Access to good primary and high schools, plus one of the biggest shopping malls in Gauteng, add appeal to this small and fairly new suburb, where sectional title residences of relatively modern market stock are most popular and remain affordable
Liefde en Vrede is a conveniently situated suburb of wellbuilt and relatively modern market stock in the south of Joburg. This is the argument that Tania Rebolo of Lencar Exclusive Properties likes to advance when demonstrating the more attractive features of this relatively small suburb.
“Liefde En Vrede is relatively new and has really helped ease the pressure of housing demands in the area. There are quite a few sectional title schemes being built, which has been great for purchasers who buy units for rental investments and for tenants who have a few rental options to choose from,” says Rebolo.
She says sectional titles sell a lot faster than free-standing homes, and the average sale period in the area is currently three months. The neighbourhood as a whole is generally quite desirable as homes sell relatively well, provided the pricing is correct, says Rebolo.
She says homes which back on to open parks and veld are sometimes an exception because they are a concern for prospective buyers intent on security.
The free-standing homes range in price from R1.3 million to R2m, with an average free-standing home selling for R1.35m and the average sale price is R682 000 for sectional titles, she says.
“In every area you tend to find the larger homes in between your more affordable properties and Liefde En Vrede is no exception. You could find a free-standing home ranging up to R2.5m, but that would be an exception.”
Demand is also high for vacant land and that has reportedly pushed up prices for vacant lots. One can expect to fork out around R700 000 for a plot measuring 800m², more or less, says Rebolo, adding: “Unfortunately, there are very few vacant land stands left in Liefde En Vrede.”
Almost 90% of recent buyers were aged between 18 and 49 years, according to Lightstone data. “I believe families are looking to purchase in the area as there is a very good school, Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic School, situated in the heart of Liefde En Vrede as well as Mulbarton Primary School, which is within walking distance,” says Rebolo.
She believes this has proved to be convenient for working parents as children can walk home after school. The Mall of the South has also been a positive contributor to demand in the area as it is within walking distance of Liefde En Vrede, says Rebolo, who notes that employees who work at the mall naturally look in the area first for their accommodation needs.
Prospective residents should view the area during a weekend as well to see if the area as a whole suits their needs. Brackendowns is slightly more highly priced.
Lindiwe Radebe’s favourite places and things to do
1 Gold Reef City
This amusement park was built on an old gold mine. Northern Parkway and Data Crescent, Ormonde. 0114619744
2 South Dakota Spur Steak Ranch
We go there on special occasions. It is a restaurant that is family-friendly and child-friendly. F104, Mall of the South, Swartkoppies Road, Aspen Hills. 011 682 2536
3 Jungle Beat Kids Party Venue
Ideal for children’s birthday parties. They have lots of space to run around and the entertainment is great. Fore Street, Alberante, Alberton. 082451 7377
4 Mall of the South
There are lots of big retailers and clothing shops. It is also child-friendly thanks to outlets such as 21 Jump Street and play areas with facilities such as trampolines. Cnr Swartkoppies Road and Kliprivier Drive, Aspen Hills. 011 682 8780
5 Panorama Shopping Centre
There’s a Pick n Pay that frequently runs specials so you stand to make lots of savings. You also get ample free parking, plus it’s much closer to home. Corner Kliprivier Drive and Jordi Street, Mulbarton. 011 432 4141
6 Life Grand Café
Opulent yet relaxed. Mall of the South, Corner Swartkoppies Road and Kliprivier Drive, Aspen Hills. 010 595 3880