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

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - HOME - By Bianca Cole­man

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

Cen­tury City is a live- work- play des­ti­na­tion that has grown hugely over the past 15 years. PIC­TURE: TRACEY ADAMS ANA AFRICAN NEWS AGENCY

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