Kirstenhof, like most of Cape Town’s suburbs, was originally a farmstead. The property was bought by Hendrik van der Poll in the early 1700’s. He was a business merchant who enjoyed the tranquillity of the area. Today, Kirstenhof remains a peaceful residential area and is home to families and retirees who are looking to settle down.
Found in the heart of the southern suburbs of Cape Town, the village is neighboured by Tokai and Constantia. Due to its diminutive size and quiet nature, Kirstenhof is seen as 'nondescript' and is overlooked by many Cape Tonians. However, it is the ideal place to raise children because it is relatively crime-free and unburdened by heavy traffic and loud noise.
One’s introduction to the suburb is characterised by a larger-than-life sculpture of a spotted dog. This sculpture stands outside the home depot store, Penny Pinchers, much to the amusement of shoppers and passers-by.
Old Cape Tonians might remember the popular hangout, Old Sea Breeze Inn, which held outdoor movie screenings during season. After a forty year run, it was demolished in the 1990’s and the space was converted into a home for senior citizens. The retirement village, which is called Cle Du Cap, is a place for the elderly to settle down and enjoy a lifestyle of ultimate luxury and comfort.
Visitors to the area will first notice the verdant greenery of Kirstenhof. The lushness is due to the many wetlands that are found in the suburb. As a result, the air is clean and children enjoy many outdoor activities in the designated parks.
While situated away from the hustle and bustle of city living, the locals are still in close proximity to shopping complexes, schools, churches and the freeway. Basic amenities and convenience goods can be bought at the suburb’s local superette. Individuals who are looking for a more extensive shopping expedition can take a short drive to the Blue Route Mall. Blue Route Mall is the largest shopping centre in the southern suburbs and offers a wide variety of retail stores, restaurants, coffee shops and entertainment to mall-goers.
Keen golfers can travel further afield to enjoy a round at the Westlake Golf Club. This 18-hole course is one of Cape Town’s premier grounds and offers challenging, yet exciting games of golf to both amateurs and seasoned pros. Alternatively, if you enjoy the occasional walk or Sunday afternoon stroll, hiking at the Silvermine Nature Reserve is a popular past time among the locals. The Silvermine Nature Reserve is an important conservation area for indigenous fynbos plants as well as small animals. Therefore, while you walk through the reserve immerse yourself in your natural surroundings and keep your eyes peeled for small animals.
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