Harfield Village, Southern Suburbs

Admittedly, tagging on the description - 'Harfield Village' – to advertise property well out of the boundaries of Claremont's Harfield Village happens often. Apartments in lower Kenilworth and Claremont suddenly find their way into the village on the map. But then it is because this little Chelsea-esque part of the southern suburbs is so popular and pretty that it is rather sought after.

Victorian and Edwardian cottages decorate the tree-lined, numbered avenues, and English sounding streets with names like Surrey, Norfolk and Suffolk. A lot of these are semi-detached and make perfect starter homes, and there is a real village feel to the little area that manages to hide itself obscurely on the other side of the railway line and Main Road from Arderne Gardens. It fits snugly up against Harfield station on the major commuter train into Cape Town, and probably got its name from the original Harfield Cottage, built here by Thomas Mathew, one of the initial residents of Claremont.

Testimony to its village appeal, Harfield holds an annual carnival along 2nd Avenue when the place comes alive with a series of jazz bands, entertainment, kiddie fun, music, crafts, food and art. And when it isn't jiving, 2nd Avenue remains the social stream of Harfield as most of the restaurants and shops of the area are found here.

It also helps that Harfield Village is so accessible. It lies right in the heart of the southern suburbs of Cape Town, just down the road from Cavendish Mall, five minutes from popular spots like Kirstenbosch Gardens, Newlands cricket and rugby stadiums, and not even twenty minutes from the airport. It might not be a beach-side suburb, but its pretty views of the mountain more than make up for it.

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