Pinelands Nearby Attractions
Nearby Towns (within 15km)
Towns listed closest to farthest.Sybrand Park
, Century City
, Elliot Basin
, Devil's Peak
, Devil's Peak Estate
, Cape Town City Bowl
, Cape Town CBD
, De Waterkant
, V&A Waterfront
, Gardens Cape Town
, Highlands Estate
, Sunset Beach
, Green Point
, Granger Bay
, Three Anchor Bay
, Mouille Point
, Cape Town International Airport
, Sea Point
, Camps Bay
, Bantry Bay
, Killarney Gardens
, Table View
, Cape Town Atlantic Seaboard
, Tyger Valley
, West Beach
Pinelands was South Africa's first Garden City, planned in accordance with
the ideas of Ebenezer Howard of England contained in his famous book 'Garden
Cities of Tomorrow', published in 1898. He suggested the building of new towns,
or 'garden cities' as he called them, planned to provide adequate space for
schools, hospitals, roads, playing fields, churches and shops for all the
requirements of ideal living conditions.
The layout of the first section of Pinelands was completed at the beginning of
1921 and the first house was completed in 1922. Like the many hundreds that
followed, it was built with a thatched roof - the only roofing material
permitted at the time. This gave Pinelands its typical English village charm.
On 25 May1923, four years after the commencement of the project , General J. C.
Smuts laid a foundation stone in Central Square "to commemorate the founding of
Pinelands", the first Garden City to be established under the Trust formed by
the Union Government and Mr. Richard Stuttaford of Cape Town.
It was important to recognise the wealth of history and the beauty of the early
areas established in Pinelands and to preserve its heritage, not only as the
first Garden City laid out in South Africa but as such the forerunner of town
planning in the country. As a tribute to a wonderful environment with its unique
"old-world charm", The Mead and Meadway, with their little thatched "Cotswold"
houses, were proclaimed National Monuments on 22 April 1983. The intention was
that the houses and their environment would stand for all time as a tribute to
those who visualised a garden city in South Africa and had the financial clout
and political courage to carry their
conviction through to fruition.
Pinelands was declared a Local Board Area in the early 1920's and in 1948 became
a municipality. It remained an independent Local Authority until 1996 when it
was incorporated into the City of Cape Town.
Pinelands is very central, ideal for either the business or leisure traveller
and provides easy access to the N1, N2, M3, and M5 motorways. It is close to the
attractions of Cape Town, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, hiking trails, coastal
drives, beaches, Newlands Sports Grounds, Mowbray and Rondebosch golf courses
and just around the corner from Vincent Pallotti hospital.