Sandton Is The Place To Live As Residential Developments Rise

Sandton continues to reaffirm its status as one of South Africa’s most popular and growing suburbs with promising momentum in new residential real estate developments and a rise in centrally located apartments.


  • As lockdown eases, Sandton is showing signs of returning to its ‘old-self’ as a business, entertainment, and lifestyle hub.
  • Whilst slightly up from previous quarters, crime stats in Sandton have seen a general downward trend since 2017.
  • The heart of Sandton is known as the Sandton Central Management District (SCMD) often referred to as ‘Africa’s richest square mile’.
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Sandton is known to be home to some of the most ambitious and captivating modern architecture on the continent, dominated by office space, yet this is about to change. Having lacked a significant amount of resident nodes, the heart of Sandton is being transformed, bringing many closer to the ‘Golden Apple’.


Its skyline has risen ever-higher over the past 50 years, with more and more residential space taking pride of place in the neighbourhood – some of which being former offices. Image: The Sandton Times

As an international tourist must-visit and a must-have address for multinationals in the country and on the continent, the center of Sandton has a thriving economy and is a magnet for visiting young professionals who are attracted to stay and share in its wealth and growth.

Sandton Central is a neighbourhood that opens up the world for its residents.

// District Improvement Manager for Sandton Central Management District (SCMD), Elaine Jack


Whilst some property developers have shown to be ‘all sizzle and no steak’ when it came to failed property developments in Sandton, others have proven their vision, talent, and skill in making their mark on the neighbourhood, which is home to the largest stock exchange on the continent, the tallest skyscraper in Africa and some of the most luxurious shopping destinations in the country.


With recently launched residential buildings setting the stage for new-age living for those on the move, two recent BlackBrick residential developments appealing to the globe-trotting, live-work-learn crowd, The Leonardo offering similar opportunities to the luxury market, and even more residential developments in the pipeline, there is no doubt that an increasing number of people have come to view Sandton Central as the best place to live and invest in residential property. Considering the centrally-located Gautrain Station in Sandton Central which connects directly to OR Tambo International Airport, nothing is far away – including the rest of South Africa, Africa, and the world.


The Sandton Central Management District (SCMD) team supports this confidence through its initiatives to ensure the neighbourhood offers a safe, clean, well-managed experience and great amenities to make it even more liveable, secure and enjoyable for everyone.

Life in Sandton Central has many advantages thanks to a combination of location, a growing variety of residential options, its robust local economy, the combination of culture, nature and modernity as well as a diversified range of services designed to meet residents’ differing needs – all this makes living in Sandton Central highly attractive.

// District Improvement Manager for Sandton Central Management District (SCMD), Elaine Jack


Living in Sandton Central also gives residents access to an ever-improving network of roads and highways for public and private transport. It is also pedestrian and bike-friendly.


Sandtonites are always on the go, which is why there’s never a shortage of things going on. It is packed with enjoyable, healthy, fun things to do. You can visit the beautiful parks to picnic and people-watch, there’s also art, theatre, festivals and events, gyms and sports clubs, markets, music, culture, and history.


The food culture in Sandton Central is incredible, unique, varied, and full of the richness of flavours, cultures, and tastes. Image: The Sandton Times

There’s a fabulous mix of everything from your favourite coffee-on-the-go to casual comfort food and fine dining to laidback and buzzy meeting and eating spots. Sandton Central is one of those city districts that also boasts incredible nightlife all year round.


In its heart, Sandton City is one of the biggest shopping and leisure destinations in all of South Africa. It’s an exciting mix of everyday and elegant retail, coffee shops, and eateries. It links to Johannesburg’s finest dining destination, Nelson Mandela Square, featuring the iconic statue of one of the world’s greatest men, symbol of freedom and African pride, Nelson Mandela.

Right now, many people are reconsidering where and how they live. Quality of life has become a major driver in the residential market as people seek better lifestyles and easy access to amenities. Living in Sandton Central offers all this and more.

// District Improvement Manager for Sandton Central Management District (SCMD), Elaine Jack


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