Taking a drive through the suburb of Irene

it is apparent or even blatantly obvious that this leafy suburb has a history

which is not only locked up in the original farm which was established in 1895,

but the surroundings in general.

The original farm which is still in

existence was the inspiration for the prestigious Irene Farm Villages Estate

catering for the well-heeled property investors. The tranquility and laid back

lifestyle of Irene has washed over to the estate which is ultra-laid back but

there is no pretense here that money is in shortage. For the residents the

security is of utmost importance and as in other estates there is a 24-hour

manned access control point and secure perimeter walls.

The architecture of the homes tends to lean

towards the English Country homes in the same palatial proportions with

landscaped gardens and stately homes.

There are a total of 650 homes in the

estate with a few vacant stands still available.

The directors charged with the running of

the estates affairs have also taken a keen interest in preserving the nature in

establishing conservation areas as part of the aesthetics of the estate, with a

large number of small mammals like mongoose, scrub hares and duiker and bird

species, frequently observed while taking a leisurely stroll in the pristine

grounds. Naturally the estate is still finding its proverbial roots and once

the landscaped gardens are established the estate will be a mirror of the


The residents in the estate are privileged

to have access to reputable private and public schools such as Village Waldorf

School, Cornwall Hill College, Southdowns College and Irene Middle School.

The residents are spoilt when it comes to

retail and entertainment with the Rietvlei Dam on the doorstep and malls such

as Irene Village Mall.   

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