When the people of Johannesburg’s northern suburbs think of the Woodmead area, most probably visualise shopping, commerce, business and perhaps even golf. Given the large numbers of office parks, retail outlets and golfing facilities in Woodmead, this would not be surprising. However, there is an important, if often overlooked, aspect to the area and that is residential space.
“Woodmead is not a large suburb, but it is charming and very centrally situated,” observes Wendy Goodenough, an agent and area expert from the Pam Golding Properties Hyde Park office. “The Johannesburg Country Club’s scenic Woodmead and Rocklands golf courses are situated adjacent to one another. With their established tree-lined fairways they are today surrounded by secure estates on their western border and business parks in the north and south. Many of the homes situated around the golf courses have lovely views and benefit from a serene park atmosphere.”
According to Goodenough, the majority of the homes in Woodmead are either freehold homes or clusters, although there are also a few townhouse complexes and apartment blocks. There are still a number of freehold homes with well-established gardens of around an acre in size, as well as some attractive estates. She says the area offers a number of property options and homes here are generally considered to offer good value.
“Well situated properties in Woodmead are very popular and it is relatively uncommon for them to come onto the market. When they do we often find they sell within a couple of months. Houses here usually sell from between R3.5 million and R5.5 million. Clusters may fetch anything from R4 million to the R6 million that was recently achieved in the exclusive Country Club Estate,” adds Goodenough.
The residents of Woodmead appreciate the centrality of the area and the fact that there are so many facilities situated on its doorstep. The Wendywood high and primary schools are just minutes away and large numbers of businesses are situated within Woodmead, which attracts professionals who want to live close to their place of work.
The region is well known for the wide variety of shopping it offers at boulevard-styled shopping centres such as the Woodmead Value Mart and Woodmead Retail Park where one can purchase almost anything the heart may desire. There are fashion, décor, sports, destination and service outlets and supermarkets. Some leading brands have opened factory shops within these centres.
One of the things that Woodmead is best known for is golf and there is good reason for this. The Woodmead and Rocklands golf courses are among the finest in the country being ranked nine and 59 in South Africa respectively. The Woodmead course has received a five star rating for its overall golfing experience for the past five years. Besides offering some challenging golfing for the more proficient among us, the courses are also used for many corporate golfing days and offer the ideal opportunity for networking and building team spirit. For those who enjoy practising and honing their game, the nearby World of Golf is an ideal facility.
Commuters appreciate the fact that four major highways converge near Woodmead. They include the N1 Ben Schoeman, which takes you directly to both Pretoria and central Johannesburg; the N1 Western Bypass; the N3 Eastern Bypass and the M1. The Gautrain Marlboro station is also close by and a number of Woodmead residents make use of the convenient high-speed rail network.
“Woodmead may not be known first and foremost as a residential suburb but it has a great deal going for it from this perspective,” notes Goodenough. “This is evidenced by the fact that homes in many parts of Woodmead are in great demand. This is not surprising because they offer a wonderful lifestyle in the middle of one of Africa’s most dynamic cities,” she concludes.