Good schools, clinics, shopping centres and a wide range of property and price choices makes the Alberton area an attractive option for those entering the market and keeps estate agents busy
Alberton has a noted thriving real estate sector, characterised by a raft of newly-developed residential properties spread over a diverse property portfolio, making it a good entry point for first-time homeowners and young buyers.
“Entrants to the property market are active and keen on units in the many new developments within the entire area, where property sales in the past year were in the price bracket between R700 000 and R3 million,” says Sue McCabe of Sue McCabe Estates, based in Alberton.
She says the housing market in the area is always active and has grown stronger annually as the area undergoes significant modernisation. In the process it has drawn new commercial investments, including the upmarket shopping centre Mall at Newmarket.
As in most parts of Ekurhuleni, real estate in Alberton is widely spread over modern and older developments.
McCabe says: “Middle-aged and young buyers are interested in established and well-built properties in areas such as Brackenhurst. It has sprawling, modernised homes, priced from around R1.5m and above due to the large stands of approximately 1 500m². Verwoerdpark, Brackendowns and South Crest offer similar properties to Brackenhurst on smaller stands.”
McCabe says throughout Greater Alberton second houses and granny flats are being built on larger stands to accommodate at least two generations per stand. The older residents who are downscaling prefer sectional title units and clusters.
Meyersdal and Alberante offer more luxurious properties. McCabe says lifestyle developments such as Meyersdal Nature Estate, where the average estimated value for houses is around R6m, are popular with the top-end buying segment. Equally popular is Meyersdal Eco Estate, where properties are marked at R8m and upwards.
Rising demand appears to be shaping the property market. McCabe says developers now focus on properties on large stands in areas such as Brackenhurst and Alberante, with a view to small sectional title and cluster developments.
She says some residential properties in streets with busy traffic volumes have had to be rezoned for business purposes. Hennie Alberts Street in Brackenhurst is an example.
Situated to the south-east of Joburg, Alberton is connected to Joburg, Pretoria and the East Rand via the R59, N3 and N12 freeways. It also offers easy access to Vereeniging and Vanderbijlpark.
“It is only 15 minutes from OR Tambo International Airport and the Joburg CBD,” says McCabe.
McCabe says Alberton is a notable industrial hub with its industrial area of Alrode hosting large national companies.
Alberton traces its origins to before 1870, when 13-year-old Johannes Petrus Meyer bought 11 hectares of his father’s farm Elandsfontein and built a house next to Natalspruit, which was to miraculously survive the Anglo-Boer War and can still be seen today from the N12.
“Alberton is friendly with good infrastructure and libraries, clinics, hospitals, sporting venues, excellent schools and lots of shopping malls,” says McCabe.
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