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The unpretentious groove of Green Point

Bordering on Cape Town central and the V & A Waterfront and incorporating a spacious common this district is being visibly upgraded on a weekly basis.

A new showcase sport stadium that will host Cape Town ’s 2010 World Cup football games is well on the way to completion with the Green Point Urban Park project bringing fresh and landscaped outdoor amenities into this increasingly prosperous, solidly fashionable part of town.

– Capital Punishment, Streetwalking and Michael Jackson on stage: Solid Foundations for a new Green Point –

Not so very long ago this Cape Town city precinct was the kind of place that offered you few reasons to visit it.

There was the Cape Town traffic department, known as Gallows Hill (the penalties for parking transgressions were severe and final), still there, still uncharming yet necessary.

If you were feeling a little gay or a lot gay then The Bronx  bar and meeting place of gentlefolk was reliably available. And on the corners of solidly named roads like Vesperdene and St George’s ladies of the night turned their good sides to oncoming headlights.

– Character acquires grooming and manners too –

Green Point had lots of character and through the recent changes in and around it has acquired a bit of grooming and manners too.

Being one of the closest suburbs to Cape Town, on the boundary of the old harbour and Victoria and Alfred Waterfront with a sizeable landmass covered with middle-class houses and smallish blocks of flats has led this area to be targeted for mostly successful densification, renovation and commercialisation.

– Green Point Central –

As we move west from Cape Town and past De Waterkant along Somerset Road, the influence of the Cape Town V&A Waterfront becomes more strongly felt.

There are two direct access points to this upmarket harbour complex, via Ebenezer Road to the east and Portswood Road a bit to the west.

– Green Point development in similar class to the Waterfront –

The Waterfront Marina has reached saturation point with regards to hotel and residential development causing similar class of development to occur in Green Point on the Waterfront ’s southern boundary.

A penthouse suite in the under-construction One and Only Hotel (owned by resort tycoon, Sol Kerzner, of Sun City fame who went and made it bigger in Las Vegas: so the crudely ostentatious name stands to reason) has just sold for R110 million which inevitably sends high value reverberations into the immediate vicinity.

– A swathe of glossy modern apartments and all-suite hotels –

And so the Green Point stretch alongside this has responded with a swathe of glossy and modern apartment blocks and luxury all-suite hotels.

These provide excellent accommodation choices that offer better value than the Waterfront Marina by being on the outer edge of the Waterfront perimeter yet having fast direct access to all the Waterfront attractions.

– The unpretentious groove of Green Point –

And you get the veneer of Green Point street credibility that fails to penetrate the high-tech Waterfront security net. Good food outlets, delicatessens, coffee shops, a few first floor balcony lounge bars and the massive liquor and wine warehouse, Ultra Liquors,  pepper the pavements and add to the unpretentious groove of Green Point.

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