The houses in the European quarter are built of stone, are flat-roofed and provided with verandas.
These streets are wide and bordered with trees, and are flanked by shops with open fronts and verandas.
The houses are almost all of one storey, built in the quaint style of southern Spain, with red-tile roofs, and the better ones with verandas and court gardens.
It is a threestoreyed building with arcaded verandas and a fine staircase leading to a loggia on the first floor.
Formerly all South African houses had stoeps, but in the central parts of the larger towns the buildings are now without verandas.