Highlands North, where good value is found

Highlands North prides itself on being a quiet suburb with a minimum of through traffic.  With quick access to the main highways and within easy reach of Sandton, Melrose Arch, the CBD and Norwood Mall it has become a much sought-after place to live.  

2 Bedroom House for sale in Atholl, Sandton

It probably wouldn’t be classified as a ‘fast-moving’ suburb in terms of property sales because home owners who buy like to put down their roots and stay put for a long time. Some residents are still in the same home after 20 years.

The first recorded property in Highlands North goes back to 1939 when Highlands North Boys’ High School was established, although St Marys’ School for Girls, situated on the Waverley border, is dated 1888 and is one of the oldest schools in Johannesburg.  Some time later in 1953, Waverley Girls’ High opened.  These three schools have a long history of drawing their pupils from the surrounding areas.

Jawitz Properties agent Ruth O’Connor says that some of the older residents have interesting stories to tell about the suburb, but documented history of the area is sketchy. Over the decades, Highlands North has expanded according to demand and extended further and further north. There are a still a few of the older art-deco homes left - one even going back as far as 1929, but mostly the older houses were built around 1939, so fall into pre- and post-war period.

“These old masterpieces with three spacious bedrooms and one to two bathrooms, have high ceilings and beautiful wood floors.  There’s a choice between 495m², or quarter-acre stands, making them ideal for children and easy to maintain gardens for couples.  Very few properties are demolished as people prefer to buy and renovate to suit their requirements,” she says.

In the current market, properties turn over relatively quickly, provided of course, that they are pitched at market related prices.  However, there is a shortage of stock in rentals and sales, hence fewer sales. Most sales are in the middle price range of around R1-million, although, just recently, a large business property went for R18-million while the highest recorded price for a home was R2.55-million.

Rentals vary in price from R5 500 for a sectional title unit up R16 000 for a stand-alone home with three bedrooms and a pool.  Many of the tenants have been living in rented accommodation for ten years and more. New developments are few and far between, due mainly to the lack of open ground.

“By and large, Highlands North is a close community and offers good value for homeowners and investors,” she says.

  Comment on this Article

  Please login to post comments

Post to my facebook wall
Characters remaining

    Latest Property News
    • 17 Nov 2017
      FWJK has announced the launch of its latest residential brand, the Lil’ Apple, which will be launched simultaneously in two developments in Cape Town and Umhlanga totaling 600 apartments. The Lil’ Apple is set to be a brand of FWJK’s New York style apartments which will be rolled out nationally.
    • 17 Nov 2017
      It’s been a tumultuous year on many fronts, with socio-political uncertainty setting the tone for much of South Africa’s economic activity yet despite this and seemingly counter-intuitively, the residential property market has held up well.
    • 17 Nov 2017
      The EAAB (the Estate Agency Affairs Board) recently claimed that around 50,000 illegal estate agents could currently be operating illegally.
    • 16 Nov 2017
      Penthouses are synonymous with New York – characterised by high-rise living that is decidedly luxurious and spacious. While exclusivity comes at a price, you can still create a “penthouse” look and feel in your existing apartment or even the upstairs bedroom of a double storey house with some clever design changes and styling touches.
    • 16 Nov 2017
      The area has long been popular with kite surfers and, with escalating property prices in Cape Town itself, is increasingly in demand with home owners who work in town, but are looking to invest in more affordable properties.
    • 16 Nov 2017
      Cape Town’s popularity as a world-class tourist destination has resulted in a spike in the number of homes available for holiday lets and fuelled investor demand for sectional title units with short term rental potential.
    • 15 Nov 2017
      Sappi, one of South Africa’s oldest global companies and a leading global supplier of sustainable woodfibre products, has moved its global and regional headquarters to a new site on the corner of Oxford and 14th Avenue in Rosebank.
    • 15 Nov 2017
      There’s an old saying in real estate that you should seek to make a profit when you buy, not only when you sell – and a large part of succeeding at that endeavour is buying a home in an area with desirable features that will enhance the resale value of your property.
    Subscribe to the MyProperty Newsletter

    Last Name  
    Email Address  
    Email Frequency
    Share this Page

    For Sale Property
    Rental Property
    More Options
    Connect with us