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Bramley: Just outside the ring

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Historically, Bramley's position beyond the ring road means it is close to popular amenities like Melrose Arch, but the homes are a little cheaper than more central areas

It is well located close to major financial hubs like Wynberg, Melrose Arch and Illovo. It is far cheaper than buying inside the ring road, but is still close to hubs.

On the quiet side of the N1 freeway, but deceptively close to Sandton and Rosebank, the Bramley area is made up of a number of extension suburbs and Bramley View. As part of old Joburg, it is fortunate to have traditional homes, some with heritage elements and established leisure areas. 

A smattering of industrial and manufacturing concerns blend with the retail strips, and cluster property options are luring the younger set, who enjoy Bramley’s proximity to the professional hubs and the nearby freeway.

The suburb is situated on an old Witwatersrand farm, Syferfontein. The neighbourhood was proclaimed in 1904 and named after a landowner, Edward Bramley.

Someone who has seen the neighbourhood burgeon into a vibrant residential area is Sonwabile Ndamase, famed as the designer of the iconic “Madiba shirt”.

It is centrally located but quiet, comfortable and great value for money. There are beautiful big trees, it’s close to Sandton and the highways, and is a lovely upmarket area without any pretentiousness. – Resident and designer of the ‘Madiba Shirt, Sonwabile Ndamase Picture: Simphiwe Mbokazi/ANA

Ndamase is a clothing designer who also heads the Vukani Fashion Awards, and the family man has lived in Bramley for 28 years.

“The area is central. You are at most 20 minutes away from everywhere, and the highway is easily accessible. It is close to all amenities, shopping centres and highways. It is a mixed suburb with mostly families, although we are finding that a lot of complex/cluster house type properties are beginning to mushroom,” says Ndamase.

He loves to eat out at Melrose Arch.

He hopes the local parks remain well-kept, and says living between Joburg’s north and south lifestyle hangout spaces is excellent.

“When I’m not working I’m at home relaxing and catching up with my family. I’m also a great believer in keeping batteries recharged so I often visit my favourite spa to get my body aligned with my mind.”

Area property expert for Lead Home, Lloyd Hobson, says the core area of Bramley is mostly freehold (436 in total) and there are sectional titles available in Glenn Atholl, Bramley View and Bramley Gardens.

“The market is slow, with 87 properties taking greater Bramley into account. Buyers are spoiled for choice and banks are strict on bonds. There have been 26 sales over the past 12 months, with the average price just below R2 million. Most properties go for between R1.5m and R2m.”

He says the typical homeowner is between 36 and 49, with an LSM income of between R45 000 and R55 000.

“There are a few parks and schools include Bramley Primary and Spark Schools Bramley. Properties on Corlett Drive have been converted into commercial properties, which has attracted buyers wanting to live close to work.”

Hobson says sports facilities include Wanderers Cricket Stadium, Wanderers Club and Wanderers Golf Course.

He says there are smaller retail centres in the area.

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