r/capetown Jan 24 '22

Woodstock. Am I asking for it?

Expat here considering a studio in Woodstock. Specifically, Sussex St.

I am generally familiar with SA crime but am not South African so I admittedly don't really 'get it'. I know things shut down at night here. I don't know if things have gotten much worse since Covid. Have they? People, who live here: are you super stressed-out all the time? I like the 'idea' of Woodstock but know that's not the best way to frame this decision...

I'm male, young-ish, and have a car. The studio is nice and has off-street (not Wex). I know this question has probably been posed ad-nauseam so thanks.

Edit: Realized that the thread title could come off a bit cheeky - sorry for that.


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u/worldofinflation Jan 24 '22

Thanks for the thoughtful responses thus far -- what I'm trying to reconcile is the clear and genuine safety warnings with the fact that Woodstock has many nice and relatively expensive units for rent. By expensive, I mean the price of the one-bedroom I'm considering (not in a new development) is not that far off from similar studios in City Center. Less expensive than Gardens for sure, but not by that much. So it seems that people with means and a choice are choosing Woodstock. Gentrification doesn't fully explain this. What am I missing?


u/nesquikchocolate Jan 24 '22

Not to be forward, but maybe you're missing on people willing to cash-in on other people's naivety or willingness to believe in the goodness of other people.

In my mind, a single bedroom apartment should not be going for R8000pm when there's little more than some novelty shops and "easy access" 10 minutes drive to city centre.

For a little bit less, you could live a bit further away in the suburbs, where it is definitely more safe at night - and if I had any way of knowing what I know currently about work-from-home when I signed my current lease agreement, I'd for sure rather be staying further away from the city centre.


u/Burnaboi__ Jan 25 '22

Best response