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Oakdene: Going up in the south

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Property prices in and around Oakdene are climbing steadily, and local estate agents attribute this to welcome developments in the area, and to its accessibility and many amenities

Homebuyers should try to secure a property near central Oakdene because properties around that part of the fast-developing suburb realise more. This is according to estate agent Tevin Barca, team leader for Team Action at Re/Max All Stars, who has handled a number of property transactions in the area.

“There’s a steady incline in property values in Oakdene at the moment. We can also see residential property developers and developers of establishments, such as hotels, showing an interest,” says Barca, who cites several factors for appreciation in values.

One is the welcome improvements to sections of the area, including shopping amenities. 

Oakdene is conveniently located near main highways which allow easy access to Joburg CBD. Many people choose to live in Oakdene for the scenic mountain views and access to excellent facilities and main transport routes. – Tevin Barca, Team leader, Team Action, RE/MAX All Stars Picture: Supplied

“The Glen Shopping Centre and other smaller malls and centres are making the area more appealing, resulting in an appreciation in property values as residents have easier access to excellent facilities,” says Barca, whose team member in the area is Altus Opperman.

Opperman says: “Some classy B&Bs have been developed or are coming up in Oakdene that have also helped support the market.”

The Glen Shopping Centre is located in the heart of Joburg south, just off the N12 freeway, and comprises a diversified tenant mix on three levels.

Oakdene, close to good schools such as Cuties Corner Montessori Pre-School, Marist Brothers Linmeyer and Curro Castle Turffontein, is also more affordable when compared to surrounding suburbs Bassonia and Glenvista, which, like Oakdene, are renowned for scenic views.

“You can get the benefits of Joburg south without having to buy a property at an exorbitant price,” says Opperman.

Barca points to the huge property price spectrum: “Properties in Oakdene range from around R550 000 for a sectional title unit to free-standing homes reaching prices of more than R3 million. There are many complex units and cluster complexes in the area, with top-end clusters in Oakdene fetching up to R2.5m and top-end homes selling for up to R3.5m.”

“There are no estates.”

Altus Opperman of Team Action. Picture: Supplied

Opperman says the portfolio consists of free-standing homes with stands ranging in size from 700m² to 3 000m². Sectional titles, clusters of upstairs and downstairs units, and free-standing clusters can be found, most with modern finishes.

“Oakdene is located near main highways, allowing easy access to the Joburg CBD. Many choose Oakdene for its mountain views and access to excellent facilities and transport routes,” says Barca.

He says suburbs with a similar profile in Joburg south are Mulbarton, Glenanda and Linmeyer.

Michael de Klerk’s places of interest, things to do

Oakdene has a quiet, close-knit community where neighbours are friendly and supportive. It’s quite convenient for me to live here. I run my own security business and it take two minutes to get to work. I work in the same road as the Glen Shopping Centre. Comaro View Shopping Centre is another shopping place close by. I also like the fact it’s easy to get to Glen Vista Country Club and Sun Valley Golf Course. – Resident Michael de Klerk and wife Taryn Picture: Supplied

1 Il Camino

Good service and exceptional food – great pizzas – makes this restaurant an all-round great. Corner Hythe and The Broads streets, Joburg South. 0116823002 

2 Glenvista Country Club

A well-maintained golf course with great staff, a functions venue and a new, exciting craft brewery, The Green. Vorster Avenue, Glenvista, Joburg South. 0114323150

3 Food Lover’s Market

I frequent this to stock up on fruit, vegetables and meat. Corner Oak and Boundary roads, Oakdene. 0114361517

Glenvista Country Club now features a craft brewery named The Green. Picture: Simphiwe Mbokazi/African News Agency/ANA

4 Nu Metro

This movie theatre is just around the corner from home. There’s nothing like movies on the big screen. The food court in the shopping centre has been modernised. U16, The Glen Shopping Centre, Orpen Road, Oakdene. 0860383690

5 Panarottis

A favourite for pizza and pastas. U5, The Glen Regional Centre, Orpen Road, Oakdene. 0114351311

6 Chilli Pickle 

For fabulous Indian cuisine and spicy snacks. Tiago Centre, 272 Orpen Road, Gleneagles. 0114359243

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