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Linden is central and home to affordable apartments and many houses set on large properties in an area with good schools and shopping, dining and entertainment right on your doorstep

The cooling demand in real estate has not affected enthusiasm for Linden among property buyers, with estate agents continuing to receive serious inquiries and offers from prospective buyers interested in this suburb to the north-west of Joburg.

“The suburb as a whole is sought after and represents great value for money. There is an increase in the younger buyer securing homes in Linden as the prices and properties are appealing for a growing family,” says Meridian Realty estate agent Ashley Habib.

Linden is an ideal residential location for families with school-going children, says Habib. Nearby schools include Casa do Sol, Emma Park Montessori, Laerskool Louw Geldenhuys and Hoerskool Linden.

She says Linden is popular with homebuyers as it a nature-filled, beautiful and established suburb with solid stately homes built on large properties.

“The vegetation is lush and feeder routes to Sandton, Rosebank and the Joburg CBD are easily accessible,” says Habib, adding that the main roads are centres of entertainment offering a variety of services from coffee shops, private gyms, beauty spas and antique furniture dealers to deli cafes, restaurants and more.

There’s something for everyone when you buy a home in Linden, from grand homes on spacious grounds to smaller, low maintenance properties. – Ashley Habib Meridian Realty Picture: Supplied

The most notable of these main streets are 3rd Avenue and 4th Avenue.

“There’s something for everyone when you buy a home here, from grand homes on spacious grounds to smaller, low maintenance properties. It’s essentially a question of personal needs and wants and, of course, affordability,” says Habib.

She says properties in Linden range from around R1 million for an apartment to more than R4m for one of the stately homes located on grounds measuring up to 2 800m², or more.

“The opportunity to subdivide these large properties is also a great attraction for many homeowners.”

Two main roads in Linden are lined with many options for wining and dining. Picture: Karen Sandison/African News Agency (ANA)

Habib says the sale of a children’s home in the heart of Linden may have left a spiritual void; however, there is a sense of expectation that the owners of a residential development earmarked on the former premises of the home will be sensitive enough to ensure this change in the community will turn out to be positive.

“For any buyer it is important to get to know the area,” advises Habib.

“Drive around at different times of the day, ask questions, visit the delis, get to know the community, and you will be sure you are making an informed decision.”

Linden originally lay on land incorporated into one of the original farms in the area, called Klipfontein, prior to the discovery of gold on the Witwatersrand in 1886. It became a suburb around 1901 and part of the City of Johannesburg in 1937.

Neighbouring Emmarentia is a bit more expensive than Linden and Pine Park is comparably cheaper.

Sam Madondo’s places of interest and things to do

I reside and work in Linden. It is a centrally located area with friendly people and lots
of hangouts and entertainment spots. Apart from it being convenient for me, I was also
charmed by the history of the suburb as it was previously part of a farm. It has lots of coffee shops, which is a big deal for me because I’m a barista. I competed and was a finalist in a competition for baristas, and I thank Linden for the achievement. – Barista Sam Madondo with boxing champion and Linden local Peter Smith
Picture: Supplied

1 The Whippet Coffee

They offer Linden blend, a mixture of Ethiopian and Costa Rican flavours. It pulls patrons from near and far. 34 7th Street, Linden. 061 512 1373

2 Brian Lara Rum Eatery

I ­recommend the eatery for some of the best cocktails around. I am also a big fan of their ribs. 56 4th Avenue, Linden. 076 320 9739

3 Red Pepper Studios

The studios hosted Big Brother, and many of our top local ­artists, including Kwesta and AKA, can be found hanging out here. 58 4th Avenue, Linden. 011 446 7000

The Whippet Coffee is a trendy local cafe bar serving good food, speciality teas and coffees and craft beers. Picture: Karen Sandison/African News Agency (ANA)

4 The Argentinean

They make marvellous croissants and the best speciality confections. Corner 4th Avenue and 7th Street, Linden. 011 888 9759

5 Emma Park

The park is popular with locals and visitors, and is the site of a Voortrekker memorial. Corner 5th Avenue and 1st Street, Linden. 

6 Record Mad

Sells pre-owned and new LPs, singles and  cassettes. 59 4th Avenue, Linden. 083 419 5912

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