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Early miners did not strike it lucky, but today Helderkruin is a great place for families with its rolling hills, beautiful setting, wealth of flora and easy access

The upmarket suburb of Helderkruin, on Joburg’s West Rand, is near other sought-after neighbourhoods in Constantia Kloof and Allen’s Nek.

The West Rand burgeoned after the discovery of gold at the end of the 19th century. Although the Struben brothers’ Confidence Reef, discovered on the West Rand, bore little gold and their mine was ultimately unprofitable, the ramshackle town that grew around it became Roodepoort Municipality in 1904.

Roodepoort became a city in 1977 and from this epicentre several neighbouring residential areas mushroomed, particularly along the attractive natural landscape.
The West Rand ridge runs west from Joburg and is an important geographical feature that is considered to be transitional between the grassland biome to the south and the savannah biome to the north.

The quartzite ridges on the Witwatersrand area are extremely rich in plant species and also offer wonderful elevated places on which to develop residential areas, providing views across the plains.
Helderkruin neighbourhood. Picture: Karen Sandison/ANA
The ridge, which incorporates the Kloofendal Nature Reserve and the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, is now a nature conservancy which provides great weekend leisure options. A number of malls in the area offer easy retail options and well-maintained arterials like Ontdekkers and Wilgerood provide easy access to the city and the freeway, with onward travel to Sandton and Sunninghill.

Local schooling includes both government and private options.

Ryan Kourie, senior property consultant for Harcourts Rhino and area specialist, ranked fourth nationally for 2016, says the market now has an over-supply of stock. 

“Buyers do have a good choice at the moment. The Helderkruin market has always been popular and there is a lot of activity.”
Kloofendal Nature Reserve is extremely popular. Picture: Karen Sandison/ANA
Kourie says in families where children have left home, the parents are now selling to downsize or are looking at a retirement lifestyle. 

“Younger families with children and couples looking to start a family are predominant buyers.

“The Helderkruin area has a few different sections. There are two boomed areas, which do fetch higher prices. Average prices in Helderkruin in the past 12 months are around the R1.65 million mark.”

He says Helderkruin is on the doorstep of the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens and Kloofendal Nature Reserve, with easy access to big shopping centres such as Westgate and Clear Water.

Paul du Preez, who has lived in Helderkruin for 17 years, is executive director for Business Network International. He lives with his wife and daughter with views of Little Falls. 
He says the residents’ committee works closely with neighbouring residents’ associations, and he regards Helderktuin as a “lovely” area.

“I like the hills and trees, especially the street where we stay, blessed with tranquillity and quiet.”

The community has become active over the past few years, rallying together to ward off crime.

When not enjoying camping with his family in their caravan, he likes to play golf at the Krugersdorp Club and says his favourite neighbourhood restaurant is Papachinos.
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