LAKESIDE AREA REPORT
(including Klein Wassenaar/Orchard Village and Zandvlei)
Lakeside offers beautiful mountain and lake views and is only 5 minutes away from popular Muizenberg beach. There are two local shopping centres, beautiful parks, a golf course, the local railway runs from Cape Town to Simonstown and is easily accessible to the M3 freeway. Whether you’re starting up or scaling down, this is a suburb which offers a wonderful lifestyle at affordable prices.
Due to the area’s many attributes, residential properties in Lakeside are in constant high demand across all sectors of the market. Because of the sustained demand for homes in the area, property values tend to appreciate steadily.
Apartments are in high demand between R1 -2m, entry-level homes and cottages start from around R1.5 – 2.5m, ranging up to around R3.5m and more for a spacious family home. In sought-after Upper Lakeside, properties can fetch prices in excess of R5m and are generally snapped up when they come onto the market.
I have lived in the area for over 30 years and am passionate about Lakeside as I believe it offers the best value in Cape Town – As Cape Town warms up we are seeing a fresh increase of enquiries and whether you are thinking of buying, selling or renting I would be delighted to assist you!
It is not often that such a large nature reserve occurs amidst an area dense in residential suburbs. Zandvlei Estuary, which borders Lakeside, Marina da Gama, Muizenberg and Steenberg is very much under threat from pollution, encroaching urbanisation and poaching as a result.
Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve protects the only functioning estuary, wetland, river system combination on the False Bay coast. It supports a series of indigenous fish, and young marine fish that use the estuary as a nursery where they can grow in safety.
Here you’ll find 10 threatened plants that include the critically endangered Cape Flats conebush and gonnabos.
The Zandvlei reserve protects 198 plant species in total, three of which are found only in the City of Cape Town. The Cape clawless otter, porcupine, Cape dune mole rat and water mongoose make Zandvlei their home, whilst over 149 species of bird that include the African fish eagle and great flamingo live on the estuary. At the same time as preserving, the estuary functions as a recreational area, particularly at Lakeside where windsurfers and picknickers regularly access the reserve to sit on its banks.
Fishing is strictly monitored. Anglers are encouraged instead to ‘catch, tag and release’ fish so that the local fish population is not further threatened. There are minimum catch sizes in place and bag limits, to protect the young fish that need the chance to breed.
There is a 1.5km circular walk along which picnic tables and two bird hides have been built.
Visitors can access the reserve from Lakeside train station and off Main Road. The Environmental Education Centre, on the northern side of the reserve, is accessed from Steenberg Station or Coniston Road off Military Road in Steenberg.
Muizenberg Catwalk (½ – 1 hour)
An easy walk that anyone can do, but check the tides before you set out – at high tide you could encounter a bit of sea spray!
Start on the seaside of Muizenberg Station. The walk stays on the seaward side of the railway line and offers excellent whale and dolphin watching opportunities as well as birds and rock pool life.
Across the line is the historical mile, with many interesting buildings. Walk as far as St James and Danger Beach (2km) and return by train if you prefer. A free map of this walk is available from www.slingsbymaps.com – “Walks with a Fat Dog” has a full description.
Zandvlei (2 hours) Continue reading
A chance to to get your and your children to be taken and loaded into a database to be used for emergencies Operated by THE PINK LADIES- No cost to you.
Rather be safe than sorry.
A good chance to meet the LCW TEAM as well.
Please come visit us on the 9th Sept from 10am outside PnP Lakeside Centre.
Pink Ladies will also have a stand with us and you are welcome to come down to their stand and load yours and your children’s profile on their database, in case persons may go missing. This is really a good idea in case of emergency as Pink Ladies will already have all details to enable the Alert to go out much sooner. Remember when a person is missing time is precious!.
Come enjoy a Wors Roll (R25) with us, with the contributions of these going towards our Camera fund.
We hope to have some other surprise displays on the day, so children will really enjoy this!