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16th January 2017

Sea Point

sea point

Sea Point is a massively popular suburb of Cape Town for a plurality of reasons. One, its proximity to the city centre. Two, it lies adjacent to the Atlantic seaboard. Three, photos like the one above.

Crammed full of apartments and homes, Sea Point is much like this cargo vessel that I viewed up from Signal Hill. These people are living on top of one another – in the noise, smell, and grime of a populated city with poor to average services – for the pleasure of being a part of something bigger: the Cape Town dream life. It makes no sense in our country how the loveliest parts of our land are sparsely populated yet we all battle to live in a place like Sea Point where homes are expensive, the air and water are somewhat polluted, and the cost of living so high. However, we do.

It’s certainly interesting why so many tourists flock to Cape Town every year, looking for a casual Airbnb pad to make their base as they explore Cape Town and surrounds. I’d venture to say that they’re attracted to the people, and, the more people that come, the more that attraction builds; certainly a self-perpetuating circle of craziness. A wise old man once said to me that ‘people come to cities for the systems’ and I think he is on to something. Although the rich may have a home in far-flung islands like the Bahamas, Seychelles, or Mauritius, they generally choose rather to live in New York, London, or Cape Town (among others).

This is all quite off topic (the real topic being photography, and property in Sea Point) but ‘where the people go, I will follow’ as one photographer once said, maybe. Anyway, this summer, if you want to escape to the wilds of South Africa (like the Transkei, or farther afield) and think it smart to Airbnb your place out, look no further than Baithe Photography to advertise you on the net.