Hout Bay presents an idyllic forested region with delightful wine farms, forests and sandy beaches, but to residents it’s considered ‘The Heart of the Cape.’ Hout Bay property is among the finest in the region, popular with the high and middle-income class. While the majority of Hout Bay property available is for sale, there are attractive rentals of various styles. Large-scale housing, apartments, small-holdings and cottages are presented against a mountainous backdrop, often within gated communities or security estates. Hout Bay is often described as a microcosm of the rest of South Africa due to its diverse and vibrant mix of people that make up the community. Hout Bay presents an especially attractive offering for raising a family in a charmed, warm and welcoming neighbourhood filled with space for children to grow.

Although the lifestyle of residents in Hout Bay can best be described as carefree (legend has it the Hout Bay Time Zone is 5 minutes slower than GMT +2), the Cape Town CBD is a mere 30 minute drive away. Hout Bay is divided into several neighbourhoods, each with an active community that addresses local issues effectively. The Hout Bay Neighbourhood Watch is run by residents and covers 28 distinct districts, contributing to the area feeling not only secure, but inclusive to homeowners. Discover property for sale and rental availabilities in Hout Bay below.

Explore Hout Bay



Paragliding, kite surfing, kayaking, boating and fishing are just a few activities to enjoy. Residents can also pursue horse-riding, hiking and mountain biking within the many surrounding forested spots and reserves.



A rich history dating back to 1652 is waiting to be discovered at The Hout Bay Museum while Kronendal Farm is the only surviving example of H-Plan Cape Dutch Architecture still in existence and offers daily tours.



The Hout Bay Harbour itself is the 9th most visited destination in Cape Town, with much to see and do for the whole family. The World of Birds Wildlife Sanctuary is a beloved venue to see, or even pet, exotic and beautiful birds. Chapman’s Peak overlooks the entirety of this area and offers a picnic spots with unparalleled views. The local township of Imizamo Yethu offers tours that allow for a truly immersive experience of this integrated community.



The Marine’s Wharf is purported to have the best lobster in South Africa, while fresh seafood is delivered daily from the docks to the kitchen. Here you can also enjoy fine dining, with over a dozen high-quality venues but it’s also family-friendly where good food doesn’t equate to pretentious venues. There are so many corner coffee shops, that you’re sure to find one to call your own special spot.

Living in Hout Bay

Areas near to Hout Bay

Bakoven, Bantry Bay, Camps Bay, City Bowl, Clifton, De Waterkant, Devil’s Peak, Foreshore, Fresnaye, Green Point, Mouille Point, Sea Point, V&A Waterfront,


Between Hout Bay High School, Hout Bay Primary School, Kronendal Primary School, The International School of Hout Bay, the Hout Bay Montessori and Oranjekloof Primary School, there are a lot of schooling options. Little ones are especially catered to with dozens of daycares and crèches presented in Hout Bay. The University of Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology are an easy 30 minute commute away from Hout Bay.


The Mainstream Village & Mall is an outdoor shopping centre presenting supermarkets as well as a number of novelty experiences, restaurants and cafes. The Hout Bay Market is a popular option for arts, crafts and curios that many travel from all over Cape Town to see. Locally grown produce is not only a popular purchase, but a popular practice as well.


The Hout Bay Medical Centre presents access to doctors, physiotherapists, optometrists, chiropractors and an emergency unit while the Groote Schuur Hospital offers both speciality and general treatments 25 minutes away. Many residents themselves are medical practitioners, with locally run practices.


Cape Town International Airport is a 35 minute drive via 2 easy routes. The MyCiti Bus public transportation system is expected to service routes through Sea Point and Camps Bay soon, connecting between Hout Bay and the Cape Town CBD.

For example Camps Bay or Mauritius