Area and property guide to Modderfontein

Area and property guide to Modderfontein

Private Property South Africa
Denise Mhlanga

The once-modest suburb of Modderfontein is now a sought-after location primarily thanks to all the investment and development into the area.

The once-modest suburb of Modderfontein is now a sought-after location primarily thanks to all the investment and development into the area.

Agents say the suburb’s status has been elevated over the past decade, with properties retaining their value despite a tough economic climate. The suburb o¬ffers a variety of homes, from entry-level properties and apartments, to freehold homes and secure estates. Lifestyle estate homes with parks, playgrounds and communal pools are particularly sought-after.

Zelda Price, a Thornhill Estate resident, who lives with her husband and two daughters, describes Modderfontein as a close-knit community. She says the area is secure enough that she and her family can easily take their dog for a walk at the local park and catch up with neighbours and friends. “I love the fact that we as a family can go for walks or ride our bikes as the roads are safe and child-friendly.”

Zelda likes that Modderfontein is a leafy suburb with a protected conservation area. The original suburb dates back to the 1890s and now includes many new developments that are vibrant and full of life. It’s close to the OR Tambo International Airport and major highways, which makes getting around easy. Nearby amenities include shopping centres, schools, the Modderfontein Reserve and sports grounds o¬ffering excellent outdoor recreational facilities.

The area is also home to the Busamed Modderfontein Private Hospital Orthopaedic and Oncology Centre, which opened in September 2016.

The suburb is poised to become one of Johannesburg’s most influential nodes, with the imminent development of a R84bn 1,600ha Smart City with commercial, industrial, educational, medical, leisure and residential components.

Modderfontein is a wonderful suburb for families, and the parks and lakes give it a countryside feel, which is reinforced by the close community

-Zelda Price, resident.

Where to eat in Modderfontein:

  • Buonissimo: for Italian cuisine
  • Fireman’s Tavern: for kids’ meals and parties
  • 33 High Street Food: for great steaks and beer
  • Oakes Brew House: for delicious coffee and beer
  • The Green Craft Bar at Modderfontein Golf Club: for a wide selection of drinks
  • Val Bonne Country Estate: for brunch and lunch

What to do in Modderfontein:

  • AECI Dynamite Company Museum
  • The Franz Hoenig Haus heritage house
  • Fresh 2U Farmers Market on the first and last Saturday of the month
  • Modderfontein Golf Course
  • The Modderfontein Reserve parkrun every Saturday
  • The Modderfontein Reserve

Schools in Modderfontein:

  • Edenglen Primary School
  • Edenglen High School
  • Founders Hill College
  • Laerskool Nobel Primary
  • Modderfontein Montessori Pre-School and Primary School

Why we love Stoneridge centre:

  • Stoneridge Centre is located on the corner of Modderfontein Road and Hereford Drive in Greenstone Park Edenvale. The open-air lifestyle centre has more than 80 stores, ranging from home and decor outlets to alfresco dining venues in a beautiful piazza. It offers convenient, free basement and open parking.

  • The store is anchored by Super Spar, Fruit and Veg, Food Lover's Market and Virgin Active gym. Other stores include RocoMamas, Ocean Basket, Sportsmans Warehouse, McDonald's and Sprout Cafe. Modern Waves Furniture, Papachinos, and Leroy Merlin will open soon.

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This article originally appeared in Neighbourhood, Sunday Times.

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