Sunshine, golf, game parks and equestrian estates with plenty of options under $100,000 in these;
Top 5 Johannesburg Country Life Property Hotspots
Who wouldn’t want to live the cheap and luxurious remote working life outside Johannesburg? You’ll still be connected to your friends and family near Africa’s busiest airport and English is widely spoken.
Consider buying in a gated estate for an easy lock-up and go lifestyle. In most cases estates near Jo’burg have security access control and staff to maintain gardens and communal pools for you. So, just sit back and relax or manage your business remotely. Nomadic You rounds up the options for you with the most lifestyle for your buck;
#1 Hartbeespoort dam for scenic views
Highlights: Hartbeespoort dam is a weekend playground for the people of Johannesburg. Choose Meerhof suburb for one of South Africa’s best-value estate living lifestyles. Scenic Hartbeespoort has many dining and recreation options or drive 43-minutes to Fourways for some Jo’burg nightlife.
Properties: 3-bedroom/ 2-bathroom apartments in Landmeer Equestrian Estate from $70,000 or 3-bedroom/ 2-bathroom townhouses in Birdwood Estate from $95,000. Both estates are installing Fibre to the Home internet.
#2 Bela-Bela for nature lovers
Highlights: Bela-Bela has game farms, golfing, geothermic hot springs and is only a 75-minute drive to Pretoria’s huge Menlyn Park Mall. Go for a game drive at Mabalingwe or Mabula. Then play a round of golf at Elements Private Golf Reserve, which is rated the 26th best course in South Africa by Golf Digest or Zebula Country Club rated 60th.
Properties: 2 bedroom cottages in town from $40,000 or 3-bedroom /3-bathroom game farm homes from $135,000. Buy close to town for good 4G LTE coverage.
#3 Ruimsig for an urban retreat
Highlights: Ruimsig offers the best of both worlds; The beautiful outdoors of Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden and The Cradle of Humankind. And world-class shopping malls and nightlife on your Jo’burg doorstep. Property is affordable, since locals are scared off by peak hour traffic jams to the Sandton commercial centre. But, there is no reason to be scared off if you are a remote worker. Ruimsig has great investment potential; buy now before the Gautrain extends westwards and see your property price grow.
Property: 2 bedroom apartments from $50,000 or 3-bedroom/ 2-bathroom townhouses from $70,000.
#4 Broederstroom for golfers
Highlights: Only 26 minutes from Lanseria airport and 42 minutes from Montecasino, Broederstroom offers golfers a fantastic lifestyle option close to Africa’s financial centre at Sandton. Play a round of golf at Blair Atholl, which is rated the 14th best course in South Africa by Golf Digest or at Pecanwood rated 34th.
Property: 3-bedroom/ 2-bathroom homes in Lakeland Estate from $110,000 or 3-bedroom/ 2-bathroom homes in exclusive Pecanwood Estate from $160,000. Both estates are installing Fibre to the Home internet.
#5 Urban tropical Montana Park
Highlights: Montana Park is a 15-minute drive from Hatfield Gautrain station on the tropical northern slopes of the Magaliesberg mountain. The folks living in between the palm trees here are far more relaxed than their Johannesburg neighbours to the south. Homes are generally in mini-estates of 100 or so units, with most having some private garden space. Be sure to choose a home with a communal pool for those hot Pretoria days.
Property: 2 bedroom apartments from $50,000 or 3-bedroom/ 2-bathroom townhouses from $70,000. Buy close to Kollonade Mall and you should manage without a car.