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Furnished Johannesburg Rentals: Country Life from $581

You’ll be amazed at the value and quality of life to be had at one of Hartbeespoort Dam’s estates; We list the:

Top 5 Furnished Johannesburg Rentals at Hartbeespoort.

Club Nautique Spacious Thatch Home $945
Club Nautique Spacious Thatch Home $945

Okay, technically Hartbeespoort is not in the same province as Johannesburg, but it is very close. And for remote workers it offers the best of a country lifestyle with proximity to Johannesburg’s lifestyle hot-spots.  Entertainment at Monte Casino and shopping at Fourways mall are a 40-minute drive away.

You’ll need a car to get around. Consider embracing the sharing economy and find someone to share with. Properties at Hartbeespoort offer a lot of space for the money and your flat mate could car-share with you too. (Or it could be time to couple up with a remote worker that loves golf.)

Club Nautique $945 for an Authentic Thatch 

Club Nautique next to Pecanwood Golf Estate has tennis courts, communal pool facilities, picnic areas and boat launching. Good idea then to invite some boat owners over for a BBQ!

This large 236m2 Three-Bedroom Two-Bathroom freestanding thatch roofed home is renting furnished for $945 per month. Caribbean Beach Club is on the southern shore of Hartbeespoort Dam, 42.4 km (26.3 mi) from Fourways Mall.

Kosmos Village $800 with Private Pool

Kosmos Village $800 Cottage with Pool via
Kosmos Village $800 Cottage with Pool via

According to Wikipedia, Kosmos village has developed a strong sense of community with the residents subscribing to a security service which maintains the access gate to ‘Kosmos Proper’. On the waterfront near the entrance is Kosmos Marina Club.

This freestanding two-bedroom cottage has its own private pool and garden and is renting for $800 per month, you may need to negotiate extra with the owner for the furnishings. Kosmos Village is in a quiet corner on the western shore of Hartbeespoort Dam, 53.9 km (33.5 mi) from Fourways Mall. 

Key West $764 for an Active Lifestyle 

Key West is a secure estate offering the residents an array of entertainment facilities including 3 different swimming pools, squash courts, volleyball courts, tennis courts, club house and boat launching facilities. It is next to Pecan Wood Golf Estate and has (in JoburgRudolph’s opinion) the best views.

This large 200m2 two-bedroom furnished duplex apartment townhouse is renting (75%) furnished for $727 per month. Key West is on the southern shore of Hartbeespoort Dam, 42.2 km (26.2 mi) from Fourways Mall. 

#4 Caribbean Beach Club $727 for Golfers

Crribbean Beach Club for Golfers $727
Caribbean Beach Club for Golfers $727

Caribbean Beach Club offers a unique lifestyle, with access to the dam, a golf course, tennis courts, a number of communal pools and a clubhouse with restaurant.

This 119m2 Three-Bedroom Two-Bathroom townhouse is renting furnished for $727 per month. Caribbean Beach Club is on the western shore of Hartbeespoort Dam, 51.8 km (32.2 mi) from Fourways Mall. 

#5 Caribbean Beach Club $581

Staying at Caribbean Beach Club means that you wake up to a stunning view of the dam and have use of the communal pool and landscaped gardens. The unit has a patio with braai and undercover parking.

This 53m2 one-bedroom apartment is renting furnished for $581 per month. Caribbean Beach Club is on the western shore of Hartbeespoort Dam, the closest suburb to Sun City; 103 km (63.7 mi) away. 

@NomadicYou Is country living with one of these Furnished Johannesburg Rentals for you? Will you choose it for the golfing or large thatch homes?

Furnished Cape Town Rentals Western-Seaboard from $473

Cape Town’s Western-Seaboard including the coastal areas of Milnerton and Blouberg offers great value rental apartments. Here is our round up of;

Five Great Value Furnished Cape Town Rentals.

Furnsihed 60m2 Two Bedroom Milnerton $946 via
Furnsihed 60m2 Two Bedroom Milnerton $946 via

Nomadic You found that studio apartment costs in Cape Town average $684 and larger 85m2 apartments average $956 per However, to save some money over these averages head north of the city to the Western-Seaboard.

The area offers beautiful beaches good shopping, dozens of restaurants and buzzing nightlife. You won’t regret choosing to rent here rather than in the city centre, especially when you are enjoying a jog (or run) along the coast at sunset.

#1 Milnerton Two-Bedroom $946, next to the Lagoon

Milnerton proper, is one of the older suburbs in the area. It is a perfect compromise between being in a quieter beachfront environment and still being near the city. If you are lucky you may find a spacious older apartment close to the MyCiti Woodbridge Island stop at the lagoon.

This 60m2 two-bedroom is in a new development, perfectly situated in Milnerton property within walking distance of the beach and shops is renting furnished for $946 per month. Milnerton is 8.8 km (5.5 mi) north of Cape Town Central. 

#2 Big Bay Two-Bedroom $800, for Sporty-types

Big Bay is a modern mixed-use development with upmarket restaurants and shopping on a beach that is popular for kite surfing.

