Find out why residents choose this small holiday destination as their home.
Many residents choose Knysna as their home because small holiday destinations like this Garden Route town offer an escape from the rat race of city living. But getting away from it all often comes at a price: being far from amenities and the other comforts urban living brings. Knysna’s Heuwelkruin and Paradise offer homeowners the best of both worlds.
The leafy neighbouring suburbs on the edge of Knysna towards Cape Town not only overlook the pristine Knysna Lagoon, but are also centrally located close to some of the Garden Route’s top schools, a short walk from the CBD, on the doorstep of some of the town’s best restaurants, near shopping malls and surrounded by an array of leisure activities.
The suburbs are also within walking distance of the popular Knysna Waterfront, which boasts a beautiful marina, is a base for luxury yachts and other vessels, and is a gateway for cruises and charters into the lagoon.
As some of the oldest suburbs of Knysna, the area also has character, beautiful established gardens, relatively large properties and a close-knit community. It is no wonder the area has become a popular choice among entrepreneurs who transform homes into B&Bs.
The area has also become especially popular among families due to its proximity to the town’s schools. Over and above the breathtaking views of the lagoon, some properties also offer a great vantage point of the Knysna Heads.
Unlike most homes in the city, these neighbourhoods still offer houses without the typical high fences or over-the-top security measures – testament to the area’s safety levels.
The sense of community and the proximity to town and schools as well as nature are definitely among the reasons residents choose to live in the area.
Resident, Anoeschka von Meck
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Making your way around Knysna from these neighbourhoods is relatively easy and most amenities are close by. It is also situated just off the N2, so travelling out of town is also quick and easy.
This article originally appeared in Neighbourhood, Sunday Times.
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