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    Good day all.
    I am moving to Cape town in September. Good bye Gauteng. I have been in Western Cape as a kid but that was for holidays.

    Wife and kids will be coming in mid December as they have to finish school.

    I will be working near Kuilsrivier and will stay in blouberg with my niece and her husband for the time being.

    I will be needing a house 1st of December for the family.

    What is the best way to do this? Rental websites? Local papers?

    And lastly, i will be bringing my fishing rod.

    See you guys soon.
    Any advice?
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    Good luck with the traffic i also grew up in the WC as a kid, Stellenbosch to be precise, the traffic has become horrendous since I left in 1990. Enjoy the fishing
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    The best advice one can give

    Find a rental somewhere logical and not too far from your workplace (Durbanville or brackenfell are great for kuils river) live there for 6 months and then go house hunting every weekend
    go choofing around and familiarise yourself with areas, traffic patterns schools etc
    Cape Town has some VERY distinct traffic scenarios and what looks promising on a map is a nightmare in reality
    examples are
    smells and allergies near the refinery
    Horrific traffic from big bay
    N1 is very busy all the time, Durbanville to city centre can take up to 90 minutes BUT durbanville to kuils river is not a nightmare
    N2 from the airport to town is just like the N1

    Then when you are happy with an area buy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sand Warrior View Post
    Good day all.
    I am moving to Cape town in September. Good bye Gauteng. I have been in Western Cape as a kid but that was for holidays.

    Wife and kids will be coming in mid December as they have to finish school.

    I will be working near Kuilsrivier and will stay in blouberg with my niece and her husband for the time being.

    I will be needing a house 1st of December for the family.

    What is the best way to do this? Rental websites? Local papers?

    And lastly, i will be bringing my fishing rod.

    See you guys soon.
    Any advice?
    As a Transvaaler I can only give you one piece of advice. Stay CLOSE to work. You can always drive to the sea on weekends.

    Wife and I considered slaapstad, so we then visited it for 3 days out of season, and drove around in the mornings like a local going to work. Traffic is VERY VERY KUK!!

    But alas, enjoy it! I still get very jealous when we as Gautengers complain about our service delivery and the WC members just reply "we dont experience that here"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morne - Skip View Post
    Traffic is VERY VERY KUK!!
    Ja well no fine - Covid-19 has sorted that one out. And because so many companies have suddenly discovered that remote working is not only possible, but very efficient, we are unlikely to see a return to the traffic of six months ago any time soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Weaver View Post
    Ja well no fine - Covid-19 has sorted that one out. And because so many companies have suddenly discovered that remote working is not only possible, but very efficient, we are unlikely to see a return to the traffic of six months ago any time soon.
    Very true .... even evident on the N1/N3 here in JHB

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    My Business is in Kuils river and I live in Somerset west
    The trip is quite nice

    There are some nice areas in Kuils river too.
    Zevendal for example

    dont rush and enjoy the new environment (THose bumps all around you are NOT mine dumps)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sand Warrior View Post
    Good day all.
    I am moving to Cape town in September. Good bye Gauteng. I have been in Western Cape as a kid but that was for holidays.

    Wife and kids will be coming in mid December as they have to finish school.

    I will be working near Kuilsrivier and will stay in blouberg with my niece and her husband for the time being.

    I will be needing a house 1st of December for the family.

    What is the best way to do this? Rental websites? Local papers?

    And lastly, i will be bringing my fishing rod.

