Suburb Name: Strandfontein Village ( Cape Town near mitchells plain) (not to be confused with Strandfontein on the west coast which is a small fishing village)
Historical significance: Strandfontein is a coloured township established under the Apartheid government in the 1970's. The word Strandfontein literally translates to ” beach fountain” in English. At the time, Strandfontein holiday bungalows was popular amongst Cape Town inhabitants as a quick, easy and cheap weekend getaway. The South Africa government then decided to clear tracks of land and to build houses for sale in Strandfontein and other property like schools for the 'cape coloured' people who were then removed from designated 'white areas' under the group areas act. Strandfontein has a vibrant culture with the main religions practiced being Christianity and Islam.
The Strandfontein suburb can basically be divided into 7 sections i.e Old Strandfontein, Admiral Hills, Wavecrest, New Strandfontein Village, Seacrest, Bayview and San Remo
Geographic location: Strandfontein properties are situated close to the Strandfontein Pavillion beach which was recently awarded blue flag status. Strandfontein Pavillion is situated on the False bay Coast with Muizenberg to the west and Mitchells plain to the east.
Access to main routes: Strandfontein has links to all the major centres in Cape Town. Spine road links strandfontein to Mitchells Plain which in turn links onto Vanguard Drive (the N7) with links to the R300, N1 and N2 etc.
Baden Powell Drive to the south links Strandfontein to Muizenberg to the west and areas like Stellenbosch, Somerset west etc to the east.
Strandfontein road which eventually becomes Jan Smuts Drive runs along the western border of Strandfontein and Pelican Park. This road creates an easy connection with areas such as Ottery, Lansdowne, Rondebosch East, Athlone and cape town city centre to the north.
The area also has good public transport such as Golden Arrow bus terminus and taxi’s with metrorail train services available from Mitchells plain and Wynberg.
There are also cheaper options available for Strandfontein first time buyers like semi detached houses. this accounts for about 20% of the property and range from about 50-100 square metres and sell for between R350000 to about R600 000. These houses are generally smaller houses on smaller plots of about 250 square metre.
Strandfontein is a middle income suburb with many professionals like teachers and many public service workers making it there first home
STRANDFONTEIN beach is a large day-resort with an enormous tidal pool backed by a pavilion and flanked by sandy beaches. It has braai sites as well as grassed terraces that make good picnic areas. Lifeguards are on duty during peak periods, and the NSRI’s Station 16 is based here. The resort is very popular with anglers, who come from far and wide in the hope of hooking fish such as white steenbras and galjoen.
Seal Island – a large rock that is home to some 60 000 seals - lies directly offshore, about 5 km away. This is a prime feeding area for great white sharks between April and September, when seal pups spend time in the waters around the island before dispersing once they are weaned. It is here that unusual shark breaching behaviour can be observed, as the predators surge up from deep water to attack the seals from below, moving with such power that they fly through the air. Licensed operators offer shark-viewing and cage-diving trips to Seal Island, departing from the harbours at Simonstown and Gordon’s Bay.
There are also less well known beaches like Sun Rise, Nine Miles, Monwabisi and Mnandi beaches nearby and campsites like Strandfontein Bungalows and John Power Holiday Camp in Strandfontein..
Public amenities and municipal services in strandfontein include Strandfontein Library, Police Station, Civic Centre, Post Office, City of Cape Town Municipal Office
There are also various churches in the area such as St Phillips Roman Catholic Church, Anglican Church, Methodist church, Good hope Christian Centre Charismatic Church
Medical facilities: Strandfontein Community Health Clinic, Mitchells Plain Medical Centre, Wavecrest Pharmacy, Dr David Kathan, Chemcare Pharmacy, Dr Moses, Dr naidoo, Dr Thoogesharee
Commerce & Retail shops: Gamzas Takeaway, Wave Crest Mall, Blou Dakke, Church Way Mall, Liberty Life Promenade mall, Westgate Mall, 7/11, Multisave, Caltex, Shell, BP, FNB ATM machines, Standard Bank atm machine, Nedbank ATM machines, ABSA ATM machines, RE/MAX Ultra Select
Education : There are some good public schools in the area like Strandfontein Senior Secondary School, Strandfontein Primary, Dennegeur Primary, Khanya School Assistance, Strandfontein Pre-Primary and creche
Sports facilities and codes to be found in suburb: Spine Road Strandfontein recreation Centre and Sports Field, Strandfontein life saving club, Swimming, soccer
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