Higgovale at a glance
Perched above the City Bowl on the lower slopes of Table Mountain is found a leafy suburb with quiet, narrow streets and stupendous views named Higgovale. The upmarket suburb is conveniently located in terms of access to both the CBD and trendy inner-city neighbourhoods. In addition, the beach-focused lifestyle and nightlife of Camps Bay is only minutes away and some the Higgovale roads border the Table Mountain National Park, proving that one can indeed, have the best of all worlds. Neighbouring suburbs include Tamboerskloof, Gardens, Oranjezicht and Camps Bay.
This prestigious suburb offers a mix of of freestanding homes and a smaller number of sectional title developments. Many of these residences offer fascinating architectural design which has been necessary in order to accommodate the steeply sloping ground of the suburb. Many of the homes have already been substantially remodelled or rebuilt, despite this there are still older homes available.
Community involvement has become part of the suburb's character and charm. After the original Oranjezicht homestead was demolished in the 1950s, the area became a bowling green which, over time, had become an unsavoury spot frequented by vagrants and drug dealers. Enter the Oranjezicht Higgovale Neighbourhood Watch which began to improve and revitalise the area which has now become Oranjezicht City Farm. This inspiring urban farming project, still run by volunteers, sells weekly veggie box contributions, offers school tours and donates any excess stock to feeding schemes.
Shoppers are happily accommodated as the suburb offers easy access to the popular Lifestyle on Kloof http://www.lifestyleonkloofct.co.za, the mixed-use Wembley Square http://www.wembleysquare.co.za and The Gardens Centre http://www.gardensshoppingcentre.co.za . The suburb is home to the oldest independent cinema in Cape Town, The Labia Theatre https://www.thelabia.co.za.
Outdoorsy types can access Table Mountain National Park in a matter of minutes on foot or De Waal Park which is a popular spot for picnics, Summer Concerts, Food Markets and dog walkers.
Numerous schools are found within an exceptionally short distance: Villa Maria pre-primary school https://www.villamariaeducare.co.za/home, Lycée du Cap https://lyceeducap.org.za, St Mary's Primary School https://www.catholicschoolsoffice-ct.com/st-mary-s-primary-school-cape-town, Good Hope Seminary Junior https://www.facebook.com/Good-Hope-Seminary-Junior-1381772858522709/, Good Hope Seminary High School https://www.goodhopeseminary.co.za, Harold Cressy High School http://cressy.co.za, Cape Town High School, Gardens Commercial High School https://gardenshigh.co.za as well as the Round SQUARE-affiliated St Cyprian's School http://www.stcyprians.co.za/.
At a tertiary level the following facilities are all a short distance away: UNISA https://www.unisa.ac.za/sites/corporate/default/Contact-us/Regional-Centres/Western-Cape-Region, University of Cape Town - Hiddingh Campus http://www.uct.ac.za. The Cape Peninsula University of Technology https://www.cput.ac.za has numerous campuses across the city.
Transport within the City Bowl is plentiful and Gardens is serviced by the acclaimed MyCiti bus service https://myciti.org.za/en/home/.
The Mediclinic Cape Town http://www.mediclinic.co.za/Hospitals/HospitalDetails/id/2 can be found in neighbouring Oranjezicht. The medical facilities supplied by Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital http://www.netcarehospitals.co.za/Hospital/Netcare_Christiaan_Barnard_Memorial_Hospital are located in Foreshore. GP practices, dentists and other medical services are located nearby.