Western Cape Overview

Province Overview

Arguably one of the most picturesque landscapes in the world, the Western Cape province not only offers chic city living apartments but also breathtaking agricultural properties.

Young professionals prefer Cape Town CBD living, whilst the larger family homes scattered throughout the Northern and Southern Suburbs of the city attract family buyers. If you are in the market for retirement and holiday properties the Garden Route is the destination for you with gems like George and Knysna to chose from.

The various rental property options available in the Western Cape ensure that prospective tenants will be able to find exactly what they are looking for. Cape Town’s City Bowl is a hotspot for young professional tenants, while the Atlantic Seaboard is known for its movie-worthy rental properties.

With its sweeping vistas of mountains, vineyards, and ocean it is easy to see why people fall in love with this picturesque South African province. From young creatives to the older generation - everyone will find their slice of paradise here - whether it is in the buzzing City Bowl or the laid-back Knysna!

Those in the market for a holiday home also flock to this province in the hopes of finding an escape from city life, which sees many eventually retiring to their previous holiday destinations.

Interesting Facts

  • With a total area of 129 370 square kilometres, the Western Cape is roughly the size of Greece. It’s the country’s fourth-largest province, only slightly smaller than the Free State, taking up 10.6% of South Africa’s land area and with a mid-2006 population of 4.7-million people.
  • Visitors to the Western Cape can disembark at international airports in Cape Town and the city of George, or at the ports of Cape Town, Mossel Bay or Saldanha.
  • Saldanha, north of Cape Town, is South Africa’s only natural harbour, and notable harbour for iron exports and the fishing industry. Other towns include Worcester and Stellenbosch in the heart of the winelands, George, a centre for indigenous timber and vegetable production, Oudtshoorn, known for its ostrich products and the world-famous Cango caves, and Beaufort West on the dry, sheep-farming plains of the Great Karoo.
  • The Western Cape is home to the smallest of the world’s six floral kingdoms, the Cape Floral Kingdom, which is characterised by fynbos and the protea family, and contains more plant species than the whole of Europe.
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Albertinia (49), Arniston (1), Ashton (3), Atlantis (4), Aurora (1), Barrydale (1), Beaufort West (4), Bellville (147), Bettys Bay (34), Blaauwberg (154), Blackheath (9), Blouberg (254), Blue Downs (28), Boggomsbaai (4), Bonnievale (4), Bot River (5), Brackenfell (59), Bredasdorp (4), Caledon (9), Calitzdorp (34), Cape Agulhas (1), Cape Town (2070), Chatsworth (1), Clanwilliam (25), Constantia (2), Darling (5), De Doorns (3), De Kelders (6), Delft (50), Durbanville (93), Eersterivier (46), Elsies River (6), Fish Hoek (35), Franschhoek (6), Gansbaai (254), George (291), Glentana (6), Goodwood (58), Gordons Bay (224), Gouritsmond (3), Grabouw (8), Grassy Park (1), Great Brak River (35), Greyton (2), Groot Brakrivier (27), Grotto Bay (10), Hartenbos (101), Hermanus (138), Hopefield (3), Hout Bay (74), Jacobs Bay (7), Kalbaskraal (2), Khayelitsha (22), Kleinmond (66), Knysna (108), Kommetjie (7), Kraaifontein (224), Kuils River (78), Ladismith (42), Laingsburg (1), Langebaan (135), Macassar (2), Malmesbury (103), Matroosfontein (1), Mcgregor (16), Melkbosstrand (35), Milnerton (329), Mitchells Plain (46), Montagu (37), Moorreesburg (1), Mossel Bay (624), Muizenberg (1), Napier (13), Noordhoek (19), Oudtshoorn (64), Paarl (178), Parow (150), Piketberg (4), Plettenberg Bay (33), Porterville (11), Prince Albert (18), Pringle Bay (21), Riversdale (31), Riviersonderend (1), Robertson (36), Saldanha (54), Sedgefield (21), Simons Town (17), Sir Lowrys Pass (2), Somerset West (225), St Helena Bay (71), Stanford (7), Stellenbosch (323), Still Bay (8), Strand (272), Strandfontein (1), Struisbaai (7), Suiderstrand (1), Swellendam (8), Touws River (2), Tulbagh (2), Uniondale (3), Van Wyksdorp (40), Vanrhynsdorp (1), Velddrif (53), Villiersdorp (28), Vleesbaai (13), Vredenburg (13), Vredendal (3), Wellington (49), Wilderness (43), Witsand (1), Worcester (30), Yzerfontein (25)
Latest real estate news in Western Cape view all news in Western Cape
Market & Opinion
Positive growth in the residential rental market continues
28 Nov 2022
PayProp’s quarterly Rental Index shows continued growth in the residential rental market into the third quarter of 2022.
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Featured Property
New luxury ‘green’ estate adds more shine to affluent Paarl
25 Nov 2022
The Western Cape town of Paarl is steadily becoming one of South Africa’s leading centres of affluence as it continues to attract high net-worth property investors from around the world to its luxury lifestyle estates surrounded by spectacular mountain vistas, prestigious schools and exclusive retail and entertainment venues.
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The redevelopment of Greenways Hotel creates unique security estate living
03 Nov 2022
With spacious, luxurious homes in Cape Town’s highly sought-after ‘Hen-and-Chicken’ precinct in Upper Claremont hard to come by, the conversion of Greenways Manor and its six-acre estate into a highly secure, exclusive residential development - Greenways Estate, has aroused considerable interest among home buyers, says Pam Golding Properties.
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Market & Opinion
V&A Waterfront residential property set for a bumper summer sales season
12 Oct 2022
The residential property market in Cape Town’s world-renowned V&A Waterfront is increasingly buoyant, with sales registered for the first nine months of 2022 exceeding the total number sold for the whole of last year (2021).
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