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Linden - A Smooth blend of traditional and trendy

Younger residents are changing the face of Linden, bringing quirkiness and individuality to the neighbourhood while preserving its strong sense of community, says Michelle Joseph, owner of the RealNet franchise in Linden.


This glamorous three-bedroom, 2,5-bathroom home in Linden is for sale though RealNet for R3,4m. There are also two cottages and an office on the 1735sqm property.
 
“A significant number of young buyers are disenchanted with the new suburbs and the sectional title townhouse lifestyle,” she says, “and are instead looking towards Johannesburg’s older suburbs, where the stands are large and they can put their stamp on a home.”
 
About 50% of those who have recently bought homes in Linden are under-35 and include many creative “millennials” who enjoy home renovation and DIY projects as well as the space on large stands to grow their own food and run home-based film, dance, music and craft studios.
 
“The fashion for artisanal products and homemade items combined with a yearning for the traditions and slower lifestyles of the past have suddenly made Linden trendy again. The area was once a working farm and peach orchard, which resonates with young buyers who want to have some relationship with history and nature.
 
“In Linden, you can have a taste of country life without moving out to the boondocks. There is also a local food movement, and a café culture is taking shape as new restaurants spring up and the area shakes off its staid and conservative image.”
 
There are about 1500 freehold homes in Linden and about 700 apartments. The average house value is currently about R2,25m and the average apartment price around R1m.
 
The Linden Community Association is very active in trying to combat crime in the area and has implemented a strong sector policing strategy, with residents being encouraged to participate in initiatives to safeguard the area.
 
Linden’s central location, proximity to Cresta and many excellent schools has made it so popular that agents continually experience stock shortages, says Joseph, but there was a surge of new listings in March,“possibly due to older residents deciding to sell up and downscale in the wake of the sharp rise in freehold home prices since 2014”.


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