This suburb in Randburg is often overlooked as a residential area because it is surrounded by industry and commerce, but Strydom Park has lots to offer, including schools and shopping nearby
Strydom Park has always been known as one of Randburg’s leading commercial districts, an identity that has long subordinated the area’s residential sector to a mere adjunct of the better-known industrial-business function.
To most seeking a well-situated area in which to live, the commercial tag may prompt them to overlook Strydom Park’s convenience and appeal.
“Most people tend to look at it as a place for mainly commercial activity,” says Julian de Abreu of Rawson Properties Northcliff. Most of the residential property is free-standing homes.
For a resident bent on yielding the practicality dividend, one does not have to look too far to disprove the perception that largely business-zoned areas are no-go enclaves for settled suburban serenity.
Strategic location is one draw, most estate agents would point out.
Malibongwe Drive (formerly Hans Strydom Avenue) is the major thoroughfare and the suburb of Strydom Park (sometimes spelt Strijdom Park) was named after former prime minister Hans Strijdom (1893-1958), who died in the year before Randburg was founded.
“You’re close to the N1 highway and retail stores. There are, however, few schools in the area and this means families with children might look elsewhere,” says De Abreu.
De Abreu is a rental partner with the Rawson Properties Northcliff division of Rawson Property Group.
However good schools, including Hoërskool Randburg, are not a long distance away.
For the indulgence of a typical family lifestyle, there’s a selection of two and three-bedroom freestanding homes available for sale or rental, but the selection is limited.
“Some properties are modern, some older,” says De Abreu, who notes most freehold stands are about 1 000m².
Few sectionals are available in Strydom Park.
One can snap up a freehold for R1.5 million-plus, though some homes go on the market for up to R5m.
As is often the case, the rentals market appears to be the more buoyant property sector for both freeholds and sectionals.
“Free-standing property rentals range from R14 000 to R17 000 a month, depending on the specs, quality, size and what’s on offer,” says De Abreu.
“For a one-bedroom, you can expect to fork out around R6 000 to R7 000. A two-bedroom apartment can cost you from R7 000 and to R8 000 a month.” He adds that two-bedroom sectional title units with two bathrooms usually command the top end of the rentals bracket.
De Abreu says young professionals are attracted by the convenience of working and living in Strydom Park and older residents by finding virtually everything in the locality.
Lightstone statistics for the past year appear to show that families with school-going children are not adequately catered to here.
The 18-35 age group’s total sales share was zero percent, and the middle-aged (36-49 years) demographic (constituting the bulk of parents with schoolchildren) accounted for 100% of sales. This can be interpreted as a mass flight to areas with schools.