Vandia Grove - Small Suburb, Great Value

Private Property South Africa
Ben Kelly

Vandia Grove is a tiny suburb that not many will have heard of. That is unless you pay attention to the destination of Johannesburg Metro busses where one particular route ends in the suburb.

With just under 120 properties in the suburb, it is unlikely to attract the attention of the larger suburbs such as its neighbor Bryanston, but for those that want proximity to Bryanston without the higher cost that that suburb demands Vandia Grove is not a bad place to start. There are actually a number of smaller suburbs clustered on the border of Bryanston and Randburg including Daniel Brinkpark and Beverly Gardens, among others.

The largest street in the suburb is Cumberland Avenue and because this is a route used by people trying to get under the N1 highway at a point which is not a major intersection it can get rather busy in the mornings and evenings. It does, however, provide residents with a easy route to Olivedale and other suburbs north of the highway.

Of those 120 properties there are 80 freehold properties and 37 properties in estates. The problem with suburbs like this is that because of the smaller pool of properties and the greater loyalty of owners the turnover of properties is lower and average selling prices can vary significantly depending on which properties come to market in a given year.

Over the past 12 months only five freehold and one estate property came to market with an average value for the freehold properties of R2.2 million. Over the past five years the average selling price has varied between R1.7 million at the low end and R2.5 million at the high end. A quick glance at properties on the market at the moment validates this range with properties for sale for between R1.9 million and R3.5 million depending on the nature of each property. The position of Vandia Grove just between the Malibongwe Drive and William Nicol Drive interchanges on the N1 it makes getting to the highway relatively easy.

The suburb is ideally positioned for access to private schools such as Saint Stithians, Brescia House and The Kings School with all within easy driving distance. While Ferndale High School is technically the closest public high school, Bryanston High is close by and probably a better fit for those who can afford to live in this area.

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