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Your Home From Home in Observatory,
affectionately known as Obs.





It’s an arty district locally known as ‘Obs’. The main entertainment area centred around the Lower Main Road. You’ll find quirky restaurants, easy-going bars, live music and lots of hippies in Observatory, which also represents one of the largest residential arts communities in South Africa. We’re talking shabby chic. People from various walks of life find themselves calling this area home. Youngsters, students, artists, philosophers, actors, backpackers and all kinds of people engage in debates about philosophy, politics, jazz, organic food, books, history and the arts. Enter any café in Obs by yourself and you simply know you will leave with a new friend, philosophy or self-produced poem. Home From Home welcomes you to enjoy the urban renewal of this established area with our luxury self-catering apartments at The Paragon and Madison Place. The Paragon  and Madison Place self-catering apartments are modern, stylish and very central to everything in Cape Town. The Paragon has a rooftop pool and BBQ, gym facilities and exquisite view of the entire city and ocean. Madison Place accommodation is secure and conveniently located in Observatory, Cape Town, so that you can live, work and play without travelling too far or spending too much of your time in traffic.

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Set in the eclectic suburb of Observatory, The Paragon Luxury Apartments is located 6km from Cape Town’s city centre. The property is 600 m from the UCT Medical Campus and 750 m from Groote Schuur Hospital. Stylish and contemporary, these beautiful apartments have a rooftop pool and BBQ area with exquisite views of Cape Town.


Madison Place accommodation is secure and conveniently located in Observatory, Cape Town, so that you can live, work and play without travelling too far or spending too much of your time in traffic. The apartments have been expertly designed to provide comfortable yet practical living spaces.

Observatory has a distinctly bohemian flavour and those who identify with the young, trendy and artistic live in quaint, semi-detached and larger renditions of Victorian terraced homes here.
Some of these are a little run-down, particularly as you head back towards Cape Town, but most have been or are in the process of being restored to their former glory, as Observatory is going through an urban renewal and is sought after by locals. Distinctly in its favour is its accessibility to the city centre. Observatory is on the east end of the city and getting around is uncomplicated. The airport is easily accessible, as is the N2 and M3, and people here feel connected to Cape Town’s pulse. Observatory is a great choice for travellers interested in nature, sightseeing and beaches.


Obs Culture

The night life heaves, particularly over a weekend, and local bars and restaurants offer live music, poetry reading and good food. Other quirky little shops line the main road through Obs, and include book shops, costume hire, second-hand books, CDs and local businesses, with an emphasis on ‘artsy’.


Markets, Decor & Feastivals

Bordering Observatory is Woodstock – vibrant and lively that promises a world of things to do and see. The Palms Market has an enchanting indoor venue and an even more delightful ambience for those sampling the wonderful palate pleasers on display. Live music performances add to the vibe here with more than 40 food stalls, as well as coffee stops and spots to enjoy an excellent glass of wine, straight from the world-renowned Cape Winelands.


Forests, Gardens & Golf

Observatory is surrounded by natural beauty just a few minutes away. The River Club 9-hole Mashie course is a 9-hole, par 27, and is a great way to get some short game practice. With spectacular views, the course provides an intriguing challenge both for the seasoned golfer as well as the beginner. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens of the world, also just under 10 minutes from Observatory. On Wednesday evenings they have open air movies under a canopy of stars.

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