This neighbourhood in the north of Johannesburg is sought after for its property and lifestyle. A local resident tells us what makes this Roodepoort suburb great.
Located in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg and o¬ffering reasonably priced properties, Honeydew is a sought-after neighbourhood attracting buyers from all walks of life. Buyers can choose from stylish apartments, secure complexes, prime development land and golf estates.
Honeydew is also home to Sonia Booth; her husband and former Bafana Bafana player, Matthew; and their two sons, Nathan and Noah. Sonia, a philanthropist, inspirational speaker, emcee, columnist, former model, author and Cliff¬ Central.com radio host, says they live in a highly secure estate, which gives them peace of mind. “The boys can ride their bikes and play outdoors without us worrying about their safety.”
Sonia and her family love to have relaxed Sunday lunches at home. They also enjoy driving out of the suburb to the Cradle of Humankind nearby and Muldersdrift for outdoor adventures and unrivalled gastronomic experiences.
The author of two books, How To Reinvent Yourself and Stay Relevant and Surviving ICU, Sonia is currently finalising three other books. She is the founder of Booth Sports, a sports merchandising business, and Bonneventia S, a company that makes and sells shoes. In 2012, she was awarded the Best Innovation Award at the SAB Kickstart Awards.
Estate agents say entry-level homes in Honeydew are likely to show high short-term and long-term returns. This is due to the high demand for the homes, the low maintenance required and the great security they o¬ffer. These homes, therefore, command high rentals.
The area has a number of good schools as well as amenities such as shopping centres, restaurants and entertainment areas.
Honeydew is the best place to raise a family and we also have breath-taking views of the Cradle of Humankind and on a clear day, we can see as far as Magalies Mountains
Eating out in Honeydew
- Carnivore Restaurant in Muldersdrift: for delicious game meat
- Leafy Greens Cafe in Muldersdrift: for amazing vegetarian food
- Papachinos: for a great meal out with the kids
- Pizza Hut: for a tasty Italian- American cuisine
- RocoMamas: for juicy burgers
- Silver Birch Restaurant: for an eclectic and scrumptious menu
- Tony's Spaghetti Grill: for delectable classic Italian cuisine
Things to do in Honeydew:
- Explore the Sterkfontein Caves.
- Visit Garden World for family outings.
- Play a round of golf at the Eagle Canyon Golf Course.
- Take the whole family to Honeydew Mazes.
- Visit the Honeydew Fruit Market.
- Enjoy a hot-air balloon ride in Muldersdrift.
- Hit the ice at Northgate Ice Rink.
Top schools near Honeydew:
- Allen Glen High School
- Curro Aurora
- Boskop Primary School
- Charterhouse School
- Rand Park Primary School
- Rand Park High School
- Trinityhouse School
- Weltevreden Park Primary School
Why we love Honeydew Village:
Located at the corner of John Vorster Drive and Christian De Wet Road in Weltevredenpark, Honeydew Village Shopping Centre offers shoppers a convenient European shopping experience. With ample free parking and a secure shopping environment, shoppers can indulge in retail therapy at leisure from a wide variety of stores.
The centre is home to stores such as Woolworths, Clicks, Spec-Savers, La Rosa Mexican Grille and Tequileria, The Crazy Store, Pizza Hut and Blacksteer, among others. There’s also a Pets Eats 'n Treats for those wanting to spoil their pets – all in one place for a community shopping experience.
Want to move to this suburb? View property for sale in Honeydew here.
This article originally appeared in Neighbourhood, Sunday Times.
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