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claremont cape townClaremont is a suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. It is situated six miles south of the city, and is one of the so-called "Southern Suburbs" of Cape Town. Claremont is an important commercial and residential area, which is currently experiencing significant growth and development. Claremont's Main Road is regarded by many as the clubbing capital of the Southern Suburbs. The road is dotted with clubs and bars and is a lively hotspot almost every night of the week.

You can reach both Cape Town CBD and the V&A Waterfront by train from Claremont and Main Road has a constant rush of local taxis to most major centres. Claremont is perhaps best known for its shopping, and the malls - Cavendish Square and The Link - are vibrant hubs of activity. Most of the major shops are represented here as well as some exclusive boutiques.

Little Harfield village, across the railway line in Claremont, is popular with the younger set buying their first homes. It is a collection of former labourers' homes and a picturesque area through which to drive. Arderne Gardens, on Main Road in Claremont, has one of the richest collections of exotic trees and shrubs.

Claremont is closest to False Bay's beaches, generally regarded as warmer than the Atlantic Seaboard and is also conveniently close to the Newlands Cricket/Rugby Stadium, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Newlands Forest and the Constantia Winelands.

The history of Claremont
After the Dutch established an outpost on the shore of Table Bay, they established a number of farms south of the outpost in 1657. The most southerly of those original farms, named Louwvliet and Questenburg, are today covered by Claremont and the adjoining suburb of Newlands. After the colony had been taken over by the British in 1814, the area gradually changed its character. British settlers and officials bought the farms, re-named some of them, and turned them into country residences. Weltevreden was subdivided in 1822, and a portion of it was renamed Claremont, a name later applied to the whole area.

Claremont grew during the 1840s and 1850s, and the opening of a railway from Cape Town to Wynberg in 1864 spurred subdivision and development. In 1882, a village management board was formed, and in 1886 it was replaced by the Municipality of Claremont. Claremont remained predominantly residential until the early 1970s, when commercial development began. A major shopping mall, named Cavendish Square, was opened in 1973, and other shopping centres followed. There was a further building boom in the 1990s, and Claremont is currently experiencing another, which includes the construction of three large apartment blocks, an hotel, two office blocks, the re-modeling of three other commercial buildings, and the construction of a transport interchange and a bypass road.

Cape Town Suburbs
Bantry Bay, Bellville, Bloubergrant, Bloubergstrand, Brackenfell, Camps Bay, Cape Town Central/City Bowl, Claremont, Constantia, Durbanville, Fish Hoek, Fresnaye, Gordon's Bay, Green Point, Hout Bay, Kenilworth, Lakeside, Melkbosstrand, Milnerton, Muizenberg, Newlands, Noordhoek, Observatory, Parow, Paternoster, Pinelands, Rondebosch, Salt River, Sea Point, Simon's Town, Sir Lowry's Pass, Somerset West, Stellenbosch, Strand, Table View, Tokai, Tygerberg.

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