These neighbourhoods are known for their Laid-back Lifestyle
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Unwind by the sweet water
Amanzimtoti, meaning 'the water is sweet' is a laid-back coastal town near Durban. This town attracts the young, old, retired and working class - all for the same reason.. the beach! With the beach being the main attraction in this neighbourhood, surfing, swimming and fishing are the most popular outdoor activities and holiday makers flock here in summer. Life moves a little slower in Amanzimtoti, and many people like to live here and commute to work in Durban.
Beautiful views, beautiful people
Living in the Atlantic Seaboard is the perfect culmination of all things great. The Atlantic Seaboard is comfortably wrapped between the coastline and the mountains. It is an exclusive area with beautiful homes on the mountain, allowing for incredible sea views. Waking up to the fresh smell of the ocean and going for a run along the promenade is standard practice among residents in these areas. It is close to the city centre, with easy access to the national highways, and right on the beachfront.
Small coastal town with a big personality
Ballito, on the Kwazulu Natal North Coast, has grown quickly recently. Upmarket estates, restaurants and shopping centres now inhabit areas that were sugar cane fields not long ago. Many families are relocating to the area to take advantage of the relaxed coastal lifestyle that the area offers, even though it is just 30 minutes drive from Durban. Ballito has 3 excellent malls offering lots of retail therapy, great restaurants, private schools, private hospitals and ample sporting facilities. Beside the houses and flats in the main residential and beachfront areas, there are many newly built, secure estates that provide a choice of property types for those moving to the area.
Cape Town Southern Suburbs
Affluent Village Feel
The Southern Suburbs make up some of the most popular residential areas in Cape Town. With large plots of land and roomy homes, the area attracts a fairly affluent crowd. The suburbs in the area include Rondebosch, Claremont, Plumstead, Ottery, Wynberg, Newlands, Constantia and Bishopscourt, Pinelands, Observatory, Tokai, Bergvliet, Kenilworth and Steenberg. Peaceful, quiet and leafy, the Southern Suburbs are seen by many as the perfect place to bring up children.
Small sophisticated suburb
Durban North is an established small suburb where the people are friendly, and the surroundings are beautiful. It is a family-oriented area with many activities available. Situated between Durban central and Umhlanga, all amenities and schools are located only minutes away. The area boasts spectacular sea and city views. Although it is centrally and conveniently located, living in Durban North feels very much like living in a small town.
Seaside suburbs of the South
Durban South has a very family-like feel to it, with spacious homes at affordable prices. Enjoy quiet neighbourhoods and great community living, amongst a diverse range of cultures. The area feels warm and welcoming to anyone and everyone. This part of Durban offers convenient access to beaches, malls, and good schools. It's suburban bliss, just a stone's throw away from the city of Durban. It's the ideal place for those wanting to retire near the seaside.
Taking it easy in East London
East London, Oos-Londen, eMonti. It is a one-of-a-kind, beautiful, diverse city that lies between the Nahoon and Buffalo Rivers, that lead up to the warm Indian Ocean. East London’s economy is built on its industrial centre, which is the second largest in the Eastern Cape, and is recognised for its motor industry. It is also known as the business hub of the Transkei area, with many daily commuters coming in and out for work. Over the weekend you can put your feet up and relax, as just around the corner from the hustle and bustle lies the magnificent East Coast. With camping, game drives and a wide selection of holiday resorts along the beaches, there are endless adventures waiting to be discovered.
Blue flag beauty
As a host to the blue flag beach, Bikini Beach, this harbour town is a beautiful seaside destination. Just 40 minutes from Cape Town, it’s the perfect escape from big city life, without being too far from the city itself. For the wine-lovers, there are 25 different wineries along the Helderberg Wine Route, ranging from historical to artsy. Experience the spectacular view from Clarence Drive, the scenic route between Gordon’s Bay and Betty’s Bay.
Between the rocky coastline and the green mountains lies "the village", as it is referred to by the locals. The residents of Hermanus have tried to keep the fisherman's village style of this town in tact, over the years. This neighbourhood is famous for Southern Right Whale watching during winter and spring, and is a popular retirement town. With a relaxed lifestyle, Hermanus is a fisherman's paradise and perfect for those who appreciate a slower pace of life, surrounded by majestic natural wonders.
Seaside bliss near the city
Commonly known as the “Republic of Hout Bay”, Hout Bay has the feeling of a faraway holiday beach town. It is, however, just a quick and beautiful 25 minute drive from Cape Town's city centre. Hout Bay is a community driven hub, with everyone working together for the greater good of the area, everyone feels like family. Located at the core of the Two Oceans Marathon and the Cape Argus, it is a sporty area with many cyclists and runners.