Moving to JHB, need some advice
By - Altruistic-Wait7379
Average cost of groceries isn’t much different than elsewhere (a little bit more but barely noticeable), as most people do just do their groceries at big franchises like pick n pay or checkers.
6500 is ok for a single bachelor in Bryanston but should be ok. I stay in Bryanston and it costs me about 7500 for a bachelor semi furnished with utilities in a nicer complex
I worked in Bryanstan, but stayed in Ferndale about 10 km away. We rented a small one bedroom for 5000 a month, water and electricity for two people was around 1500, internet 800 (i worked from home being a freelancer so i needed good internet) food for the both of us was around 5000 (this greatly depends on what you will be eating) then you have to consider petrol/transport. Insurance and all that other stuff if you need it. It's doable but that area is really expensive.
This. Stay Ferndale Blairgowrie Linden Craighall etc. It is mostly against traffic to get to Bryanston from there.
Find a cottage in someone’s yard or you could look for a bachelor flat
I do something similar, I stay in Blairgowrie and work in Midrand.
Omg i totally forgot about traffic. Basically i only worked in Bryanstan for about a year before going freelance. And it sucked. I am so glad i don't have to deal with that anymore. Also my husband (then boyfriend) hated JHB. but thats just us. We both work at home now. And no longer live in JHB.
I'm aware of jhb traffic and x10 worse to cpt imo, hopefully I won't encounter any lol
I like the idea of staying in a cottage actually, definitely will be looking at that option !
10 km is 6.21 miles
Thanks alot, this is precisely what I was looking for. I'm a single bachelor and while I will be going into work we also work remotely. I guess my costs would be close to half or slightly above. Really trying to keep everything within the 10k budget
Happy to help. Granted this was about 3 years ago. Also it's very easy to find a bacholer's flat/room to rent on someone's property, which usually includes water/electricity and internet in JHB north. So I think you will okay. 100% depends on what you are looking for though.
If you look at your map of jhb, you will see a ring road around it, live within the ring road and your life will be a breeze and can manage a trip to work of approximately 10 to 30 minutes per trip to work. Live outside of it. Like in fourways and be prepared for 1 hour or more to work
Linden is a great place. See you at the pub
Great place, renting there is expensive though.
Look at Robindale, Northcliff, Risidale, Blairgowrie, Victory Park and even Fairland.
Traffic ain't that bad. If you wake up a bit earlier.
JHB is really a great place to stay as a young person OP. Get yourself a hobby and meet some people here it's an easy City to get swallowed up in.
JHB isn't that bad.
Yes, there's traffic, but since lockdown and many people are working from home, it's infinitely better than before.
CT is built around natural surroundings that make it difficult to navigate and causes unavoidable choke points, but JHB has a far more planned approach where you have multiple ways to get anywhere, if you look for them.
I agree with those taking about garden flats and such, those are a good option for you. Also, quite a few people have a two bedroom apartment and are looking for a flatmate, so that should be a consideration and could save you a substantial amount. Facebook is likely a good place for that, but I'm not on there so can't speak for it.
Bryanston is huge and has a lot of options for where you could stay, but most are good options. You can generally judge the hierarchy based on how close to Sandton city it is. Closer generally equals better based on property and neighborhood development, but you do get some neighborhoods that are far out but really good and close knit (Linden & the Parks, I'm looking at you).
With covid, a lot of people have been given the opportunity to move away and work remotely, so many people are moving in the opposite direction to you, so there should be a fair market for properties for you.
This was great Info and really appreciated. I'm from CPT so I guess navigating for me is easier as I know most of the back routes. Definitely agree with you in that things aren't structured towards a central point but rather around natural surroundings. I won't be staying in jhb for long so for traveling purposes Id like to be as close to work as possible but would consider some areas not so close by if I'm not required to go into work often .
Just don't expect the same old School style properties that you get in CT. A lot of the newer places in JHB, particularly complexes, are built by companies like summercon and are known for having paper thin walls and no parking. That's why the garden flat suggestion is good, you could meet interesting people and have a space that is less impacted by those around you.
You have a decent budget though, you'll find something worthwhile for that. Likely more than in CT given that the market there is predominantly rental and is more constrained than JHB.
Traffic in and out of Bryanston can be really bad at rush hour. Can you work slightly flexible hours to avoid traffic? If not, consider renting somewhere where you have easy access to the Gautrain.
Yeah my time is really flexible so this is definitely an option thanks
Good luck with your move!
Best advice I could give you is to search on Facebook Marketplace within the radius of Bryanston…you’ll find a lot of options
Make a bed beneath your office desk and stay at work. Will be cheaper. Don’t have to pay to get the place cleaned, airconditioning everywhere, no petrol, no traffic. Loo paper, coffee, milk and internet, electricity is for free. Eat the other workers food. Be sure to save more than R10k this way. Only expence may be laundery, deo and toothpaste. With the mask mandate in place, you might get away without toothpaste for a while.
Fourways will be cheaper than Bryanston
But then you are outside of the circle and get destroyed by traffic!
Try to stay away from the northern areas rent will kill you in most places east Johannesburg is about 30 minutes away and you'll be able to get a decent size place at 6500
Look around Linksfield, greenstone, Kensington, Edenvale
I second this
Stay as close to work as you can. Which is advice for any city, really.
People talk a lot about traffic, but the worst traffic I've experienced has been in CPT by FAR
Blairgowrie or Linden.
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There are quite a few developments in Rivonia, along Rivonia Road. 1 and 2 bedroom flats. They can be relatively cheap and small, most are fiber-ready and Rivonia Village is within walking distance with a Checkers and Woolworths. These are great if you're happy to sacrifice space for a while to save up and live a minimal lifestyle. If you want a more social lifestyle - like having friends in your space consistently - maybe this isn't for you.
There’s a lot of driving in JHB which wastes a lot of time and cash so I’d recommend staying close to work. It depends where in Bryanston on where to rent. Driving really increases costs.
It's relative. I hated it. Everything took forever. Everything is far away. Lots and lots of people everywhere. Even in weekends there's traffic everywhere you want to. It helps if you work from home. But it depends from person to person. I know people who love jhb, basically cause they grew up there. I am from Suburban Pretoria and it was a huge adjustment. I hated every second of JHB. but that's just my opinion. I am sure others here have more positive experiences :)
I don't plan on staying, it's just to settle in with one of our departments at work. Once that communication has been established and everyone is up to speed I'll move back down to cpt and work remotely. I'm sure it's different strokes for different folks but yeah I've been away from home before so can relate to being in unfamiliar territory.