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Hout Bay is arguably one of the most versatile areas in and around Cape Town and moving into a Hout Bay property will most likely be the smartest move you ever make.

Twenty minutes from the city

Although Hout Bay is only 20 minutes by car to the central business district, it is tucked away between the stunningly beautiful Constantiaberg mountain range and the cold Atlantic Ocean. It has a range of environments, from craggy mountain peaks to soft sanded white beaches, to a small, delightful bustling fishing harbour. Hout Bay property reflects this natural versatility perfectly.

If you have yearned for beachfront property, then there is a wide selection of family homes and holiday apartments within strolling distance of the beach. However, if your preference is sweeping views across the bay and harbour, with your back garden literally abutting the Table Mountain National Park, then fear not, there is plenty of Hout Bay real estate that will meet your every requirement.

What is so wonderful about Hout Bay is its self-sustainability. There is an adequate commercial infrastructure that includes a wide range of shops, restaurants, pubs and offices; and for the growing family, there are good schools, medi-clinics and of course, the benefit of the great outdoors. It is fondly referred to as "The Republic of Hout Bay" by its residents.

The great outdoors

Can you think of anything better than popping down to the beach for a sun downer on those long, languid summer days, or hiring a horse for a mad gallop along the beach at sunrise, or better still, taking your small (or big) craft for an afternoon sail to the nearby seal island? All these attractions are but some of the benefits of moving to Hout Bay.

Although South Africa continues to face certain challenges, Hout Bay is a relatively safe area to bring up your kids. There is a well appointed local police station, a fire station to deal with any eventuality and even the beach is one of the safest on the Peninsula.

Sound investment

Current economic conditions in South Africa, and the world for that matter, arguably make this the perfect time to invest in property. Recent statistics released by real estate agents suggest that the value of property in Hout Bay will continue to increase exponentially over the years. For those discerning few, moving to Hout Bay will only add to your quality of life. With an imminent upswing in the property market expected any day, now is the time to invest in Hout Bay property.