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Buccleuch attracts young families, has easy access to all the major highways, and is conveniently situated just five minutes from the Mall of Africa, the biggest single-phase mall on the continent Africa.

Centrality and affordability make Buccleuch an attractive residential location. The strategically situated suburb lends its name to the Buccleuch interchange with the N3 and N1 highways, and also the end-point of the M1.

“Buccleuch offers ease of access to Sandton, Sunninghill, Paulshof, Barbeque Downs as well as such areas as Rivonia and Morningside, and to all the major highways in the vicinity. It is also affordable,” says Elaine Bakos of Bakos Real Estate, who has lived and worked in the well-established area for more than 20 years.

Bakos says there’s high demand for apartments and townhouses in Buccleuch on the grounds of safety and security. “Teams patrol certain streets at the top end of the area and in certain sections.”

The existence of the Buccleuch Residents and Ratepayers Association is another plus. The association facilitates interactions for ratepayers, residents, businesses and other interested parties for the common good, and “to ensure a beautiful, clean and safe suburb”.

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All in all, Buccleuch is a magnet for people of all ages. “We’ve got a variety of ages. You get a lot of young, married couples because the area is affordable. Their children can attend Buccleuch Primary School and then progress to nearby Wendywood High.”

Bakos says Buccleuch’s strategic location and nearness to Woodmead and numerous high-profile areas more than makes up for the apparent lack of places of interest or major shopping centres in the suburb itself.

“For a night out, Sunninghill is within easy reach and Rivonia and Sandton are also no trouble to get to.” Bakos says Buccleuch itself has only a small shopping centre with a pharmacy, restaurant, a few clothing outlets, a make-up studio and a petrol station.

An exciting development for the area in April last year was the opening of the Mall of Africa, the largest single-phase shopping mall to be built on the continent. With African inspired architecture and a host of tenants spread over two floors, the mall attracted more than 100 000 shoppers to the opening sales.

Buccleuch is notable fore its peculiar historical background. It is on what was previously Waterfal farm, comprising more than 7 000 acres and owned by British immigrant John Alexander Gibson who, with his brother Frederick, ran the Red Star Line, a transport business from the property. 

On his death in 1928, the farm was divvied up among Gibson’s seven heirs. One son, Frederick, named the suburb after a friend, the Duke of Buccleuch.

We have a variety of ages. You get a lot of young, married couples because the area is affordable. This means you get lots of families. – Elaine Bakos, estate agent, Bakos Real Estate. Picture: Nhlanhla Phillips/ANA

To this day, some of the streets are named after family and friends of Frederick Gibson. Until 1992, the suburb was known as Buccleugh, and thereafter Buccleuch.

If you own property in Buccleuch and are thinking of selling or relocating, Bakos cautions that you need to be realistic. 

“Apartments and townhouses tend to stay on the market for between six weeks and two months while freeholds in the area take between four and six months on average.”

She says while most owners would aim for high prices, properties that are more realistically priced will go quicker.

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