ALL ON THE DOORSTEP
Century City has everything a buyer could want, including canal walks and birdlife, hundreds of shops and restaurants, plenty of work opportunities and proximity to schools, the CBD and Cape Town International Airport
CONCEIVED as a mixeduse development suburb when 250ha of apparent wasteland along the N1 were rezoned from purely residential, construction of Century City began in 1997. Today it is a multi-faceted area comprising entertainment, residential, retail and office components, offering its residents everything they need for daily operating and living.
“My husband and I and two spaniels – Frank Sinatra and Robbie Williams – have been living here for more than 15 years now, so we have seen it grow from Canal Walk shopping centre into an urban neighbourhood,” says TV chef and food writer Anel Potgieter.
“There is always something to do. We love walking along the canals, heading out early on Saturday mornings for the regular Parkrun or sitting watching the world go by, or checking out some of the interesting and amazing art sculptures.
“Then it is always quick and easy to meet someone for a glass of wine or a bite to eat at one of the many cafés or restaurants in the Century City precinct.”
Century City has grown at a phenomenal rate over the past few years. It is close to highways, the CBD is about 15 minutes away, Cape Town International Airport is about 10 minutes away, and Canal Walk shopping centre and several private schools are on the doorstep.
All this means it is one of the most sought-after areas to live and invest in, says Just Property consultant Jess Campbell.
“This brilliant growth has meant an influx of investors buying up everything Rabie launches. That, coupled with all its offerings, means tenants flock toward the area. Century City has truly been brilliant from conceptualisation to its current state.
“In my opinion, we will see similar concepts for the future; it won’t take away business from the city’s main CBD, yet it does alleviate the traffic congestion caused by commuters heading to the city for work.
“Similar areas for the future will help to combat this. At the same time, people like the added security and convenience of having