Tuesday, September 25

BUY HERE: Midrand: Midway marvellous

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Formerly known as Halfway House, Midrand has grown rapidly and is now home to nearly half a million people, good schools, retail convenience and residential property choices for every pocket

Midrand’s location between Joburg and Pretoria, and the rapid infrastructure boom taking place in and around the area, are combining to shape it into a prosperous area uniquely positioned to meet the residential demands of young professionals and property owners seeking a comfortable and convenient lifestyle.

Property developer Leogem, which develops sectional title properties in the area, points to 526 property registrations in a single year (between 2016 and 2017), and reports exceptional real estate activity linked to an explosive growth in population.

The area’s population reportedly increased by 469% in seven years, growing to 497 568 in 2018 from 87 387 at the 2011 census. Ongoing high density and affordable residential developments in neighbourhoods such as Crowthorne, Kyalami and Carlswald provide accommodation for younger people especially and are also an investment opportunity, says Sue de Klerk of Jawitz Properties.

She specialises in country properties in the Greater Kyalami area. “The general improvement in infrastructure and amenities has increased demand for residential property in Midrand,” says De Klerk.

In addition to the Gautrain and related bus services, improvements to the road network, particularly at the Allandale interchange on the N1, have greatly eased traffic flow into and out of Midrand, making it a convenient residential location.

“Commercial developments such as Mall of Africa, and the associated Waterfall Business and Waterfall Commercial Park have helped spur demand for affordable and luxurious residential property.

Midrand is a vibrant, growing, accessible area with superb amenities for families. It offers a wide range of residential housing options, from affordable high density to luxury high-end equestrian properties and upmarket secure estate living. – Sue de Klerk, Jawitz Properties Picture: Supplied

“Midrand is a vibrant, growing, accessible area with superb amenities. It offers a wide range of residential options, from affordable high density to luxury high-end equestrian properties and upmarket secure estate living.”

She cites schools such as Reddam House, Redford House and Curro in the Kyalami area as an incentive for families. “Demand for upmarket residential property in secure estates remains good, even in a difficult property market.

The greater Kyalami area has a range of estates to choose from, including Kyalami Estates, Intaba, Saddlebrook Estate, Blue Hills Country Estate, Carlswald Lifestyle Estate, Carlswald North Estate and Kyalami Crest Estates.”

Waterfall Estate is one of the many estates meeting the demand for secure living in an upmarket development. Picture: Karen Sandison/African News Agency (ANA)

Blue Hills also has a selection of affordably priced sectional titles, a development attributed partly to employees seeking to live near workplaces as more companies set up in the area. De Klerk’s colleague at Jawitz Properties, Corlia Reuter, whose area of expertise is Waterfall, cites the wide array of properties in her luxury portfolio. 

These range from Waterfall, The Hills Mature Lifestyle Estate (from R1.5 million to R7m), Waterfall The Valley Mature Lifestyle Estate (R3m-R7m) and Waterfall Country Village (R4.5m-R8m) to Waterfall Country Estate (R7m-R22m) and Waterfall Equestrian Estate (R18m-R60m). Reuter attributes political uncertainty to buyers hedging investments in upmarket properties as a cushion against future turbulence. The other choice would be emigration, she says.

Stellar Bouzov’s places of interest and things to do 

It’s awesome, convenient and relaxing living in Midrand. I live in Waterfall Country Estate.
There’s a stream that snakes through the estate and about 5km of walkways and cycling paths. I work from home in a safe and cosy environment. Mall of Africa is at my doorstep. I see some children even walk to school. – Resident Stellar Bouzov
Picture: Supplied

1 Ocean Basket

I usually go with a visitor and challenge them to try a good platter. I’m a vegetarian. 2049 Magwa Crescent, Mall of Africa, Waterfall, Midrand. 0105920080 

2 Woolworths Café

It’s warm, inspiring and satisfying. Mall of Africa, Waterfall. 0765328748

3 Mall of Africa

Shops try to get the best of the best when it comes to products, including from overseas. Lone Creek and Magwa crescents, Waterfall City. 

The Mall of Africa offers residents and visitors a wide range of retail and dining choices. Picture: Karen Sandison/African News Agency (ANA)

4 Waterfall Country Estate Gym

I can walk to the residents’ gymnasium. It faces a lake and commands amazing views. Barbet Crescent, Waterfall. 

5 Carlswald Lifestyle Shopping Centre

Lots of shopping and eating options. 1682 New Road Harry Galaun Road, Midrand. 0846650920

6 Lory Park Zoo

It is a zoo and a bird sanctuary offering close-up encounters and owl and big cat feeding. 180/1 Kruger Road, President Park, Midrand. 0113157303

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