Situated between Lonehill and Sunninghill to the north of Johannesburg, the suburb of Paulshof appeals to home buyers of all ages and is consequently one of the busiest in the whole city in terms of property sales, according to local Rawson Property Group franchisee Kerry Mawson.
“One of the main reasons for this is the fact that although it is so close to the Sandton, Fourways and Sunninghill office nodes, Paulshof has remained very peaceful and residential in character, and still has a ‘village’ feel and strong sense of community”.
“The Paulshof Residents’ and Ratepayers’ Association (PRRA) is very proactive in ensuring neighbourhood security and because of this, one can often see residents out and about, taking a run, riding mountain bikes or just walking their dogs. The Sand and Braamfontein spruits both run through this area and the PRRA also works hard to involve everyone in protecting and improving the surrounding green areas, as well as the local nature reserve.”
However, she says, a great location is definitely also a big draw card for prospective homebuyers. “Paulshof residents really don’t have to go far to find everything they need in terms of shops, restaurants, entertainment and highly-rated schools, and this appeals to modern buyers who don’t have time for long commutes”.
“Popular local shopping centres include Cambridge Crossing, which is about to be extended and upgraded, Rivonia Crossing where there is a Barnyard Theatre, the Chilli Lane centre which has a Virgin Active gym, and The Square, where there is also a Builders Warehouse.”
Recreation venues in Paulshof include the German Country Club, which is a family-friendly venue with a pool, tennis courts, soccer field, bowling alley, restaurant and braai facilities, and the Rvonia Recreation Club, which has facilities for tennis, bowls, table tennis, gymnastics and offers karate, kendo, aikido and Latin dancing classes. For golfers, the Leeuwkop Club, Bryanston Country Club and Country Club Johannesburg are all within easy reach.
“Montecasino is of course also just a few minutes’ drive away, as is the giant Fourways Mall – and for car enthusiasts, Paulshof is home to one of the biggest Porsche showrooms in the world, the landmark building on Witkoppen Road that has 12 000sqm of space and also contains a workshop, coffee shop and events areas.”
Excellent schools close to home for Paulshof residents include the St Peter’s prep schools for girls and boys, and the Crawford schools in Lonehill. The internationally–accredited Henley Business School also has a campus in Paulshof, while neighbouring Sunninghill is home to the Johannesburg campus of the International Hotel School.
Mawson says, the third major factor in favour of Paulshof is the variety of good-value homes available to suit buyers at all stages of life. “There is plenty of scope for homeowners here to upgrade or downscale within the suburb as their needs change – and they do. Indeed, a large percentage of our sales are to existing residents who need a different size home but are determined to stay in Paulshof.”
About 70% of the homes in the suburb, she says, are sectional title apartments and townhouses, and these are of course much favoured by younger buyers who work in Sandton or Sunninghill, as well as those scaling down in preparation for retirement.
“Prices for these homes start at around R700 000 for one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartments and R850 000 for two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments. Two-bedroom sectional title townhouses start at about R1 million, and three-bedroom units are available from around R1,15 million.”
Among repeat buyers with families, she says, the most popular choices are cluster homes, most of which have three bedrooms and two bathrooms, double garages and swimming pools, and range in price from around R2 million to R3 million. Large companies often also rent these properties to accommodate overseas staff on assignment in SA.
“Then there are also freehold homes in the area that are favoured by top professionals and executives of banks, IT companies and other large corporations with their headquarters in neighbouring suburbs. Prices for these properties start at around R2,2 million and go up to R4 million and over, for which one can expect an immaculate home with four bedrooms, three or four reception rooms, a double garage, pool and entertainment area and most probably a home office or guest suite.”