Linden is where it’s all at

Whether it’s a butcher, a baker or a fine Italian pizza that you’re after -. Linden lies nestled between Northcliff, Emmerentia, Craighall Park, Darrenwood and Victory Park. It’s one of the regions quaintest and oldest ’suburbs –  finding a delightful old home with a huge garden, pressed ceilings, wooden floors and big bay windows isn’t too difficult. While Linden has the charm of an old farming village – it’s fast becoming one of the trendiest places to live.

The property market has remained robust in Linden over the past five years and it’s uncommon to find anything in the area for less than a R1 million.

Even in this trying economic climate, there’s been plenty of activity in the property market in Linden.  The maximum transfer was R1, 8m. And in the last year, there were 71 transfers in total – of which the most expensive was for a R3, 7m home. The average age of recent buyers in Linden is an even mix of young adults (18-35) and middle age folk (50-64).

“It’s a great community to raise children in. There is a warm, family-orientated manner about the suburb and it’s wonderful to bump into your friends when you at the grocery store, the butcher or at one of the beautiful coffee shops in the area.

“There is a very efficient security block watch and residents receive weekly updates and crime reports. Government schools like Louw Geldenhuys and a private school like Kings in Robin Hills are good schools. One of the best perks about Linden is that it’s a very central suburb.

Great shopping centres like Cresta can be found just down the road. Then there’s the best pizza in town at Satori’s on 4th; amazing cappuccinos and awesome croissants at the Argentinean bakery on 7th; and who can resist the tea and cake at Paputzis?” Residents of Linden seldom venture beyond the suburb’s borders considering that they find everything they need within a 5km radius.

Linden boasts a famous butchery on 4th Avenue: Rembrandt’s Slaghuis. Pop in on a Saturday and you can grab a delicious borewors roll. Then there’s everybody’s favorite fresh fruit and veggie store – Impala’s. If it’s hip clothing, quirky home accessories or fun goodies you’re after, The Blue Room on 3rd Avenue is the place to shop. Art fundi’s will love Die Blou Hond – Linden’s own supper theatre and gallery. Then there’s the Library on the corner of 4th and 6th that offers a daily story-time for kids. Linden also even has its own public pool (also on 4th).

But possibly Linden’s best-kept secret is Flowertime on 3rd. Run by mother and daughter team Mandy and Pat, this exquisite store is a treasure trove full of gorgeous flowers, ornaments, specialty decor items and marvelous gifts for any occasion.

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