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Winchester Hills: These hills are alive

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Winchester Hills has open areas, a bushveld feel, good schools and shopping nearby, and a variety of choices for potential homeowners and those wanting to rent not far from the city.

The middle-class neighbourhood of Winchester Hills lies in the area known as Johannesburg South and attracts a vast demographic of homeowners and rental seekers.

The neighbourhood is on land that once made up the large farm Ormonde, one of many on which Joburg and its suburbs were originally laid out. It is named after Winchester in the English county of Hampshire, and the elevated land on which the suburb lies offers superb residential building options for both freehold properties and and sectional titles.

The discovery of gold brought an influx of people intoJoburg and when land became scarce, many families and business owners started moving out of the city area, creating a chain of neighbourhoods being established on the widening outskirts of the city.

The area is now well developed with excellent schools and sports clubs offering leisure facilities.

Located in the heart of the south, residents have easy access to the city while also enjoying wide open areas and the bushveld feel of the terrain meandering toward the lush spaces of Suikerbosrand and the Vaal Dam.

Places of interest and things to do in Winchester Hills

Koos van Tonder, sales partner at Raisons Properties Glenvista, says like all property sales currently, the market is a buyer’s boom and despite the depressed economic climate, interest remains high.

“The market is busy as there are many prospective buyers in the middle-age group looking to buy in the area. The average income per family is between R45000 and R55000 a month.

Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve is 640 hectares of veld and koppies run by Johannesburg City Parks. Picture: Dimpho Maja/ANA

“The neighbourhood dates back to the 1960s-70s. On average I sell six homes in the area a year. Most are sectional title homes, but the freeholds are quite established and also popular,” says Van Tonder.

There is a good variety of retail options with four medium-sized shopping centres and the bigger The Glen close by.

Mike Laranjeier, trainer, manager and promoter of Alive and Kicking Promotions, lives in the area. His business in the heart of Winchester Hills, specialises in K1 kickboxing.

The area is now well developed and offers all amenities. Picture: Dimpho Maja/ANA

Laranjeier says locals love the fact that they can enjoy a sport that is exciting and out of the ordinary.

“People are tired of doing aerobics. They want to try something different and benefit from kickboxing by gaining confidence and self-reliance.”

When not teaching, he likes to get on his motorbike and head out with the Crusader Bike club. He also enjoys spending time with his two daughters.

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