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Accommodation in Cape Town

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If you are moving to Cape Town, you will definitely have queries on accommodation. Take the time to identify the residential neighborhoods and their advantages.

Cape Town is a popular tourist destination, and also brings in large numbers of migrants and workers into South Africa, who often live in the same town as expats. It is a city with a rich cultural history, being one of the major ports of European expansion, and then home to several different waves of immigrants. The bustling city has a large number of suburbs and districts within its borders, and some of these make ideal locations for tourists, or for those looking mainly to work in the city. Being able to assess each area for its value as a base to explore, or to search for a job, makes the task of finding accommodation in Cape Town that much easier.

Neighborhoods

The prime rental location is the City Bowl. This is close to beaches, and also near to Table Mountain. The suburbs, including Tamboerskloof, provide close links to nearby Kloof Street, which is the site of many restaurants, boutique shops, and bars. Nearby, in the area known as the Atlantic Seaboard, tourists can view the sea as it swirls into the bay. Camps Bay and Bakoven give visitors easy access to the centre of the city, and Mouille Point and Ginger Bay are also close to the city. Sea Point in particular is a favourite for budget stayers, so it is ideal for workers as well as tourists.

Many expats in Cape Town choose to live in one of the serviced apartments available in suburbs such as the V & A Waterfront, Century City, and Blaauwberg. These are often located in quality suburbs, with a good community and amenities such as schools, transport systems and shops. Many of these apartments are maintained to a high standard, and may feature extra facilities such as gyms or swimming pools in the apartment complex. Most of these houses are located inside secure perimeters, and are easy to find with the help of a good property agent.

False Bay is an area that is unfamiliar to most tourists, and is perfect for those who want to live in Cape Town without the noise and late nights. There are several retail areas here which might provide work for those with permits, and there are also several museums and other tourist attractions which may offer work.

Find accommodation

In Cape town, a property agent is the primary source for rental properties in the area. They may require a broader budget than European expats are used to, since rentals have to be negotiated, and renters will also expect to pay fees and deposits through this method. Expats can also search newspapers, including the classifieds, and a range of online sources for both tourist and expat rental properties. Mixing and matching all these options are most likely to help those wanting a long-term rental property in this city. Renters should also be aware that these properties are highly prized, and there may be a lot of competition for properties in these districts.

 Useful links:

Expat.com www.expat.com/en/housing
Property 24 www.property24.com
Free Property Ads www.freepropertyads.co.za
Private Property www.privateproperty.co.za

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