Living In Hermanus

Living In Hermanus

Private Property South Africa
Cath Jenkin

The Hermanus lifestyle can be summarised in simple terms: you want to live in Hermanus. Here’s why your next home should be there.

A cosy cove

Just over 100 kilometres away from Cape Town, lies the seaside cove of Hermanus. Once a sleepy fishing village, Hermanus has become a much-loved destination for cosying up in the cove, and living a luxurious, quiet lifestyle.

Hermanus history

Founded by an adventurous teacher, Hermanus Pieters, in 1815. As the town grew to accommodate a growing community, attracted to the seaside town by its cattle-friendly grazing fields and picturesque scenery, the potential for fishing along the coastline increased. Moreover, as more and more people moved towards this little village, so too did amenities like schools, churches, stores and Hermanus accommodation spots, began to grow.

Hermanus lifestyle

Nowadays, Hermanus has struck that sweet balance, by retaining much of its quaint historical charm, while modernising its surroundings. This has created an exceptional Hermanus lifestyle, attracting the well-heeled, the bohemian, and adored by tourists. Visitors and residents enjoy the scenery and the bliss of living along the coastline, while similarly enjoying every modern convenience. While it’s no longer a sleeping fishy village, and the Hermanus lifestyle now means homes are in high demand from interested buyers, Hermanus remains a sweet choice for everyone who lives in the neighbourhood.

Hermanus holiday homes

Whether you’re choosing to live in Hermanus full time, or looking to invest in a Hermanus holiday home, the Hermanus property market is a vibrant, busy sector of the South African property market. With a wide range of homes for sale in Hermanus, it’s relatively simple to find a home you’ll love in this seaside town. From grandiose mansions, to ocean-facing bachelor apartments, finding a new home in Hermanus is a cool sea breeze. Moreover, significant tracts of land that are ripe for development are on sale in Hermanus. If you’re considering building your dream home in idyllic seaside surroundings, creating a holiday destination that families will love, or simply exploring your choices when it comes to retirement, Hermanus must feature on your list of options.

Things to do in Hermanus

Of course, the Hermanus lifestyle means you’re living along the Atlantic Seaboard, but there’s the other side of this town too - the mountains. Peppered with indigenous fynbos and incredible hiking trails, the mountain ranges surrounding Hermanus provide a beautiful backdrop for the suburbs. And, while you’re exploring Hermanus to find your next home, or wanting to learn more about the Hermanus lifestyle, or looking to settle down in this seaside sweet spot, we recommend you consider these things to do in Hermanus:

  • Whale watching: Hermanus is the best land-based whale watching spot in the world. Yes - that’s right - the whole world. Between July and December every year, the Southern Right Whales congregate in Walker Bay, to breed, play, and raise their young. Whale watching is your number one must-do activity in Hermanus, and it’s something spectacular to look forward to, every year.

  • The outdoors lifestyle: While the homes in Hermanus range from luxurious to lovely, a true outdoors lifestyle is supported by the town’s cooler climate. Whether it’s walking, hiking, paragliding, swimming, or sunbathing that makes you smile, Hermanus has it all for living that healthy outdoor lifestyle that keeps you fit, while you adventure through the town.

  • Explore the stores: Thanks to its growing community, the need for Hermanus to modernise its amenities has created a thriving business and retail sector within the town. You can fill your trolley at several small malls and shopping centres throughout Hermanus, or explore some of the more boutique and eclectic shops dotted around the town.

  • Take a cultural adventure: There are several art galleries to be found within and surrounding Hermanus, along with bookstores, curio shops, and more.

  • Level up your history knowledge: As Hermanus has grown, the town hasn’t lost sight of its historical importance. That’s why you get to enjoy several museums in Hermanus, and taking a day trip to explore the historical side of Hermanus is easy-to-find fun for the whole family.

  • Markets and more: As the laidback lifestyle of Hermanus suggests, there is a wonderful community of people living in Hermanus, who possess a deeply entrenched community spirit. This spirit, and the creative pursuits of Hermanus’ residents, are regularly celebrated too, with various markets and festivals taking place throughout the year.

  • Eating out: Of course, seafood is the name of the game when it comes to eating out in Hermanus, but you won’t run short on options when looking to dine out. Everything from fine dining, to roadside fish and chips, can be enjoyed in Hermanus.

Your home in Hermanus

Now that you know what to expect as you take a trip to Hermanus, consider settling down in this sweet seaside town. Find your next home in Hermanus here with Private Property.

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