Sedgefield : South africa

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What it's Like to Retire in Sedgefield

Sedgefield is a peaceful town of 8,200 on the southeast coast of South Africa.  It was settled in the 1920's when it was advertised as the new winter resort. The town’s motto of being a place where ‘the tortoise sets the pace’ will give you an idea why it is popular for retirees looking for a good place to retire. The Wild Oats market attracts tourists and residents from the region every Saturday morning with offerings of fresh produce and local crafts. A golf course (the ‘Fynbos Links’), tennis court and bowls field caters to the significant portion of retired permanent residents of the town. Nearby George is the administrative and commercial centre of the region.


Where to Retire in Sedgefield and Home Prices

You can live near the sea or in the hills overlooking it. A 2013 review of a Sedegfield real estate site found a 1 BR apt for 399,000 R, a 2 BR home for 690,000 R, and a 4 BR home at the upper end for 4,900,00 R. The Rand converts at .097 of the U.S. dollar, so it would appear real estate is fairly inexpensive by U.S. and European standards.


What is special about Sedgefield

Quiet and low key near a beautiful coast and many nature reserves. Local natural attractions include Gericke’s lookout point which resembles the profile of a resting lion and the protected natural dune areas which harbours Cape Fynbos plantations and rare bird species.


What is not special about Sedgefield

It is a small town that is a long drive from a big city.


Who will like retirement in Sedgefield

There are a number of retirees who have located here. The population is fairly evenly split among whites, African blacks, and coloured.


Local economy is driven by

The town’s main economic activity revolves around tourism, with secondary activities centred on serving the needs of local residents and regional farmers.


Climate and Physical Environment

Sedgefield is on the Garden Route in the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is situated on the N2 national road, between George and Knysna. Located in the Garden District, it has an oceanic climate, with mild to warm summers, and mild to cool winters. It has the mildest climate in South Africa. Temperatures rarely fall below 10°C in winter and rarely climb beyond 28°C in summer. Rain occurs year-round, with a slight peak in the spring months.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Sedgefield has a library that has been expanded several times, along with a number of shops.



We make the assumption that crime is relatively low in peaceful Sedgefield, except for some tourist related crime.


Medical facilities

Although there are some local medical resources one would probably go to George or Knysna for anything serious.



The Garden Route N2 national highway goes through town on its way along the coast. For non-automobile transportation one would want to go to George.


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Facts about SEDGEFIELD
  • State: SA
  • Environment: Coastal,Small Town,
  • City Population: Less than 10,000
  • Median age of Population: 45-64
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 61 +
  • Avg July Temperature: 41-60
  • Median HH Income: 20,001-40,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): Less than $100,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: NA
  • Total Crime Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Culture Index: <80 (Very low)
  • State Sales Tax: No
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: johnb

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