Windsor Glen - Don’t be Fooled by the Name

Private Property South Africa
Ben Kelly

While the Windsor East and West suburbs may not be the first choice of many prospective home owners, Windsor Glen, on the other hand, deserves serious consideration.

The suburb actually has two distinct parts with the major thoroughfare of Republic Road separating the two. The side bordering Windsor East suffers from its proximity to an area that is not exactly in the same class as it, while the other side of Republic Road, bordering on Randpark is much more desirable.

The roads are tree-lined and the verges well kept indicating a level of pride in the suburb and a surprising absence of high walls and electric fences would indicate that crime in the area is not a critical concern.

With its position close to Cresta shopping centre the suburb is well positioned for those looking to get out and about and both the Beyers Naude and Malibongwe interchanges are within easy reach. With its proximity to Republic Road it is pretty simple to get to Randburg and Sandton. An additional benefit is the location of the Windsor Glen shopping centre. While it may be inconvenient for those residents in the streets bordering the centre, having a Fruit and Veg City on your doorstep is likely to make shopping for more healthy foodstuffs relatively easy. The entrance to Randpark Golf Club is also close to the suburb, you have to drive through the suburb to get to the club, making it a great place for avid golfers.

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Randpark Golf Club

The suburb is almost exclusively composed of freehold properties with more than 90 percent of the units falling into this category. The average selling price over the past 12 months was R1.2 million, almost exactly what the average municipal valuation was for the suburb. There was, however, only six houses sold during that period which, even given the small nature of the suburb would indicate a low turnover.

Of those six properties two sold for an average of R1.65 million and three for an average of R1.18 million indicating the nature of the kind of prices being paid for properties in this area. The relatively low prices for properties in this area have also made it attractive to younger buyers with almost 40 percent of new buyers under the age of 35.

While the closest school, Robin Hills Primary may not be top of list for government primary schools, but there are a number of good schools in the area including Northcliff Primary and Laerskool Fontainebleau. A quick zip under the highway leads to Randpark Ridge and a top class government primary and high school.

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