New Green Point Stadium has brought 'magic' to the area
Now that the new Green Point stadium is all-but complete – and lit up with a magical soft glow at night – almost all the criticism and the dread that it would downgrade the precinct have melted away, say Meryl Kreuger and Velma Knight, Anne Porter Knight Frank’s agents for Sea Point and Green Point.

“It is impossible not to be impressed,” said Knight. “When the lights come on after dark, one has the impression that a benign spaceship has landed here. It is just far enough away not to impinge on the attractive cosmopolitan café district on Somerset Road (which has proliferated over the last year) but close enough to give a feeling that something very exciting, very modern and almost beyond our understanding has happened here.”

Kreuger added that almost as impressive as the building itself have been the City Council’s upgrading of the surrounding landscapes and, more particularly, the golf course.

“Most of the major roads have been reconfigured and retarred in places and given very attractive pavements with trees at regular intervals. The area is now, therefore, genuinely becoming green at last. Previously the golf course was a flat and, let us face it, not particularly interesting open area. Now it undulates attractively and is interlaced with water channels and small lakes. This, of course, makes it far more interesting and challenging to play as well as a great deal more attractive to look at, especially at night when the surrounding buildings are reflected in the water courses.”

Kreuger that very few people in Green Point right now are prepared to sell their property, although the situation could change after the 2010 World Cup.

“Right now,” she said, “people are sitting on their properties and, in our estimation, prices have already risen by some 20% since the end of 2008. Like De Waterkant and Clifton, Green Point has suddenly found itself popular and sought after by those looking for the ‘right’ place to live.

Lanice Steward, MD of Anne Port commented that “there is a certain appropriateness in the revived status that Green Point is achieving”.

“In the 18th and 19th Centuries,” she said, “many Capetonians living in the city had summer homes here to which they retreated when the heat, the South Easter winds and the water pollution of the city became uncomfortable. The precinct had SA’s first trams, initially horse drawn and later electric powered.

“For a long time, too, the British army had a base here and the officers’ mess was the place to socialise – if you were fortunate to be invited. South Africa’s first horse race track was sited here and a grandstand was erected opposite the finish on the site occupied today by McDonalds.”

The first sea water pool, a wooden structure, was also a focus of social activity and an annual fair (on the area where the stadium now stands) was always popular.

These and other factors, said Steward, had given Green Point a cheerful, fashionable atmosphere which appears to be coming back to the suburb.

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