LIVING IN CAPE TOWN – A CLIENT’S PERSPECTIVE
The following was written by a former client, to a friend, to give an idea of the lifestyle here.
"When SA was first mentioned to us, we dismissed the very idea, but I can tell you we changed our minds within a few hours of landing here for a check-it-out visit and now we would love to stay here for many, many years.
Life here is rich, exciting and for the most part safe. The lifestyle with a young family is almost impossible to top. Your toddler could do every imaginable type of activity and have the choice of a huge selection of fantastic playschools. He will grow up outdoors, with no shoes on and you'll be able to head off to the beach, climb a mountain or walk in a forest and still get back for the lunchtime nap. It's a very child-friendly, family-focused environment.
Cape Town real estate is very well priced and you can buy great property for less than 50% of the cost in Europe, The cost of Property Cape Town is on of the main drivers of people wishing to live here with a wide and varied selection.
I have had several friends who have given birth here and the private health care system is fantastic - so as long as you have a health insurance, you will have a great experience.
Cape Town has a very European feel to it and has large ex-pat communities of English, French and Germans and actually most nations in the world. It is clean, has a good road system, most things work and the setting is stunning.
Walking the streets is very safe. The city centre spends a fortune on bibbed officials who are there to help you and there are car guards everywhere. I have NEVER felt nervous or threatened in any place in Cape Town and my work takes me into townships. The only theft we have encountered is baboons eating our picnic! So you will feel much as you would in a European city and take the same kind of precautions. You would need to be careful walking the mountain on your own and I wouldn't go to a deserted beach alone either - but those are the same rules you would live by in London, Paris or New York. Driving standards are a bit dodgy, so the other greatest risk would probably be the road, but usually it is benign incompetence rather than dangerous driving.
The natural beauty of the place is breath-taking. If you are in any way outdoorsy there are SO many things you can do. The social history is fascinating. There is a good art gallery, good theatres and good music festivals.
I imagine I have communicated my enthusiasm for the place. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it for a young family. We used a relocation agent who was truly fantastic, very details-orientated and knowledgeable. Check out their site: www.spacesa.com they will assist you with anything to do with finding a home in Cape Town to buy or to rent".