The picture conjured up by St James in the Western Cape Peninsula is one the Victorian striped bathing boxes, prestige and a laid back lifestyle synonymous with Cape Town. Dating back to around 1920 means there is a fair amount of history tied up in this seaside town.

This seaside harbour town is quaint and contemporary at the same time as many of the homes in St James have been upgraded to display the modern trends. Yet others have opted to renovate existing homes to preserve part of the original historic value of the properties.

These are factors which will draw a large interest in the property market and then add to that the fact that False Bay is a seasonal holiday destination means the second holiday home market is in high demand.

Falling into the prestigious end of the property market does not exclude national interest or investment as these properties are not overly expensive by most market norms.

The mixed property usage is another factor which draws a large market with apartments serving as holiday apartments with the convenience of secure lock-up and go and then freestanding homes serving the same use.

Some of the larger homes or properties on main roads in St James have business rights which are ideal for guest houses and also adds to the appeal of the suburb and growth of property values.

For permanent residents the normal factors that drive demand apply such as access roads connecting to commercial or industrial hubs, schools and malls which are situated nearby and some leisure activities.

Schools which service educational needs in St James are Saint James RC Primary School, Star of the Sea Convent Primary School, Wynberg Boys’ High School and Rondebosch Boys’ High School.

For retail needs residents can make use of Capricorn Square Shopping Centre, Blue Route Mall and Long Beach Mall.

Take a tour of the homes in St James via the Myroof web-site.

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