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Winchester Hills: Sectional title haven

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Units make up 67% of the homes in Winchester Hills and range in price from R550 000 to R700 000 for an entry-level unit, up to R1.2 million for a cluster unit located in a good complex

Winchester Hills is a sectional title haven that is becoming increasingly popular with young families and first-time buyers seeking a convenient lifestyle underpinned by nearness to essential amenities, recreation centres and nature spots.

Sectional titles make up 67% of stock, ranging from R550 000 to R700 000 for an entry-level unit, up to R1.2 million for a cluster unit in a good complex, says Allegiance Properties Joburg South principal Julian Cornofsky, whose company is a noted player in the local market.

“Sectional titles are in high demand, not only for the end user. They also attract first-time home buyers whose likely professional profile would be in middle management, and small or new families,” says Cornofsky.

The area is “exciting” due to top rental returns on sectional titles.

Convenience is exceptional as nearby we have public and private schools, shopping centres, parks and nature trails. – Allegiance Properties Joburg South Principal Julian Cornofsky Picture: Supplied

The sectional titles are at least 60m², have basic finishes and are tiled throughout. The bigger cluster units are from about 125m² in size.

“These are in demand as they are affordable and offer security at a competitive price,” says Cornofsky’s co-principal, Martin Chemaly.

Chemaly says rental returns in Winchester Hills are so favourable the area is high on investors’ shopping lists. “Sales are buoyant and well-priced units should realise offers within eight weeks of listing.”

He reckons the same listing period applies for freeholds, which make up the balance of the stock. Freehold homes cost between R1.4m and R2m.

“Full title, older houses offer more space and often more than average land, making the area popular with families and extended families.”

Cornofsky says: “Here the upper part of the middle-income resides, with the homeowner usually being a second-time buyer, moving from new townships to the suburbs.”

Easy access to Soweto is a major factor as a substantial segment of Winchester Hills residents has cultural roots there.

“Convenience is exceptional as we are near public and private schools, shopping centres, parks and nature trails. Religious institutions, including mosques, churches and Christian fellowship halls, are also found here,” says Cornofsky, citing Winchester Hills’s proximity to arterial routes to Joburg CBD and the city’s northern, western and eastern suburbs.

He also draws attention to Winchester Hills’s lifestyle appeal: “The Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve is a popular destination for Joburgers, Winchester Hills included. The suburb is vibey, young and up-and-coming, with amenities such as gyms, trails and parks.”

Other attractions are Winchester Hills Green Shopping Centre, Glenvista Country Club and Rietvlei Zoo Farm.

Areas with the same profile as Winchester Hills would be Suideroord (north), Mondeor, Ridgeway and Brackendowns, Alberton. 

Richard Masethe’s places of interest and things to do 

We chose to live in Winchester Hills for our children to be close to the private Christian schools in the area. It’s also close to several major routes to Joburg and to the Mall of the South, which we frequent. I work in the mining sector in North West and it’s easy to get there and back – traffic is a breeze. – Resident Richard Masethe with wife Portia Picture: Supplied

1 Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve

This lovely spot, 615 hectares of open veld and koppies, gives one the feeling that you are out of the city. 44th Street, Joburg South. 084 804 4073

2 Mall of the South

Restaurants and lots to do. Swartkoppies Road and Kliprivier Drive, Aspen Lakes Ext 12, Joburg South. 011 682 8780

3 Mugg & Bean

We like it for ­breakfast and chicken salad. Shop G150, Mall of the South, Swartkoppies Road and Kliprivier Drive, Aspen Lakes Ext 12. 011 682 5470

4 Butcher Block

The lamb shank is fantastic. Mall of the South,  Swartkoppies Road and Kliprivier Drive, Aspen Lakes Ext 12, Joburg South. 011 682 2871

5 Aroma di Caffe

The ambiance is great and the food and coffee are good. 188 Biggarsberg Street, Glenvista. 011 682 2356

6 Geets

For artisanal vegetarian Indian food. Winchester Green Shopping Centre, 6 Nossob Street, Winchester Hills. 011 433 4033

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