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About Plumstead


Plumstead  is a haven of tree-lined streets and this is how the story began;

Owned and farmed by Sir Richard Southey, a keen cattleman, he was knighted in 1891 and died at his residence “Southfields” which is today known as St Michael’s Orphanage.

During his illustrious lifetime he was often seen walking about his farm dropping pine tree seeds into holes he made with his walking stick – they flourished and are now a feature of the suburb.

Many of the streets still have their original names taken from his home country of Devonshire.


Plumstead is one of the larger southern suburbs just south of Wynberg, and divided in two by Main Road and the railway line, into what some call Plumstead Upper (or Plumstantia) and Plumstead ‘proper’.

Regarded as the ‘Cinderella’ of Wynberg and Diep River, the suburb is filled with homes built during the 1940s and 1950s. Its residents are diverse with home owners buying the older homes and renovating and modernising them.  The train station is within walking distance, and bustles in the morning as people commute in and out of the city.


Plumstead has easy access to the M3, the M5 and False Bay’s beaches. The suburb is also close to Constantia, Kirstenbosch and Wynberg.

The Main Road is well known for its numerous antique and quality second-hand furniture shops.


Old and young people are often seen walking their dogs and kids on their bicycles  all enjoying the tree lined streets and providing proof that Plumstead is a safe friendly suburb.

Other places in Plumstead:


Plumstead Pick `n Pay – Open every night till 8pm the busy shopping centre offers:

  • Feelgood health herbal shop
  • Dulce Coffee shop
  • Blockbusters Video shop
  • Kids-a-peal – craft-a-peal (Educational toys & arts & crafts.)
  • PNA
  • Pick `n Pay Bottle store
  • KFC drive through
  • Harrington`s Dry cleaner
  • Butchery


Plumstead Tennis club – off Victoria road

Plumstead Bowling club – (also available for private functions with a huge hall and kitchen and secure parking behind an automatic gate.

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