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With average home prices steadily increasing, and with good schools nearby, many shopping choices and easy access to main routes, Mulbarton is one of the jewels set south of the Joburg CBD

A suburb centrally situated in Joburg South boasting a concentration of essential amenities and service points, where average property values have risen steadily, would understandably be a magnet for the prudent investor.

Welcome to Mulbarton, a scenic neighbourhood with a strong spirit of community which has shown its mettle in keeping up with trends – a byword for convenience.

“Easy access to main roads and highways means residents are spared congestion. There are more than 10 public and private schools within a 5km radius, excellent shopping and recreational facilities, such as the Glenvista Golf Course, and hiking trails.

“All these factors have a positive influence on property sales and values in the area,” says Liam Bird, a member of Team Birdie at Re/Max All Stars.

Glenvista High School is a popular school that is actually in Mulbarton.

Bird says the average freehold sale price rose from R1.43million in 2013 to R1.79 million in 2017.

He notes that freehold property sales make up the lion’s share of property transactions in Mulbarton, alongside a strong market for sectional title units.

Apart from being a relatively safe environment in which to invest, Mulbarton offers stunning hillside views and lots in the way of amusement and getaways, says Bird.

The former Panorama drive-in, a notable landmark of its heyday, is now the vibrant Panorama flea market.

This adds to the Mall of the South and The Art Farm, a short hop from the mall, which offers wine tasting, visual arts and an unforgettable culinary experience.

Rietvlei Zoo Farm offers recreational, sporting and outdoor family activities.

“The Glenvista Golf Course has a new venue, The Green Craft Bar, which is bringing new energy into the area,” says Bird, who commends an active community policing forum for working on events catering for young and old, and for cultivating a sense of community for residents.

The properties have good supporting infrastructures and the majority has been modernised and have generous living areas with large bedrooms. – Liam Bird, Team Birdie, RE/MAX All Star Picture: Supplied

Bird says: “At Re/Max All Stars we pride ourselves in delivering our clients the best possible price in the shortest amount of time. In this area, we find if properties are priced below the R2m mark, they can be sold within a month, and some in a few days because of the value for money the listings offer.”

He recommends Mulbarton as, a neighbourhood established about 40 years ago where one can find homes with solid foundations on huge stands.

“The properties have good supporting infrastructures and the majority have been modernised with generous living areas with large bedrooms,” says Bird, who adds that sectional titles are equally well-maintained.

Birds says the suburb also has luxury hillside homes with four- and five-bedroom houses offering panoramic views.

Should you fail to find the right property fit in Mulbarton, look at New Redruth, Glenvista, Oakdene and Brackenhurst, says Bird, who lists similarities these areas have with Mulbarton.

“Make sure you choose a trustworthy, reputable agent, one you feel comfortable with as this is probably the biggest purchase you will make in your life,” he advises.

Mike Fontes’ places of interest and things to do 

I’m the chairperson of the community policing forum for Glenvista, Bassonia, Mulbarton and Glenanda. I stay in Glenvista, but I know Mulbarton well. I chose to live in the area for the wonderful views. Plus there’s Glenvista Golf Course and I like the people. Most who come here remain a long time. The area is also well placed: the N12 and the N17 as well as other main routes are within easy reach. There are also great shopping centres, such as the Mall of the South, The Glen, Glenvista Shopping Centre, and Comaro View Shopping Centre. – Resident Mike Fontes Picture: Supplied

1 Glenvista Country Club

Set in a valley surrounded by mansions and offering great views. It’s lovely. Vorster Avenue, Glenvista. 011 432 3150

2 Rietvlei Zoo Farm

There’s a park run, hiking trails and you can walk dogs. It is popular with residents. 101 Swartkoppies Road, Mulbarton. 011 024 1512

The Rietvlei Zoo Farm is popular with residents for its park run and for dog walking and hiking. Picture: Simphiwe Mbokazi/ANA

3 Aroma Di Caffe

It’s the centre of our community and is popular with residents. 188 Biggarsberg Street, Glenvista. 011 682 2356

4 Panorama Shopping Centre

There are many shops, including a Pick n Pay, and restaurants. Kliprivier Drive, Mulbarton. 

5 Panorama Flea Market

It is a ­weekend market with hundreds of stalls and live entertainment. Kliprivier Drive, Mulbarton. 011 682 2222

6 Casa Minha Restaurant

This Portuguese restaurant has inside and outside seating areas and lots of secure parking. 4 Vredenhof Road, Mulbarton. 011 025 9811

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