New Developments Midrand
Halfway House by a newer name – Midrand
Midrand, formerly Halfway House, has developed by leaps and bounds since being established as a municipality in the early 1980s, and more so after its incorporation into the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality almost 20 years later in 2000. Nowadays, the new developments in Midrand – residential, commercial, and industrial – continue at a remarkably rapid rate.
Pre-Midrand Halfway House heydays
Because time and trends pass so quickly, it’s almost only the baby boomers and in part, their immediate descendants, that fondly remember the Halfway House of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s – the pre-Midrand heydays of Halfway House. Then, there was a long established Halfway House Hotel, which provided the local population with a watering hole at which to socialise.
When President Paul Kruger was in office, he reputedly stopped over at the hotel to rest during his travels between Pretoria and Johannesburg. The location of Halfway House made this small settlement ideal for rest stops, where coach passengers could stretch their legs, obtain refreshments or a meal, and find a bed for the night, as well as replenish their team of horses or mules with which to continue the journey – a far cry from today’s trip of less than an hour, along a state-of-the-art highway that passes through Midrand.
Seeing snakes and dining on a train
More recently though, in the baby boomers’ lifespan, the Transvaal Snake Park in Halfway House was another new development and great attraction – a favourite with day-tripping families on weekends. Long gone now, there was The Train Restaurant in Halfway House, situated in a stationary train coach, mounted on a short set of rails that led nowhere.
This popular, iconic restaurant specialised in serving various types of venison and game dishes in a buffet style, which allowed patrons to sample small portions of an enormous variety of unusual meats – crocodile tail steaks, warthog sausage, antelope carpaccio, various cuts of ostrich, elephant, giraffe, and such.
The new development trend continues
Although these memorable and historical landmarks are gone now, the latest new developments in Midrand are also exceptionally attractive to residents, commuters, businesses, visitors, property investors, and additional developers. Midrand and its new developments have been booming and everything points to an unabated continuation of this trend.
Since the establishment of an enormous, amazingly beautiful Turkish-styled mosque and the massive Mall of Africa retail and entertainment development (thus far Africa’s most expansive single-phase shopping mall), the demand for and supply of new developments in Midrand have increased exponentially.
Fine & Country South Africa in Midrand
A major portion of the newest developments in Midrand falls within the luxury property segment – the very types of properties in which Fine & Country South Africa specialises in. Thus, it comes as no surprise for buyers and sellers of upmarket properties that we have a strong, active presence in Midrand.
Our expert estate agents also specialise in property transactions in the areas that they know intimately and in which they operate, enabling them to provide their clients with detailed, current information about the lifestyles and infrastructure in each associated suburb.
Not all the suburbs in Midrand are deemed to be affluent, while others which do incorporate luxurious properties might be situated a little further from central Midrand.
Because location, location, and location are so vitally important in the luxury property and opulent new development sector, Fine & Country South Africa is on hand in Midrand – ready to help you make that all-important decision in this booming, rapidly growing area that might soon join Johannesburg and Pretoria at the halfway mark. To view our portfolio of luxury Midrand properties, please click here.