Gauteng DestinationsPresident Park, Midrand
This part of Midrand is still largely a series of agricultural holdings, a throwback to the days when Halfway House was just that - halfway between the two major cities of Johannesburg and Tshwane. Today Halfway House has merged with the ever increasing sprawl that is Midrand. Subsequently homes here are set on sprawling small holdings in an area that still has a distinct atmosphere of 'country' about it.
Like its neighbour, Glen Austin, this part of the nowhere land between the two major cities is still home to fine views and relative quiet whilst also boasting easy access to Sandton and Centurion - an ideal base if you are here for business yet want to remain on the outskirts of the bustle that is Jo'burg.
The Modderfontein Conservation area lies just across Allandale Road from Glen Austin and a series of golf courses are easily accessible - Wanderers, Linksfield and Houghton. The famous Kyalami Racing Circuit lies not far from here, or if that is more than you can handle, then the bird sanctuary in Glen Austin offers easy respite.
Weekends are easily catered for with popular markets, such as the Midrand Urban Market full of arts and crafts, farm stalls and flea market type goodies. From hand-crafted jewellery to jumping castles to keep the kids entertained, this is a market for everyone. You can even buy your picnic basket and sit and eat in the shade of the trees. The Irene Market too, set on the gorgeous grounds of Jan Smuts House Museum, is held on the second and last Saturday of every month and well worth sampling.