The suburb offers potential buyers affordable, good-sized stands on a green belt and close to schools, malls, highways and a wide choice of restaurants and outdoor activities
Ideally situated below the Melville Koppies along a leafy green belt fed by a natural artesian spring in Alberts Farm Park area, the firmly family neighbourhood of Montgomery Park is off the beaten track, but not too far away from everything one could need.
Part of the farm Waterval, established in 1896, Montgomery Park stretches along West Park Cemetery, initially laid out in 1942. The Koppies behind it contain a stone age camp with artefacts dating back 50 000 years, and it is a national monument.
Montgomery Park is composed predominantly of freehold properties with a few sectional schemes and sub-divisions. Attractive street lay-outs typical of the 1960s offer good sized stands and proximity to the green lung.
Vera Hall, sales associate for Re/Max Masters properties, bought her first property in Montgomery Park in 1985 and began specialising in the area in 1994.
“Montgomery Park was established in the early 1960s for ex-military servicemen, and was presumably named after Field-Marshal Montgomery of Alamein, so the area is around 55 years old.”
She says there is demand because of its location on the green belt and proximity to amenities.
“Properties in the area offer excellent value for money compared to neighbouring suburbs which are more expensive. The average price for a property here is R1.6 million,” says Hall.
The suburb is within 20 minutes of Randburg, Rosebank and the Joburg CBD. It is also close to universities, offers easy access to highways, is on bus routes and near schools, and shops are within walking distance.
There are many primary and high schools and malls close by, and there is a recreation centre and a mashie golf course in the area.
Bianca de Villiers has lived in Montgomery Park for 16 years. She grew up there till she was 12.
“When my husband and I were looking for a house we moved back as it is such a lovely area. Montgomery Park is a small suburb with big trees and a park-like ambience. It is family-oriented with demand for the small, manageable stands, and is conveniently located.”
De Villiers says they often walk in the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and Emmarentia Dam with their dogs. Her favourite local restaurants are The Whippet in Linden and Olivia’s Coffee Bake in Northcliff.
“We also have parks for walking, bird life and cycling,” says de Villiers.