Cruising Craighall Park

Smack bang between Blairgowrie and Hyde Park is the highly sought-after and hip suburb of Craighall Park. While the road names are terribly posh and rather British ( Buckingham, Devonshire, Westminster and York) the suburb is anything but over the top. In fact, it’s rather warm and inviting and beautifully treed.

It abounds with big parks, quaint little coffee shops  and trendy homes found in all sizes– it’s basically what the up and coming yuppy class requires.

To have a major road like Jan Smuts Avenue running straight through the suburb is a great convenience too. And what a road it is for shopping – you can get anything from (designer) second-hand clothes to artwork, the absolute best selection of DVDs (Video Spot), treats (Woolies food store), fast food (Steers, McDonalds, Debonairs), car dealerships (Alfa Romeo, Lindsay Saker), Pilates classes (at the Valley Centre) or a quite drink at the (Bush Bar) even musical instruments (Music Connection). The list is endless.

“It’s a suburb of choice – it’s beautiful, family orientated (with great schools and churches) and close to the major malls like Sandton, Hyde Park and Rosebank and Parkhurst.”

One can look for bargains (miracles do happen) if you are in the market to purchase a house, apartment or flat and want to tackle your own renovations. “Most homes here are costly because they’ve already been extensively changed, added too and done up.”

Lightstone property research experts have recorded a massive influx of young home owners into the area. The young adult category (people aged 18-35) now own about 45% of all property in Craighall Park.

Big family homes, decent-size gardens, proximity to the Sandton CBD, and great schools in the area (Flemming Pre-Primary, Rutland Nursery, Craighall Primary, Our lady of Mercy Primary School, to name a few) are just some of the attractions for prospective buyers and decent sized family homes cost anything from R2.3m.

Next time you’re cruising along Jan Smuts and want to escape the Jozi rat race – there are two places to visit in Craighall Park – just take your pick. For delicious cappuccinos and a first-class meal, visit Corner Café at the intersection of Buckingham and Rothesay. If it’s good ale and pub grub you’re after, head to Giles on Grafton venue. It’s also a fine spot to watch your favorite sport with all the locals.

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