Blairgowrie, Randburg

During May 2009 the neighbourhood of Blairgowrie, set just north of Delta Park and next door to Linden, Robindale, Craighall and Bordeaux, all woke to discover that their remotes no longer opened things like cars and gates. Which can prove a little vexing when you need both in order to function at all in Johannesburg. For well over a day technicians roamed the streets in search of the cause, whilst most of the suburb invested in new batteries that did not help at all.

After much debate and various outlandish theories that affected no fewer than 4 000 households, the remote saga was touted as a signal jamming problem. The cause: a small business was broadcasting a data signal that interfered with the city's newly-installed smart meters, installed to give them control over people's geysers.

Blairgowrie could continue being what it was - a suburb set virtually in the heart of the northern suburbs of Johannesburg. A fairly old suburb, its houses are quaint, large and leafy. Nothing much happens in Blairgowrie, which is a good thing, as it's essentially a place where people return at the close of a day to hang their hats and rest up. It's a cozy, tree-lined neighbourhood with a slightly bohemian feel.

However, the suburb is more than a little conveniently placed if one works in or needs to get to Sandton. It's also close to all of the major arteries that get you from A to B in the major metropolis - Jan Smuts Avenue, William Nicol Drive, and Republic Road, and if you're into shopping then Sandton City, Hyde Park Corner and Melrose Arch are all within a stone's throw.

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Verified reviewvery good

I have recently opened a branded clothing outlet at The Blairgowrie and am amazed at how warm, caring and loving the Residents are here. It is amazing an amazing suburb........

Farhad Rahaman (Randburg)

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I have grown up in this area, attending school, tennis lessons, cycling in the Delta, etc. Now, as an adult with children of my own I still find this suburb to be a sensible choice! Government schools in the area have fantastic reputations, two of which I have first hand experience. The Delta gives an 'air' of freshness, natural relaxation and a truly fabulous place for children to grow up. Yes the crime is an issue, but it is the same in Sandton CBD without the green beauty. After the rush of everyone trying to get home in the evenings, Blairgowrie is quiet and tranquil. With all the necessary shops required to satisfy you need for retail therapy, as well as filling stations, schools, the recreation centre, post office and much more, Blairgowrie is the perfect place to live.

Evonne (Blairgowrie)

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