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Somerset West


Somerset West at a glance

Nestled in the heart of the Western Cape, Somerset West embodies a harmonious blend of commercial vigour and residential charm. Its strategic location along the stunning coastline and proximity to Cape Town make it an attractive destination for businesses and homeowners. Somerset West's commercial landscape features bustling shopping centres, stunning office complexes and industrial zones, catering to a diverse range of enterprises. The area thrives as a retail hub, offering everything from boutique shops to large supermarkets, while its industrial sector drives economic activity with manufacturing and distribution facilities. 

On the residential front, Somerset West offers an array of housing options, from elegant estates overlooking the ocean to cosy suburban neighbourhoods. Residents enjoy a high quality of life, with access to top-notch schools, healthcare facilities and amenities. With its vibrant commercial sector and desirable residential offerings, Somerset West stands as a dynamic and sought-after community within the Western Cape.


Founded in 1822 on a portion of the historic Vergelegen farm, Somerset West derives its name from Lord Charles Somerset, a British governor of the Cape Colony. The suffix 'West' was appended post-1825 to distinguish it from Somerset East in the Eastern Cape. The construction of Sir Lowry's Pass in the 1830s, named after Governor Sir Lowry Cole, facilitated connectivity with eastern outposts over the Hottentots-Holland mountains. In the 1960s, the AECI factory situated between Somerset West and Strand gained global recognition as the world's second-largest dynamite production facility.

Residential property hotspots

Somerset West offers an inviting residential haven nestled within the Western Cape's breathtaking landscapes. With a diverse range of housing options, from luxurious estates to cosy suburban homes, it caters to various lifestyle preferences. Residents enjoy a tranquil ambience, complemented by scenic views of mountains and the ocean. Proximity to excellent schools, healthcare facilities and special attractions enriches the quality of life. Somerset West's residential charm, coupled with its convenient location and natural beauty, makes it an ideal place for families of all shapes and sizes seeking a harmonious blend of comfort and serenity.

A few of the most popular suburbs Somerset West covers are Bel' Aire, Bridgewater, Cherrywood Gardens, Dorhill, Firgrove, Monte Sereno, Paardevlei, Garden Village and Helderberg.

Commercial property hotspots

Somerset West thrives as a dynamic commercial hub within the Western Cape, offering a diverse mix of business opportunities. The town hosts an array of retail outlets, from boutique shops to large shopping centres like Somerset Mall, catering to the needs of locals and visitors alike. Somerset West boasts a flourishing industrial sector, with companies like AECI Limited and Deli Spices Group contributing to its economic vitality. AECI Limited, with its focus on chemicals and explosives, plays a significant role in the region's manufacturing landscape, while Deli Spices Group, a leading producer of spices and seasonings, contributes to the food processing industry. With its strategic location and robust commercial infrastructure, Somerset West continues to attract businesses, fostering innovation, job creation and economic growth in the region.

Some of the prime commercial business parks in the area include:

  • Somerset West Business Park
  • Somerset Links Office Park
  • Somerset Mall

Some of the prime retail parks in the area include:

  • Somerset Mall
  • Somerset Square Shopping Centre
  • Waterstone Village

Industrial property hotspots

Somerset West boasts a growing industrial sector pivotal to the region's economic vitality. With a strategic location and robust infrastructure, the town attracts diverse industrial ventures, ranging from manufacturing to logistics. Somerset West serves as a home to prominent companies like AECI Limited, a leading chemical and explosives manufacturer, contributing significantly to local employment and economic growth. The town's industrial prowess is underscored by its commitment to innovation and sustainability, positioning Somerset West as a dynamic hub for industrial innovation and opportunity within the Western Cape's economic landscape.

Some of the prime industrial parks in and around the area include:

Transport and infrastructure

Somerset West boasts a well-developed transport and infrastructure system, catering to both private and public transportation needs. Its road network, including major highways like the N2, ensures smooth connectivity with neighbouring urban centres. The town also features a reliable public transportation network, including buses and taxis, providing convenient mobility options for residents and visitors alike. With efficient public transportation services complementing its road infrastructure, Somerset West facilitates easy access to amenities, workplaces and leisure destinations, fostering convenience and connectivity within the community.

Here is a list of the top staff transportation options available in the area:

Somerset West is 36 minutes (50,7 km) away from Cape Town via the N2 and Cape Town International Airport is only a 23-minute drive (31,5 km) via the N2 as well.


Somerset West is a bustling hub of exquisite eateries that will make the perfect setting for a business meeting, an interview or just to grab a quick bite on your lunch break. Some of the top restaurants you will want to visit include Bossa Somerset West, Henri's Restaurant and Wine Bar, Sanook Somerset, Millhouse Kitchen, Steffanie’s Place, Stables Restaurant and Avontuur Estate Restaurant.

If you are wondering about the healthcare available in the area, Somerset West is home to some of the top healthcare facilities in the region. Hospitals including Busamed Paardevlei Private Hospital, Mediclinic Vergelegen Hospital & Day Clinic and Helderberg Hospital are all available within the area to assist you with your medical needs.

Discover your path to success in Somerset West

Somerset West is a naturally beautiful town that exudes opulence and charm. The family-friendly appeal, the abundance of business opportunities and the stunning amenities make Somerset West an ideal place to live for anyone. Whether you are looking for an industrial, residential or commercial property, Somerset West will have you covered. If you would like to know more about the area, book a viewing, or simply wish to browse some of the available properties we have, contact Brickfield Properties today.

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