Property in Johannesburg
Central Johannesburg: Central Johannesburg Alberton
North Johannesburg: Johannesburg Northern Suburbs, Sandton & Midrand Sandton Randburg
West Rand: Krugersdorp Randfontein Roodepoort
Johannesburg – also called “Egoli” or simply “Jozi” - is the vibrant heart of Gauteng province.
It is possessed of an enormous energy and vitality that has seen it evolve rapidly from its fledgling days as a goldrush tent-town in 1886 to become an economic powerhouse, surrounded by all manner of commercial, industrial and mining enterprises, the net productivity of which accounts for 33% of SA’s GDP.
It is also, however, a city of strong contrasts. For decades, rich and poor alike have come here to seek their fortunes and the residential areas and the properties built in them still strongly reflect the extent to which they succeeded or not. There are inner suburbs full of dingy apartments and run-down properties but at the same time there are many older areas characterised by grand mansions set in large sunny gardens.
In terms of property, there are modern apartment blocks, solid middle-class areas, pretty cluster home complexes and sprawling golf and lifestyle estates. And everywhere, there are trees – millions of them, which officially constitute the biggest man-made forest in the world.
What is more, the CBD, largely abandoned by big business in the 1980s and 90s, is now undergoing significant revival and renewal. Streets have been cleaned up, new security measures have been put in place and many old properties are now being turned into trendy new apartments for rent or for sale to the owners and staff of a new generation of businesses that are streaming in and once again giving the city “gold fever”.
Johannesburg Southern Suburbs Properties
Originally the working class section of Johannesburg, the southern suburbs are historically and culturally rich and many of the newer areas have naturally beautiful hilly surroundings. They include Forest Hill, Glen Vista, Mondeor, Meredale, Glenanda, Mulbarton, Meyersdal and Bassonia.
Here, wide-open spaces lend themselves to a variety of recreational pursuits such as cycling, golf, canoeing, moto-cross, bird-watching and hiking, and recent years have brought extensive property development as property buyers “rediscovered” Johannesburg's Southern suburbs and especially its affordability and value-for-money compared to the city’s northern suburbs real estate.
These southern suburbs are also well-maintained, have good schools and modern shopping centres, enjoy less traffic congestion than the northern areas and offer a huge variety of property options, from flats and townhouses, through well-kept family homes with pools and large gardens to impressive new villas in gated golf and nature estates.
Meanwhile, many properties in the older surburbs to the south of the city centre such as Rosettenville, Turffontein and Robertsham, are now being upgraded as these areas finding new popularity, especially among wealthy Indian buyers moving closer to the city centre from Lenasia and black buyers upgrading from the township areas of Soweto.
Property on the West Rand
The West Rand is a vast area extending from Roodepoort on the western edge of Johannesburg right across to Randfontein, and it includes Krugersdorp and Westonaria as well as the charming countrified outposts of Hartebeespoort, Florida, Magaliesberg, Muldersdrift, Elandsdrift and Renosterspruit.
Remnants of the West Rand’s mining past are evidenced by the towering headgear structures dotted across the landscape. But in spite of the extensive mining activities of yesteryear, the West Rand has much natural beauty, and attractions in the area include the Cradle of Humankind Wolrd Heritage Site, the Sterkfontein Caves, the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, the Magaliesberg mountains and the Crocodile River valley.
The past few years have seen extensive property development right across the West Rand, most of which has delivered low-maintenance townhouse complexes aimed at the affordable market and interspersed with office parks and behemoth shopping malls.
However, there are also still many suburbs with properties comprised of the traditional “mine houses” characteristic of many small towns along the Witwatersrand, and many new suburbs and estates boasting spectacular modern properties that make the most of the area’s beautiful mountain views.
East Rand Property
The area known as the East Rand extends from Bedfordview and Edenvale on the eastern edge of Johannesburg, through Germiston to Springs and southwards to Nigel. It includes the towns of Boksburg, Benoni, Brakpan and Kempton Park and the townships of Daveyton, Katlehong, Vosloorus and Wattville.
Most of these areas grew up around the gold mines on the Witwatersrand or where planned as “dormitories” for those working in Johannesburg factories. Now, however, they have become fully-fledged towns with their own commercial centres and suburbs.
Generally well-run and well-maintained these towns also boast good schools, convenient shopping centres, a wide variety of recreational facilities and value-for-money property. They also enjoy easy access to the Gauteng highway network.
Property types and prices of course vary greatly, from two-roomed township homes through traditional railway cottages in Germiston and bungalow-style family homes in Boksburg and Springs, to multimillion-rand properties in Bedfordview and parts of Edenvale and Benoni.
Large parts of the East Rand are also still given over to agricultural holdings, and these property types have started to gain favour lately as “lifestyle” property purchases by those keen to live a country lifestyle without being too far from an urban centre.
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