Kommetjie a hidden gem on the West Coast of Southern Africa
Kommetjie, one of Cape Towns best kept secrets, situated along the Western Cape coastline of Southern Africa. Kommetjie is a charming coastal village in the Cape Peninsula. A delightful seaside holiday town bordering a long stretch of pristine white sandy beach, along the Atlantic Seaboard, +/-7klm stroll to Noordhoek. Kommetjie is an ideal holiday spot or residential area, 45 minutes from central Cape Town.
The little town Kommetjie started in 1903 when the first four holiday home were build. Kommetjie’s ocean is renowned for some of the worlds best places for surfing/body boarding, wind and kite surfing in the cape. Today Kommetjie has grown to a friendly community of about 3000 people , approximately 1500 houses, with a mixture of young and elderly family folk. Some homes are permanently occupied, and others are holiday homes for locals and those abroad
The Kom, ‘the little ‘bowl’ from which Kommetjie derived its name is a sheltered bay on the Atlantic coast of the Cape Peninsula south of Cape Town. A quaint seaside village famed for its surfing, glorious sunsets, white beaches and Cray fish. Kommetjie is an ideal holiday spot or residential area, 45 minutes to Cape Town center. Kommetjie is situated on Long beach, a beautiful un-spoilt beach of white sand that stretches for kilometers.
Kommetjie offers a simple safe village life style with a small central shopping area, suitable for all your basic needs. At “The village Place” you will find the post office an excellent beauty salon and hairdresser, and a great deli. There is a public library, three restaurants, a surf shop, and a petrol station and two “Pubs” .There is three local Schools, Kommetjie Primary School, Imhoff’s Waldorf School and Generations School. Kommetjie has 3 churches including the Rubbi Chapel on the mountain next to the monastery. An interesting place to visit is famous Slangkop Lighthouse off the cat walk in ‘Old Kom’ being the tallest lighthouse structure on the South African Coast, opened in 1919. Hikers can enjoy the spectacular sun set views by the block house on Slangkop mountain.
About 2 Km before Kommetjie main village you will pass Imhoff Farm an ideal setting for a family outing, renowned for its old quaint buildings is a great tourist attraction, used for a variety of shops that sell the local arts and crafts as well The farm is . There is 3 child friendly restaurants, animal farm yard, horse riding and a cheese dairy and wine shop. For more info go to https://imhofffarm.co.za/
Kommetjie village is still relatively undiscovered, surrounded by the Table Mountain National Park, and offers special chilled out existence away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Life Style – Kommetjie a surfing Mecca
Many residents connect with the sea, either as an enthusiastic surfers, surfing the waves at Long Beach or Outer Kom, Krans and Sunset, or just walking on our beautiful white beaches that stretch for some 8km. along the Atlantic seaboard. Cray fishing is an extremely important facet of life here. During the season many of us enjoy catching & eating this delicacy. Our local Slipway can become rather busy.
Kommetjie has world class sunsets, inspiring any wannabe budding photographers ( inspiration pics, refer to #Kommetjie on Instagram) magic shots taken by many locals and visitors. Small pleasures – on a good day you will find many of the locals picnicking either on Long Beach or at The grassy patch by the Kom, enjoying the last of the sunset and at the Kom area off the cat walk a popular spot for swimming.
Wild Life: BIRDS, BABOONS AND WHALES
We share our space with an abundance of fauna and flora that enriches our lives. The surrounding mountains with a variety of fynbos and birdlife offer spectacular hikes. Milkwood trees are protected tress and that can be seen scattered around Kommetjie
Baboons which are often seen, but for the most part are kept out of the residential areas by our Baboon monitors. Southern Right Whales can be seen each year, Cape Clawless Otters often seen frolicking in the sea and at the mouths of streams. and the usual odd seal competing with the surfers.
Francolins and Guinea fowl are common and sometimes noisy residents of the village. Porcupines often make their presence felt on the mountains slopes. The African Goshawk and Spotted Eagle Owls are common within the village. Flamingo’s have been frequent visitors at the Kom. The rocky island at “the kom” known as ‘bird Island” is listed in most Western Cape Bird Books as being one of the top birding spots in the region. Great for bird watchers as its easily accessible, to view a variety of see seabirds. Birds such as the Swift, common Terns, Cormorants, African Black Oystercatchers, egrets and ibis, herons and plovers. Some times at the tidal pool Kommetjie residence are delighted to witness a flock of flamingos.
The property market is stable with plenty of growth for your investment. Kommetjie is relatively undiscovered compared to other coastal areas along the Atlantic sea board. Kommetjie is becoming increasingly more and more popular , effecting the property market as a now sort after area. Buying property in Kommetjie has proven to many that the return has been more promising than investing in the stock market. But apart from the excellent profit that one could make in investing in property, most purchasers buy into Kommetjie because of its beauty and tranquility, and that it offers families a unique safe quality of life.
The life style of Kommetjie is unique and for a seller, when the time comes for one to sell and move on, it becomes extremely hard to give it all up, in fact most don’t. Many sellers when they up grade or down grade their properties they actually remain in Kommetjie. You will fine 3 generations of the same family living in this wonderful village. Kids that grew up in Kommetjie very often return later in life to buy their family home.