• February 26, 2024

South Africa has seen a drastic shift in the number of people choosing to live in coastal areas or areas that are usually seen as "remote". But as working remotely becomes accessible to more people, so do their living options. Covid may have sped this process up, but regardless, whatever the cause, the days of working remotely is slowly becoming the norm.

But is this the only factor pushing people to areas that were once "too far away from work"?

It seems there are more factors to consider than simply technology making it possible for more people. It turns out, there are quite a few things pushing people to remote areas in our modern day and age.

1. Housing

Some areas are more expensive than others but coastal areas can often be significantly more affordable than their "closer to the CBD" alternatives. For many, it would be more reachable to buy a house in a remote area than in Cape Town CDB. In the same way, renting is also often more affordable in remote or coastal areas.

2. Schools

Choosing the right school and an affordable school is a major decision but even more so when deciding on a primary school or a high school. Coastal Towns offer a combination of quality and affordability that is often the fraction of the price of schools in major cities.

3. Outdoors

Coastal Towns remove you from the daily hustle and bustle of the city life and will offer a wider range of outdoors activities. Hermanus, for example, boasts activities ranging from Padel to Kite Surfing. In-between you'll find a variety of other things to do, including visiting prestige wineries, a variety of fine dining options, markets, whale watching, shark cage diving, golf courses and a ton of other options. Living remotely might be less noisy, but it can still be very exciting!