Beneath the glamour, celebrities and fashion shoots, Camps Bay is at heart a village with a strong community vibe.
The aura of glamour that glitters over Camps Bay is the first thing to strike visitors: stunning scenery, celebrities enjoying sundowners on the glitzy strip, the globe-trotting jet-setters staying in glorious villas, and fashion shoots on the palm-tree-lined beach. Residents lucky enough to live there year-round relish the outdoor lifestyle and discover a strong community with a village vibe beneath the glitz.
“I love the easy access to natural open spaces, as well as all the lovely parks – many of which the locals have made and maintain themselves,” says Kim Richter who grew up here and moved back five years ago. “The community spirit among the growing number of young families in the area is remarkable.”
There are excellent facilities for families with three sports clubs and good local schools for all ages. “The Camps Bay schools are outstanding and offer families living here a well-rounded approach to education,” adds Kim. “Plus kids can walk, cycle or even kayak to school on a good day.”
Villas, architect-designed homes and apartment buildings climb up the steep slopes circling the bay and there is very little land free for development. There is one new project of four luxury villas currently under way, with Horizon Capital, within walking distance of the beach.
While the beach and the strip are the glamorous place to hang out, the more sheltered Glen Beach is the residents’ insider tip for picnics, sundowners and surfing away from the crowds. Shopping is about the only thing locals don’t have on their doorstep, mostly heading to the V&A Waterfront or the CBD, just a short hop over Kloof Nek.
“Even though it is south-easter season, summer is exquisitely beautiful and very social. This means crowds and mad traffic. Winter brings peace and quiet, stormy seas and dramatic skies,” says Kim. “It’s hard to choose which I love best.”
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