THE CASE FOR KALK BAY

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THE VIEWS AND QUAL­ITY OF LIGHT ARE EX­TRA­OR­DI­NARY

Built on slopes above the sweep of False Bay, its wa­ters are held in the long moun­tain­ous em­brace of the Ko­gel­berg that cul­mi­nates in Hangk­lip across the bay. The in­ter­play of light and cloud on an ocean that can be as translu­cent as the Mediter­ranean is sim­ply mes­meris­ing. Sunrise is a real show­stop­per. Bet­ter still, the light stays soft and balmy – very dif­fer­ent from the re­lent­less roast­ing of an At­lantic seaboard sum­mer, where the bet­ter part of the day one has to skulk be­hind the half-gloom of drawn blinds.

• IT’S FILLED WITH CHARM­ING TURNOF-THE-CEN­TURY AR­CHI­TEC­TURE

Kalk Bay res­i­dents don’t equate size with lux­ury, so the scale and pro­por­tions are wel­com­ing, and the vil­lage has an ac­tive his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety that is pro­tec­tive of the build­ings and cob­bled streets that de­fine its char­ac­ter.

• IT HAS A REAL VIL­LAGE FEEL

Ge­o­graph­i­cally, Kalk Bay is very dis­tinc­tive, and de­spite be­ing in­un­dated with tourists in the sum­mer there is still a core com­mu­nity that doesn’t fol­low the usual for­mu­laic class lines – fishermen, artists, wealthy re­tirees, dropouts, hip­pies, en­trepreneurs – all pas­sion­ate about their vil­lage.

• THERE’S LOTS TO DO

Kalk Bay punches way above its weight in terms of culi­nary and re­tail of­fer­ings. It is ar­guably the most pleas­ant shop­ping precinct in the city, with a great in­de­pen­dent book­shop, good jew­eller (Anpa), a theatre, art gal­leries (make a point of pop­ping into Kalk Bay Mod­ern and Art­vark), a bak­ery and a plethora of restau­rants, of which Har­bour House and Live Bait of­fer the city’s finest sea views.

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