THE KwaZulu-Natal South Coast has always attracted tourists to its warm, welcoming shores, but recently there has been a much-deserved spike in interest by investors looking for a more permanent location. The mid-South Coast, in particular, is becoming a sought-after retirement venue with modern retirees looking for a place suited to an active, quality lifestyle. Here are five reasons, identified by mature lifestyle estate Renishaw Hills, why people are choosing to invest in the mid-South Coast: • WEATHERThe South Coast experiences warm winter days with a cooling ocean breeze during summer. These resplendent weather conditions make the area one of the most popular holiday destinations, offering residents a permanent holiday lifestyle with the comfort of home. Swimming, paddling, scuba diving and beach walks are all part of the routine while those looking for a more sedentary option can enjoy reading in the shade, fishing or a gentle dip to cool off. • VIEWSThere is something incredibly refreshing about looking out over the vast expanse of the ocean. The South Coast boasts some of the region’s most spectacular views with relaxation and peace, part of the local way of life. There’s no better way to start the day than by watching the sun rise over the ocean, allowing the gentle, rhythmic motion of the waves to soothe the soul. This azure ocean is beautifully complemented by the area’s abundant greenery through its coastal forests and wetlands. • QUALITY OF LIFEThe warm seaside weather and vast expanses of natural land create an intoxicating mix that results in a laid-back mood throughout the region. The sounds of the ocean waves are only interspersed by the chitter of birdlife with the fresh ocean breeze elevating the soul. Embraced by a small-town community lifestyle, residents are known to have lower stress levels, a more active routine and a better overall quality of life. • HEALTH BENEFITSResearch indicates the enormous health benefits associated with coastal living and the South Coast, with its perennially warm weather, offers residents longevity and happiness. There are so many outdoor sports and fitness activities to take up — all of which place residents closer to nature. Walk, run or swim at the beach ... cycle or walk through the nature reserves or get involved in organised fitness classes that take place outdoors. • VALUE FOR MONEYOne of the area’s biggest selling points is value for money. Retirees can look to invest in a well-constructed, sizable units suited to their individual living requirements, without having to go over budget or compromise on long-held dreams. The reality is that a lot of retirees won’t find exactly what they want at the price they’re willing to offer elsewhere along the coastline, but the South Coast has it all. The area is an affordable option that does not compromise on quality or care. Another major drawcard for the region was the sheer number of stunning golf courses, which appeal to all the ages. The South Coast is also well-known as the country’s “Golf Coast” boasting 11 diverse courses stretching from Umkomaas in the north to Wild Coast Sun in the south. — Supplied.