#3: Tokai, Constantia & Bishopscourt
Around 15km south of the city center you’ll find these wealthy and peaceful residential suburbs that offer grand accommodation and a taste of the high life.
With its numerous vineyards making up the Cape Town ‘wine route’, spacious houses, lovely walks and Table Mountain backdrop, these suburbs are popular with expat families and retirees with a bit of money to spare.
Constantia and Bishopscourt in particular are well known for their vineyards, good restaurants and top performing schools – in particular Constantia Waldorf and the American International School of Cape Town. For shopping, dining and entertainment, you have big complexes such as the Blue Route Mall in Tokai and the plush Constantia Village.
The city center is a 25 minute drive away from these suburbs so the peacefulness and scenery is offset slightly by frustratingly long journeys if you travel during peak times. The MyCiTi bus service does cover these zones, though, and there are Uber, taxi and cycle options too.
The predominant type of accommodation in these suburbs is large gated garden houses with big lawns. Perfect for bringing up a big family in, but they can set you back a bit. A 2015 study found that average property values in Bishopscourt and Constantia are around R10-11 million (around $650-700k). Tokai, a slightly more built up area, is more affordable but still well above that national average house price.
Work and business
These Cape Town suburbs don’t have quite the levels of industry of the more bustling areas of the city but there are plenty of retail and hospitality jobs going in the hotels and shopping centers. The wine industry is also important here. Professionals who live in the area often commute or, in this day and age, work remotely from home.
What the neighborhood is best for
Classy wine and cuisine along with top quality schools.