Tourists could be forgiven for feeling that they have entered a time warp when visiting the white sandy beaches of Bloubergstrand in the Western Cape. Local traditions that span generations still form part of the attraction and offer a unique experience to those visiting these shores. Visitors and locals alike wend their way to the beach on a daily basis to meet with local fishermen, who using traditionally designed rowing boats have embarked on the early morning catch. On their return, the wood fires are lit and senses are met with aromas of fresh Mullet and “braai bread” that tantalise the taste buds of those on the beach that are waiting to enjoy a taste of the local cuisine.Situated close to Cape Town’s city centre, Bloubergstrand offers spectacular scenery including some of the best views of Table Mountain and falls within a marine nature reserve. A true hotspot with divers, fishermen and kite surfing enthusiasts, the area is famous for its locally produced fish dishes as well as the abundance of Cape rock lobster the area produces. Understandably, the region is not only popular with international tourists but draws large numbers of South Africans who invest in holiday homes in the area. Recent statistics released by Lightstone indicate that the suburb has had a total of 44 sales in the last 12 months. The average price for a freehold property is R4 295m while the predominant price paid for a sectional title unit is R839 000.Due to the recession and subsequent property fall out, property sales have decreased significantly in the area, however, price indicators reflect a steady growth and property prices have continued to increase considerably over the past five years. Aside from the abundant entertainment facilities and site-seeing attractions that visitors can access in nearby Cape Town, the suburb offers shoppers a selection of quaint boutiques, bistros, bakeries and coffee shops that are dotted along the town’s streets. In addition, the Bay Side and Village Sea Side shopping centres host multiple fashion outlets, cinemas, restaurants and entertainment for shoppers.As with other coastal areas in SA, it is not uncommon for people to initially invest in a holiday home and then, discovering that the lure of the more laid back lifestyle is too powerful to resist, move to the “beach pad” on a permanent basis. The fact that the area offers a number of excellent schools continues to appeal to those looking to relocate to this beautiful area.There are a number of options open to those with young families who are considering making the town home. Blouberg Ridge Primary and Blouberg Sands High schools are English medium co-educational schools. There are also a number of good independent schools close to the area for those who chose to educate their children privately.
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