Plattekloof property and lifestyle guide

Private Property South Africa
Kit Heathcock

This green and leafy Cape Town suburb enjoys a convenient location close to shopping, the Cape Town CBD and the airport.

About the area

The glorious view over Cape Town and Table Mountain is just one of the attractions of living in Plattekloof. Hugging the skirts of the Tygerberg Nature Reserve above Plattekloof Road, the suburb is green and leafy, close to nature, yet with the convenience of the city spreading out at its feet. With each successive phase of development there has been more focus on security estates and prestigious architect-designed homes, designed to make the most of the views and surrounding nature, which is always evident in the open streets and the green expanses of the adjoining De Grendel wine estate.

With the Tygerberg Nature Reserve on the doorstep, an outdoor lifestyle is easy. Keen mountain bikers have a huge network of trails to explore, from the nearby Majik Forest, to the Durbanville Valley Wine Estates of Contermanskloof, Meerendal and Hillcrest. The reserve itself is home to the Cape fox, honey badgers and a wealth of birdlife with plenty of hiking trails and picnic spots. Closer to home, the duck pond at the heart of Plattekloof is a favourite destination for younger kids.

For everyday shopping, Plattekloof Village is a convenient community hub, and it’s only a 10-minute drive to Canal Walk for serious retail therapy. In fact, this accessibility makes Plattekloof even more desirable. In just 20 minutes you can be at the Cape Town International Airport, the CBD or at one of the Blouberg beaches, not to mention how easy it is to escape the city altogether to head out to the Winelands or up the West Coast. With Mediclinic Panorama and all its associated medical facilities and doctors’ rooms just across the road, a choice of schools in adjoining suburbs and the ever-changing, mesmerizing views of Table Mountain to come home to, it’s no surprise that Plattekloof is one of the most sought-after of the Northern Suburbs.

Plattekloof is very conveniently situated to get just about anywhere, from town to Paarl, Table View or Century City. I love the feel of the area with nice-looking, well-kept properties and having the nature reserve close by for hiking at the weekend.

Jaco du Toit, resident

Best in food:

  • De Grendel: for fine dining and wine tasting with platters
  • Greens: for wood-fired pizzas and fresh cafe fare
  • Simply Asia: for reliable Asian cuisine
  • Cattle Baron: for good steaks and grills
  • Cafe Chameleon: for a casual lunch with a view

Accessibility:

  • Easy access to the N1 for the CBD, the Northern Suburbs and Winelands
  • Easy access to the N7 for the West Coast
  • Close to Century City and Canal Walk Shopping Mall for work and shopping
  • 20 minutes to Cape Town international Airport

Things to do:

  • Hike the trails in the Tygerberg Nature Reserve.
  • Go mountain biking in Majik Forest.
  • Explore the Durbanville Wine Route.
  • Visit the Galileo Open Air Cinema at Hillcrest Quarry in summer.
  • Take the kids to feed the ducks at the central pond.

This article originally appeared in Neighbourhood, Sunday Times.

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