    See you guys soon.
    Any advice?
    I grew up in Kuilsrivier, and my folks still live there. Take a look around the the suburbs, you may find something suitable. Speak to Chas Everitt, 021 903 3824
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    Lots of good advice about staying as close as possible. Apart from the traffic, I struggle to deal with the drivers.........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maartendeneef View Post
    My Business is in Kuils river and I live in Somerset west
    The trip is quite nice

    There are some nice areas in Kuils river too.
    Zevendal for example

    dont rush and enjoy the new environment (THose bumps all around you are NOT mine dumps)
    It should be, apart from the baden powell and Polkadraai crossing on the R102 can't see major hicups
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    Default Re: Moving to Cape Town

    Regarding house rentals
    Try property 24 houses to rent, just choose your area eg
    1) Kuilsriver
    2) Somerset West
    3) Kelderhof Country Estate (situated between Kuilsriver and Somerset West)
    4) Sitari Estate

    New shopping centers nearby

    All the above area's are close to Kuilsriver about 30 min max in traffic

    I live in Kelderhof Estate and work at the airport Travelling to work normally 30 minutes but can take up to an hour if there is a incident.
    Thats on the N2

    Googe map will give you an overview

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morne - Skip View Post
    .... Stay CLOSE to work. ...
    Stay close to the kids' school. You drive to work once a day only. Mom's taxi might have to do the school trip many times each day.
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    Welcome to the colony. Kuilsrivier is nice because you have a lot of options like mentioned Somerset West, Stellenbosch, Durbanville etc.

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    Be safe down there man! Those western cape guys are a violent bunch: https://businesstech.co.za/news/life...inces-in-2019/










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    Quote Originally Posted by New View Post
    Be safe down there man! Those western cape guys are a violent bunch: https://businesstech.co.za/news/life...inces-in-2019/










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    Quote Originally Posted by HannesS View Post
    Welcome to the colony. Kuilsrivier is nice because you have a lot of options like mentioned Somerset West, Stellenbosch, Durbanville etc.
    This right here! Stellenbosch and Somerset West would be my first port of call to look (blerrie pricey though, although they all are!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maartendeneef View Post
    The best advice one can give

    Find a rental somewhere logical and not too far from your workplace (Durbanville or brackenfell are great for kuils river) live there for 6 months and then go house hunting every weekend
    go choofing around and familiarise yourself with areas, traffic patterns schools etc
    Cape Town has some VERY distinct traffic scenarios and what looks promising on a map is a nightmare in reality
    examples are
    smells and allergies near the refinery
    Horrific traffic from big bay
    N1 is very busy all the time, Durbanville to city centre can take up to 90 minutes BUT durbanville to kuils river is not a nightmare
    N2 from the airport to town is just like the N1

    Then when you are happy with an area buy
    THIS!

    Initial Blouberg to Kuilsriver commute will be telling... but the above advice is spot on!
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    As oppose to most of the members giving advise here I actually live in Cape Town.

    Traffic can be bad on certain routes. I live in Welgemoed, Bellville, and drive to Somerset West or Stellenbosch daily, against the traffic, so no problem with traffic.
    I lived in JHB for a few years, my experience was that traffic in general is worse up there.....my experience.... Cape Town traffic is confined to rush hour, apart from that its fairly smooth.

    Budget.....Cape town she is not cheap......

    Schools...you need to be close to decent schools if you have kids. Luckly lots of decent schools around.

    Personal preference; I wanted a view and a decent garden with as little wind as possibly achievable in Cape town. That narrowed it down a bit.

    Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

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    Thanks guys.

    The one other serious point is that my youngest son is autistic and we would need to live close to a suitable school. Stellenbosch has a montesory (spelling) school that can handle him so we are looking, not locked, in at stellenbosch/ brackenfell. I will need a garden for the 2 dogs and cat.

    Wife will be house mom for the first 6 months to assist the school with my youngest.

    My oldest is going to gr 8 next year so he will be ok. I dont mind driving as I do 800km a week at the moment in gauteng.
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    I travel to Kuilsriver from Paarl daily.

    If you want to live here. Zevendal is quite possibly the best (only place I would consider living if I had to with a family) next would possibly be Protea heights Brackenfell. Close to Kuila (you'll learn to say that) and against traffic. Only issue, if your work area is in Blackheath, for some reason the traffic is quite bad that way coming into Kuila in the afternoons....apparently mornings as well...

    I come from Paarl and even at about 07h20 I miss most of the bad traffic. Afternoons, I only leave at about 18h00 to avoid traffic...for some reason
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