville.”
Despite being such a new suburb, it already has a comfortable community vibe. “Our area is very quiet even though we aren’t too far from the main road,” says resident Charis Le Riche. “It’s also very safe and we often see children playing in the streets, and residents jogging and walking their dogs. I thought I would miss the vibrant atmosphere of town, but this area has so much to offer.”
For a relatively new suburb, Parklands has an incredible choice of prestigious private schools within its borders and more in neighbouring suburbs. Parklands College, Blouberg International School and CBC St Johns have playing fields and good-sized campuses. Right next door in Sunningdale, Elkanah House has both primary and high school campuses.
Another big factor in the convenience of the lifestyle is the MyCiti bus network, which covers the whole suburb and makes it easy for older kids to reach the public high schools in neighbouring areas such as Table View, Milnerton and Melkbosstrand.
When it comes to weekends and leisure time, the ocean calls. “It’s easy to get to the beach from Parklands where we can enjoy an ice cream and a walk,” says resident Anja Bramley.
The whole of Blouberg beach all the way up to Big Bay is easily accessible – just a five-minute drive away with the new linking roads – making sundowners and seaside eateries an essential part of weekend and evening relaxation. “During summer months, the I Love Big Bay Market is a favourite of ours to visit, especially for the choice of food trucks (the Nob burgers are a must),” says Charis.
Within Parklands, the network of local parks, with kids play areas and open spaces ideal for dog walking, help build the outdoor community vibe. Kids have plenty of sports clubs within reach: from the cricket club, football club, roller derby and more at Sunningdale Sports Centre, to the soccer fields at Parklands Sports Complex, as well as surf schools and life-saving clubs on the beach front.
“Parklands is always expanding. It’s almost as if every time we leave our house, a new apartment block is being built and just like that, they’re occupied. It just shows how in demand the area is.”
Charis Le Riche, resident
- Cafe Blouberg: for all-day breakfasts and a sea view
- Petiscos: for great Portuguese food
- Portalia: for creative pizzas and Portuguese specialties
- Forneria Italia: for authentic Italian pizza
- Bread and Butter: for coffee and luscious cakes
- Remex Mexican Cantina: for the locals’ favourite Mexican food
- Moyo: for unique African dining
- The brand-new Table Bay Mall: for flagship stores and food outlets
- Bayside Mall: for movies and a good variety of shopping
- Sandown Retail Crossing: for Checkers Hyper, Footgear, Paul Bothner Music and more
- West Coast Village: for friendly neighbourhood shopping and Sportsmans Warehouse
- Sandown Road: for Builders Warehouse, Food Lovers Market, Virgin Active and more
- Parklands Main Road: for several smaller centres and all the everyday services you need
- I Love Big Bay market on Wednesday evenings in summer
- Sundowners at Blue Peter
- Potjie competitions at Driftwood Cafe
- Beach time and surfing at Blouberg or Big Bay
- Dog owners and their pets enjoy social time at Leadville dog park
- 23 Jump Street for kids trampolining