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Freedom of space and convenience of proximity to world-class amenities is what living in Chartwell means. It also has one of the largest concentrations of security estates in the Fourways area.

The northern reaches of Johannesburg were once countryside where large farms produced dairy and offered large expanses for horse riding and cattle breeding.

Chartwell, once the heart of Joburg’s horsey country, is now fully integrated into the suburb of Fourways, and residents see themselves as having the best of all possible worlds, being in the country yet just 20 minutes from Sandton and 45 minutes from the Joburg CBD.

The Fourways Precinct, Montecasino and all it offers are close by, as is the rapidly expanding Lanseria International Airport, says Alison Howard, owner of Howard and Currie Country Estates.

Stand sizes are enormous, says Howard. There are only about 350 stands in the entire area, and these range from 86 00m² to 37 000m². Prices also vary, from R1 million for a vacant stand to R15m and upwards for higher end properties, says Howard.

“The freedom of space coupled with the convenience of being next door to amenities such as the world-class Broadacres Shopping Centre, which boasts the best SuperSpar in the country, a large Woolies food store and almost everything that a local resident could wish for, makes this a special place.”

Chartwell Country Estates and Chartwell North Estates’s neighbours are Dainfern and Steyn City, Broadacres, Cedar Lakes and Douglasdale. Chartwell has one of the the largest concentrations of security estates in the Fourways area.

As a relatively new area, there are no state schools, but it does have a number of private schools, including Chartwell College, Dainfern College, Herronbridge, Maria Montessor, the Unity College and the nursery school Land of Oz.

Chartwell attracts young families and even multi-generation families, who fit comfortably into properties where there is a main house and a cottage or two for in-laws or teens. The age of buyers tends to range from 35 to 60.

Local resident of four years, Cindy Rawlings, says she enjoys the country atmosphere most and the vast expanse of space. She lives with her husband and daughter in a secure estate with large tracts of  land and a country lifestyle. “The area is surprisingly central – it really is part of Fourways and one of the biggest blessings is being so close to Lanseria.”

So enamoured was her family with the area they started up the Stables Village market last year on a nearby plot. She says this is where they spend most of their time. 
“It is the best place to eat in Chartwell, with an eclectic mix of food on offer all week long. We also like Kong and we have Cedar Square, as well as Dainfern Square close by.”

Extensive upgrades of Fourways Mall will see a pedestrian fly-over bridge connecting Montecasino, Fourways and Cedar Square in the near future, and there are plans to extend the Gautrain to the node and possibly Lanseria airport.
Places of interest and things to do
1 Broadacres SuperSpar The biggest Spar in the country, the supermarket offers a huge variety of goods, conveniently located on Cedar Rd, Broadacres. 011 540 1518

2 Kong Asian restaurant popular for its Peking duck, spring rolls and dumplings. The Terrace at Cedar Square, Cedar and Willows Rd. 011 465 7516

There is also a monthly moonlit market. Picture: Karen Sandison/ANA Pictures
3 Montecasino A hive of activity with a bird garden, theatre, restaurants and casino. There is also a hotel and movie house. Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways. 011 510 7000

4 The Stables Village Market 212 3rd Rd, Chartwell; open every day 9am-5pm. Established in 2016, this charming country market has given new life to one of Chartwell’s stabling, feeding and breeding farms. It provides fun, food and entertainment for the family, including the pooch. They have retail outlets and specialise in organic products. 

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