BOKSBURG IS BOOMING
As properties closer to Joburg become less affordable for many, the value for money prospective home buyers will find in the East Rand city makes the longer commute to work worth it
BOKSBURG’S location relatively close to Joburg, and its largely affordable property prices, should appeal to the prospective homebuyer intent on staying within the confines of South Africa’s commercial capital.
With prices nearer Joburg having risen well beyond most peoples’ means, for many who would prefer to stay closer to the city, it might be prudent to turn one’s gaze on Boksburg, says Kingstons Real Estate director David Helena.
“Property has simply become unaffordable the closer you are to Joburg. Buyers recognise that a slight compromise of location isn’t a compromise at all,” says Helena, who is also branch manager for Kingstons’ Boksburg office.
Last year saw Boksburg experience the most property registrations in 10 years.
“This spike has been an interesting trend we’ve found over the past 18 months in the East Rand area,” says Helena.
He concedes traffic congestion makes the commute into Joburg and Sandton CBDS a challenge, but says it pales in comparison with the value of basing oneself in Boksburg.
“That extra hour a day of commuting becomes less significant when the price tag of one’s largest financial investment, property, has become significantly more affordable,” says Helena, whose co-director is Michael Drennan.
Drennan says residents are spoilt for choice with schools: “Buyers have great private and public schools to choose from. These include St Dominic’s School for
Girls, CBC Boksburg and Woodlands International College, which are all private institutions, and will be joined by a Nova Pioneer branch set to open next year.
“The public schools include Boksburg High, Hoërskool Dr EG Jansen, Hoërskool Oosterlig, Laerskool Concordia, Freeway Park Primary, Parkrand Primary and Parkdene Primary.”
Bosksburg is also a shopper’s delight, with the East Rand Mall located 7km from OR Tambo International Airport.
Boksburg Stadium and ERPM Golf Club showcase the sporting complement. Boksburg Stadium hosts soc-
Suburban Boksburg has reportedly experienced a spike in real estate activity in the past 18 months. PICTURES: KINGSTONS REAL ESTATE