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Edenvale: An Eden in the east

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Edenvale offers a variety of options for buyers looking for homes in an area with good schools, access to highways, sports facilities, shopping and communities with a focus on security.

If you are after centrality of location and a neighbourhood that offers excellent amenities and easy access to main routes in Gauteng, you won’t go wrong with Edenvale.

This established suburb of solid homes serviced by equally firm infrastructure offers value for money for investors looking for good returns in Ekurhuleni or people purchasing to stay.

“Edenvale is popular because it’s so central to nearby major freeways, the N1 and N3, and offers easy access to Sandton, Joburg and Pretoria as well as airports and lots of good schools,” says Marietjie Pienaar of Watson Properties, who has handled transactions in the area for some time. 

She say some homes were built at the turn of the last century, around 1903, when Edenvale started out as a village of Cornish mineworkers that sprang up around the Rietfontein gold mine. The settlement earned municipality status in 1942. 

The homestead of the famous Horwood’s Farm was built in 1902 and has since acquired national heritage status.
Edenvale is popular because it’s so central, and it also offers easy access to places such as Sandton, Joburg and Pretoria as well as the airports and lots of good schools. – Marietjie Pienaar, estate agent, Watson Properties Picture: Supplied
“Edenvale is an established area. Some older homes have Art Deco architecture and parquet floors and pink and blue bathrooms,” says Pienaar. 

While suburbs like the Avenues have larger stands of about 990m² and houses built decades ago, the newer suburbs have smaller stands but more modern houses. 

“Dowerglen and Edenglen have lovely, higher-priced value houses,” says Pienaar. 

The area’s popularity has resulted in high demand for property although prices differ considerably within greater Edenvale. 

Says Pienaar: “Prices vary, from more affordable homes in suburbs such as Illiondale, Eastleigh and De Klerkshof to more affluent suburbs such as Dowerglen. The demand is such that it would be rare to find a freehold property for arund R1 million. We’re looking at entry-level prices of at least R1.2m to R1.3m.”

She says sectional title properties “can be ridiculously priced, with some upmarket ones starting at around R1.1m. 

“These can be found around Greenstone Shopping Centre and have one or two bedrooms. If they have three bedrooms or are bigger, they can go for between R1.5m and R1.6m.” 

The area also has recreational facilities galore. “Edenvale has good parks such as Horwood’s Farm, which has refreshments, playground facilities, cycling routes and craft stalls. There’s also a large variety of restaurants in Edenvale.” 

Noted establishments include Glendower Golf Course and Edenvale Sports Club.

Among the government schools in the area are Hurlyvale Primary, Dunvegan Primary and Edenvale High. 

Pienaar says Edenvale has a mixed demographic ranging from older residents who have lived in the area for a long time to young families buying homes to be near good schools.

Safety is prized in Edenvale with some neighbourhoods having restricted access and gated communities. Armed patrols are a common sight. “Many have residents’ associations promoting neighbourly communication with a focus on security,” says Pienaar

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