Sedgefield broadens appeal

Bakker says the international focus on Sedgefield as a result of its newfound Cittaslow status has also seen the establishment of an annual Slow Festival which takes place in July each year.

“This may be a town where the pace is slow and the lifestyle relaxing, however, with Myoli Beach having received an injection of new life with a new restaurant, coffee shop, pub, surf shop and beach volleyball ‘court’, we are seeing a growing number of sports-minded people visiting the area. The grapevine has rapidly spread the news and as a result there are serious windsurfers, beach volleyball players and a younger set who have discovered the local attractions and the beach, which is within walking distance of the protected Goukamma Marine Reserve,” says Bakker.

He says the increased global exposure for Sedgefield is also arousing growing interest in the local residential property market and the good value currently available. “Word has spread that even in the early millions there are excellent value for money homes available, and more and more of these are being snapped up by smart investors and those who have waited to capitalise on such opportunities to finally purchase their longed-for seaside home.

“For example, a two bedroom, one bathroom home with a full one bedroom guest suite with its own kitchen can be acquired for just R895 000, while for R999 000 you can own a family home in the village, such as a three bedroom, two bathroom home on a 1115sqm stand currently on the market.

“In addition, and as a result of the economic slowdown experienced nationally, many vacant seaside stands have dropped by up to 40 percent in asking price and even more for some houses. Currently we have six stands for sale which are situated right on the beach, varying in size from 1681-1780sqm and with three of these priced at R3.3 million, two stands priced at R2.2 million and the sixth available at R1.97 million.”

He says a property currently on the market which offers sound value for money – and income as it is currently utilised as an upmarket guesthouse, is a luxury six bedroom, four bathroom log home situated in the beautiful Cola Conservancy. Situated in an elevated position on the rim of the Greenbowl – a bird paradise – this property enjoys spectacular ocean views, and would also be ideal as a spacious family home. It is priced at R2.3 million through Pam Golding Properties.
Bakker says Sedgefield is ideally suited for those who work in nearby Knysna or George and prefer to live in a quiet village yet be within easy driving distance of these towns. “Knysna is approximately 20 minutes’ and George about 30 minutes’ drive away, and both trips take in the most scenic sections of the N2 in the Garden Route.

“Positive news is that building activity in Sedgefield has resumed, with new homes going up, and vacant erven are selling once more. Five new homes have been constructed in the top priced suburb of Cola Beach in the Cola Conservancy, and their current estimated values are somewhere in the region of R3 million and R8 million.”

Bakker says with 60-70 percent of homeowners being permanent residents, Sedgefield has a strong feeling of community, further entrenched via their weekly Oats Market, considered by locals to be the best in the country. Here local residents and those from towns in the vicinity gather on Saturday mornings for their fresh farm products, quality home baked goods – and even a French patisseur, and a wide variety of handmade products, art and curios etc, to catch up on all the latest gossip.

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