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Some of the original homes in this suburb were built after World War II, and many have been renovated to fit modern standards with families remaining in big houses until children finish schooling. It is a vibrant area with young homeowners able to fi

Sandringham is a relatively small, exclusive suburb with a minimal turnover of property which has enabled the local market to perform well and helped prices remain stable for the past year, says Debbie Noach of Amour Properties. 

“On average, people are living in their homes until the house becomes too big, indicating they are raising families and only sell once the children have finished schooling and they want to scale down,” says Noach, who says sales are predominantly from homeowners more than 50 years of age, and some because of emigration.

Noach says it takes approximately three to four months to sell a property in the area, and the highest sale price for a freehold property would be in the region of R3million. She says this is easily achievable due to the size of the properties and what they have to offer.

The average house offers three living rooms, three to four bedrooms, two-and-a-half
bathrooms, staff accommodation, garages and loads of off-street parking. – Debbie Noach, estate agent, Amour Properties
Picture: Supplied

“The average house offers three living rooms, three to four bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, staff accommodation, garages, loads of off-street parking and plenty of garden space for children to play.” The average size of a property in the neighbourhood is 1000m².

She says some original homes were built after World War II and through the times, people have moved in and renovated to fit today’s standards.

The market stock includes cluster homes, townhouses and retirement homes.

There have been no recent developments in Sandringham, which has only a handful of sectional title developments, two of which overlook the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club. There’s been a proposal to build a retirement village next to the club, according to Noach. 

The Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club is a 36-hole golf complex that opened in 1890 as the Royal Johannesburg Golf Club and merged with the Kensington Golf Club in 1998 to assume its current name.

Noach recommends Sandringham as perfect for middle- to upper-class buyers, young professionals including doctors, lawyers and accountants, or work-from-home entrepreneurs due to its great location.

It is close to other established suburbs, highways, OR Tambo International Airport and the East Rand and has plenty of parks, shops, schools, hospitals, sporting facilities and other amenities.

“Sandringham has become a young, vibrant family suburb and the age group of homeowners in the area is predominantly from 32 years upwards. 

“There are still a few homes in the area that have not been renovated, giving an opportunity to young new homeowners to purchase a home at an affordable price in this wonderful suburb,” says Noach.

“The area is safe and secure with Community Active Protection patrolling constantly. People walk, run, meet and socialise in this beautiful lush suburb with its abundance of old established trees.”

Fairmount is more upmarket.

Monique Bailey’s favourite places and things to do

I have been teaching art at Jabula Recreation Centre for the past 20 years. I initially worked for City of Joburg, going into townships and teaching people to make soap, paint and beadwork. After I left the municipal job I opened my own business called Art Zoo at the centre. I used to visit the centre from when I was a child as my parents owned a house around the corner. – Monique Bailey, resident Picture: Supplied

1 Art Zoo

It’s an art studio offering weekly adult textile painting and beginners’ and advanced adult art classes and workshops. Jabula Recreation Centre, Corner Anne Street and Athlone Avenue, Sandringham. 083 743 8480

Art Zoo holds classes and workshops. Picture: Supplied

2 Jabula Recreation Centre

It’s a fun place for children and teaches art, martial arts such as karate and Capoeira as well as ballet and anything you can think of. There are also programmes for adults. Jabula Recreation Centre, Corner Anne Street and Athlone Avenue, Sandringham. 011 640 5123

3 Gia

Perfect for a Sunday lunch family outing. There’s something for everyone’s taste and the food here is basic and fresh. 66B South Road, Morningside, Sandton. 011 326 5074

4 Virgin Active Karaglen

They have new strength equipment and the staff are awesome. Corner Baker Road and Harris Street, Edenglen. 011 452 8008

5 The Kitchen

Reservations required, cash only restaurant. 49 George Avenue, Glenrand, Johannesburg. 073 390 3422 6 DugFish (Kosher Restaurant) Outdoor seating, cosy, casual. 8 Bradfield Drive, Fairmount. 011 028 6987

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