Zonnebloem at a glance
Zonnebloem is a number of things: it is a suburb steeped in the history of our country and its struggle; it is a picturesque precinct in Cape Town's city bowl and it is a fabulous place to own property - whether you're looking for your next home or an investment property. With chic apartments and character-filled free-standing homes, there's truly something for everyone.
A brief history of the area
Until the early 19th century, Zonnebloem (which is Dutch for sunflower), was farmland. At that point, it became a suburb largely inhabited by merchants, labourers, immigrants and freed slaves. It was during the Apartheid era that Zonnebloem gained its infamy. The area was declared "Whites Only" and thousands of residents were forcibly displaced from District Six, which is part of Zonnebloem.
As part of Cape Town, Zonnebloem enjoys warm, dry summers and experiences most of its rainfall in the colder winter months. A typical summer's day can go from a minimum of 17°C to a maximum of 29°C. In the winter months, minimum temperatures are commonly around 11°C, getting up to a maximum of 20°C.
Schools in the area
There is no shortage of great schools in close proximity to Zonnebloem. Primary schools in the area include Zonnebloem Boys' Primary School, Zonnebloem Girls' Primary School, Walmer Estate Primary School, Rahmaniyeh Primary School, Chapel Street Primary School, Encotsheni Public Primary School and Mountain Road Primary School.
High schools in and around Zonnebloem include Zonnebloem Nest Senior School, Harold Cressy High School, Gardens Commercial High School, Cape Town High School and Trafalgar High School.
Zonnebloem is home to the District Six Campus of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, and the University of Cape Town is also within easy reach.
Healthcare in the area
There is a range of healthcare options in the vicinity. Mediclinic Cape Town is a 10-minute drive away via the M3, and it will take roughly the same amount of time to get to Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital. With Cape Town's city centre just a stone's throw away, you'll never have any problem finding a doctor, dentist, optometrist or any other specialist that you or your Zonnebloem-based tenants may require.
With Cape Town city centre and exciting shopping precincts like Long Street just a stone's throw away, shopping is never a challenge for residents of Zonnebloem. The close proximity of Wembley Square and Gardens Shopping Centre ensures that convenience is never more than a few kilometres away.
Distance from key points (Airport/CBD)
The distance from Zonnebloem to Cape Town International Airport is just over 17km. In normal traffic, this trip should take about 15 minutes.
With Zonnebloem being on the doorstep of Cape Town's CBD, there can be no shortage of great restaurants to choose from. Whether you're in the mood for cafe food, Italian cuisine, sushi, dim sum, Mexican food or just about any other type of food under the sun, you'll find it within a stone's throw of Zonnebloem.
1. District Six Museum
During the Apartheid era, thousands of residents of District Six suddenly found themselves removed from their homes based on the colour of their skin. Discover their stories at the District Six Museum and learn what life was like here.
This neighbourhood is a special attraction in it's own right, and a simple stroll will show you - and the many international visitors that you will find there - why this is so. Previously known as the Malay Quarter, the Bo-Kaap dates back to the 1760s when the slave trade was rife. Houses in Bo-Kaap were leased to slaves, and the ruling was that all houses had to be white. When this ruling was lifted and former slaves were permitted to buy their homes, the community celebrated by transforming the neighbourhood into a smorgasbord of colour.
Make Zonnebloem your home or your next investment. Let it be your story.
Seeff Zonnebloem has properties for sale and to rent. Contact Seeff City Bowl & Tamboerskloof - Sales or Rentals today.