Victorian home in Bohemain suburb

Victorian home in Bohemain suburb


Apr 2015

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2 Bedrooms
Sleeps 4
1 Bathrooms

About our home

Our suburb is central to Cape Town and surrounds with easy access to city, beaches, and nature reserves. Highlights are Table Mountain National Park, Cape Winelands and Cape Point Nature Reserve. Observatory (known as Obz to the locals) is an eclectic area with a range of restaurants, bars and interesting shops within short walking distance from our house. Our local train station, also a short walk away, connects with both the city and False Bay and one can catch both buses and mini-bus taxis (our most widely used form of transport) from the Main Road close by. Traditionally a 'Grey' Area (an area of mixed race) Obz is still a mix of cultures and classes where artists, professionals and students live side by side. Many families with small children live in the area and regularly use the dedicated children's parks and local library to meet. Rainy days are also well escaped in the nearby Cape Town Science Centre or the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V & A Waterfront. Cape Town Centre is a short train, bus or car trip away (not too far to cycle either) and filled with museums, gardens, restaurants and wonderful retail shops to keep one endlessly occupied. (An absolute must is the morning or afternoon tea at the Mount Nelson Hotel in Gardens.)

Our home is an old but unusual one for Obz in having a pleasant, wind-free garden at the back ( a boon with the tip of Africa being subject to either South-easterly winds or south-westerlies. There is a separate flatlet which is currently occupied by a family member and her 3 cats.

The main house is an open-plan layout with doors opening straight on to the garden. It contains a king-size bed, a 3/4, a single bed and a baby's cot. It is a child-oriented home with jungle gym and sandpit and only a few steps to negotiate. There is a fireplace in the lounge for cold, winter nights where you can watch a movie, play games, read - plenty of books - if you do not feel like going out to a local restaurant or pub. Wifi is available and a cleaner/nanny comes once a week to help keep things shipshape and occasionally someone to help keep the garden in trim. Although there is a double garage, which usually serves as an artist's studio for the creatively minded, it is currently used for storage, so not available right now. However, there is off street parking right outside the front gate.


Judy's reviews

As a host (1)

More about us

  1. We are a family of a granny, mother and 2 small girls

  2. Judy (grandmother) is a University lecturer and Ruth (Mum) is a Fine Artist.

  3. We are a close-knit family group who love art and beautiful old things, too. Our home reflects this and shows that we will take care of others' houses.

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Where is it?


Buzzy restaurants
Panchos, Ganesh, Obs Cafe and A Touch of Madness
Cool bars
The Armchair, Trenchtown, Tagores and Jerry's.
Cozy cafés
Mimi's, Honeybun, Mango Ginger and Coco Cha Chi.
Retail therapy
Mnandi Textiles, Wafwako, Artsource and numerous others
Bit of culture
The Natural History Museum, The National Gallery and many Iziko museums are in town. First Thursdays Gallery walkabout is also a fantastic art viewing experience. Cape Town is filled with interesting things.
Walks in the park
The Liesbeek River wetlands project is just down the road, there are children'r parks and a dogwalking park in the area or a short bus/ tain/ taxi or car ride away are Greenpoint Urban Park, Keurboom Park, The Company Gardens and the amazing Kirstenbosch Gardens.
Spot of exercise
A run along the Liesbeek River, hire a bicycle to get around or try the local boxing gym.
Day tripping
The Two Oceans Aquarium, Table Mountain Cable Way and the Cape Winelands.

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