This two-bedroom is in an estate opposite the beach that is ideal for sporty types; they have a tennis court and swimming pool. It isn’t walking distance of restaurants and nightlife, but it is on the MyCiti bus route. This 70m2 two-bedroom is renting furnished for $800 per month. Big Bay is 20.6 km (12.8 mi) north of Cape Town Central.

 #3 Century City One-Bedroom $690, for Shopping

Furnsihed 40m2 One Bedroom Century City $690 via
Furnsihed 40m2 One Bedroom Century City $690 via

Canal Walk shopping center, the third largest mall in Africa, has over 400 stores to explore. Staying in Century City next to Canal Walk, means all you need is within walking distance; restaurants, gyms, shops and entertainment. Although, in this case you aren’t walking distance of the beach.

This 40m2 one-bedroom is renting furnished for $690 per month. Century City is 10 km (6.2 mi) north of Cape Town Central, but you won’t need to go often, since Canal Walk has all you could possibly need.

#4 Lagoon Beach One-Bedroom $690 close to the City

Furnsihed 40m2 One Bedroom Lagoon Beach $690 via
Furnsihed 40m2 One Bedroom Lagoon Beach $690 via

Lagoon beach is the closest Western-Seaboard suburb to the city centre, so you can save plenty on Uber bills. There is an industrial area to the south, so not much within walking distance. But stay on the beach-side premises and enjoy the spectacular views!

This 40m2 one-bedroom is renting furnished for $690 per month. Lagoon Beach is 7.7 km (4.8 mi) north of Cape Town Central.

#5 Blouberg Studio $473, for Outdoor-lovers

Blouberg beach is rated by Tripadvisor as one of the top beaches in Africa. Spend your days just relaxing at one of the many beachfront restaurants at Marine Circle and enjoy the spectacular view across the bay of Table Mountain.

This 30m2 studio is close to the beachfront and the nightlife at Marine Circle and is renting furnished for $473 per month. Marine Circle is 16.8 km (10.4 mi) north of Cape Town Central.

@NomadicYou Furnished Cape Town Rentals close to the beach or next to the Canal Walk shops?


Great value Johannesburg property hotspots

Thinking of downshifting somewhere affordable? If you love your urban lifestyle, then consider South Africa and these;

Poolside living in Johannesburg Property Hotspots. Photo Pixabay
Poolside living in Johannesburg Property Hotspots. Photo Pixabay

Top 5 Johannesburg Property Hotspots

Cape Town property prices are soaring due to interest from international buyers. Luckily, South Africa does have a more affordable global city; Johannesburg. Sure, it doesn’t have beaches. But Jo’burg enjoys a better climate that is ideal if you love spending time outdoors. And it world class shopping, nightlife and dining. Nomadic You rounds up some great suburbs for affordable city living;

#1 Sandton for jetsetters

Highlights: Sandton has great shopping, quick access to Africa’s biggest airport and is an important global financial center. For shopping, Sandton City and adjacent Nelson Mandela Square have exclusive fashion brands and a large variety of restaurants and clubs. O.R. Tambo International airport is a 15-minute ride on the world-class Gautrain.

Property: 1-bedroom apartments from $100,000 and 2-bedroom/ 2-bathroom apartments from $150,000. Pricey, but travel around by Gautrain and you don’t really need a car.

#2 Fourways for the party crowd

Highlights: Fourways is a fast-developing commercial and residential hub north of Sandton. It also has Jo’burg’s worst traffic. But, if you are a remote worker the traffic needn’t scare you off, just avoid peak hours. Your reward will be staying next to Monte Casino; Johannesburg’s best spot for nightlife. Fourways Mall is great for shopping and a will grow to 170,000㎡ by 2018.

Property: 2- bedroom apartments from $60,000 and 3-bedroom/ 2-bathroom townhouses from $90,000.

#3 Centurion for outdoor lovers

Highlights: If you are looking for a home with garden space or if you enjoy outdoor sports fun, then Centurion is for you. Property is cheap and your budget will easily stretch to a garden apartment. Try Supersport Park Cricket stadium, Groenkloof Nature Reserve or even sitting at the mall next to Centurion Lake to experience the outdoors.

Property: 2-bedroom apartments from $55,0000 and 3-bedroom/ 2-bathroom townhouses from $70,000. Buy close to Centurion Gautrain station if you want to live car-free.

#4 Hatfield for poolside relaxation

Pros: Hatfield has good transport links, a tropical climate and one of South Africa’s top universities. This part of Pretoria is a couple of degrees warmer than Jo’burg and you could spend 9 months of the year poolside. The 173,000㎡ Menlyn Park Shopping Centre and (soon to open) Times Square Casino are both nearby.

Property: 1-bedroom apartments from $50,000 and 2-bedroom/ 2-bathroom apartments from $95,000. Buying close to Hatfield Gautrain means you’ll manage without a car.

