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Property buyers wild about lifestyle in Wilderness

While it may be charming holiday village in the heart of the Garden Route, Wilderness will also offer buyers a good selection of value-for-money property options in the year ahead. This is according to Chris van der Merwe, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Eden, which assists home buyers and sellers in the Wilderness area.


Interior of home currently on the market through RE/MAX Eden
 
Wilderness is considered to be a nature lover’s paradise as it offers lakes, rivers, estuaries and beaches as well as indigenous forests and mountains for exploration.  Just 15km from George, between the Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean, Wilderness is made up of a mix of permanent residents and holiday home owners, with close on 80% of all property in the area made up of freestanding homes, according to property statistics provider, Lightstone. The statistics reveal that 38% of recent buyers in the area were between the ages of 36 and 49 years of age, with the 50 – 64 years of age category following close behind, accounting for 35% of recent buyers in the area.
 
No matter who or how old buyers in the area are, van der Merwe says that all buyers are more conscious than ever before of getting value for their money when it comes to investing in property. “Home buyers want to know that they are getting the best deal possible, while still purchasing a property that meets all of their requirements,” he says.
 
He advises those looking to buy property in Wilderness in the year ahead to opt for investing in either a freestanding home or a home within one of the estates due to the split between permanent residents and lock-up-and-go buyers in the area.
 
“With high-end properties in Wilderness ranging from R15 million upwards, the ‘best buy’ price bracket in the year ahead will be somewhere between R2.5 million and R4 million. We do occasionally get houses on the market under the R2 million mark, but these are few and far between,” says van der Merwe.
 
 He says that buyers – whether as permanent residents or holiday home/investment buyers - are all drawn to the lifestyle on offer which includes proximity of the beach, as well as the great views from the sea, lagoon, lakes, rivers, mountain and/or forest views or all of the above.
 
Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, says that property is considered to be a strong asset class in which to invest, particularly over the medium to long term. “A well situated property in a leisure destination can prove to be a home to enjoy as well as an investment that generates healthy returns.”
 
 RE/MAX Eden is currently marketing a home that offers secure living on the beach on an exclusive mandate. Priced at R3.49 million, this spacious, thatch-roof home boasts an enormous open-plan living area and kitchen upstairs to maximise the beach atmosphere. A large wooden deck leads off the living areas and the main en-suite bedroom and offers a slight sea view. Another two large bedrooms and two bathrooms are downstairs, each with sliding doors that open onto a garden patio. The main bedroom is very spacious with lots of cupboards. The en-suite bathroom has a separate toilet, his and hers basins and a spa bath. The estate is quiet and private and offers private access to the beach.


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