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Suburban enough to feel peaceful and convenient, Sunninghill also has a busy, city feel that allows ex-inner city lovers to feel not quite so out of place. A few months ago we spoke to Bianca Joynt about how she loved to visit Parktown North over weekends. When she recently swapped her tidy apartment in Morningside for a ground floor flat in Sunninghill, we knew she would give us a rundown of the area with fresh eyes as a brand-new resident.

“I’ve been in Sunninghill going on three months now, and, while having a friend just up the road really helps, the suburb already feels familiar to me,” says Joynt. “There’s a good mix of it all here – beautiful parks throughout are a major perk and get you outdoors without a great deal of travel. Lots of local pubs like Santi’s offer great, homely spaces for family and friends to gather and a very active running club for everyone balances it all out.”

Sunninghill is full of options for the prospective buyer – with newer Summercon complexes for singles or flat-shares and slightly bigger but older spaces for new families. One thing is well known, however, in this tight economy, Sunninghill is the space to search for your very own home on a budget.

Schools

If you needed any more convincing that Sunninghill is a great place to grow a family, here’s another reason: Sunninghill is school central! Tots can be sent to Sunninghill Park Nursery, Little Hearts Nursery School or Lifestyle Montessori – all well placed centrally in the suburb. Private school options in the area are the Anglican St Peter’s Colleges, Crawford Colleges and King David Sandton. Rivonia Primary is another very popular option – but be warned, prospective pupils must fall within the catchment area to be considered.

Even the littlest of students have options here with Hugs and Kisses Educare Centre, which is well placed to accommodate a possible drop-off on the commute to the greater Sandton area. Sunninghill Preschool and Creche is directly in between Hugs and Kisses and Sunninghill Park Nursery, giving parents real breadth of choice when considering their baby’s first home away from home.

Explore

Bianca’s favourite girls’ night out has to be wine and scrumptious pizza at Luca’s – the ambience is cosy but the menu sophisticated so it’s posh enough for a first date and intimate enough for a great evening of connection. Another great option for those with a spicier palate is Taste of India. A great tip here from Bianca is to order a few options and gather with friends at home for a casual midweek dinner. Chilli Lane allows residents to top up their shopping on the way home from work, with everything from groceries to wine to petrol and pet food.

Getting outdoors is easy in Sunninghill, with Rietfontein Nature Reserve just next door in Paulshof. Here you can enjoy long walks in a fresh breeze, as well as the birdlife and lush surrounds – a perfect way to end the weekend on a Sunday afternoon.

Take in some of our beautiful country’s history at Liliesleaf heritage site and teach the kids a little of South Africa’s journey to democracy. If that’s a little dry for you, then wet your whistle and flex your mental muscle at The Filly on Tuesday nights – their quiz night is one of the biggest in Joburg and provides patrons with a well-deserved week night upper.

Sunninghill is fast proving a top choice for young professionals and you can see this effect in the energy of the suburb. Before long, what with its convenience, parks and well-priced housing, Sunninghill may become the new Bryanston. Get in there quickly if affordability, location and an easy lifestyle is what your heart desires.

Sunninghill is just a few kilometres up the road from where I used to stay in Morningside but offered better affordability within a similar complex. Essentially budget was the deciding factor for my move, but I’ve always been fond of the area since moving to Jozi. BIANCA JOYNT, RESIDENT

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