#5 Bedfordview for golfers

Highlights: South African Gold Digest lists four Top 30 golf courses near Bedfordview. They are Glendower (4), Royal J&K East (10), CCJ Woodmead (20) and Royal J&K West (29). Bedfordview is not on the Gautrain route so you may need to Uber or buy a car. But, apartments here are of the older spacious type and the huge Eastgate Mall has everything you need including an IMAX.

Property: 2-bedroom/ 2-bathroom apartments from $60,000 and 3-bedroom/ 2-bathroom apartments from $80,000.  Be sure to check the building levies (monthly condominium upkeep fees), they are a bit higher in these older high-rise blocks.

@NomadicYou Is urban downshifting and going car-free for you? Which of these Johannesburg property hotspots would you like to live in?

Best suburbs to buy Cape Town property

International investors love the Atlantic seaboard and city bowl. But which other suburbs do the savvy buyers head to for Cape Town property?

Cape Town Property Blouberg Photo from

On the face of it Cape Town property may seem very pricey. International buyers have driven up property prices in neighbourhoods like Sea Point and Camps Bay. But, don’t dismiss Cape Town as an unviable downshifting property buying destination just yet. There are still some great suburbs left that aren’t on the radar of foreign property buyers.

For example, Blouberg and Somerset West  offer great value if you need a bit more space. If you are feeling minimalist and willing to buy a studio, Camps Bay and the Cape Town City Bowl are still worth a look.

Afterall, in this property obsessed blogger’s opinion, Cape Town offers a lifestyle comparable to San Francisco or Sydney at much lower prices. Get in while the going is still good! Here is are my tips on the five suburbs to visit when house hunting in Cape Town, with a rough guide of property prices in each neighbourhood;

#1 Cape Town City Bowl

Highlights: Great nightlife, fantastic restaurants and luxury shopping at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

Properties available: Studio apartments from $55,000, 2-bedroom apartments from $135,000

#2 Camps Bay for luxury living

Highlights: Blue flag beaches at Camps Bay and Clifton. Luxury living with Africa’s wealthiest. And how about a spa treatment at the Twelve Apostles?

Property: Studio apartment from $135,000, 2-bedroom apartments from $275,000

#3 Constantia for gardeners

Highlights: Kirstenbosch botanical garden, historic Groot Constantia wine farm and Africa’s top university; The University of Cape Town

Properties: 3-bedroom houses from $229,000. 2-bedroom apartments in nearby Claremont from $82,000

#4 Blouberg for beach-lovers

Highlights: The best view in South Africa? Affordable properties. Buzzing nightlife at Marine Circle

Properties: 2-bedroom apartments from $67,000, 3-bedroom homes from $134,000

#5 Somerset West for golfers

Highlights: Vergelegen Wine Estate, Helderberg Mountains and Erinvale Golf Club

Properties: 2 bedroom apartments from $38,000, 3 Bedroom Houses in Erinvale Golf Estate from $274,000

@NomadicYou Would you #downsize to a studio in trendy Cape Town #citybowl or a larger #apartment in Somerset West?


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Tranquil towns for Cape Town country living

The Western Cape has it all; beaches, winelands, mountains and cheap property. Five fine towns to buy your slice of Cape Town Country living

Cape Town Country Living Franschoek, Photo by South African Tourism

Why did Rudolph buy property in Betty’s Bay Western Cape? And with a higher budget where would he buy next?

The case for Western Cape property is an easy one to make. Of all the provinces in South Africa, the Western Cape offers the best quality of living and that is why many South Africans are semi-grating there.

I chose to invest in Betty’s Bay because the stands there are dirt cheap. The natural setting and beaches are spectacular. And it is only an hours’ drive from Cape Town International Airport.

Here is my pick of five towns you must see on your country-house hunting trip before deciding. And a rough guide of what you can expect to pay for a typical home in each town.

#1 Franschoek for foodies

Highlights: South Africa’s culinary capitol, picturesque wine farms and laid-back village lifestyle

Properties: 2 Bedroom apartment from $95,000, 3-bedroom house from $195,000

#2 Hermanus for whale-spotting

Highlights: Blue flag Grotto Beach, Whale watching and Fernkloof Nature Reserve

Properties: 1-bedroom from $34,000, 3-bedroom apartment from $67,000

#3 Stellenbosch for wine-lovers

Highlights: Waterford Estate Wine Farm, Historic Dorp Street and University of Stellenbosch

Properties: 2-bedroom apartment from $52,000, 3-bedroom house $128,000

#4 Paarl for golfers

Highlights: Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve, Fairview Wine & Cheese and Pearl Valley Golf Estate

Properties: 2-bedroom apartments from $38,000. 3-bedroom golf estate houses Pearl Valley from $195,000

#5 Bettys Bay for Artists

Highlights: Stony Point Penguin Colony, Harold Porter Botanical Gardens and Arabella Golf Estate and Spa

Properties: Stands from $13,000 (Yes, so cheap) and 3-bedroom houses from $57,000

After seeing this video from Xplorio, you won’t be able to resist Betty’s bay!

Try South Africa’s top property website for a home to rent or buy to enjoy some Cape Town Country living.

@NomadicYou #beachfront or #winelands? Which Western Cape #holidayhome is for you?