Thatchfield Restidential Estate6th Apr 2017
Secure community living
Thatchfield Residential Estate offers, secure living through access control, excellant value for money due to accessiblity to Tshwane, Sandton and Midrand through the Gauteng freeway network.
Tommy Ellis, Charles’ father moved to the area in 1964 after selling his hotel The Barbeque Ranch (later known as the Kyalami Ranch). Tommy had a vision of Johannesburg and Pretoria growing together and felt that any land between these two cities would be a good investment. Over the years he kept buying up portions of the farm Olievenhoutbosch which he named “White Hills Farm” from the white quartz reef which runs through the property.
He built a landing strip and had a lot of fun growing mielies, sweet potatoes and tunnel tomatoes. He also had a herd of jersey cattle and a flock of merino sheep. In those days the cry of the silver backed jackal could still be heard at night. Tommy mined a small gold reef in the area, bringing the ore back to “White Hills Farm” where he crushed it and extracted the gold. He loved building and built a number of cottages on the land which he let to interesting people. His tenants of choice were flying types who owned or had built their own planes which were kept on the farm.
The first phase of the development Thatchfield Crescent was launched alongside The Reeds in 2003. Prospective buyers queued for days, sleeping in their cars to secure stands. Some of the buyers who secured sites and sold them immediately to people at the back of the queue for a substantial profit. Since then Thatchfield has developed in phases over the years and by 2009 over 1500 homes have been built and occupied.
Today Thatchfield Residential Estate offers, secure living through access control, excellant value for money due to accessiblity to Tshwane, Sandton and Midrand through the Gauteng freeway network. There are plenty of recreational facilities for the whole family, including jogging trails,flood light tennis courts and sports facilities. The indigenous planting scheme has attracted a wide variety of birldlife and has made the Rietdpruit an excellant look out point for birld watchers.
When it is complete Thatchfield will be home to over 3000 families and Tommy Ellis’ vision of the cities joining together will have become a reality.