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Around 11 years ago when operations director and creative Hazel Jarman chose to move to Edenvale, it was a young, up-and-coming community. Now it’s an established neighbourhood – great for families but also for couples and singles who want the space of a big suburb but with the convenience of a central location.

Hazel works unpredictable hours in her industry, but when she’s home she enjoys the space she has to create her art and spends the weekends outdoors, entertaining and visiting markets and restaurants.

“The thing I enjoy most about Edenvale is the peaceful and friendly community we have here,” says Hazel, who also implies community security is a top priority. “The police have a zero-tolerance policy, which is good for everyone, and apart from the spruit which can flood sometimes in heavy rain, it’s a tranquil place to live.”

Edenvale

Property

While there are apartments of varying sizes to rent for single professionals and new young couples, Edenvale is the ideal property hunting ground for first-time homebuyers. Among the free-standing houses available which boast gardens, garages and spacious rooms, the real attraction in Edenvale is the secure complex townhouses on offer. These homes are largely new, neat and easy to maintain, with enough space for a little one but manageable enough to lock up and go.

Another great option for those looking to slow down are the retirement homes and duplexes which abound. In this friendly neighbourhood, families dominate, which makes for pretty and accessible living spaces which deliver great bang for buck.

Edenvale

Schools

Given Hazel’s quote about the convenient location, many popular private schools in Joburg are situated around 13km away, in suburbs like Houghton, Bryanston and Rosebank. But if it’s round the corner you’re looking for, the following institutions are a stone’s throw from central Edenvale:

The Holy Rosary School for Girls is a Catholic private school for both preprimary and high school students – and it’s not mandatory to be a practicing Catholic to apply. For the boys, there’s the option of St Benedict’s in Bedfordview a mere 5km away which also cater to the child’s full school career.

More recently founded schools include Curro Edenvale for both genders from Grade R to Grade 8, and the school promises more advanced years to be phased in shortly.

School of Merit – an independent, private entity – provides a solution-focussed philosophy for its learners, which is defined as an ethos that helps children define their futures by building on their strengths positively. Whichever stream interests you, there are plenty of options to please most parents.

Edenvale

Explore

Since the ’Vale is full of growing families and those who love a little space, there are many activities, markets, attractions and malls to entertain little ones right through to grannies.

Glendower Golf Club is referred to as “the classic golf experience” and offers a challenging course in gorgeous surrounds. If you’re planning a big celebration, the club will also allow for room hire and events catering and there’s plenty of accommodation nearby to sleep family and friends.

Markets are fairly abundant in Edenvale and its surrounds. Sylvia’s Market offers fresh produce and preserves, cheeses and olives and lots of craft stores – perfect for Christmas shopping. It’s also an open market to which traders can apply, so that candle-making or cake-decorating hobby you have could turn into a lucrative side hustle. The Bedfordview Night Market is great fun for kids with entertainment and competitions and a good time for parents as well, providing wine and cocktails, eclectic crafts and live music. On the topic of a great drink, you can also pop into Oakes Brew House for a delicious craft beer and a bite in Modderfontein. Not only is the product fantastic, the entire show is run by three women – from owners to brewmaster.

The whole family will be charmed by Gilooly’s Farm – a peaceful break from the working week. Set on a 44ha piece of land, the farm offers incredible bird-watching, lovely picnicking and refreshing walking trails.

Space, nature and good food seem to be the order of the day out here in Edenvale and opportunities to live a little outside of everyday life abound – a great way of life for families, singles and everyone in between.

“Edenvale is close to everywhere! It’s 15 to 20 minutes from virtually anywhere I want to go – including Pretoria.” HAZEL JARMAN, RESIDENT

Edenvale

EAT

  • Razzioli’s: the best pizza and chicken livers around
  • Del Forno Stonebridge: every banter’s dream menu
  • Fahrenheit Seafood and Grill: as the name suggests, with great cocktails to boot

PLAY

  • The Brazen Head: live music on the weekends and a garden area
  • Edenvale Park Run: every Saturday starting at Eskom and City Power Property
  • Snake City: live snake shows and parties for little ones and snake removal for worried homeowners

CONVENIENCE