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

Woman & Home (South Africa) - - Editor’s Letter -

‘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

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