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Information on Sea Point, Western Cape, South Africa

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Sea Point is the most densely populated suburb in Cape Town. It situated between the Atlantic Ocean and Signal Hill a few kilometres west of Cape Town in the Western Cape on a narrow stretch of land between the Atlantic ocean in the northwest and Cape Town's well known Table Mountain in the southeast.

Sea Point is the only high rise area available along the entire Cape Town shoreline and particularly popular area for living and investing. Many foreigners and local investors see it as an area of urban rejuvenation with many Dutch, German and British own properties. It is a high density suburb where space is at a premium due to its prime oceanside location. Houses are built closely together towards the northern mountainside while many apartment buildings are more common from its centre and towards the beachfront.

An important communal area is the beachfront promenade, a paved walkway along the beachfront used by tourists and residents for socializing, walking or jogging. Looking upwards from the promenade towards Signal Hill and Lion's Head on either side of Table Mountain the suburb shows its more exclusive areas against the upper mountainside within the so called Avenues, connecting roads which lead towards the upper edge of the suburb.

Sea Point History

Ships entering the harbour in Table Bay from the east coast of Africa have to round the coast at Sea Point and over the years many of them have come to grief on the reefs just off shore. In May 1954, during a great storm, the Basuto Coast ended up on the rocks within a few metres of the concrete wall of the promenade.. A fireman who came to the assistance of the crew was swept off the wall of the swimming pool adjacent to the promenade by waves and was never seen again. The vessel was soon cut up and carried away for scrap. In July 1966 a large cargo ship, the S.A. Seafarer, was stranded on the rocks only a couple of hundred metres from the Three Anchor Bay beach. The stranding was the cause of one of Cape Town's earliest great environmental scares, because the cargo included drums of tetramethyl lead and tetraethyl lead, volatile and highly toxic compounds that were in those days added as a lubricant to motor fuels. The ship was gradually destroyed by the huge swells that habitually roll in from the south Atlantic. Salvage from the ship can still be found in local antique shops.

Towns and Suburbs of the Western Cape province of South Africa

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