Blairgowrie, an established residential suburb situated in the centre of the holy trinity of Sandton, Rosebank, and Randburg, is sometimes forgotten in the property rush but it is definitely a suburb that its residents love and most all, try to keep to themselves. And the best-kept secret is that its house prices have held steady and offer great value compared to neighbouring suburbs.
As an established suburb, Blairgowrie is extremely conveniently situated with quick access onto the N1 and M1. For those prepared to renovate, entry-level properties are priced at approximately R1,5m and already renovated homes are selling at the R2,5m mark. In addition, many of the homes in Blairgowrie have cottages, which offers an additional revenue stream in an area where there is strong demand for accommodation.
“There is great potential for growth in Blairgowrie as new homeowners renovate their homes, similar to the situation in Parkhurst several years ago,” says Michael Labuschagne from Jawitz Properties Johannesburg North. “The rejuvenation of the suburb can be seen in the number of younger buyers purchasing in the area. Over 60% of recent buyers are under the age of 49 years, and 32% of total buyers being between 18-35 years. In contrast, more than 55% of recent sellers have been older than 49 with 33% of total sellers being 65 or older. The area is appealing to young families who are attracted by its good schools, gardens, and central location”.
And once they’ve settled, residents tend to put down roots. “The convenience of the neighbourhood and the lifestyle it affords clearly gets into your blood and people don’t want to leave. This is supported by statistics showing that 51% of the owners having been in the suburb for 11 years or more and a further 10%, for more than 8 years”, explains Labuschagne.
So what keeps them rooted? There are good schools; access to a variety of shopping facilities; an active Blairgowrie Community Association that regularly attends to trail maintenance and improvement of the playgrounds and security within the greenbelt; and Delta Park is a beautiful lifestyle feature offering a host of outdoor activities, including tennis, birding, walking, running and cycling. The various community tennis courts and parks dotted throughout the suburb, as well as the municipal swimming pool, are well-loved attractions.
Blairgowrie homes are generally situated on 700-1,200m² sized plots, which offers most homeowners sufficient space to have both a garden and pool without being too cramped on the stand. Homes tend to be in the vicinity of 200-280m² as a single storey and between 300-350m² if there are upstairs additions.
Despite the fact that Blairgowrie abuts the prestigious suburbs of Craighall Park, Parkmore and Parkhurst, and the up-and-coming Linden, it offers a great deal of value at a much lower price. “Although the stand sizes in Craighall Park and Linden can be quite a bit larger, Blairgowrie offers the green space without the costs associated with such large stands. It is manageable, more lock-up-and-go but still offers the space and privacy of these surrounding neighbourhoods,” adds Labuschagne.