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Freehold to sectional title at affordable prices, and in a setting for quick access to the Joburg CBD and many facilities

Ridgeway offers a selection of affordable freehold and sectional title homes in a well-situated location where residents can choose between a security complex lifestyle or a more spacious, free-standing home environment.

“Ridgeway is ideally situated for homebuyers as it is 10km from the Joburg CBD. It has great access to major routes and shopping centres such as Southgate Mall and The Glen Shopping Centre. This is important as working closer to home is something many people are seriously considering as the price of fuel keeps rising,” says Tania Rebolo, an estate agent with Lencar Exclusive Properties who covers Ridgeway and surrounds.

Rebolo expects property viewership numbers to rise in coming months as the warm weather returns and days get longer. She hopes this will offset cooling demand brought on by a weaker economic climate, given Ridgeway’s popularity.

“The well-priced properties will always sell as everyone needs a roof over their heads,” she says. She reports ownership periods of more than 10 years among the majority of property owners in the area, a statistic she cites as demonstrating the commitment and attachment that usually comes with living in the suburb.

The sectional title options are a good choice for first time homebuyers or empty-nesters requiring less space and monthly maintenance. – Tania Rebolo, estate agent, Lencar Exclusive Properties Picture: Supplied

“Many residents are families with school-going children as there are good schools in the vicinity. There’s also a growing Muslim community in Ridgeway as there is the Ridgeway Muslim School and Darul Arqam Madrasah. The Ridgeway Mosque is within walking distance for many,” says Rebolo, adding homes closest to the Ridgeway Mosque are sought after and many homes nearby have been upgraded.

She describes Ridgeway as a suburb with a good mixture of housing, including older properties built 20 to 30 years ago, which homebuyers can renovate. Rebolo says Ridgeway offers good value for money for a family home, with freehold residential properties usually priced between R1.4 million and R1.7m.

A quick search of the properties selling in Ridgeway will also show some properties going for more than R2m, including homes with as many as five bedrooms. “The sectional title options are also a good choice for our first-time homebuyers or the empty-nesters requiring less space and monthly maintenance. These range in price from about R550 000 to R750 000,” says Rebolo.

Shoprite is an anchor tenant at Ridgeway Mall. Picture: Nokuthula Mbatha/AfricanNewsAgency (ANA)

She says sectional titles are a great option for buyers looking for the extra security that comes with a complex-living lifestyle with round-the-clock security. Rebolo has advice for prospective homeowners in Ridgeway: “Take your time when purchasing your property. Visit during different times of the week to get the different feels of the location.”

Of the nearest suburbs, Meredale is the closest in property values, although more affordable than Ridgeway; Mondeor is slightly more expensive. Ridgeway lies on the old farm Kroonheuwel. It went through a succession of names, including Greenfields Park and Ridgebourne, before attaining its current name in 1959.

Colleen Reany’s places of interest and things to do

We have lived in Ridgeway for 35 years and in a few houses. The suburb is well situated and it is a lovely area offering easy access to many facilities. I prefer Mall of the South when it comes to eating out, and the Glen Shopping Centre is where I head for my shopping. – Resident Colleen Reany Picture: Supplied

1 Ocean Basket

I like their food and quality service from friendly staff. Corner Swartkoppies Road and Kliprivier Drive, Mall Of The South, Aspen Hills, Johannesburg South. 0116821656

2 Mugg & Bean

I enjoy sitting down for a refreshment after shopping. Their service is good. Shop M11A, The Glen Shopping Centre, Letaba Road, Oakdene. 0114358922

Picture: Nokuthula Mbatha/AfricanNewsAgency (ANA)

3 Fournos Bakery

It is great for coffee, quick meals and cafe fare. Corner Swartkoppies Road and Kliprivier Drive, Mall Of The South, Aspen Hills, Johannesburg South. 0115971900

4 Mythos

This Greek restaurant has excellent cuisine and service. Corner Swartkoppies Road and Kliprivier Drive, Mall Of The South, Aspen Hills. 0116821746

5 Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve

A popular getaway. Great for group and family outings. 4 4th Street, Johannesburg South. 0848044073

6 The 5 Curries

Offers great Indian cuisine, plus the portions are reasonable. South Street, Forest Hill, Johannesburg South. 0119421548

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