Sandown area and property guide

Private Property South Africa
Catherine Black

Tucked in between Morningside, Atholl and the Sandton CBD on its western border, Sandown is commercial and residential.

About Sandown

As its name implies, the suburb of Sandown forms part of the greater Sandton area, and it’s right in the thick of things in terms of proximity to one of Joburg’s biggest commercial and retail hubs.

On the residential side, it’s popular with young families, bankers and other working professionals looking for a short commute to work. On the commercial side, it’s the location for several large corporate head offices such as Discovery and Investec, major hotels like the Hilton Sandton and Radisson Blu, as well as the Gautrain, the Sandton Convention Centre and the JSE. While the balance of the suburb remains residential, increasing numbers of businesses are obtaining commercial rights for formerly residential properties in the area.

If you’re looking for a Sandown residential property, you can choose from upmarket apartments, new cluster homes and townhouses, or large family homes with spacious gardens, excellent security and, of course, all the city’s modern conveniences just a stone’s throw away. The range of properties available also means that pricing is varied too: apartments start from under R1 million, while houses and clusters can range from between R3,5m and R20m and upwards.

Because it’s so close to the Sandton CBD, Sandown gives you every amenity you can think of on your doorstep. Restaurants, entertainment and world-class shopping options abound in Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square, but there are also plenty of other and recreational activities nearby. The elite Inanda Polo Club and the Wanderers’ Club in Illovo, as well as the River Club, Bryanston and Woodmead Country Clubs just a bit further north offer excellent sporting facilities for golf, polo, cricket and more.

The concentration of quality schools in the area is noteworthy, with options including Crawford College, Sandown High School, Grayston Preparatory, and Redhill schools. There are also excellent healthcare facilities nearby such as the Sandton and Mediclinic Morningside, the Sandhurst Eye Centre and the Parkmore Medical Centre.

As with most of Joburg’s affluent suburbs, security is a top priority in Sandown. Thanks to its location, Sandown falls within the Sandton Central Management District, which employs a team of public safety ambassadors and patrol cars to patrol the streets, not to mention the fact that several of the residential streets are boomed off. So if you choose to live in Sandown, you know you’re living in an area that’s not only convenient but ultra secure too.

We live in a boomed off, guarded street in Sandown, so although we’re so close to the mecca of Sandton, our home is really quiet and secluded

Joan Hills, resident

Top schools in the area:

  • Redhill Schools
  • Sandown High School
  • Grayston Preparatory
  • Crawford College

Where to shop:

  • Sandton City
  • Nelson Mandela Square
  • Atholl Square shopping centre
  • Grayston Centre
  • Benmore Gardens Shopping Centre

Best in food:

  • See and be seen while savouring top-class seafood at Pigalle in the Michelangelo Towers Mall.
  • Have breakfast at Baglio’s on bustling Nelson Mandela Square.
  • Enjoy the best of South African red meat at The Bull Run.
  • Tuck into a mouth-watering steak at The Grillhouse Sandton.

This article originally appeared in Neighbourhood, Sunday Times.

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