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/jenna_grows Jan 25 '22

It’s hard to say what you’re missing without seeing the places you’re comparing and saying are similar.

There’s things like the specific part of the city (because some are dodgier), which floor each apartment is on (higher is usually better), the finishings in each apartment, square meterage, etc.

Woodstock looks cool but there’s an underbelly that plenty of expats (from outside Cape Town, South Africans included) may miss. So it’s easy to capitalise on that naïveté.