Northern Suburbs at a glance

Luxury homes, significant urban development and never-ending views of the Stellenbosch Mountains define the landscape of Cape Town’s, Durbanville. This upmarket residential hub is seated in the northern outskirts of the Mother City, and renowned for producing wheat and exquisite wines. Lying just 32.5 km (30 minutes) from The Cape Town International Airport and 32.5 km (33 minutes) from the Cape Town CBD, Durbanville is centrally located to key points of interest, making commute convenient and streamlined for all its residents.

Then and Now 

Water is said to be the start of life, and in the context of Durbanville, this rings entirely true, as its very establishment is rooted in a freshwater spring. This spring acted as a watering station for travelers passing through the suburb during the 19th century, and was a place where locals (mainly farmers) and travelers interacted. This interaction, coupled with the creation of the Dutch Reformed Church in the area, brought people together, and from it, a small village grew between the church and travelers - representing the first demographics in modern-day Durbanville. 

From humble beginnings as a transit town, today Durbanville is renowned for its exclusive country estates that overlook vast winelands, and is largely considered a place that attracts the rich and successful. Although this is true, a burgeoning economy has seen the development of many commercial precincts, resulting in an influx of young professionals and families between the ages of 18-35. The town was predominantly Afrikaans speaking, however, owing to significant urbanisation, English began taking-hold, and there is now a close balance between both languages.



Remnants of the past still remain, especially in historical Victorian buildings that have retained its rich architecture. This is most pronounced in Rust-en-Vrede - a wine-estate that in centuries gone-by, was once a courthouse, prison, police headquarters and a magistrate. The building was testament to Durbanville’s sophisticated judicial system that led it to evolve into the Magisterial District of Bellville. Today, Rust-en-Vrede still retains parts of its past through its architecture, but it has let- go of its law-enforcement roots, and has instead become a place where the locals of Durbanville enjoy full-bodied, new-oak matured wines, amid vast vineyards. The on-site restaurant is also the perfect location to pair wines with delicious food, some of which include pan seared swordfish, Kalahari Springbok loin and a selection of fine cheese. 


Schools in Durbanville 

There are many prestigious schools in Durbanville that stand firmly on a foundation of hard-work, dedication and discipline, balanced with a cultural and sporting ethos that make for well-rounded students.

The following schools are highly recommended in the area:

Primary and High Schools (Co-ed)

•    Reddam House Durbanville 
•    Curro Durbanville

Primary Schools

•    Durbanville Primary School
•    Gene Louw Primary School

Secondary Schools 

•    Fairmont High School
•    Durbanville High School


Durbanville residents are privileged to be on the doorstep of some of the most expert hospitals in the country - both private and public - that provide health-care services parallel to none. It is home to internationally renowned hospital groups including Mediclinic Southern Africa, Life Healthcare Group and Netcare Group.

Hospitals in the area include:

Private Hospitals:

•    Mediclinic Panorama
•    Louis Leipoldt Mediclinic
•    Durbanville Mediclinic
•    Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital
•    Life Kingsbury Hospital
•    Netcare N1 City Hospital
•    Malomed Bellville Hospital

Public Hospitals:

•    Tygerberg Hospital 
•    Karl Bremer Hospital 
•    Groote Schuur Hospital 

Shopping Malls

For all your shopping needs, Durbanville has exclusive retail precincts fully integrated with the best stores for every requirement. The most famous malls among residents include:

•    Willowbridge Slowfood Market
•    Willowbridge Shopping Centre
•    Graanendal Shopping Centre
•    Ipic Aurora Shopping Centre

From a town that once enforced law and order, to one that exudes pure luxury, Durbanville has truly transformed to meet the needs of all its residents. Oak Properties has exclusive homes from Durbanville suited to a range of requirements. If you are interested in moving into the area, inquire from our professional and helpful agents today who will guide you in finding your ideal home.

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