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JOBURG: Our insider’s guide to Emmarentia

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Emmarentia Dam and the surrounding botanical gardens provide open spaces for Joburgers and their dogs, and its closest suburb is one in which interest is high, and properties hold values

Centrality of location and solid homes which may be renovated or modernised are among the attractions that make Emmarentia a popular neighbourhood in which demand for residential property habitually outstrips supply.

“Emmarentia is ideally situated close to Sandton, Rosebank, Cresta Shopping Centre and the Joburg CBD. Refurbishments to the Rosebank Mall, proximity to Gautrain and further developments in Sandton City and Cresta Centre have helped increase Emmarentia’s appeal,” says Ines Neto, a sales associate with Re/Max Advantage.

She describes Emmarentia as a leafy suburb incorporating Emmarentia Ext 1 and Emmarentia Ridge that has within its boundaries Emmarentia Dam, the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and Marks Park Cricket Club.

Emmarentia Dam occupies the north-east of the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and is fed by two smaller dams in the gardens. There are seven distinct gardens, all dating to 1866, before the establishment of the city of Joburg.

“There are excellent schools in the area and various places of worship, and Joburg is a short drive away,” Neto says.

She says consistent demand for residential homes means “properties in Emmarentia will continue to hold their market value”.

There are excellent schools in the area, as well as various places of worship, and Joburg is a short drive away. – Ines Neto, sales associate Re/Max Advantage Picture: Supplied

The most notable neighbourhood mosque is Masjid-ur-Rahman, Emmarentia’s first, situated on the corner of Ingalele Road and Barry Hertzog Avenue. Neto says homebuyers choosing to settle here are mostly young families who are attracted to the area by the essential amenities.

Well-known schools include Emmarentia Primary, Kairos School of Inquiry, Greenside Primary and Greenside High. Many homes have been modernised and turned into attractive modern double-storey structures, says Neto. 

Homes in the quieter part of Emmarentia are the most popular. Buyers prefer the properties located away from the busy main routes, Barry Hertzog Avenue and Judith Road. 
Barry Hertzog Avenue, however, is popular for a different reason. The high traffic volumes are good for business, says Neto, adding that residential properties there might obtain rezoning permission.

The area is situated close to good schools and is home to many popular restaurants. Picture: Karen Sandison/African News Agency (ANA)

Homes in the area include affordable properties that suit middle to high-middle-income earners. “Properties start at around R2.5 million, going up to R4.7m in the quieter part of the suburb,” says Neto. 

More exclusive properties tend to be located in Emmarentia Ridge. Emmarentia was previously part of Braamfontein Farm and is named after the wife of Lourens Geldenhuys, one of two brothers who bought the farm in 1886. Lourens’s home is in Greenhill Road, and has reportedly remained in family hands, while his brother Frans’s home is now the clubhouse at Marks Park.

Emmarentia property values compare favourably with those of Greenside.

Nikki Fisher’s places of interest and things to 

Emmarentia is a leafy, quiet suburb and is centrally situated for easy access to essential
amenities and places of work. Mine is about 6km from home, and my nearest shopping point is in Emmarentia. Our home is near Marks Park and Emmarentia Dam, so we have great family outings and recreation opportunities on our doorstep.
– Resident Nikki Fisher Picture: Supplied

1 Spiceburg

They serve delicious food and it is close by. My favourite dish is chicken masala. 10 Gleneagles Road, Greenside. 011 486 2255

2 Emmarentia Dam

It’s a great ­hangout and you can walk the dogs or feed the ducks. I head there in the afternoons after work or on Saturdays. Olifants Road, Emmarentia. 011 782 0517

3 My Bread and Butter

A coffee shop-cum-restaurant with friendly staff. Good to visit in the morning as the wi-fi is great. 66 Tyrone Avenue, Parkview. 011 646 8639

Spiceburg serves Indian cuisine and vegan dishes. Picture: Karen Sandison/African News Agency (ANA)

4 Bambanani

A child-friendly ­restaurant with minders and a nice play area for children. 85 4th Avenue, Melville. 011 482 2900

5 D6 District 6

This is a great ­restaurant with a homely feel and excellent cuisine. 35 Greenhill Road, Emmarentia. 011 486 7226

6 Huamin Asia Food and Sushi Bar

It is a Pan-Asian restaurant and is ideal for casual dining and also for groups. ­145 Barry Hertzog Avenue, Emmarentia. 011 486 3905

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