Find out more about who is buying property in Irene and what attracts buyers to this area.
What types of properties are available in this Centurion East suburb and who is buying them?
Irene is a lush haven of tranquillity and privacy afforded by a gated community, consisting mainly of luxurious family homes in magnificent garden settings. Its timeless and freeflowing design creates a community feel. Top-class schools, aftercare, malls and the N1 are situated in close proximity. Current trends show the average price of a freestand home is R2,96m and the average price of a sectional title home is R2,397m. Recent buyers and sellers are between the ages of 36 and 49, while 53% of homeowners have lived in the community for 11 years or more.
How has the area changed over the past five years?
Despite the establishment of two exclusive housing estates, Cornwall Hill and Southdowns, the village of Irene still maintains a tranquil, farm-like atmosphere. This country- life appeal is offset by urbane modernity with the establishment of Southdowns College for learners from Grade 0 to Grade 12. The new road under construction linking the portion between Nellmapius Drive and Brakfontein Road will help with traffic flow, as it will alleviate the pressure on smaller roads. Nellmapius Drive and Main Road in Irene have just recently seen the installation of new traffic lights.
What attracts buyers to this area?
Irene is centrally located between the R21 and N1 highways, with several private schools and shopping malls. It is also close to the Irene Dairy Farm where you can watch the cows being milked and buy an imperial gallon of the freshest milk. While you enjoy tea in an over 109-yearold barn, the children can help feed the calves. Golfers enjoy the nearby Irene Country Club, which is also home to the Irene Villagers cricket team. Often you find more than 50 children practising hockey on the Oval which teems with community activities like dog-walking, and picnics on a Sunday afternoon.
This article originally appeared in Neighbourhood, Sunday Times.
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