Words: Georgina Guedes | Images: Ter Hollmann & Google Maps
Bromhof is a suburb to the west of Joburg, nestled between Northwold, Boskruin and Strydom Park. It has many smaller homes than the surrounding suburbs, making it more affordable for young families starting out, but still has access to the conveniences and amenities of its neighbours.
“People like the area because it offers a quality lifestyle, with shopping centres and gyms, and Bromhof is a¬ffordable, surrounded by sought-after suburbs like Boskruin and Randpark Ridge. I have a passion for the area, and the market has never been better,” says Pieter Roux, area specialist, Vered.
Jacqueline van der Weide is a personal assistant to an HR director. She lived with her mother and father in Bromhof in the early 2000s, then moved to Weltevreden Park with her husband. When they wanted a bigger home, they looked at various suburbs, but Bromhof offered them the best value for money.
“It’s an affordable area. The areas around it have bigger three- to four-bedroom places, but in Bromhof you can still find smaller, cheaper homes,” she says.
They found a two-bedroom fixer-upper and did a big renovation before they moved in eight years ago. Recently they had to do a second renovation to the substrate of the floor, as their house has a timber frame. Jacqueline says that the traffic in the area is very quiet. “In Weltevreden Park or even Randpark Ridge, the traffic is really bad, but we just seem to be on the right side of it here.”
She says that the quiet roads are also great in the evenings and weekends when it’s possible to walk dogs or ride bikes in the streets without being concerned about traffic.
“There are many primary schools and high schools in close proximity, both government and private,” Jacqueline says.
For preschools, parents have their choice of a number of small ones in the area, including Little Miracles and Bush Hill Pre-Primary, both on Tin Road. Randpark Primary and Randpark High are excellent government schools. Newton House School in Boskruin specialises in helping children of average or high intellect who are under-performing. Curro Aurora offers schooling from Grade R to matric, and Trinity House Randpark is a private Christian school that goes from pre-primary to matric.
Jacqueline says there are many shopping centres in Bromhof and the surrounding suburbs, which have convenient stores and great restaurants.
“In Boskruin Village there’s a Woolies, lots of nice takeaways and a Clicks. There’s also an awesome little gift shop called the Variety Shop, which has saved my life a few times when there’s been a birthday,” she says.
She adds that the new Summerfield Pick n Pay centre close by has a great fish shop, Anchors Away. And on date night, she and her husband visit Tuc n Tap, a burger-and-craft-beer joint in the centre. “Many of the shops and restaurants in our area are independent. The owners invested in the community. There’s an awesome little cake shop called VonCake, and a great little coffee shop called The Daily at the Northwold Centre, where the owners really make an e¬ffort to get to know the patrons.”
We asked the owner of VonCake why she likes working in Bromhof. “I live in the area and own the shop,” says Chevon Wadge, owner of VonCake Boutique Cakes. “Everything is close by and there are lovely people here. With a shop like this, you get to meet many people and find out what they are doing, which is a wonderful thing. It’s good to be providing something that people can’t get anywhere else in the area.”
Jacqueline says that for family fun, they take their daughter to the Lifestyle Garden Home centre in Randpark Ridge. She’s also very excited to see new developments happening in the area. “Renico is building a new complex on a piece of land that was in an awful state of disrepair and the Bromhof Spar Centre on the corner of Tin and CR Swart is undergoing a massive transformation,” she says.
After some challenges in the residents association, a new association was formed in the past year, which Jacqueline says has really started to make a di¬fference to the community. “My husband is on the committee and they are working to try and clean up the public areas and get the residents together for braais. The sense of community is definitely coming back.”
“The best thing about living in Bromhof is the convenience – from shops and schools that are central, to the quiet traffic getting in and out of the suburb”
Jacqueline van der Weide, resident
- Banjaara Indian Restaurant: delectable Indian cuisine
- Luigi’s Pizzeria: be attended to by the chain’s hospitable founder
- Burger Perfect: flame-grilled burgers and succulent ribs
- Tuc n Tap: craft beers and date-night worthy burgers
- Anchor’s Away: succulent fish and excellent service
- Inhambane Portuguese Cuisine: delicious, spicy chicken and prawns
- Bromhof Village Centre
- Edcon China City
- Boskruin Village Shopping Centre
- Cresta Shopping Centre
- Summerfield Centre
- Visit the Moroccan Lifestyle showroom where you can buy genuine Moroccan goods
- Silver Birch restaurant at the Lifestyle Home Garden centre for kid-friendly dining in a country garden.
- Take the family to Brightwater Commons Shopping Centre where there is an arcade, NuMetro cinemas, a small amusement park, and a skating rink.
- Head to the Randburg Raceway and enjoy a day of competitive go-karting with your friends.
- Visit Randburg’s Adventure golfing, and put your putt-putt skills to the test on three courses.