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    Default Moving to Cape Town from Gauteng_Suburb Advice Please

    Hi, our family is relocating to Cape Town from Pretoria. We are looking to buy a freestanding house in a good, safe, middle class
    area. We are currently considering the Bellville - Boston and Oakdale areas. Our future employers will most likely be in the Century
    City area/N1 City Areas. Our budget for a 3 Bedroom house is R1.8m max.

    Can anyone with knowledge of Cape Town please please give me advice in which areas to look? We have two toddlers, so it must
    be close to good primary/preschools as well.

    P.S. When filling in forms, I tick the 'W' block where it asks for race..Just so we land up in a pond with the same type of ducks.
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    Hi consider maybe Monta Vista or Edgemead area as it is close to work area and has good schools. We live in Edgemead and here are parks for kids to play and alot of people walking their dogs and jogging, we are very happy living here. As for pricing think you should be fine but not sure but definitely worth a look

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    Quote Originally Posted by HotWheels View Post
    Hi, our family is relocating to Cape Town from Pretoria. We are looking to buy a freestanding house in a good, safe, middle class
    area. We are currently considering the Bellville - Boston and Oakdale areas. Our future employers will most likely be in the Century
    City area/N1 City Areas. Our budget for a 3 Bedroom house is R1.8m max.

    Can anyone with knowledge of Cape Town please please give me advice in which areas to look? We have two toddlers, so it must
    be close to good primary/preschools as well.

    P.S. When filling in forms, I tick the 'W' block where it asks for race..Just so we land up in a pond with the same type of ducks.
    Consider Bothasig just north of Edgemead as well. Here's a nice tool from the City of Cape Town, just let it load and select aerial photography 2018. It works the same as google earth but is far easier and more informative. It shows all the schools, shopping centres and churches.

    https://citymaps.capetown.gov.za/EGISViewer/

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimny4x4 View Post
    Hi consider maybe Monta Vista or Edgemead area as it is close to work area and has good schools. We live in Edgemead and here are parks for kids to play and alot of people walking their dogs and jogging, we are very happy living here. As for pricing think you should be fine but not sure but definitely worth a look
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    Consider Bothasig just north of Edgemead as well. Here's a nice tool from the City of Cape Town, just let it load and select aerial photography 2018. It works the same as google earth but is far easier and more informative. It shows all the schools, shopping centres and churches.

    https://citymaps.capetown.gov.za/EGISViewer/
    These are both good options. Also Milnerton and Tygerhof are worth looking at, but pricing may be a bit out for Milnerton.
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    Thanks for all the replies guys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HotWheels View Post
    Hi, our family is relocating to Cape Town from Pretoria. We are looking to buy a freestanding house in a good, safe, middle class
    area. We are currently considering the Bellville - Boston and Oakdale areas. Our future employers will most likely be in the Century
    City area/N1 City Areas. Our budget for a 3 Bedroom house is R1.8m max.

    Can anyone with knowledge of Cape Town please please give me advice in which areas to look? We have two toddlers, so it must
    be close to good primary/preschools as well.

    P.S. When filling in forms, I tick the 'W' block where it asks for race..Just so we land up in a pond with the same type of ducks.
    Just be prepared that you might not find a pond with only "W"s in it.
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    If you look to be working Century City/N1 City then Edgemead/Bothasig/Milnerton would be the closest to your budget.
    Also have a look at Sandrift maybe ?
    Not too many W only ponds left in your budget range, I live in Bothasig, quite happy here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HotWheels View Post
    Hi, our family is relocating to Cape Town from Pretoria. We are looking to buy a freestanding house in a good, safe, middle class
    area. We are currently considering the Bellville - Boston and Oakdale areas. Our future employers will most likely be in the Century
    City area/N1 City Areas. Our budget for a 3 Bedroom house is R1.8m max.

    Can anyone with knowledge of Cape Town please please give me advice in which areas to look? We have two toddlers, so it must
    be close to good primary/preschools as well.

