Some of the most at­trac­tive moun­tain­side homes with views are in this naval town on the False Bay coast, which of­fers mu­se­ums, his­tor­i­cal sites and the largest colony of African pen­guins

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - HOME - BY BIANCA COLE­MAN

NAMED af­ter Si­mon van der Stel, Si­mon’s Town is the last town along the False Bay coast­line be­fore one heads through to Cape Point.

“It’s a naval town with lots of mar­itime his­tory. The main road is lined with shops, mu­se­ums and res­tau­rants,” says life­long res­i­dent Perry Ann Coon.

The neigh­bour­hood of­fers vis­i­tors and lo­cals di­verse en­ter­tain­ment, such as guided walks ex­plor­ing var­ied ar­chi­tec­ture in cob­bled lanes, sail­ing, deep sea div­ing, kayak­ing, golf­ing and bowl­ing.

Mar­itime mu­se­ums put the past and present into con­text, from Si­mon’s Town’s ori­gin as a naval base, to the cur­rent seat of the South African Navy.

For an in­for­mal slice of his­tory, stroll around Ju­bilee Square with its tall palm trees and ad­mire the statue of Able Sea­man Just Nui­sance, the fa­mous Great Dane who served in World War II.

The yacht basin is a hive of ac­tiv­ity at week­ends and a favourite des­ti­na­tion for hol­i­day­mak­ers who also en­joy the beaches, moun­tains and a cos­mopoli­tan life­style.

Frol­ick­ing south­ern right whales visit False Bay wa­ters dur­ing their calv­ing sea­son in spring, which is now, while nearby Boul­ders Beach is home to the world’s largest colony of African pen­guins.

The shel­tered bay of­fered refuge to the Dutch and then the Bri­tish naval fleets, which over time gave the town with its Vic­to­rian-style ar­chi­tec­ture a unique char­ac­ter which has been care­fully pre­served, says Se­eff agent Eloise Day.

“The ex­ten­sive Har­bour Bay de­vel­op­ment re­cently opened with re­tail stores, res­tau­rants, shops and of­fices; a medi cen­tre will fol­low soon,” she says.

The Si­mon’s Town and nearby Glen­cairn ar­eas of­fer a broad range of prop­erty to suit dif­fer­ent buy­ers and bud­gets, with two favoured ar­eas be­ing the cen­tral town and the moun­tain­side homes above the dock­yard and fur­ther north, says Day.

“Si­mon­skloof is per­haps most pop­u­lar, be­ing vir­tu­ally wind­free. With a pos­si­ble ex­cep­tion of the At­lantic seaboard, no other Cape Penin­sula sub­urb, other than some Fish Hoek moun­tain­side prop­er­ties, of­fers such at­trac­tive moun­tain­side sites with such good views.”

Ac­cord­ing to Day, buy­ers range from those aim­ing to down­scale to a sea­side life­style from ar­eas such as the south­ern sub­urbs, to those mov­ing from far­ther within the Western Cape, Gaut­eng, and even KZN.

“We also have a few buy­ers from over­seas look­ing for in­vest­ment and lock-up-and-go houses and apart­ments.”

Prices of apart­ments range from R850 000 to R950 000, but Har­bour Bay apart­ments have sold from R1.6m to R6m. Bayview Heights apart­ments have sold from R1.8m to R3.5m.

“Free­hold fam­ily houses can still be found for R2.2m, but the av­er­age price is R3.5m in both Si­mon’s Town and Glen­cairn. How­ever, there are prop­er­ties priced above this, es­pe­cially larger prop­er­ties with stun­ning views.”

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