Cape Town’s CBD and “City Bowl” area offer a vast array of apartments and penthouses to rent as well as houses, townhouses and garden cottages.
The backdrop to the CBD is one of the breath-taking natural wonders of the world, Table Mountain, and many tenants here are able to wake up to this beautiful sight every morning, while other apartments to let offer panoramic harbour and waterfront views.
Cape Town’s CBD and Foreshore areas have undergone major regeneration over the past 20 years, and many older office buildings, hotels and apartment blocks have been converted into modern and highly-secure residential complexes offering New York-style lofts to rent, complemented by in-house pools, gyms, business centres, entertainment areas and convenience shops.
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- R10,995 per month
- HANSE CAPE VILLAGE
- R9,995 per month
- HANSE CAPE VILLAGE
- R8,995 per month
- QUEENS FLATS
- R10,250 per month
- MARKEV COURT
- R10,500 per month
- ESCOMBE HURST
- R9,000 per month
- CLOVERS THE
- R11,500 per month
- DERRY STREET 33 VREDEHOEK
- R12,500 per month
- SHEM COURT 4
- R8,500 per month
- MONTREUX 26
Many of these apartments are let to tourists and business visitors on a per-day basis, but the area is also popular with students and young professionals, not least because of its vibrant nightlife. It also attracts diplomats, parliamentary staff and senior government officials, while corporate executives have recently also started to rent city apartments close to their offices that they use during the week in order to avoid Cape Town’s infamous traffic congestion.
There is high demand for both furnished and unfurnished flats to rent, and rentals in the city centre start at around R6000 a month for a bachelor or studio unit and range from R8500 a month all the way up to R25 000 a month for a one-bedroom unit, depending on size, location, furnishings and extras such as balcony space or garaging.
Monthly rentals for two-bedroom apartments to rent in the CBD currently start at around R11 000 for units with one bathroom, and R14 000 for units with two bathrooms. Three-bedroom apartments are also available, at rentals from around R22 500 a month, as are expansive penthouses with outdoor pool decks or rooftop terraces that provide truly spectacular views, at rentals from around R40 000 a month all the way up to R130 000m a month.
There have also been many new apartment developments in recent years, such as those in the V&A Waterfront precinct, where rentals for studios of around 31sqm start at around R9500 a month, those for one-bedroom units at around R14 000 a month and those for two-bedroom, two-bathroom units at around R22 000 a month. Three-bedroom apartments to let overlooking the Waterfront Marina can rent for as much as R70 000 a month.
The area surrounding the CBD is known as the “City Bowl” and encompasses suburbs such as Devil’s Peak Estate, Gardens, Higgovale, Oranjezicht, Vredehoek, Walmer Estate, Woodstock and Zonnebloem, where apartment rentals are somewhat cheaper than in the CBD and there are also townhouses, cottages and houses to let.
Three-bedroom furnished and unfurnished homes are available in Gardens, for example, at rentals from around R20 000 a month to R45 000 a month, while Vredehoek offers two-bedroom townhouses at rentals from around R18 000 a month and three-bedroom houses at rentals from around R28 000 a month. In Zonnebloem, monthly rentals for two-bedroom townhouses start at around R17 500.
Trafalgar also has apartments to let in all these areas, at rentals from around R7 500 for one-bedroom units in the Disa Park complex in Vredehoek, to R16 500 a month for three-bedroom apartments with garaging that are within walking distance of shops, good schools and trendy restaurants and coffee shops.