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A friend of mine once said that you will know “you have arrived when you can shop at Woolworths with a trolley”. From a property perspective, the expression might also ring true for the contemporary, upmarket suburb of Sandton, Johannesburg.

Known as one of Johannesburg’s northern suburbs, Sandton is the address of many listed companies. Even the JSE itself is located in the area! While the Johannesburg CBD is still home to many successful companies and businesses, Sandton has gradually taken over the reign as the heart of the Gauteng economy.

And it is not difficult to understand why. The area is home to excellent infrastructure and while you will probably be delayed near Grayston off-ramp, the gateway to Sandton, a few times, the area offers easy access to many other popular areas like Rosebank. Sandton is also the home of a Gautrain station which will get you to OR Tambo International Airport in just 15 minutes.

Accommodation is world class no matter if you prefer a luxurious hotel or an affordable room. The area has numerous luxury hotels like the Radisson Blu, Sandton Sun and Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa.

Because of its excellent location and generous offering of luxury homes, Sandton is also a popular choice for living amongst wealthy families.

The Blackberry brigade will also point out that Sandton City offers one of the best shopping experiences in Africa. The mall is known for its designer shops and speciality stores and is also home to some excellent restaurants if you quickly want to get out of the office for lunch.