Bishopscourt, Cape Town

Bishopscourt is a highly affluent area in the Western Cape province of South Africa, nestled against the slopes of one of the wonders of the world, Table Mountain.

Bishopscourt is an area rich in history dating back to the 17th century – starting off as Jan van Riebeeck’s farm, after changing hands many times, the Anglican church purchased the land to be used as the official residence for the Anglican Bishops and Archbishops of Cape Town, and it was then named ‘Bishop’s Court’. Among these residents was Desmond Tutu, where Nelson Mandela spent his first night after being released from 27 years of imprisonment in 1990. Mandela later acquired his own home in this neighbourhood a few years later. 

This is an area of extensive natural beauty on the foot of the mountain. There are many hiking, cycling and running trails in the area, including the well-known Skeleton Gorge hike, and the breath-taking Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. You can take beautiful walks up into the Newlands Forest and once higher up, you get incredible views over the suburbs. There are many of the best schools in close proximity such as the very well-known Bishops Diocesan College and Herschel Girls School. 

Bishopscourt comprises of large freehold properties, of which there have been 12 sales registered in the last 12 months – 1 of which was vacant land which sold for approximately R25 000 000. Majority of the existing homeowners in the area have owned their properties for more than 10 years, with recent entrants to the area being predominately of the ages 36 to 49. Recent sellers in the area have been mostly pensioners.