Dowerglen - An Oasis a Stones Throw From the Highway

Private Property South Africa
Ben Kelly

A stones throw away from the Linksfield offramp from the N3 and occupying what might be considered a sliver of land between Linksfield Road and the Glendower Golf Course, the suburb of Dowerglen offers a mix of sectional title and freehold properties with a tendency towards the upper part of the middle class segment of the market.

With freehold prices averaging out at R1.9 million over the last 12 months and sectional title prices a little more than half that, residents are getting a good deal for their investment with the suburb protected from through traffic by its insular nature and security at the key entrances to the suburb.

The suburb has a strong community with more than 40 percent of owners having been in the area for 11 years or more. Recent buyers have come from the younger end of the spectrum, indicating that the attractiveness of the suburb as a base for families, looking to take advantage of the reasonable prices and quiet streets.

The suburb saw 21 freehold sales over the past 12 months on a base of about 350 properties, indicating that there is a relatively low turnover of properties in the suburb, but given the tree-lined streets and nice houses in the suburb, it is hardly surprising.

The suburb is also well positioned as a gateway to the east of greater Johannesburg. While sitting on the western border of Ekurhuleni it’s proximity to the N3 makes it the perfect base for accessing both the eastern and northern suburbs of Johannesburg and the east Rand. It is also a great spot for those needing to get to and from the airport on a regular basis as you can either take the highway or wend your way through the suburbs and get there the back way.

This area of Ekurhuleni has seen massive growth over the past 10 years with the development centered a round the Modderfontein area. With the Modderfontien offramp only one offrap further up the highway, hitting Greenstone and Stonecrest shopping centres is relatively easy. Eastgate and the other shopping areas around Bedfordview are also within easy reach.

From an education point of view there are a cluster of great school around Dowerglen, including Saheti, St Andrews, King David’s Linksfield, St Benedicts and Holy Rosary Convent. These include some of the top private schools in the area and are all relatively accessible.

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