Wilderness area information
The lives up to its name in every sense. It is an eco village that not only boasts an exceptionally moderate climate, but also a unique lake and river system, with pristine beaches and lagoons set against the backdrop of spectacular mountains.
Located about 15 minutes from on the N2 down the Kaaiman's , Wilderness is positioned the same distance away from its charming neighbour, . Its central location - 300 km from , approximately 600km from , and 150km from the CangoCaves in , contributes to its popularity as a holiday home investment choice and tourism destination.
This unique setting has long attracted well heeled investors from upcountry and abroad, who discover it almost by default whilst travelling along the ’s spectacular . Steady here is illustrated by Lighstone statistics, showing that Wilderness freehold property prices have continued a steady upward movement since 2004, with average freehold prices reaching its highest level of R1.5 million in 2010.
The mix of middle and upper class residents in this charming village has resulted in a congenial rapport among residents, where the original borgeouise community live harmoniously with their wealthier neighbours from the so called ‘millionaire's rows’. What many Wilderness residents have in common, is a passion for their environment and an interest in the longterm preservation of this magnificent coastal spot.
The is known to attract a relatively high level of pre-retirement immigrants from upcountry and abroad, resulting in a favourable skills supply in smaller villages such as Wilderness. An interesting phenomenon is the high number of residents working as property and tourism professionals. Although numbers have dwindled since the recession, the village has produced industry stalwarts who have built up a clientele over many years, reaping the benefits from repeat property investments more than once.
Possibly one the greatest attractions to those in need of a laid-back lifestyle or retirement is Wilderness’s moderate climate, with year-round rainfall, and little variation in temperature, seldom dropping below 10 °C or rising above 28 °C. Property professionals say regular buyers here are those seeking quality of life within commuting distances of cities.