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Sea Point is a neighbourhood that has always been a melting pot of people from all walks of life and all ages, a place where families have lived for generation after generation. The seedier underbelly of city living parts of Main Road were once notorious for, has long been cleaned up and the tide of gentrification, especially along Regent Road, has brought new shopping precincts, trendy cafes and boutiques.
“Sea Point is a wonderful place to live in,” says resident Lynne Jarche Ford. “I love its cosmopolitan villagey feel, we love the mix of nationalities and races. Living by the sea is very special, people are friendly, and now that it’s been made safer we love our ’hood, as we can walk to shops and restaurants and the beachfront.”
The promenade is one of Cape Town’s true public spaces where Capetonians from all over meet to run, cycle, stroll, dog-walk, do open-air yoga, or tai chi. There are the iconic salt-water swimming pools for morning laps, and behind the promenade, Regent Road and Main Road burst with cafes and eateries, some achingly hip, others workaday.
“I love the access to the promenade where I walk weekly,” says resident Sam Linsell. “It’s a convenient suburb in terms of access to so many shops and restaurants. You can literally buy an array of food types within minutes from your house at all times of the day and night.”
No longer the Atlantic Seaboard’s poor relation, Sea Point is on an upward trajectory. Urban densification policies have resulted in new apartment developments arising in place of old single-storey family homes and cottages, although quiet residential streets of Victorian and Edwardian houses still are the norm. Downsides of this popularity and soaring property prices, are the steeply rising municipal rates and rents making it harder for lower income families and retired residents, who’ve lived here all their lives, to stay put.
There’s a good choice of primary schools within Sea Point itself, starting with the public option of well-regarded Sea Point Primary.
Sea Point’s promenade, running for almost 7km along the sea front between Bantry Bay and Granger Bay is the place to be at any time of day. Whether it’s for an early morning run, a dog walk, cycle ride – there’s an Up Cycles hire station by the Pavilion if you don’t have your own – after school hang-out or parents with kids in the play parks, just about every local hits the promenade at some stage in their day.
The wide grassy strip is dotted with public art, hosts yoga classes and impromptu soccer games, picnics and kids’ parties. While the rocky shore isn’t ideal for swimming, the salt-water swimming pools at the Pavilion make up for this with an Olympic-sized pool for laps, a diving pool and two kids’ pools.
If you want to extend your run, Green Point Urban Park expands the green public space with an indigenous biodiversity garden, kids’ playgrounds, outdoor gyms and running circuits and water features with views of the stadium and Signal Hill. Then you’re in walking distance of the Cape Town Stadium for concerts and big matches, and there’s a whole array of sports clubs in the shadow of the stadium too, from golf to tennis, football, athletics and cricket. Everything about living in Sea Point conspires to get you outdoors and active.
Sea Point feels as close to living in a European city as you can get in South Africa and less suburban. I love that a mix of cultures live here and it feels a bit more cosmopolitan. I love that I can walk around the suburb and feel relatively safe during the day. SAM LINSELL, RESIDENT
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Sea Point offers a unique lifestyle comparable to some of the finest suburbs in the world. Tourists and holiday makers flock in throughout the year to live the “Sea Point life” and enjoy the breathtaking scenery and picture-perfect sunsets. The cosmopolitan coastline has benefitted from much upgrading over the last decade with an increase in both residential and commercial properties, the Main Road bustles daily with pedestrians popping into their favourite eatery, and the Mojo market has become a hotspot for friends to gather and enjoy watching a sports match or live band together.
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- Piazza da Luz: Woolworths Food, Spar
- The Point: Checkers, Banks Kitchen Boutique, Dischem
- Regent Road: independent fashion and decor boutiques, CAFDA 2nd hand bookstore, nursery
- Mojo Market: indoor market with clothes, crafts, groceries, live music and lots of vibey food stalls
- Artem Centre: Pick n Pay, Clicks, Sans for plastic-free groceries and homeware, Artem Gallery, and Coco Safar
- Main Road: all the high-street shops, banks and grocery stores you need
- La Mouette: elegant tasting menus and lazy lunches
- Rafael: authentic Lebanese food
- Coco Safar: fine patisserie, all day cafe, evening tapas
- The Shop: sustainable bistro fare
- Kleinsky’s: the best bagels
- Sundoo: vibey Indian eatery
- Scheckters Raw: excellent vegan eatery
- My Sugar: fabulous artisan chocolates
- The Promenade: cycling, running, dog walks, open-air gym, play parks and public art
- Sea Point Pavilion Swimming Pool: four open-air, salt-water pools
- Sundowners and rockpools at Saunders Rock beach
- Putt-putt at Mouille Point
- Kayaking in the bay with Kaskazi Kayaks
- Green Point Urban Park: green space to run, picnic and play