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The Garden Route’s most secret hideaway

A tiny village set on the Garden Route, Nature’s Valley near Plettenberg Bay, is arguably the most exclusive holiday home address in SA.


Only a few homes a year change hands in the Garden Route village of Nature’s Valley.
 
The infrastructure is very basic and there’s just one shop, and yet home prices here have fared very well compared with most coastal towns and villages, having remained fairly constant even during the recession and averaging R2,57m last year, says Elbie Pama, area specialist from Sotheby’s International Realty Plettenberg Bay.
 
“The main reason for this is that the supply of homes is pegged. The village cannot expand because it is surrounded by the Garden Route National Park and on top of that, many of the properties here are passed on from generation to generation of the same family and are never available for sale on the open market.”
 
This is no doubt why there were only five transfers in the village last year, at prices ranging from R2,25m to R3,1m - which included an older home on Forest Drive sold by Pama - and why there are only a handful of properties for sale at the moment.
 
What is more, she says, the natural assets of the area are fiercely protected by the owners here, so it is likely to remain “untouched” for many years to come. “For example, those who buy one of the few empty stands left here or demolish an old home to make way for a new one are asked to abide by certain guidelines to make sure their buildings are eco-friendly and in keeping with the rest of the village.”
 
The attractions of the area include beautiful beaches, a lovely lagoon and indigenous forest, and activities include swimming, snorkelling, big-wave surfing and bird watching as well as hiking. The famous Otter Trail which begins at the Storm’s River mouth also ends in Nature’s Valley.
 
Short term holiday rentals are also extremely popular with those looking for a really quiet spot in which to rest and relax, so those who are able to acquire properties here will find them to be good investments, says Pama.


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