Gauteng property guide

Streets of Johannesburg
View of Sandton at night
Buffalo in Rietvlei Nature Reserve
Paul Kruger Street in Pretoria

Province overview

It may be the smallest of the nine provinces but Gauteng is definitely home to some of the most sought-after properties in the country. Properties in Gauteng is as varied as its residents - from inner-city apartments to country style small holdings and family homes in leafy suburbs. With many new residential property developments springing up all over the province it is worth the effort to expand your search to newer areas.

Economic prospects in Gauteng ensure that there is a steady influx of workers looking for employment which means that rental properties are in high demand in the metropolitan areas. With the construction of Gautrain many tenants now can extend their searches into other areas which are serviced by the Gautrain bus services.

Quick Facts

  • Gauteng is the home of the Cradle of Humankind (a Unesco World Heritage Site where some of the world's oldest humanoid fossils have been found)
  • A large variety of historical attractions that trace the history of South Africa like the Apartheid Museum, Constitution Hill, Lillie's Farm, Hector Peterson Museum and Nelson Mandela House, Blaauwbank Historic Gold Mine, Freedom Park and the Origins Centre in Johannesburg is located in the province.
  • The city of Johannesburg was rebuilt four times in the span of one century. It started out as a tented camp. Then it was a town of tin shanties. Next it was a town filled with four-storey Edwardian brick buildings and finally, it became a city of modern skyscrapers.
  • Vilakazi Street in Soweto is famous for having 2 Nobel Prize-winning residents. Former South African president Nelson Mandela and former Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu lived on this street.
  • Tshwane is the administrative seat of the South African government boasting of the second-largest concentration of foreign embassies in the world after Washington, DC
  • The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site has delivered more than 900 cataloged fossil hominid specimens. The Sterkfontein excavation has been active since 1966, making it the world’s longest sustained palaeoanthropological excavation.
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Record median prices in the Helderberg region are underpinned by upcountry and foreign buyers
Market & Opinion
Record median prices in the Helderberg region are underpinned by upcountry and foreign buyers
22 Mar 2024
A marked increase in upcountry and foreign buyers has boosted both the sales and rental markets in Somerset West, Strand, and Gordon’s Bay during the past three years with ongoing development to meet the growing demand.
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Soweto property boom, values double, but still a first-time buyers’ bonanza
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Soweto property boom, values double, but still a first-time buyers’ bonanza
11 Mar 2024
Soweto is one of the most dynamic property markets in the country. It is a bustling neighbourhood with some 37 suburbs which are home to over 186,000 properties, more than double compared to 1994 according to Lightstone data.
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The Ballito Lifestyle Boom
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The Ballito Lifestyle Boom
05 Mar 2024
Besides the year-round subtropical climate and safe, well-kept Blue Flag beaches, Ballito is famed for its beautiful sugar cane scenery and surfing. In recent years, the area has evolved from a luxury holiday destination to an exclusive residential haven.
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Randburg is fast becoming Johannesburg's property hotspot
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Randburg is fast becoming Johannesburg's property hotspot
26 Feb 2024
In challenging market conditions, Randburg has become a popular destination for both home and investment buyers for a number of reasons, not least because most of its suburbs offer excellent value and the market here has consistently performed and held its own in a tough economic climate.
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