Words: Georgina Guedes | Images: Supplied & Google Maps

Christall Kay is a businesswoman and star of the reality TV show the Real Housewives of Johannesburg. On the show, viewers have had a chance to catch a glimpse of the Kyalami mansion Christall shares with her husband, Eddie Greeff, a senior financial advisor at Liberty, and son Luke (5). “It’s quite a lot of fun being in Real Housewives, but it’s very challenging as well,” Christall says. “You have to have nerves of steel to have the crew in your house, while you’re having dinner and friends over, opening your doors to the world like that.”

Home, sweet home

The home, in Saddlebrook Estate, has sprawling views across Kyalami and Fourways with five luxurious bedrooms, six well-appointed bathrooms and four rolling acres of luscious green lawns. The security, she says, is of the highest standard, which is important to Christall as a celebrity. Little wonder, then, that she is heartbroken that her house is on the market. “The only reason that we’re considering leaving is that my son is going to school at the other end of Joburg, and it’s very difficult to travel in traffic. It takes a lot out of my day, so we’re looking in the Sandton and Bryanston side,” she says.

She adds that it’s taking a while to secure a sale in the current market, and that they’re happy to keep living there for as long as it takes – and if they don’t get an offer that they like, they’ll consider hiring a trustworthy driver to do the daily lifts for them.

What first drew Christall and Eddie to Saddlebrook Estate was the fact that it allows horses to live on each resident’s individual property, rather than in a central stables. Christall’s is a horse fanatic, so having them with her was important to her. However, she had a bad fall in her early pregnancy, so she rehomed her horses rather than leave them unridden.

Hidden gems

Christall has started riding again, so she spends a lot of her free time doing riding lessons at St Martin’s. She’s also a self-confessed shopaholic and frequents the malls of the area, including Kyalami Corner and the Mall of Africa. “We’re there often [at the Mall of Africa]. They know me well. Dainfern is also not too far away – 25 minutes on a good day, and I’m always there, shopping away.”

She and her family eat out three or four nights a week, almost always on both weekend nights. She adores The Baron Kyalami, which has a children’s play area, and 011 Dainfern by the Baron, which is an upmarket gin bar with an excellent menu. “There are also some lovely restaurants in the Mall of Africa. We go to Kream and to Tasha’s often,” she says.

Luke loves hamburgers so Christall enjoys them right along with him. “He’ll ask, ‘Are we going to the restaurant now?’ He loves it so much. He likes the Wimpy and going to the Baron with us.”

Perfect Sunday

Christall says that her family is lucky to be able to have a lie-in on Sunday mornings quite often before heading across to church at Rivers in Morningside or Gracepoint in Midrand. “That’s a nice neighbourly charge for us and for Luke as well because he sees a lot of kids from the area,” she says.

Then she and her family will have lunch at one of the restaurants in the area – often the favourite Baron – before heading home or out to the shops. “Luke is always determined to get a present when we go out, and Mommy’s just as bad, so we come back with our treats and play with what we’ve got,” she says. Then they relax watching TV, before getting ready for bed.

While Christall’s lovely home may be on the market, she’s certainly not champing at the bit to leave Kyalami, an area where she and her family are clearly very settled and happy.

The best thing about living in Kyalami is that it has a wonderful countryside feeling and has the highest concentration of horses in the southern hemisphere – and it’s always wonderful to see them in the beautiful scenery

Things to do

  • Go birding in the nearly-rural suburb of Beaulieu, with three bird hides to choose from.
  • Pop into the refurbished Brewhogs brewery and sample a couple of cold ones.
  • Visit the Midrand Urban Market at Crowthorne, with a range of craft and food stands to choose from – and entertainment for the kiddies.
  • Take a guided tour and appreciate the architecture of the Nizamiye Turkish Mosque in Midrand.
  • See the South African Lipizzaners in action every Sunday morning at 10:30 in their indoor hall.
  • Visit the Kyalami Race Track, bought and refurbished by Porsche, to get the thrill of engines being pushed to their max.

Eat

  • Da Vincenzo: freshly-prepared-from-scratch country-style Italian fare
  • The Baron Kyalami: contemporary eating in a Manhattan grill-house setting
  • 011 Dainferm by the Baron; an upmarket gin bar with a menu that caters for all
  • Café Hemingways: an eclectic artisan bistro, with a hint of fine dining
  • Rosta Italian Rotisserie: traditional wood-fired chicken and a selection of decadent desserts

Shop

  • Kyalami on Main Shopping Centre
  • Kyalami Corner Shopping Centre
  • Kyalami Downs
  • Crowthorne Shopping Centre
  • Mall of Africa, Waterfall