Essential local knowledge about properties near Sandton CBD
First used in an advertising campaign and subsequently widely known as the “richest square mile in Africa”, Sandton’s CBD of today probably occupies a somewhat larger area now, since this CBD has grown enormously, as more and more businesses move there.
Sandton CBD is home to numerous corporate companies, commercial and retail enterprises, world-class restaurants and hotels, as well as great entertainment enterprises, all featuring some of South Africa’s most prestigious business addresses.
Prestigious sought-after businesses usually attract highly skilled people who are accordingly compensated, earn well and are able to afford equally prestigious residential properties and commensurate lifestyles. Dwellings and residential properties near to upmarket CBDs attract residents who are accustomed to life’s lovely luxuries – a distinctive trend that is present in Sandton.
Unless you thrive on hustle and bustle, and want to live in an apartment right in the midst of a busy CBD, your absolutely ideal residential property is most probably one that is set apart from, but near to Sandton’s central business district. This is equally true if your workplace is located there, or you intend on using the Gautrain Rapid Rail service to commute elsewhere to a location on the train’s route.
Less luxurious, more humble beginnings
The area now occupied by Sandton’s CBD consisted of homes set in large, sprawling gardens, a petrol station, and the odd neighbourhood shop, some 60 odd years ago – nice but by no means luxurious by any stretch of the imagination.
A little further away, small holdings were home to the so-called horsey set – residents who loved their quiet country lifestyle on weekends, and commuted to Johannesburg CBD, where most people found white collar employment opportunities.
The degradation of Johannesburg’s CBD resulted in the rather rapid movement of business corporates, including the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, to the northern suburbs, specifically Sandton. Erstwhile semi-rural properties were snapped up for development, beginning with Sandton City and its adjacent office tower block. The richest square mile was born, soon to be followed by luxurious residential properties nearby.
Sandton’s luxurious lifestyle features
At Fine & Country South Africa, we firmly believe that our clients don’t only buy properties and houses, but they’re simultaneously investing in homes and lifestyles, which are much closer to the heart, and thus very important. Factors that add to the luxury, convenience, appeal and quality of Sandton’s luxury lifestyles include the following:
- Proximity to top employment opportunities at prestigious companies – great for earning top dollar and enhancing one’s CV.
- Less time spent and fuel costs incurred when travelling to and from one’s workplace.
- Living near to world-class and speciality shops in high-end shopping malls make shopping a breeze.
- Easy access to a huge variety of fine restaurants, where one can dine on cuisine from numerous other countries.
- Leisure options exist aplenty, both in and around Sandton CBD, and in the adjacent northern suburbs, still quite near to Sandton itself, but a little further out.
- Theatres, cinemas, night clubs and music venues near to work and home.
- Excellent schools.
- Leading hospitals, doctors, medical specialists and allied medical care services.
Independent local expertise plus global exposure
Fine & Country South Africa’s specialised estate agents provide you with much more localised lifestyle-specific knowledge and information, optimally guiding you through your questions, concerns, and property purchases or selling processes.
Our independent agents are equipped with outstanding knowledge about the areas, such as Sandton, in which they specialise and work, all to the benefit of property buyers, investors and sellers. At the same time, our network of more than 300 international offices gives you global exposure, and a far greater pool of potential buyers and investors with extensive buying power – ideal for the luxury property market near Sandton’s exclusive CBD.