Luxury Property Midrand
From halfway coach stop to the home of luxury properties
Most well-informed South Africans, and definitely those who live in Gauteng, know where Midrand is located, but few have stopped to think about the probable origin of Midrand’s name, except for the fact that it is in the middle of somewhere – as it happens, not exactly but almost midway between the cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria.
Halfway house and Midrand
Before Midrand was established, there was Halfway House, an area that then consisted of a few surrounding smallholdings and a great deal of undeveloped grassland, a small country type hotel or inn, and a petrol station. As befits its name, Halfway House was and is halfway between the aforementioned cities.
Halfway House, as it was then in the 1890s, was originally a halfway rest stop along a wagon and coach route, operated by Zeederberg Coach Company, between Johannesburg and Pretoria. Nowadays, Halfway House is approximately 27 kilometres from Johannesburg.
Because it was found that the discovery of gold in the area that was to become the City of Johannesburg actually extended much further, the erstwhile larger gold mining region was named the Witwatersrand (white water ridge). Much later, the municipality that was established in 1981 for the Halfway House area was named Midrand – retaining the “halfway” concept by the use of “mid”, and adopting “rand”, part of the word “Witwatersrand”.
Modern Midrand and its luxury properties
Modern Midrand is a far cry from its practical, humble beginnings. However, there is one distinct correlation between its original purpose and its modern function. Today’s Midrand is at the hub of a host of highways and secondary roads that lead in all directions – north, south, west, and east, plus virtually all points in between.
It is one of the most easily and conveniently accessible residential and business areas in Gauteng, irrespective of whether you commute to, from, or within Midrand. Because modern Midrand also offers its own share of employment opportunities, many residents don’t have an immediate need to travel elsewhere for work purposes – an enormous advantage of living in Midrand.
The types of suburbs and properties one finds in Midrand vary greatly, most of which are found in newly developed areas that are intended for everything from affordable housing to ultra-luxurious, grand homes. Because of its extremely rapid recent development and growth, it’s advisable to secure the assistance of an estate agent who is completely au fait with modern Midrand and all it offers its latter-day residents, who want a luxury lifestyle in a luxury property. These residents include:
- Retirees who seek a safe, serene sanctuary in which to enjoy their golden years.
- Families that require contemporary facilities and infrastructure.
- Young, up-and-coming, future-focussed singles and couples who want to establish themselves in a modern suburb
- Affluent folks who prefer a semi-rural environment and sizeable estates where they can keep stables and horses.
Midrand luxury property professionals
At Fine & Country South Africa, we have clearly established ourselves in our niche area of operations – property professionals who specialise in the upper end of luxury property transactions in Midrand, and other cities and areas that are known for their exclusivity.
This is where we, at Fine & Country South Africa, have built our sterling reputation which we strive to uphold, when and wherever we represent our discerning clients – buyers and sellers of luxury properties in the upper quartile of an affluent sector, where specialised expertise is demanded and deserved. If this description fits you and your aspirations and requirements for luxury property in Midrand, we look forward to being of assistance to you. Contact us today for more information.