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BUY HERE: Our insider’s guide to Linmeyer

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Linmeyer is a conveniently situated 1950s suburb next to a nature reserve in Joburg South where properties do not linger on the market

At a time when most homeowners are having to wait longer before their properties eventually find a buyer, Linmeyer has in a sense remained a seller’s market in that demand seemingly outstrips supply and homes sell quickly once they go on the market.
This small Joburg South suburb thus makes up for what it lacks in size with a popularity defying property trends and conventional wisdom. Tania Rebolo, of Lencar Exclusive Properties, says homes generally sell within three months in Linmeyer as there’s a shortage of housing stock in the area.
“Linmeyer is extremely sought after, hence the quick sale times,” she says. Statistics from property data company Lightstone show that 58 property transfers totalling almost R60 million were registered in Linmeyer for the year ending September. This is a healthy statistic given the suburb’s adult population of just over 2 400.
Rebolo says most residents remain put for much longer than the seven-year average ownership period, with many choosing to sell up only on reaching retirement age. “Most sellers tend to be older and no longer want the bother of the maintenance of a home.” Rebolo says that, like much of Joburg South, the area is big on convenience. One need only look at the essential amenities and facilities to understand Linmeyer’s enduring appeal. It is conveniently situated close to main routes and is a dream area for parents with children. 
The most popular locations are the streets closest to Marist Brothers, especially Prince Albert Street which has a beautiful and well-maintained park for children. – Tania Rebolo, estate agent, Lencar Exclusive Properties Picture: Supplied

“Marist Brothers Linmeyer is a real plus for the area as many parents tend to buy here to make their daily commutes easier,” says Rebolo. The shopping centres that allow for a convenient lifestyle include Comaro View Shopping Centre and The Glen Shopping Centre. The scenic suburb overlooks the Klipriviersberg mountains to the south.
The N12 bypasses it to the south with South Rand Road along its northern border. Travelling to Joburg and surrounding centres is fairly quick and easy as a result.
“The most sought-safter areas are the streets closest to Marist Brothers, especially Prince Albert Street which has a beautiful and well-maintained park for children,” says Rebolo. 
Linmeyer Garden Village is a green and pleasant place to live. Picture: Dimpho Maja/ African News Agency (ANA)
She also has a wealth of advice for property hunters: “When considering Linmeyer as your new suburb, view it at different times of the day such as early mornings at school drop-off times, so you can see traffic flow. “And also visit it at weekends to get a feel for which part of Linmeyer you would prefer.”
Linmeyer was laid out in the late 1940s on land that formed part of the original Meyer Farm, but construction began in earnest only in the 1950s. Rebolo reckons Oakdene and Eastcliff offer something comparatively similar to Linmeyer.

Vanessa Koller’s favourite places and things to do

We’ve lived in Linmeyer for six years and it’s convenient. I’d say that goes for the whole of Joburg South as I have always lived in the south and went to school here. Linmeyer has lovely houses, good neighbours and everyone is involved in what happens in the suburb. The nearest shopping centres are Comaro View Shopping Centre and The Glen, while Mall of the South is also close, a mere 10-minute drive. – Vanessa Koller, Linmeyer resident who runs a business from home. Picture: Supplied
1 Ocean Basket
Staff are friendly and the food is nice. It’s also easy to get there. M7 & 8, The Glen Shopping Centre, Orpen and Letaba roads, Oakdene. 011 436 0140
2 Mall of the South
It’s a lovely mall, big but not crowded, so great to go there to eat and for shopping. Cnr Swartkoppies Road and Kliprivier Drive, Aspen Lakes Ext 12, Joburg South. 011 682 8780 
3 Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve
Nature oasis in the city; 680ha. Victoria Drive, Joburg South. 084 804 4073
There is a variety of wildlife in the Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve including curious zebra. Picture: Dimpho Maja/ African News Agency (ANA)
4 Rocomama’s
It’s conveniently located for us. They serve good food and the atmosphere is great. Shop U7B & E, U7D, The Glen Shopping Centre, 6 Letaba Road, Johannesburg South. 011 436 1374
5 Aroma di Caffe
I’ve enjoyed dining there the few times I have visited. Great restaurant overall. 188 Biggarsberg Street, Glenvista. 011 682 2356
6 Glenvista Country Club
Great fairways.Vorster Avenue, Glenvista, Johannesburg South. 011 432 3150
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