Linden Extension - A Suburb on the Straight and Narrow

Private Property South Africa
Ben Kelly

Linden Extension has an interesting history. Legend has it that when it was being developed it was zoned under the then Randburg municipality, rather than Johannesburg because the rates in Randburg were lower. That is all moot now as everything falls under the City of Johannesburg.

What Linden Ext does offer is large stands and long straight roads linking Malibongwe Drive to Bram Fischer Drive. This tends to create a situation where there are few quiet roads, but with the large stands, and even a few a few double stands, the feeling of being away from it all still prevails.

The location of the suburb is one that only adds to the attraction, with easy access to two major roads and Beyers Naude Drive just one suburb over, making getting in and out of the area is relatively simple. There is also the bonus that one of the Gautrain bus routes ends at the nearby Brightwater Commons shopping centre, so those that need to get to Pretoria have an option to leave their cars at home.

The suburb is evenly split between sectional title and freehold properties with the average selling price for freehold properties over the past 12 months sitting at around the R1.5 million marks and the sectional title sales averaging out at just over R600 000 over the same period.

The suburb also has a loyal base of owners with more than 40 percent of owners having owned their properties for 11 years or more. More than 20 percent of owners are over the age of 65, but it would appear that there are a significant amount of younger owners moving into the suburb with 40 percent of new buyers under the age of 35 and more than 50 percent of buyers between the ages of 35 and 50.

Getting the shopping done is also pretty easy with Cresta Shopping Centre just down the road, there are also numerous smaller shopping centres dotted around the area so for those that need to pick up some quick groceries the options are plentiful. The linden Police station is also officially in Linden Ext. making accessing these services relatively easy.

Being close to Linden and Blairgowrie there are numbers options on the education front, IR Griffiths and Blairgowrie Primary are both excellent government primary schools and the Afrikaans high schools in Randburg and Linden have a history of excellence. Other good schools in the area include De La Salle Holy Cross College.

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