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One of Johannesburg’s northern ‘leafy burbs’ that falls just outside of the Randburg CBD, Ferndale lies close to some of the main business and entertainment areas that include Cresta Centre, Brightwater Commons (formerly known as the Randburg Waterfront), the Monte Casino and The Dome. Today, Ferndale real estate has a wide variation in residential options and property sizes. Certain parts of Ferndale also offer office accommodation. The convenient location of Ferndale and its easy access to highways and the Sandton CBD also make it an ideal residential or business address.

Ferndale’s neighbouring areas include the upmarket suburbs of Bryanston, Douglasdale, Lonehill and Paulshof. Ground value is exceptionally good in Ferndale and buying a home or office in the area is an excellent investment. Ferndale, as with many other areas in Randburg, is exceptionally popular with both private and corporate buyers and property in the area tends to move quickly.

The area that is known today as Ferndale was originally formed by four farms (as part of the greater Randburg area) - Klipfontein, Driefontein, Olievenhoutspoort and Boskop. The earliest settlers there were Boer pioneers in the 1850s and 1860s. The farm Boskop was eventually subdivided and a part of it was proclaimed as Klipfontein. Further subdivision in 1891 resulted in two important Randburg suburbs. One section of the Klipfontein farm was bought by Scotsman William Gray Rattray in 1891. He renamed his portion Craighall after his birthplace in Scotland and another portion of Klipfontein was bought by business tycoon Sir Abe Bailey which he renamed Ferndale. This is a particularly pretty part of Johannesburg and has an unassuming charm that gives it and other tree-lined northern suburbs their own appeal. Close to all amenities and main routes, Ferndale real estate offers a diverse range of  facilities, sporting clubs and gyms, shopping centres and entertainment options, good schools and medical facilities and public transport options.

One of the main advantages of staying here is the central location - you can get anywhere relatively quickly, if you know where you’re going and how best to get there. Sandton is a mere trip along Republic Road however it is best to venture along this route outside of peak hour. Ferndale is packed with shops, restaurants and business parks. Yet Ferndale and its neighbouring suburbs of Robindale, Fontainebleau and Blairgowrie are not short of open spaces as well as large, cultivated gardens. The Johannesburg Botanic Gardens at Emmarentia Dam in Emmarentia is not far from Ferndale and offer a wonderful sanctuary away from the rush of Johannesburg. The dam is the venue for a range of Summer Sunset Concerts.

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