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

Saturday Star - - HOME - By John Makoni

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

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