Of the millions of foreign tourists who visit Cape Town each year, a significant number return for second, third and even fourth visits. Many of these returning visitors fall in love with the Mother City so much, they start thinking about relocating to Cape Town for their retirement years.
You can’t blame them. The city at the foot of Table Mountain offers an idyllic lifestyle, with something for everyone in its mixed bag of tricks.
You choose your lifestyle
If you want to live your retirement years at a slow and comfortable pace, the Southern Peninsula has the lifestyle you’re after. Even some Capetonians are making the switch from busier suburbs to Kommetjie, Noordhoek, Fishhoek, Hout Bay, Kalk Bay, Simon’s Town and surrounds to find some quiet. They’re mostly families, so rest assured that there is little chance of running into rowdy students on a Saturday night.
Falling asleep reading that? Do you still want the hustle and bustle of a city long after you’ve retired? Then relocating to Cape Town itself, the city centre and its surrounding neighbourhoods that is, would be for you. Cape Town’s CBD, Vredehoek, Gardens, Tamboerskloof and Oranjezicht are hubs of creativity, with coffee shops and quaint little stores on almost every corner. Even moving just a little outside of town, to areas such as Woodstock or Sea Point, will still give you easy access to Cape Town’s cosmopolitan city centre.
An activity for every day of the week
It doesn’t matter what your interests are, Cape Town is sure to have it on offer. For starters, nature lovers and fitness fanatics have the countless numbers of hiking, running and mountain biking trails to keep them busy.
Foodies will most likely never run out of somewhere to sit down to eat. Celebrated eateries like The Test Kitchen and The Pot Luck Club can be found only 5 minutes outside of the city centre, with fine dining options along Cape Town’s famous Constantia Wine Route.
These spots will only be the start of your food adventure. Cape Town offers tastes from around the world thanks to South Africa’s melting pot of cultures and unique spots like Bacon on Bree, where you’ll find bacon dished up in every way imaginable.
Cape Town is also home to theatres, museums, natural heritage sites, sprawling golf courses, breath-taking beaches and an endless choice of weekend markets. You will really find an activity for every day of the week upon relocating to Cape Town.
Good quality of living too
If you’re coming into South Africa with dollars or euros, you can buy a very decent sized house in any Cape Town suburb. It is likely that you will be able to easily afford a 3-bedroom home with a sprawling garden and even a pool if that is what you want.
Instead of buying a free-standing house, you could opt to instead purchase a house in one of Cape Town’s many retirement villages. These are nowhere near as drab and dreary as you might be imagining right now. Retirement villages in Cape Town are well designed spaces, offering upmarket living in security complexes.
As humans age, our quality of living is of course also heavily influenced by our health and the healthcare that is available. You’ll be glad to hear that private medical aids in South Africa give you access to top quality medical practitioners and procedures.
Speak to Intergate about relocating to Cape Town
To find out if you can make Cape Town your retirement home, speak to our immigration experts to discuss the possibilities. The good news is that we can help you with your visa and permit, as well as help you find your dream home anywhere in Cape Town. You won’t have to speak to anyone else if relocating to Cape Town is your dream.
Get the ball rolling today by calling our Cape Town office on +27 (0) 21 424 2460 or get hold of our Johannesburg team on +27 (0) 11 234 4275. Alternatively, get us to call you. Either way, we look forward to hearing from you!