A guide to living in Bryanston

Private Property South Africa
Denise Mhlanga

Bryanston is popular for its lovely selection of property, convenient location and wide range of amenities.

Bryanston is a suburb that grows on you; once you live here, it’s impossible to leave. The suburb was once characterised by leafy homes on huge stands, but now offers sectional title properties allowing first-time buyers who can’t yet afford to buy bigger homes a chance to buy into the area.

Mandla Khabayo has lived in Bryanston for 20 years and has seen it develop into what it is today: a leafy, yet hip suburb that attracts young families and professionals. He remembers a time when there weren’t any sectional titles, upmarket shopping centres or trendy restaurants in the area. “It has always been a homely place, ideal for raising children, and centrally located close to Sandton and Fourways.”

Mandla says one of his favourite hangouts is the Hobart Grove Centre because it’s closer to his home and has a Spar, a chemist and a number of restaurants to choose from. Apart from a variety of shopping centres, Bryanston also has a number of schools and hospitals nearby as well as the Bryanston Country Club with its 18-hole golf course, a Virgin Active gym, a range of sports facilities as well as the PwC Cycle Park and Jozi X for outdoor enthusiasts.

Agents say that many large plots have been subdivided into smaller stands to make way for cluster complexes and apartments. This has attracted a new market of buyers to the suburb. Because of its beauty and affordability, Bryanston remains an area where many buyers and families dream of owning a home. Properties in the suburb retain their value and represent a solid investment.

Bryanston is one of those suburbs that grows on you and with everything one needs within reach, I wouldn’t think of moving elsewhere

-Mandla Khabayo, resident.

Eating out in Bryanston:

  • Cafe Del Sol Botanico: for great Italian food
  • Ghazal: for tasty Indian cuisine
  • Social on Main: for a fun meal out with friends
  • Tashas: for an eclectic and delicious menu
  • Wombles Steakhouse Restaurant: for juicy steaks
  • Woolworths Cafe: for light meals

Things to do in Bryanston:

  • Play a round of golf at The Bryanston Country Club.
  • Buy fresh vegetables at the Bryanston Organic Market.
  • Make a stop at Jacksons Real Food Market for healthy food.
  • Visit Jozi X for adrenaline-pumping adventure sports.
  • Enjoy family entertainment at Montecasino.
  • Test your cycling skills at the PWC Cycle Park.
  • Visit Roll Egoli for roller skating.
  • Stock up on garden tools and plants at the Garden Shop.

Best schools in Bryanston:

  • Bryanston Primary School
  • Bryanston High School
  • Brescia House School
  • British International College
  • Curro Castle Bryanston
  • Michael Mount Waldorf School
  • Sandton Primary School
  • Redhill School
  • St Stithians College
  • St Peter’s Schools

Why we love Bryanston Shopping Centre:

  • Bryanston Shopping Centre has been part of Johannesburg’s northern suburbs since the late 1960s. The recently renovated mall measuring 13,686m2 offers popular eateries, making it a perfect meeting place for friends and colleagues. With its wide selection of stores, shoppers flock to the centre for a variety of needs, such as the latest fashions, the week’s groceries, beautiful flowers or the top home furnishings. The shopping centre's offering includes, banks, optometrists, florists, restaurants, salons, travel agencies and stores selling health and beauty products, furniture, jewellery and audio electronics, with anchor stores being Woolworths and Checkers. Find out more at bryanstoncentre.co.za.

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This article originally appeared in Neighbourhood, Sunday Times.

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