Stellenbosch : South africa


What It Is Like to Retire in Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch is one of the oldest cities in South Africa, tracing its roots back to 1679 and Dutch settlers.In our opinion this town would be one of the nicest places in South Africa to retire. Stellenbosch University is one of the leading universities of the country with many prime ministers as graduates. The school has 29,000 students. The area population is over 77,000; most people are white and speak Afrikaans. It is located in the Cape Winelands, which is one of South Africa's two main wine producing areas. The downtown is very sophisticated with fancy shops, restaurants, and wine tasting rooms. Many tourists come here as part of the Stellenbosch Wine Route.

Where to Retire in Stellenbosch and Home Prices

It is easy to see why many retirees are attracted to Stellenbosch. Average home prices in the country are about US $100,000, but in this town will be much more. New 2 bedroom "lock and go" apartments in one development were advertised at about US $180,000. A 3 bedroom house was offered at US $240,000. There are apartments and homes available, both in general neighborhoods and developments.

What Is Special about Stellenbosch

This is a very sophisticate university town deep in wine country. Great shops and restaurants, mountains, and facilities. The Jonkershoek Nature Preserve is very popular.

What Is Not Special about Stellenbosch

It is more expensive than some neighboring towns and it is popular with tourists.

Who Will Like Retirement in Stellenbosch

People who want to live in a college town and enjoy food, wine, and the outdoors.

Local Economy Is Driven by

The university, wine production, and tourism drive the economy.

Climate and Physical Environment

It is 53 km east of Cape Town along the N1. The temperature is mild year round with temps only into the 40s in winter (July) and 70s or 80s in January. There are several mountains in the area including Victoria Peak at over 5,000'. Jonkershoek Nature Reserve lies about 9 km (5.6 mi) east of Stellenbosch.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There are many restaurants to choose from as this is both a college and a tourist town on the wine trail. Oude Libertas and Spier Amphitheatres, the Botanical Gardens, Toy and Miniature Museum, The Conservatoire, Sasol Art Museum and the University Gallery, Stellenryck Wine Museum are just some of the area's attractions.


Crime rate is relatively low in this prosperous town.

Medical Facilities

The Stellenbosch Provincial Hospital and some clinics provide medical care.


The most common form of transportation is by car and the nearby N1, one of the country's main roads. There might be some public transportation. Cape Town's International Airport is very close.

Valuable Links

Stellenbosch Wikipedia page

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