The tree-lined suburb of River Club offers a peaceful counterpoint to the activity in nearby Sandton and Bryanston.
Nature lovers and those who enjoy walking and strolling through their suburbs, like resident Andrew Stanford, appreciate what River Club has to offer. The peaceful tree-lined enclave of River Club has seen minimal commercial development and is an easy commute to Sandton, Bryanston and Fourways. Stanford, who does not particularly enjoy the traffic when commuting to Sandton, finds the area ideally located to cut his travelling distance, not only to work, but also to malls nearby.
If you have driven through the suburb, particularly along Coleraine Drive connecting River Club to Bryanston and to Rivonia Road, you may have noticed a sign for the Riverclub Shopping Centre. It houses the neighbourhood eatery, Luigi's, offices and local post boxes.
Nearby areas provide shopping and entertainment facilities including the Morningside, Riverside, The Wedge and Benmore Gardens shopping centres, with Sandton City and Montecasino a short drive away.
Perhaps it is this simplicity that residents love. Stanford notes that River Club townhouses tend to have their own garages whereas a townhouse in Illovo normally has covered communal parking at best.
River Club attracts all kinds of buyers and there has been a steady increase in cluster and townhouse developments thus attracting professionals and young families.
Freestanding homes surrounding the River Club Golf Course are reportedly pricey and sought after as they overlook the pristine course and boast scenic views with dams, bridges, trees and thriving birdlife, according to agents.
For Stanford, River Club’s convenient location, and the fact that it is predominantly boomed and is far from the noise and traffic from the major highways and roads, makes the suburb an idyllic place to call home.
What I love most about River Club is that it is a relatively quiet neighbourhood with not so much traffic and no bars or night clubs.
Andrew Stanford, resident.
Best in food:
- Neighbourhood eatery, Luigi’s Ristorante Italiano
- The Hussar Grill in Morningside
- Cafe del Sol Botanico at Bryanston Shopping Centre
Things to do:
- Bike and hiking trails at Sandton Field and Study Centre
- Golf at the River Club Golf Course
- Try a parkrun on weekends from the Riverside Shopping Centre
- Public transport on Coleraine Drive to Bryanston and Rivonia
- Gautrain bus routes and stations along Ballyclare Drive to Sandton and Montecasino in Fourways
- Metered taxis, Uber and Tuk Tuks
This article originally appeared in Neighbourhood, Sunday Times.
Take a journey through the Sandton neighbourhood in this video: