With the discovery of gold in the Johannesburg gold reef the need for residential property exploded and many suburbs were established for employees and employers alike as close as possible to the various mine shafts dotting the countryside of yesteryear.
Suffice to so many of the suburbs still in existence today date back to that bygone era and are now a nostalgic reminder of that frenetic pursuit of the riches.
The predominant region then was the Witwatersrand which at that point was producing the largest gold yields and subsequently support industries to mining were established like medium to light engineering.
And thus towns like Germiston and its suburbs started expanding. One such suburb was Homestead which was located close to the Simmer mine shaft.
Homestead can be classified as a middle-class suburb with mostly older homes of which many still sport the redbrick and porticos adorned with the customary brookie lace trims and bay windows.
Even though the suburb is well worn there is still a huge demand for property in the suburb which is greatly driven by the still existing engineering industries which have now diversified into other industries. It then goes without saying that the suburb is in a prime location with all the major infrastructure close at hand like schools, industrial and commercial hubs and malls.
The suburb reflects a sense of family and community which has been carried over through a tradition of knowing the neighbors from days of old.
Being such a well-established suburb means there are a number of schools which are stooped in tradition and known across Gauteng such as Hoerskool Goudrif, Laerskool Oosterkruin AND Sunnyridge Primary School.
Take a tour of the homes in Homestead via the Myroof web-site.