Cape Town : South africa

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What it's Like to Retire in Cape Town

One of the most popular international retirement communities, Cape Town is always rated as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Cape Town is an economic hub of the Western Cape and home to the seat of the National Parliament. It's the most visited city in the country, due to its well-established infrastructure; renowned beaches; many popular shopping areas; natural wonders including the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and many other attractions. 

Photo of Cape Town skyline courtesy of Andrew Massyn and Wikipedia


Where to Retire in Cape Town and Home Prices

Cape Town housing prices are lower than most of Europe, with standards and size generally being higher. There are an array of property options to suit every budget here.

There are also a wide variety of excellent retirement community options that start for as low as R60,000. 


What is special about Cape Town

Cape Town is known for Table Mountain National Park, two coasts' worth of great beaches, and the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, among many others. The surrounding area has many beautiful vineyards for wine tastings. 


What is not special about Cape Town

Since the mid-nineties Cape Town has been struggling with a rise in drug-related violent crime.


Who will like retirement in Cape Town

Particularly popular with Brits, retirees from the UK and across Europe (the US, too), Cape Town is a vibrant and diverse community in which many expats create communities of their own.


Local economy is driven by

Cape Town has experienced a healthy economic boom in both the tourism and real estate markets.


Climate and Physical Environment

Cape Town has a lot physically in common with southern California: Mediterranean climate, coastline, mountain ranges, and some semi-desert areas. 


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The V&A waterfront has several hundred shops and an aquarium. There is an annual Cape Town Minstrel Carnival. The Cape Winelands offer much in the way of wine and restaurants. 



Crime in Cape Town is high, particularly in relation to drug circles.


Medical facilities

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Cape Town International Airport serves both international and domestic flights. Three national roads begin in Cape Town, connecting it with much of the country.


Valuable Links

Cape Town on Wikipedia


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Facts about CAPE TOWN
  • State: SA
  • Environment: Urban,College Town,Coastal,Cultural Center,
  • City Population: 100,001+
  • Median age of Population: 45-64
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 61 +
  • Avg July Temperature: 81+
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): Less than $100,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: NA
  • Total Crime Index: 111-120 (high)
  • Cost of Living Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Culture Index: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: No
  • State Income Tax: No
  • Name of the Guide:

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