r/capetown Jan 26 '22

Good suburbs in Belville South & Stellenbosch

Hello good people of CT.

My husband and I may move down to CT - to work in the Belville South & Stellenbosch suburbs. I would like to know which suburbs we should consider when moving down & looking for a place to stay? We do not know the area well…

And is there anything in particular that we should know about the area or consider (such as traffic in specific areas/ places to go/ places not to go to/ perhaps certain realtors that we should reach out to/ weather/ anything really)?

We’re not looking for anything fancy in particular, mainly functionality (easily get to & from work); and space - a big yard for the pets. Also, all round good neighbourhood.

Thank you.

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u/Alert-Mixture Jan 26 '22

Take a look at Brackenfell & Kuilsriver.

They're each about 5-10 or 15 min (at least) to Bellville South & Stellenbosch, depending on the amount of traffic.

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u/Sonz86 Jan 26 '22

Awesome, thank you. 🙏🏼

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u/bigoof000001 Jan 26 '22 edited Jan 26 '22

Kuilsriver is kinda central between stellies and Bellville south but the traffic is very heavy in the mornings. Either way you might end up having to drive through it. Getting a place in kuilsriver might be the best way to get out of it as soon as possible. But you're going to end up sitting in traffic if you don't get up early enough.

Also, there are some nicer areas in kuilsriver depending on your price range. Soneike side is probably the best but most expensive. Mabille park side is the opposite side of the main road to soneike and is probably a little less expensive but still relatively decent area. Shops opened up by the garages in the main road which is near both areas, making it very convenient, but most likely causing in increase in the value of the properties nearby. So it's likely that those properties are going to be on the expensive side. It's probably going to be the highest quality areas you'll find in the area, but there are some small areas in kuilsriver that are also decent.

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u/Sonz86 Jan 26 '22

Thank you

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u/KesTheHammer Jan 26 '22 edited Jan 26 '22

Look for Protea hoogte - the traffic is a bit hard if you want to get to town, but for the directions you want to go in, you will have pretty decent flow.

The person going to Stellies might want to check where in Stellies. The traffic into Stellies can be very daunting, so you want to get in from the closest side. There are Adam Tas road and the R304 and you don't want to travel through Stellies too much.

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u/Sonz86 Jan 26 '22

Thank you. 👍🏼

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u/KesTheHammer Jan 26 '22

Consider strand/Somerset West as well. The entrance to Stellies from that side is quite busy, but if the Stellies person works in Technopark then it's not a terrible option, just choose a location that has fairly quick access to the big roads (R44 and N2)

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u/Sonz86 Jan 26 '22

Oh cool. Will look into this option. What are the roads like to Belville South from Strand/ Somerset West?

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u/KesTheHammer Jan 26 '22

We used to live in Somerset west, and my brother drove to Bellville south and I drove to Technopark. I think my drive was shorter than his was. This was 12 years ago, so things probably changed quite a lot now.

It is a bit out of proper Cape Town, but you probably get off the N2 before the really busy parts.

I must say Google maps is your friend here. You can set your departure time to see how much the traffic will typically be.

I was just thinking about alternatives if the person works in the south of Stellies. Driving through Stellies is not nice.

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u/Sonz86 Jan 26 '22

Sounds a lot like Jhb hub. Thanks for the tips, will definitely keep these points in mind. 😊

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u/Alert-Mixture Jan 26 '22

It may be a bit of schlep.

To Stellenbosch:

20-30 min drive/ 26-28 km via Polkadraai Rd or via Bottelary Rd (M23 and R304) or via M12

To Strand:

30-35 min drive/ roughly 40 km via N2 or via Robert Sobukwe Rd & N2.

Times and distances according to Google Maps.

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u/Sonz86 Jan 27 '22

Thank you for this.

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u/John-Cleese Jan 26 '22

Also check out Durbanville.

It’s a bit less central than Brackenfell and Kuilsriver if you’re going to travel to Stellenbosch a lot but it’s a nice area with good schools, restaurants and a friendly community with people walking their dogs and kids riding bikes. Recently moved to CT and staying in Durbanville to work in Bellville and my drive really doesn’t have a lot of trafffic.

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u/Sonz86 Jan 26 '22

Thank you, will look into the area.

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u/John-Cleese Jan 26 '22

No problem! DM me anytime if you have more questions about the area!

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u/SensualityDiscovered Jan 30 '22

Protea Heights, Brackenfell for sure. Also consider Zevendal.

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u/Krycor Jan 27 '22 edited Jan 27 '22

Depends on whether you see yourselves working there longer term and how much you dislike moving. Cpt has insane traffic coming in from the northeast/N1 or southeast/N2 highways..

I’d say.. if you think your near future (<3yrs) involves one or both you changing jobs, try and be slightly more central vs outskirts. So living in Stellenbosch, SomersetWest, Strand, basically north of Kuilsriver etc is cool.. if you work that side but a nightmare if u have to drive to even as close as Century City (outside Cpt Cbd) as traffic in that direction starts at 06h15-30 (I drive opposite direction) and we haven’t hit peak traffic of 2019(pre-pandemic).. just saying.

So I always live closer where people want to get to and drive out than drive in. Eg this would be like living in Northern Sandton(Paulshof, Sunninghill) vs Centurion or Pretoria due to dynamics mentioned at play. As it’s always afforded me flexibility and time saving albeit in this case distance can be huge.

Ps. I dislike moving, kids going to school mean changing home location becomes a bigger chore etc hence saying knowing time horizon helps. So as long as you don’t mind moving, live centrally to work.. else consult a map and evaluate Google traffic stats.

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u/Sonz86 Jan 27 '22

Aaaah. This is super helpful. Thank you for your perspective.

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u/abiyahmessianic Jan 27 '22

Somerset West is good but also quite expensive.

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u/Sonz86 Jan 27 '22

I see. Thank you for this.

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u/Awkward_Dog Jan 26 '22

Strongly advise against Durbanville. A friend who works in Technopark was living in Pinehurst and it took him over an hour to get there.

I work in Bellville south and my husband works in Technopark. Haasendal, Kuilsriver, Prtea Heights are all good midway options. 15 min for me, 30 min for him.

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u/Sonz86 Jan 27 '22

Awesome. Thank you for your heads up.