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Rynfield is an established area with a modern feel, offering historical background, schools, good transport links and several nature reserves and parks

Directly beside the N12 and near major attractions and business districts in Ekurhuleni, Rynfield is characterised by a number of elegant housing estates interspersed among the various waterways and green lungs that give the neighbourhood its intrinsic charm.

Rynfield is part of greater Benoni (a Hebrew name meaning “son of sorrow”) which was proclaimed a township in 1906. The area catered to the Van Ryn mines following the discovery of gold on the Witwatersrand in 1886.

Henry Norval, who has documented the area’s history, says “most of the early residents were British miners followed by a strong Jewish population who had suffered anti-Semitism in eastern Europe and lost their possessions.”

He adds that during World War II the South African Air Force trained pilots in Benoni.

“It boasts more horse stables per square kilometre than anywhere in the southern hemisphere. Benoni has more than 10 schools; in some areas there is a concentration of up to 6000 students within a 5km radius.”

A number of famous people were born there including Princess Charlene Wittstock of Monaco, actress Charlize Theron and former ANC president Oliver Reginald Tambo.

There are four natural conservancies in the area. Nature lovers can enjoy a stroll through the Rondebult Bird sanctuary or the Bokkie park which hosts a market on the first Sunday of every month.

Rondebult Bird Sanctuary is a 95 hectare wetland that is home to over 190 species of incredible bird life. Picture: Matthews Baloyi/ANA Pictures

Ryan Michael Sheehan, an intern agent at Stockton Property Consultants based in Northmead, says the market is economically frustrated, yet ticking over.

“Recently it has picked up again and it is a clear buyers’ market as the purchasers are taking advantage of the ability to obtain homes and other units below asking price.”

Sheehan says prices for the area vary, with some homes inside the Ebotse Golf estate selling for above R5million due to the lifestyle offered.

“The surrounding areas seem to be attractive at the moment, as people like a free-standing home that you can build and do as you please without the restrictions of any body corporate rules.

Sarel Cilliers Street in Rynfield. Picture: Matthews Baloyi/ANA Pictures

“Rynfield offers some fantastic schools such as St Dunstan’s College and Benoni High is not far away.

“Homes range in style from early single storeys to modern gated estates.”

Resident Dawid du Toit has lived in Rynfield for 13 years with his wife Anita, stepson Jayson, and two dogs, Sheila the Australian cattle dog and Zeus the Rottweiler.

He describes Rynfield as an old established area with a modern feel. There are large properties and good, solidly built houses. 

He and his wife both run their businesses from home – which is convenient for their customers.

“We love spending time outside in the garden with our dogs, sipping a cold glass of wine on summer evenings with the smell of a good wood fire filling the air. The large properties allow for space and privacy. Shopping centres are conveniently located as well as four schools.”

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