Strubens Valley is where the precious metal was unsuccessfully sought a century ago, but today the area is a worthwhile investment for any buyer seeking to combine city and country living
Strubens Valley offers the option of living a rural idyll, while still presenting the urban conveniences expected of big city life.
Perched in the foothills of the Magaliesberg range just off Hendrik Potgieter Road, Strubens Valley stretches to the north and south of this main route, a strategic location near a host of essential amenities. This makes this neighbourhood of Roodepoort ideal for those for whom mobility and ease of access to services is key.
Leon du Plessis, team leader/sales associate at Re/Max 2000 Roodepoort, lists the numerous conveniences of staying here and cites good schools, shopping centres and top-standard medical services, all within a 10km radius.
“Nearby facilities include Clearwater Mall, Retail Crossing, Lifestyle Crossing, a Makro store and a signature Pick n Pay centre that opened last year,” says Du Plessis.
The area is also known for many good private schools in the vicinity, including Trinityhouse Little Falls (accommodating children aged from two all the way to Grade 12) and Curro Academy Wilgeheuwel that enrols children from Grade R to Grade 10, with Grades 11 and 12 to be phased in annually.
“Life Flora Hospital and Mayo Clinic, both in William Nicol Drive, lie within a 10km radius. There’s also Life Wilgeheuwel Hospital in nearby Radiokop. These are over and above the local GPs and other doctors. There are also several veterinary surgeons, most of whom are based at the Strubens Valley Veterinary Clinic.”
Du Plessis says: “With easy access to all the main roads and with Lanseria Airport an easy 28km away, this area is a good proposition for prospective home buyers looking to balance country life with city living.”
Du Plessis also cites the Ruimsig Country Club, a mere 6km away from Strubens Valley and which offers tennis and bowls, and the picturesque 18-hole Ruimsig Golf Course, designed by Gary Player in 1984. “The golf club offers various affordable membership options.”
Market stock in the valley consists of 16.7% cluster homes, 45.86% freehold houses and 37.41% sectional title units. Next to Strubens Valley is Little Falls which, along with Wilgeheuwel, is known as “townhouse country”.
“These are sought-after suburbs,” Du Plessis says.
“Part of the natural appeal of the West Rand is that much of it remains rural despite all the development over the past 20 years.”
Little Falls boasts the Little Falls Ridge Conservation Area, which Du Plessis describes as one of the prime mountain climbing spots in the region. Strubens Valley itself lies en route to the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens.
Named after the Struben brothers Fred and Harry, who prospected for gold on the farm Wilgespruit from 1884 to 1885, the suburb is one of the neighbourhoods of Roodepoort that trace their origins to the discovery of gold in nearby Langlaagte. The Strubens brothers’ own Confidence Reef is said to have borne little gold and was unprofitable. The ramshackle settlement which sprang up around it soon evolved into the Roodepoort we know today.