I love where I live Five women reveal why they love their homes
From an urban apartment to a farmland home, five w&h readers tell Virginia Boshoff about the special places they call home
‘The vibrancy of the city is infectious’
Angel Campey, 35, is a stand-up comedian. She lives in Cape Town’s CBD with her roommate, Siv Ngesi, 32. MY HOME I’ve lived all over SA, but I lost my heart to Cape Town.
The electricity of the city is difficult to express in words, but living on the 16th floor of a high-rise apartment, the streets below humming with vibrancy, I’m getting closer every day. Each room in the apartment I’ve been sharing with Siv since 2011 has floor-to-ceiling glass windows, with uninterrupted views of Table Mountain and the sprawling cityscape beneath it. We’re also within walking distance of everything from high-fashion stores to hipster coffee bars – it’s a social butterfly’s dream! MY WORK For the past seven years of my career, I’ve been wearing many hats, so I have little to no daily routine. I write for TV, appear on the comedy-panel TV show Point of Order, present on radio for Smile90.4fm, and my stand-up comedy show, Devil’s Advocate, has had huge runs at the National Arts Festival for the past two years. Comedians are social commentators, so living in the heart of the Mother City helps – being next door to parliament is a great way to keep your finger on the country’s pulse.
MY COMMUTE Since I freelance, my commute is always changing, but when I’m not on location or set, I’ll pack up my laptop and take a stroll to one of the many local coffee shops.
MY FAVOURITE PLACE It has to be The Gin Bar on Wale Street – numerous variations on the classic G&T aside, it’s housed in such a beautiful little courtyard and is exactly how I imagine Italy’s street
scenes would look. It’s a go-to for dates or a night out with friends.
BEST THING ABOUT LIVING HERE How close it is to everything – but, it’s hard to pick just one thing. I adore the views of the city from our windows, and living with my friend is such fun.
THE DOWNSIDE True to Cape Town’s reputation for being tight on space, I wish our flat had more storage room. I really miss having a garden, too.
MY COMMUNITY Our building is a very social space, with the rooftop as its hub. It’s where we all meet up on summer evenings for a few drinks and a catch-up while we watch the sun sink below the mountain. Now and then, the ‘small-town’ feel of this neighbourhood takes me by surprise – all the local business owners know me by name, and the coffee baristas have my usual order memorised.
WHAT I DO IN MY DOWNTIME
I’ll grab a cuppa to go from Truth Coffee Roasting – in my opinion, the best in town – and take a book down to The Company’s Garden a few blocks away. I love feeling the grass under my feet while I read.
Angel often pops in for a strong cup of coffee at one of the many nearby bistros