    P.S. When filling in forms, I tick the 'W' block where it asks for race..Just so we land up in a pond with the same type of ducks.
    Wow!

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    Growing up in Bothasig and leaving the area in 2003, my mom still stays there and I must admit that Bothasig is not what it used to be. But the upper part, close to plattekloof area still pretty good

    Traffic from the Bellville and furhter north side would be an absolute ball ache. I would also recommend Edgemead and possibly Bothasig where it borders Edgemead, Montevista also and option.
    Table View & Parkland (darklands) I would steer clear off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twist View Post
    Wow!
    Indeed!
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    Avondale, Boston area also not to bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HotWheels View Post
    Hi, our family is relocating to Cape Town from Pretoria. We are looking to buy a freestanding house in a good, safe, middle class
    area. We are currently considering the Bellville - Boston and Oakdale areas. Our future employers will most likely be in the Century
    City area/N1 City Areas. Our budget for a 3 Bedroom house is R1.8m max.

    Can anyone with knowledge of Cape Town please please give me advice in which areas to look? We have two toddlers, so it must
    be close to good primary/preschools as well.

    P.S. When filling in forms, I tick the 'W' block where it asks for race..Just so we land up in a pond with the same type of ducks.
    Just prepare yourself - you will not find what you had in Pretoria for the same price - wherever you go.Housing is ridiculously expensive, properties are small and so are the houses...

    Consider traffic as it is a nightmare (we don't really do the driving thing well here in Cape Town, so what could be ordinary traffic in Gauteng, becomes a nightmare in Cape Town)

    Other than that - we have the mountain and the sea....
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    In Brackenfell where I stay we have all sorts of ducks in our pond. Never realized it was supposed to be a problem

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronman View Post
    In Brackenfell where I stay we have all sorts of ducks in our pond. Never realized it was supposed to be a problem
    These old ducks, are they at least decent with teeth and proper costumes ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellie2 View Post
    Indeed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronman View Post
    In Brackenfell where I stay we have all sorts of ducks in our pond. Never realized it was supposed to be a problem
    It's not a problem. Hotwheels just has preferences he's fully entitled to.

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    Thanks for all the good advice guys. I understand it will be a huge adjustment, but as Dikdaan said, Cape Town has the mountain,
    and sea which I'm looking forward to. I'm standing by my 'same type of ducks in a pond' statement. Everyone has a preference as
    Olyfboer said. I DO NOT want to turn this into a race thing. Here in Pretoria we have black neighbor's with which we are on very
    friendly terms with, and never had any disagreements with. As mentioned, some areas (like everywhere in South Africa) is not
    what it used to be, and my opinion is it all comes down to mutual respect, of which some people have none. It is the reality, hence
    my preference. If you disagree with my opinion, go and read my signature.
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    I live in Oakdale, have been for 15 years.
    We are up close to Bellpark primary school. All three my kids went there. Bellville high is across the road - In my opinion the best high school in the Northern suburbs. Excellent neighbourhood watch in the area. Crime is really low-never had a break-in. Kids still play in the streets.
    In Oakdale we have 50% less wind than anywhere else in Cape Town.
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    Thanks Hardus, we are about to make an offer on a house in Oakdale. Can you recommend any
    pre-schools in the area?
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    Hotwheels, I was in the same boat last October. We decided to rent for a while. This gave us the opportunity to look around. Do your homework upfront. That is good. The final crunch comes when you arrive here. I bought a place in Strand (working in Somerset West), about a third in size of my house in Pretoria, for around the same price. My budget was very limited at the time. But, you need to be here to make a final decision. That is the only way to do it. And don't rush it, the right place for you will come when least expected. We lived out of boxes and suitcases till we found the right place.

    We had family here that did the initial exploring for us. They knew us and knew what we were looking for.

    Enjoy the hunting, that is part of the fun.
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