Scenic and central, Northcliff has it all

Northcliff Ridge it seems has always been a favourite place for people to live having been inhabited by humans for an estimated 250 000 years. Today the suburb of Northcliff offers magnificent views of Johannesburg and remains one of the city’s most sought after residential areas, according to Anne Fry, manager of the Pam Golding Properties (PGP) Northcliff/West Rand region.

“Many people of the region aspire to one day live in Northcliff,” observes Fry. “Not only is the suburb situated in one of the most scenic areas of Johannesburg, it is also very central being just minutes from major roadroutes. Residents find that they have easy access to the entire city and every amenity they could possibly need. It is not for nothing that this suburb is one of the most prestigious and sought after in Johannesburg.”

Homes in the Northcliff area remain in demand even during times when the economy is sluggish, according to Fry. “There are a few sectional title developments and complexes in the area, but most properties are free-standing full title homes.The sizes of the homes vary from the standard three-bedroom house to very large, prestigious properties. Prices range between R1,7 million and R10,4 million.”

According to PGP’s Northcliff agent, Marie van Rensburg, most homes in the suburb are in demand. However, the properties that are set higher on the ridge with their tremendous views fetch particularly good prices. Homes on the northern slope are also very popular due to the fact that the houses there are warmer and sunnier in winter.

On top of the ridge, which rises up to 1807m, one has an all round view that is nothing short of breath-taking and almost unrivalled anywhere else in the city. Iron Age artefacts were discovered here some years ago but unfortunately these sites were not preserved. Today the ridge is used for activities such as walking, mountaineering, bird watching and kite flying. There is an ongoing programme to remove invader species of plant from these attractive environs.

“The residents of Northcliff are situated close to both Beyers Naudé Drive and the N1 motorway, among the most important communication routes inJohannesburg,” adds Van Rensburg. “This gives them easy access to all of the northern suburbs as well as the Sandton and Johannesburg CBDs. Northcliff’s inhabitants are fortunate to be right where the action is.”

Young families appreciate the many fine schools that are to be found nearby. According to Van Rensburg, these cater for a number of cultures, religions and language groups. Some of the better known schools found in the area include Northcliff High School, Randburg High School, Northcliff Primary School, Abbots College, Northwest Christian School, Cliffview Primary School, Linden High School, Louw Geldenhuys Primary School, Fairland Primary School, Fontainebleau Primary School and Unika Primary School. The University of Johannesburg and University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), two of the city’s most important tertiary learning institutions, are situated within just 10km of Northcliff.

Major malls such as Cresta Centre and busy Beyers Naudé Drive offer the residents of Northcliff some great shopping and entertainment right on their own doorstep. For those who are looking for something a little different, the trendy suburbs of Mellville and Greenside are close by and offer a vibrant pavement culture. There are some fine restaurants even closer to home in Northcliff itself including Indulgence Café, Lambrusco’s Italian Dining, Eat Bistro, Legends Grill and Morrell’s Boutique Venue.

Residents also don’t have far to travel to get to tranquil Emmarentia Dam, which is an ideal place to walk one’s dog or have a picnic. For the individual who would like to spend some time in beautifully manicured gardens, the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens at Emmarentia are well worth a visit. The Iron Age furnace at Melville Koppies is a national monument and gives an idea of the kind of societies that would also likely have been found on Northcliff Ridge at the time. Residents also have easy access to highly rated golf courses like Randpark and Windsor Park.

“Northcliff offers some of the finest suburban living in Gauteng,” she adds. “The fact that properties in the area have remained in demand over the last ten years is indicative of the strength of the market here. We expect this trend to continue well into the foreseeable future,” concludes Van Rensburg.

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