What’s So Cool About Pererenan?

What’s So Cool About Pererenan?

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This might be hard to believe, but it wasn’t so many years ago that Umalas, Canggu and Berawa were considered off the beaten track. They were picture-postcard paradises of endless rice fields and a simple rural life.

But those brave souls who decided to risk it all and invest in property so far away from Seminyak and Petitenget are now reaping the rewards because Umalas, Canggu and Berawa are all almost unrecognisable compared to the sleepy-in-the-middle-of-nowhere retreats they used to be.

So what’s that got to do with Pererenan?

Quite a lot as it goes, because Pererenan could quite easily have gone the same way and traded more and more of their rural soul for more and more development and the dollars that oil the machines of progress. But Pererenan hasn’t succumbed so much to this kind of ‘progress’, and those in the know, hope it won’t!

One of the main reasons for this is the main road through the village and down to the beach, which is dotted with family temples almost along its two and half kilometre entirety. That means there are fewer houses and plots of land for sale as they’re inherently tied into the culture and history of the local community, its customs and spirituality. It will always retain this quintessential Bali village vibe and for those who live and visit there, that’s a big draw.

The area is also surrounded by green belt land. It’s true there have been recent cases where new zoning laws have changed green belt into concrete chaos overnight but we’re assured this won’t easily happen in Pererenan. Apparently, the only thing that could possibly change that zoning status is the new Sunset Road extension. But people have been talking about this for more than 10-years and it’s questionable if that’s going to happen any time soon, if at all. So, staying green and enjoying classic rice field views is more than likely to continue into the foreseeable future.

There’s a real sense of pride in the people who live in Pererenan to keep it the way it’s always been. The result is a very friendly, very safe, very family oriented destination. Sure, there’s tourism and visitors love staying there but they tend not to be party animals, preferring early nights and soul searching to trance dance and hangovers.

Lessons have been learned. The families and communities of Pererenan have not been so quick to welcome villa and restaurant developments, even though these are happening and will most likely continue. Progress, it seems is inevitable and times do change. For some, Pererenan is looking more like Batu Bolong than it did 10-years ago but it still has a cosy, welcoming  village feel to it.

It’s this family feel that’s a big magnet. The new Montessori school is close. The Canggu Community School is close. And The Green School is only 40-minutes away. All of which offer internationally recognised standards of education if you’ve got kids to consider. Teachers from these schools live here. People on retreats stay close by. The high-end resorts that do have a foothold in the area are keen to attract a particular sort of guest – the ones who enjoy peace and quiet, good local places to eat, good surfing on more secluded beaches and organic markets – those who want to enjoy some of the reasons that made Bali so special in the first place.

So, do we think Pererenan is a cool place to invest and live? Short answer is, yes! In many respects it’s as traditional a place as you can find in Canggu and now has good access to everything you want and need, including restaurants and the beach. And that’s why we think Pererenan is a smart choice for investment.

If you’d like more information about Pererenan and the investment opportunities in the area get in touch through: hello@sevenstonesindonesia.com

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