Chas Everitt now in booming Midvaal

Located halfway between Johannesburg and Vereeniging, the Midvaal area is rapidly turning into Gauteng’s next boom area - and a hot choice for homebuyers and property investors.

So says Robin Nell, a 15-year resident of Midvaal and the new Chas Everitt International Notebook® licensee for the area, who notes: “The completion of the R59 road upgrade and creation of the new industrial corridor between Johannesburg/ Ekurhuleni and the Vaal triangle has already brought new business, employment and housing demand to Midvaal.

“Nampak Tissue, Everite, Vaal Sanitaryware, Tongaat Hulett Starch, Samancor and Heineken’s Sedibeng plant are already here, a new Pick ‘n Pay distribution centre will open this year and other companies rumoured to be relocating offices and warehouses to the corridor in the near future are Vector Logistics and Consol Glass.”

In addition, he says, tourism is also developing rapidly in Midvaal. “Holidaymakers are no longer just driving through the area to get to the Vaal Dam. There are several nature reserves and conservancies here, including Suikerbosrand, Klip River, Thorn Tree and Apple Orchards, as well as the increasingly popular Bass Lake diving centre, and Henley-on-Klip, for example, is now a thriving tourism centre with many restaurants, cafes, curio shops and guest houses.

“And the recently-begun R200m upgrade of the R82 (the Old Vereeniging Road) will open the area up even more, not only to weekend visitors but to the increasing number of permanent residents who see the benefits of living in one of the best-run municipalities in SA.”

Midvaal, Nell points out, has received a “clean” audit from the Auditor-General for the past 10 years, won the “best standard of living” ranking from the Star newspaper last year and is currently rated among the top 5% of all local governments on the Municipal Productivity Index, with a council that is focused on growing the local economy, reducing poverty levels and increasing job opportunities for local residents.

“In fact, with Johannesburg South being so built-up now, we already see many people, including top executives and professionals, moving to Midvaal permanently in search of peace and quiet, even if this does mean having to commute to work in Johannesburg. The presence of excellent schools in the area is a major draw card for those with families, as is the existence of a whole host of sports facilities including those at the very popular Meyerton Sports Club, the Walkerville Sports Dome and the Waterfront Club on the Vaal, as well as several golf courses.”

Midvaal still has large areas of farmland, plots and smallholdings, with the main centres being Meyerton, Henley-on-Klip, Walkerville/De Deur and Vaal Marina, where there are traditional suburban houses for sale as well as new estate and sectional title Eye of Africa and Blue Saddle Ranches

Consequently, the residential property price range is very wide, notes Nell, with riverfront properties in Henley-on-Klip starting at about R2m, while other houses start at around R850 000 and units in sectional title schemes at about R450 000, in the Riversdale and Kookrus areas.

“In Golf Park, located between Meyerton and Henley, one can buy modern homes on 1000sqm stands at prices from R850 000, and in Meyerton itself, houses range from R750 000 – although a lot of those on main roads have now been converted to accommodate businesses.”

Walkerville, on the other side of the R59, is however where he foresees most housing demand, and development, in the future. “House prices here currently start at around R500 000.

Meanwhile, he says, new industry in the area and construction work has boosted the already-high demand for rental properties in Midvaal. “We have three or four prospective tenants waiting for every rental property that becomes available, and rentals have gone up to about R5,000 a month for a small home and about R8500 a month for a larger house, with some riverfront properties now fetching as much as R20 000 a month.”

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