select
|

Rivonia: it’s come a long way since 1963

One of the most significant events in our country’s history, the Rivonia Treason Trial, bears the name of the area where ANC freedom fighters like Ahmed Kathrada and Walter Sisulu were captured by police on 11 July 1963. The 28-acre property where these apartheid activists were arrested, Liliesleaf, was situated just off Rietfontein Road in Rivonia, and served as a hideout for those ANC members who were forced to go underground.
 
Today Liliesleaf is an award-winning heritage site in Rivonia where visitors can experience an important leg of South Africa’s journey to democracy. However, the Rivonia of the early 1960s was very different from the suburb which today borders on Sandton, the richest square mile in Africa. Five decades ago, Sandton itself did not even exist. Rivonia, though, was very much on the map, a peri-rural village between Pretoria and Johannesburg.
 

This expansive Balinese home in Rivonia,  priced at R12 million, features fold-out doors which lead onto an extensive covered patio and rim-flow pool, with the carefully tended garden meandering down to the tranquil riverside. 

The Rivonia of the twenty-first century, located between the Sandspruit and the Braamfontein Spruit, has maintained that village atmosphere of its humble beginnings. “Rivonia is very different to other suburbs like Morningside and Parkmore which are on the fringe of Sandton,” says Rupert Finnemore, joint area manager of Pam Golding Properties (PGP) Hyde Park. “Rivonia has its own small CBD, which forms a kind of village square where people can walk from shop to shop or relax at one of the many sidewalk restaurants. It has a unique charm which has not been lost with the development of the area.”
 
The properties that can be found in Rivonia vary from large stately homes on one- or two-acre stands to smaller, more modern apartments of 450 sqm. The larger stands often boast homes which are a reminder of Rivonia’s origins, such as quaint farm houses or Victorian-style residences. Many of these stands have been developed into cluster houses in recent years; an accommodation option which is proving very popular in the area.
 
“Prices for homes begin at R2.5 million, and we regularly achieve over R6 million,” notes Jonathan Davies, joint area manager of Pam Golding Properties (PGP) Hyde Park. “Currently we have two properties available around the R12 million mark. The properties in Rivonia are very well priced for the convenience of the location and everything else the area offers. Thus demand is high and properties are snapped up quickly when they go on the market.”
 
One of the impressive properties in Rivonia which Pam Golding Properties currently has on its books is an expansive executive home with a Balinese ambience, priced at R12 million. The downstairs open plan living areas are spacious and light and feature fold-out doors which lead onto an extensive covered patio and rim-flow pool. The  carefully tended garden meanders down to the tranquil riverside, which forms part of the one-acre property. This Rivonia home also boasts a gourmet eat-in kitchen for intimate family meals, a lounge and a fitted study, along with an elegant dining room, pub and large wine cellar, ideal for impressing guests.
 
Upstairs, each of the three bedrooms are en suite, with the main bathroom featuring a spa bath, steam shower and sauna, which are guaranteed to relax aching muscles after a long day at work. A spacious library or study also occupies the second floor and a large family room with an infinity fireplace opens onto a terrace with resplendent views of the river. The finishes throughout the home are pristine, and no expense has been spared to make this property into the perfect residence where you want for nothing.
 
Another Rivonia property that is currently on the market with Pam Golding Properties is a four-bedroomed house priced at R3.495 million. This charming home on a half-acre stand boasts three roomy reception areas which open onto a large patio and well-established garden with swimming pool.  A wood and granite kitchen with breakfast nook is guaranteed to delight any foodie and the fireplace in the family room completes the picture.
 
The two ground-level bedrooms and two bathrooms, one en-suite, are generously proportioned. Upstairs, the expansive lounge, two spacious bedrooms and a bathroom are ideal if the teenagers in the family want to have their own space. The residence has been immaculately kept and is guaranteed to make an impression on the most discerning buyer.
 
“Properties in Rivonia certainly suit a diverse range of tastes and pockets, from imposing heritage houses to sumptuously contemporary clusters. It is an area that proves popular with young and old alike, appealing to those who are looking for the character of old Johannesburg juxtaposed with the conveniences of modern-day Sandton,” concludes Davies.


  Comment on this Article

  Please login to post comments

Post to my facebook wall
  
2000
Characters remaining


    Latest Property News
    • 24 Nov 2017
      Demand for secure estate living in Hout Bay has risen sharply in recent years, precipitating a spike in development with estate homes now accounting for 20.24% of the property landscape with the launch of an exclusive new gated development on 26 November adding 20 more units to the existing 1250 estate homes.
    • 24 Nov 2017
      There are some things that money can’t buy – spectacular views from Mouille Point to the V&A Waterfront and a trendy and lively neighbourhood that encapsulates the very best of the Cape Town lifestyle.
    • 24 Nov 2017
      Tshwane’s four-bedroom Mayoral mansion, nestled among ambassadorial residences in the upmarket suburb of Muckleneuk, fetched R5.1 million after spirited bidding at High Street Auctions’ final sale of the year.
    • 23 Nov 2017
      Reserve Bank Governor, Lesetja Kganyago, said that the Monetary Policy Committee had once again decided to let the interest rates remain unchanged with the repo rate at 6.75%, and the prime lending rate at 10.25%.
    • 23 Nov 2017
      As the holiday season approaches, most of us are counting the days until that year-end bonus hits our account. There’s nothing quite like a little bank balance booster to get us in the holiday spirit.
    • 23 Nov 2017
      The Adelphi Centre (now entitled “ARTEM") in Sea Point, Cape Town, is being extensively renovated, and once complete will offer an ultra-luxurious galleria style shopping centre unlike any other seen on the Atlantic Seaboard or in Cape Town.
    • 23 Nov 2017
      If you are looking to sell your home in today’s real estate market, there are certain things that you need to include both inside and outside your house. Today’s generation of home buyers is looking toward a more eco-friendly, energy and water conscious home, and if your house stands out then you are more likely to be able to sell it.
    • 22 Nov 2017
      Most people know of the Community Schemes Ombud Service (CSOS) and that levies must to paid to fund its operations. In this article the experts at Paddocks will address some of the issues that are causing confusion.
        
    X
    Subscribe to the MyProperty Newsletter

    Name  
    Last Name  
    Email Address  
    Email Frequency
    select
    X
    Share this Page

       
    For Sale Property
    Rental Property
    More Options
    About
    Connect with us
    FEEDBACK