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Greenside is a suburb popular with families, thanks to its schools, leafy streets, shops and restaurants, and its proximity to Emmarentia Dam and the botanical gardens

Affordable property values in Greenside are attracting many first-time buyers wanting to be closer to workplaces and family, leading to an active real estate market.

“Greenside is a great suburb owing to its position for those working in Rosebank, Sandton and the ‘Parks areas’ –  Parkview, Parkhurst and Parktown North,” says Lynda de Wet, a principal estate agent for Property.co.za.

“It is also reasonably priced. Another important factor is it is near good schools. A solid, three-bedroom family home in Greenside is priced at around R2.5 million, and for this you would buy a well-sized erf of about 1 000m².” 

Families with young children tend to prefer the stand sizes of Greenside to the smaller erven of Parkhurst, as Greenside offers more space and gardens for the children to play in,” says De Wet. About half the sales in the area are between R1.5m and R3m.

About 54% of recent buyers have been aged between 36 and 49, says De Wet, with older families tending to buy in the treed, peaceful roads or close to parks or the golf course in Parkview.

In contrast, the younger generation is mostly attracted to the restaurant zone near busier roads where homes are also more affordable.

The market stock mostly comprises older homes as can be expected of a well-established suburb.

The houses have high pressed ceilings and wooden flooring – either parquet or Oregon pine. Many homes have been added so as to suit buyers’ needs. – Lynda de Wet, estate agent, property.co.za Picture: Supplied

“Houses have high pressed ceilings and wooden flooring – either parquet or Oregon pine. Several homes have been changed to suit buyers’ needs,” adds De Wet, noting that some properties have features such as cottages or work-from-home structures.

Among sought-after schools that make Greenside an in-demand suburb are Greenside Primary and Greenside High, which counts internet entrepreneur Matthew Buckland, international film director Elan Gamaker, rugby legend James Small and Mango Groove frontwoman Claire Johnston among its alumni.

Other attractions making living here worthwhile are proximity to the local mosque, Emmarentia Dam and the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens, Pirates Rugby Club, established in 1888, and Pirates Bowls Club.

Restaurants on Greenway Road. Picture: Karen Sandison/African News Agency (ANA)

“These are awesome places for family activities, such as picnics and outings, enabling children to create lasting memories. Many families are moving into Greenside from the outlying parts of Joburg to be closer to extended family already in the area,” says De Wet.

She says the rezoning of residential properties to commercial properties and the emergence of a lively cafe culture and restaurant scene in Greenside, should be welcomed for the revitalisation potential, as low growth or lack of it usually portends depreciation in values.

She encourages new residents to introduce themselves to the Greenside Residents’ Association, established in 1958, and be part of ongoing neighbourhood changes.
Linden is probably the closest to Greenside in terms of valuation, property sizes and prices, but Greenside residents are more advantaged as they encounter fewer traffic hassles, given occasional congestion in peak hours towards Linden.

Alex de Freitas’s places of interest and things to do 

I live in neighbouring Melville, but attended Greenside High and work in Greenside, so I know the area well. It’s convenient as everything is nearby. There’s a Woolworths on Gleneagles Road and a strip of bars and restaurants for a lively nightlife and social scene. Greenside is also next to Emmarentia, with lots of hiking and cycling trails as well as Emmarentia Dam for a convenient getaway.- Resident Alex de Freitas Picture: Supplied

 1 Doppio Zero

It accommodates all tastes, is cosmopolitan and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. There’s also an onsite bakery for patrons and residents to stock up on pastries and breads. Barry Hertzog Avenue, Greenside. 011 646 8740

2 Topo Gigio

It’s a trendy eatery suited to youngsters and families; popular for a drink and great for pizzas and light meals. 12 Gleneagles Road, Greenside. 011 646 9573

Topo Gigio, a trendy eatery in Gleneagles Road, has great pizzas and light meals. Picture: Karen Sandison/African News Agency (ANA)

3 The Artisan Restaurant & Cocktail Bar

It has a bistro-style menu, including pizzas and burgers. 12 Gleneagles Road, Greenside. 011 027 3707

4 Dukes Burgers

They’ve been here for a long time and are known for gourmet burgers. 14 Gleneagles Road, Greenside. 087 802 0421

5 The Greenside Café

Coffee shop and restaurant, serving vegan and vegetarian dishes. 34 Gleneagles Road, Greenside. 011 646 3444

6 Johannesburg Botanical Gardens

There are various gardens, picnic sites, a fountain and a restaurant. Olifants Road, Emmarentia. 011 782 0517

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