Meet Winston: Revolutionising Airbnb Management in Cape Town



The Insider @ Houst
Last updated on
July 4, 2024

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Meet Winston: Revolutionising Airbnb Management in Cape Town

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Cape Town's vibrant property market offers immense opportunities for Airbnb hosts, property owners, and professional landlords. Partnering with Houst ensures your property stands out in this competitive landscape. This article will introduce our esteemed partner, Winston, in Cape Town, highlight his strengths, explain the areas covered, and analyze the current market trends using AirDNA data.

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Introducing Winston: Your Trusted Property Management Expert in Cape Town

Winston brings extensive expertise in enterprise software sales with Oracle and SAP, complemented by an entrepreneurial background as MD of a Uniglobe Travel franchise. With a strong customer-centric approach and over 50 countries visited, he deeply understands the short-term rental market. His skills in communication, negotiation, and technology, honed through years in SaaS solution sales, align perfectly with Houst's vision. Winston is excited to leverage his leadership and customer experience insights to contribute to Houst's success.

Coverage Area

Cape Town's diverse neighborhoods each offer unique advantages for short-term rentals. Here’s an overview of the postcodes and areas our partner services:

Postcodes and Area Coverage

  • 8000: Cape Town Central Business District (CBD)
    • A vibrant urban area perfect for business travelers and tourists seeking convenience and access to top attractions.
  • 8001, 8002: De Waterkant
    • A trendy area known for its colorful houses, cafes, and nightlife, appealing to younger travelers and professionals.
  • 8051: Green Point
    • Offers scenic ocean views and proximity to the V&A Waterfront, ideal for both tourists and locals.
  • 8005: Sea Point
    • Known for its beautiful beachfront promenade, attracting families and those looking to enjoy the coastal lifestyle.

Market Analysis: Cape Town Short-Term Rental Market

Cape Town’s short-term rental market is thriving, offering a wealth of opportunities for Airbnb hosts, property owners, and professional landlords. Here’s an insightful analysis of the current trends and performance in this vibrant market.

Market Overview

Cape Town is home to a robust short-term rental market with 18,189 properties listed. A significant majority of these, 15,019 properties, are entire place rentals, reflecting the high demand for private, self-contained accommodations. This trend is particularly advantageous for property owners looking to maximize their rental income by offering complete homes rather than shared spaces.

Host Insights

The market is competitive yet promising, with 8,955 active hosts catering to a diverse range of guests. Notably, 2,193 of these hosts have achieved Superhost status, indicating a high level of professionalism and guest satisfaction. For new hosts, this sets a benchmark for service excellence and highlights the importance of maintaining high standards.

Financial Performance

Financially, the market presents lucrative opportunities. The median annual revenue for hosts is approximately ZAR 233,929.96, with a median daily rate (ADR) of ZAR 1,456.60. These figures underscore the potential for substantial earnings, especially for those who can optimize their listing to attract high-paying guests.

Occupancy and Demand

The median occupancy rate stands at 44%, suggesting that there is room for improvement in maximizing property bookings. Hosts who leverage strategic marketing and competitive pricing can potentially increase their occupancy rates, thereby boosting overall revenue.

Property Types and Sizes

A diverse range of property types caters to various guest needs:

  • Studios: 983
  • 1 Beds: 5,989
  • 2 Beds: 4,173
  • 3 Beds: 2,156
  • 4 Beds: 1,037
  • 5 Beds: 681

One and two-bedroom properties dominate the market, making up a significant portion of the listings. This indicates a strong demand for smaller, more affordable accommodations, which are ideal for solo travelers, couples, and small families.

Host Profiles

The market is composed of both single and multiple property hosts:

  • Single Host Properties: 6,640
  • Multi Host Properties: 11,549

This mix reflects a balanced market with opportunities for individual property owners and larger management companies. Single hosts often provide a more personalized guest experience, while multi-hosts can offer consistency and reliability across multiple listings.

Benefits of Airbnb and Property Management in Cape Town

Advantages of Professional Management

  • Higher Occupancy Rates: Professional management ensures your property is always visible and attractive, leading to higher occupancy.
  • Increased Revenue: Strategic pricing and marketing significantly boost rental income.
  • Stress-Free Management: Handling guest communications, bookings, and maintenance can be overwhelming. Professional managers handle these tasks, allowing you to enjoy the benefits without the hassle.
  • Enhanced Guest Experience: Professional managers ensure that guests have a smooth and enjoyable stay, leading to positive reviews and repeat bookings.

Winston's Approach

  • Effective Marketing: Leveraging local market insights to attract guests.
  • Professional Management: Comprehensive guest management from check-in to check-out.
  • Regular Maintenance: Ensuring your property is always in top condition.

Final Thoughts

Understanding the dynamics of Airbnb and property management in Cape Town is crucial for maximizing rental income and ensuring guest satisfaction. With the expertise of Winston, property owners can enjoy the benefits of professional management, leading to higher occupancy rates, increased revenue, and stress-free operations. Whether you’re a seasoned host or new to the short-term rental market, Winston is ready to assist you every step of the way.

Interested in maximizing your property's potential? Contact Winston and the Houst team today for top-notch Airbnb management in Cape Town and experience the benefits of professional property management.

The Insider @ Houst

The Insider @ Houst

The Insider team at Houst is dedicated to providing up-to-date and relevant information on short-term rentals. If you have hosting inquiries, please write to us at For guest inquiries, reach out at We are here to help you navigate the world of short lets and look forward to assisting you with your needs.

The Insider @ Houst

The Insider @ Houst

The Insider team at Houst is dedicated to providing up-to-date and relevant information on short-term rentals. If you have hosting inquiries, please write to us at For guest inquiries, reach out at We are here to help you navigate the world of short lets and look forward to assisting you with your needs.

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