What was originally grazing land for the nomadic Khoisan and later farms established by Dutch colonials is now this thriving business district and residential area in the greater Cape Town.

Well located just 20 minutes from the city centre, the area is close to the beaches of False Bay, Newlands cricket and rugby stadiums, and the Constantia Winelands. Cavendish Square is popular for shopping, and there are plenty of exclusive boutiques as well as a wide array of restaurants.

  • Get some rugby or cricket action at one of the large sporting grounds in Newlands
  • Josephine Mill is a little slice of history - both a museum and the only remaining water mill in Cape Town
  • Pop in to Forester's Arms, popularly known as Forries, for an authentic pub experience in a garden setting

These area are synonymous with quaint semi-detached cottages, large residential homes, and leafy avenues. There is plenty of history to be found here with a rich heritage.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is just down the road and well worth a day of roaming, learning, and lazing. Time your visit for a summery Sunday and stay on for one of the very popular Summer Sunset Concerts.

A number of superb walks and hikes also start and end in these famous gardens. Hike from here to the Rhodes Memorial, one of Cape Town's iconic structures. The route takes you through Newlands Forest, with amazing views and waterfalls, and then past the King's Blockhouse, built as a lookout post over False Bay and the Castle just after the first British occupation of the Cape.

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Upper Wheelan House

Claremont & Newlands, Newlands, South Africa, Southern Suburbs, Western Cape

A peaceful, compact three-bedroom villa, affordable enough to make it your long-term Cape Town base, punctuated with jaunts along either coastline, or road trips into the hinterland. Within the village-like atmosphere of a popular local hood this is a real home from home, with two ceramic dogs that stand sentinel at your glass-paned front door awaiting your return.