The leafy Southern Suburbs lie on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, approximately 10km from the city centre, and comprise the prestigious districts of Rondebosch, Mowbray, Newlands, Claremont and Wynberg. These are the Cape's most established suburbs and boast some fine old houses. Indeed, Wynberg has the highest concentration of historical buildings in South Africa and was duly designated as a conservation area in 1981. Newlands is the sporting capital of the country, and Rondebosch is home to the stunning University of Cape Town, built on land bequeathed by Cecil John Rhodes. There is a huge variety of quality property available, with large townhouses being the principal dwelling of choice. The area is dotted with outstanding private schools and there are also a number of first-class private and government hospitals and other medical facilities. The commercial heart of the area is Claremont, with Wynberg and Rondebosch coming close behind. There is easy access to major motorways, and outdoor enthusiasts are well served by the Table Mountain range, the famous Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and Maynardville Park. The Southern Suburbs after-hours scene has no real hub, but most of the Cape's most renowned restaurants and watering holes are scattered throughout the area.
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Southern Suburbs, Cape Town