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Clifton, Cape Town


Clifton at a glance

Known for its exquisite white sandy beaches and esteemed status as one of the most affluent suburbs in Cape Town, Clifton exudes an air of understated luxury. Its reputation is cemented by its collection of lavish properties, commanding premium prices for their prime locations atop cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

The neighbourhood is famous for its lovely beaches, which span four distinct areas of its famed shoreline. While each area holds its charm, they all share one common trait: stunning natural landscapes that captivate visitors and residents.

In terms of houses, Clifton offers gorgeous residences with vast terraces, lush gardens, and a sense of privacy. As a haven of subtle elegance and seaside beauty, Clifton exemplifies sophistication and elegance.

A brief history of the area

Clifton's history can be traced back to the Khoi people, evolving from "Skoenmaker's Gat" in the late 18th century to Clifton-on-Sea in the late 19th. Today, it is just known as Clifton. Initially intended for returning soldiers after World War I, its houses, formerly ornamented with bungalows fashioned from vehicle packing crates, have evolved into opulent mansions that exemplify exclusivity and status.

Distance from key points (Airport/CBD)

Residing in the area offers the convenience of proximity to Bantry Bay and Camps Bay, making it easy to access a variety of amenities. Bantry Bay is merely a 6-minute drive (3.1 km) via Kloof Rd, while Sea Point is just a 6-minute drive (2.0 km) via Victoria Rd/M6.

If you're headed to the CBD, it's just an 18-minute drive covering 7.9 km via M62. The vibrant V&A Waterfront is a quick 15-minute trip, spanning 7.1 km via M6. Cape Town International Airport is accessible with a 28-minute drive over 24 km on the N2.


Clifton experiences a coastal climate characterised by warm summers and mild winters. With an average annual temperature of 24°C and roughly 316 mm of rainfall, the weather is usually pleasant from January to May and August to December. June is the coolest month, averaging approximately 17°C, while January is the warmest, averaging 28°C.


While Clifton does not have its schools, nearby Camps Bay provides a variety of educational alternatives, including Camps Bay Primary and Camps Bay High School. There are also private schools such as Reddam, the French School, and Montessori. Other nearby options include Herzlia Weizmann Primary School and Phyllis Jowell Jewish Day School.


The area has easy access to healthcare services in the nearby Camps Bay area. You'll find Mediclinic and Netcare facilities in Cape Town that offer excellent medical care. Moreover, Camps Bay and Sea Point are home to exceptional general practitioners, dentists, and other healthcare providers who can meet various health needs. 

Shopping centres

The Promenade, Gardens Shopping Centre, and The Point Mall are just a few close options for those who enjoy shopping. Also, you'll find many cute shops and handy retailers in Camps Bay. Another great place is the V&A Waterfront, where you could discover a wider variety of stores, which is roughly a fifteen-minute drive away.


While dining options in Clifton are limited, nearby places such as Camps Bay and Sea Point provide a broad selection of restaurants, cafes, and diners. You can enjoy a variety of eating experiences, such as those offered at la Belle and Bilbao, which are just a short drive away.

Special attractions

Residents can enjoy the stunning Blue Flag beaches, bordered by granite rocks that divide them into four sections, which are the heart of the area. Each beach offers its own charm, appealing to sunbathers and dog lovers.

Not only does Clifton have beaches, but it is also close to Camps Bay's Nature Park, Table Mountain, and the lively V&A Waterfront, which means that it has a wide variety of attractions that can be explored.

Reach out to property professionals in Clifton 

When it comes to Clifton, it's the place to be for a lifestyle of unrivalled beauty and luxury. Nestled among pristine Blue Flag beaches, offering stunning scenery and a tranquil seaside vibe, Clifton can be your home. View our properties or contact our property professionals today to learn more about the great coastal life you could enjoy in Cape Town.

Image credit 1: An aerial view of Clifton beaches by SkyPixels | Wikipedia | CC BY-SA 4.0 DEED | 

Image credit 2: Cape Town clifton beach by Gary Bembridge | Flickr |  CC BY 2.0 DEED | image licence 

Image credit 3 : Clifton sunset panorama by warrenski | Flickr | CC BY-SA 2.0 DEED | image licence

Image credit 4: Along the shore by Graeme Churchard | Flickr | CC BY 2.0 DEED | image licence 

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