Close to public and private schools, highways and main routes, shopping centres and a nature reserve, Boskruin draws families to a suburb where community and security play vital roles.
A neighbourhood offering easy access to highways, essential amenities and local landmarks where the old spirit of community is alive – a setting in which many would want to live. The upmarket suburb of Boskruin is just that.
Lying within easy reach of the Randburg CBD, Boskruin is within touching distance of Northgate and a selection of shopping centres and schools.
“Boskruin is in the middle of everything, including churches, and is close to Beyers Naude and Malibongwe drives. It offers easy access to a selection of private and public schools. It’s a fantastic location,” says Cheryl Fox of Jawitz Properties Randburg.
There is also easy access to the N1, Witkoppen Road and Jan Smuts Avenue.
Boskruin is a family-orientated suburb where nearness to schools such as Rand Park Primary, Rand Park High and Trinity House are key for families settling here.
“High school pupils have coming-of-age events on top of the koppie. There’s a lot of symbolism around it, where one finds peacocks, guinea fowls, rabbits and other animals,” says Fox.
To round it off is the koppie in the shadow of which the suburb lies, known as Boschkop Nature Reserve, from where elevated views of the surrounds can be had. The area is also popular for picnics. The nature reserve probably derives its name from one of the original four farms in Randburg, Boskop. The farms were settled in the 1850s by Boer pioneers. According to a heritage portal, Rand entrepreneur Dale Lace bought a portion of Boskop farm and converted it into a country residence.
“Boskruin is community-based. You find people going on strolls in the evening. There is a neighbourhood watch forum and residents also go on patrols. If the community is valued, they take ownership,” says Fox, who cites the community centre as another focus for communal involvement.
“On election day, you vote right across from your home. You can walk to vote,” says Fox.
Services and activities at the community centre include a library, tennis hall, badminton, line dancing and adult education classes, she says.
Residents also have a sense of extra security from booms at most entrances to the suburb.
“Boskruin Village Shopping Centre has been refurbished so you’ve got everything on your door-step,” says Fox. She mentions such facilities as a chain retail supermarket, three restaurants, takeaway outlets and a gym.
A few properties are on sale in upmarket suburbs at the moment, and Boskruin is no exception. Fox says it costs around R1 million to get into the market here, with top-end properties marked as high as R20m or more.
“There’s a huge property currently on sale for R25m. It is probably one of the original homesteads.
“Boskruin is all about community, security and accessibility. It’s called the Houghton of the area,” says Fox, referring to the upmarket Joburg neighbourhood that was home to Nelson Mandela.
“It has consistently done well as prices have appreciated over the years. You cannot lose money if you buy in Boskruin.”