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Streaming Light | Mountain Views | Quirky Décor

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Quirky décor | streaming light | views spanning the city bowl

Culture Guide: Woodstock escaped apartheid forced removals and today socioeconomic segregation remains, yet it's a posterboy of a new integrated Africa, where vintage & designer boutiques, art galleries, trendy eateries, including SA's no.1 TheTestKitchen restaurant are paired with drug traders, job hunting dailies, sex workers & graffiti.

Woodstock is edgy. Cape winds blow hard at times & trains rattle now and then during 5am-8pm.

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Heitur pottur
Eldhús
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Hárþurrka
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Höfðaborg, Western Cape, Suður-Afríka

Address
The flat is at Harbour View apartment building at 17 Bromwell street (it's a block of 100 units), about ten units are listed on Airbnb with different owners. It is 3.7km (8mins) from the middle of long street, Cape Town central. This unit is a private one bedroom apartment with an ensuite off the bedroom. It is a corner 3rd floor unit, so every room has stunning views of the city. We have direct view of the mountain, and also look West towards Cape Town. This unit is not on the railway side of the building, but there is the sound of trains from 5am - 8pm. We are not in walking distance to either the Woodstock or the Salt River train stations. So there is no rush of commuters near our building. That said, there is a very small but notorious informal settlement near the train bridge, where drug peddlers hang. At the corner of Railway Road & Strand Street. Be on guard. Stay far away from this side. Safety first.

Parking
There is a parking space in a ground floor garage and I recently found out that the parking bay adjacent to mine is actually unallocated, which means there is now a large parking bay for you. Previous guests had to share with another car, which I now know was parking there illegally! Before it was very tight to get in and out.

Cape of Storms
The Cape Of Storms, as Cape Town is known by locals, have some endearing names for our wind. We call her the Cape Doctor. We're on the Southern Tip of Africa, have this Huge Mountain and we have the meeting of two oceans, the Indian and the Atlantic, so with that comes storms & winds. We're also one of the greenest parts of South Africa because of it. Sometimes we literally cannot load our ships with cargo, cause the containers become quite unmanageable in the strong winds. To counter this, I've put seals on the doors so that the wind can't tunnel through the place. That said, I like the fresh air and this apartment is a corner unit, so it has views from all the rooms :) I love just sitting in the lounge and watchings the goings on, their are blinds so I don't feel like people at the restaurant nearby can see in, but who cares if they do! I would close the blinds if I felt like some privacy... There are block out curtains in the bedroom so you can get sound sleep there. Shout if you need some ear plugs for the winds.

About Woodstock
As you may know Woodstock is like little like India, a place of contrasts...Not quite as intense. The Test Kitchen is one block away, within the Biscuit Mill precinct, however, think Jozi Maboneng.. now, don't walk around after dark or in the wee hours of the morning. Odd types love the area. So I would recommend you rather stick to uber to get around, that way you keep yourself out of troubles way.

Lower Woodstock is a confluence of haves and havenots and tourists might not be a welcome sight to hardened locals fighting for survival in the harsh reality of a country that battles HIV & Aids, foetal alcohol syndrome, drug addiction, high unemployment rates, violence all of which make up the common landscape of Woodstock. However the vast majority of people in Woodstock remain positive, amazingly resilient and friendly.

Despite or because of this rich rugged reality, there has emerged a renowned art & design district. Cafe's and restaurants are dotted around the area and other attractions e.g. Roxy's All Day, Three Feather's Cafe, The Old Biscuit Mill, Salt Circle Arcade, The Neighbourgoods Market, The Woodstock Exchange, The Local Grill, The Bromwell Boutique Mall, The Upper East Side Hotel/Restaurant & VidaE Cafe, Balmoral Supermarket, Fast Food on Victoria Road: St Elmos Pizzeria, Debonairs Pizzeria, Nandos, KFC, Banks: FNB, Absa, Standard & Nedbank all in walking distance.

The area has an industrial charm and the architectural streetscape lends itself to untold stories and non-white-picket-fenced-preconceived-ideas. I wouldn't walk anywhere in Woodstock after dark. Afraid there is simply too much of a contrast between the haves and have nots for people to feel that equality is anything other than an idealized thought process. Africa has a harsh sun and a harsh reality. But delivers punches of thrills and pizazz all the more for it.

The building is safe, we have 24 hour security. Saturday mornings is totally fine, the street feels like a camps bay mountain road in that every conceivable spot is parked with fancy cars from the posh side of town. (We're not the posh side of town, we're the edgy, hip, cool, gentrifying side of the city bowl). So walk around on Saturday morning, no problem. It's a place to be seen! So where your sexiest shirt and sunglasses!

Welcome
If you choose to come to my place you'd be most welcome. What time would you be arriving in CT? I'd love to show you around the neighbourhood so that you can get your bearings. There are some hidden gems, such as The New Modernist, who recently moved in a few buildings down the road. Bespoke designer furniture with a retro touch.

I really hope you have a great time, I just dropped the price cause I got a bad review from a rather unfortunate guest, who got fired from her job after day 1. Things seemed to go pear shaped for her, and introducing her to some of my architect acquaintances to try help her get her back on track, well, that didn't work out for her either. It was also unfortunate that the geyser burst while she was staying, but fortunately it got fixed without any inconvenience to her, She did take some lovely shots of the apartment for her instagram!

Gestgjafi: James

Skráði sig apríl 2015
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Early 30s. Artist, Illustrator & Production Designer based in Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa. Chilled out, with two loveable miniature greyhound dogs. I love cooking, theatre, art, and travel.
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Guests can enjoy their privacy here! Your hosts live in the neighbourhood and will assist with any needs. Though we're available when you need us, we won't cramp your style.
  • Tungumál: English
  • Svarhlutfall: 100%
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