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Great value homes in Randburg’s established suburb of Blairgowrie

13 Aug 2019

Blairgowrie, located in the centre of Johannesburg’s busy hubs of Sandton, Rosebank and Randburg, is sometimes forgotten -- but it is a suburb its residents love and most of 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.

This three bedroom, two bathroom home in Blairgowrie, Randburg, has a renovated lounge, dining and family room, and modern bathrooms. It is selling for R1.997 million - click here to view.

As an established suburb, Blairgowrie is extremely conveniently located with quick access onto the N1 and M1. For those prepared to renovate, entry-level properties are priced at approximately R1.5 million and already renovated homes are selling at the R2.5 million 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, says Michael Labuschagne, from Jawitz Properties Johannesburg North.

This home in Blairgowrie, Randburg, has three bedroom, one bathroom, a study, and is within a walking distance to amenities. It is on the market for R1.693 million - click here to view.

“There is great potential for growth in Blairgowrie as new homeowners renovate their homes, similar to the situation in Parkhurst several years ago,” says Labuschagne.

“The rejuvenation of the suburb can be seen in the number of younger buyers buying in the area. Over 60% of recent buyers are under the age of 49 years, and 32% of total buyers being between 18 to 35 years. In contrast, more than 55% of recent sellers have been older than 49 years with 33% of total sellers being 65 years or older. The area is appealing to young families who are attracted to its good schools, gardens and central location.”

This four bedroom, two bathroom home in Blairgowrie, Randburg, is within a walking distance to schools. It is selling for R2.15 million - click here to view.

And once they’ve settled, Labuschagne says 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.

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.

This four bedroom, three bathroom home in Blairgowrie, Randburg, offers a patio, large garden, jacuzzi and is close to schools. It is selling for R1.493 million - click here to view.

Blairgowrie homes are generally situated on 700 to 1 200sqm 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 to 280sqm as a single-storey and between 300 to 350sqm 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,” says Labuschagne.

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