Originally a farm dating to the 1890s, many homes at Alberts Farm are more than 50 years old and are set in a central area that incorporates koppies, parks and a conservancy.
A trio of suburbs in the Alberts Farm area are some of the oldest in Joburg.
Situated on what was originally a farm dating to the 1890s, Greymont, Albertville and Newlands are known for antique shops and are a popular thoroughfare from the west to the hub of Rosebank. It has a good eclectic vibe on Long Road, with its established trees.
Located between Northcliff and the Melville Koppies, many of the homes are more than 50 years old. Properties are compact and well-priced for first-time buyers. With good access to the N1 from two different on-ramps, residents are also spoiled for choice when it comes to eating out.
The popular Linden foodie culture and Melville are both close by, and Roosevelt Park recreation centre and Auckland Park Bowling Club are both within a kilometre.
Hendrik Abraham Alberts leased 114 acres from the owner of the large farm Waterfall in the late 19th century.
The family are believed to have farmed mealies on the verdant slopes and in 1946 sold 45 000m² to the City, for £18 500, specifying the land must be kept for public use.
The Alberts Farm Conservancy, more commonly known as Alberts Farm Park, is a 90ha piece of gently sloping land running alongside Greymont.
With an entrance on 8th Street, the green lung lies against the Northcliff ridge and is believed to be the second largest in Joburg after Delta Park.
Alberts Farm has a spring where the downward sloping quartz rock creates a basin and where the water formation pushes up through the surface. It bubbles up through a mini forest and has created a large natural dam which attracts 139 species of birds.
The Alberts’ family cemetery is in the park.
It is an ecologically significant area, with a high diversity of indigenous grass and shrub species, as well as several dams, a wetland, a marsh and the spring and stream.
It is a popular weekend picnic area and is used every day by dog walkers and cyclists.
Greymont resident Bafana Nkomo often plays football with his friends in the park. He has lived with his brother in a house in the quiet suburb for four years.
“Greymont and the area around it is quiet, except at the weekend when there are lots of people about,” he says.
As manager of one of the thriving second-hand and antique shops in the area and with a background in antique restoration, he is entrenched in that culture. Nkomo likes to frequent Cresta shopping centre and Bergbron, where he often eats at Steers and Mikes’ Kitchen.
Aubrey Faber, estate agent for Re/Max 2000 and specialist in the area, says the neighbourhood is undergoing significant renewal and is “picking up” in terms of its property appeal.
“Owners are taking pride in their homes and there is a trend of renovation. The economy dictates sales, but we have steady interest. On offer are mostly freeholds in the R700 000 to R1.2 million range.”
Faber says nearby attractions like Emmarentia Dam, Marks Park Sports Club and good retail centres are a drawcard.