A history of Sunninghill Gardens

Sunninghill Gardens has been operational for a period of fifteen years
and is a good example of what can be achieved by a community rallying together  to not only decrease the risk of crime but improve our area as a whole.

The area known as  Sunninghill Ext 2 was originally developed by Anglo American Property Services
and was subdivided into plots of approximately 1500m² each.  The largest were those in the south which abut the K60, parallel to the concrete freeway.
The first ten houses in the then Sunninghill Ext 2 were built in Choba Road as part of the Star newspaper’s homes exhibition in 1983 with prices  ranging around R170 000.00.  The vacant plots around, sold for approximately     R42 000.00.

None of the roads in the immediate vicinity were tarred at the time and a dirt track led to the Sunninghill (Spar) shopping centre (where Via Avellano now stands)  – which, of course, was much smaller then.  The sea of open veldt that surrounded the show houses stretched northwards, continuing across the Jukskei right up to the Kyalami racetrack.  Duikers and snakes abounded.  In those days the Barbeque Ranch down by the Jukskei was the main watering hole. The hotel, built by Italian prisoners’ of war, was owned by a colourful character named Tommy Ellis.  Research reveals that Thomas Wallinger Lloyds Ellis, Johannesburg pioneer and owner of both the Barbeque Ranch as well as the Orange Grove Hotel, led four expeditions to Zimbabwe in search of Lobengula’s lost millions in gold and
diamonds.  (See The Seven Lost Trails of Africa Being a Record of Sundry Expeditions, New and Old in Search of Buried Treasure by Hedly A Chilvers, 1930).

In 1996 Sunninghill Ext 2 as it was known became Sunninghill Gardens.  Click here to read the history of how we came about ….. these pages are from the special addition of “Focus on Sunninghill Gardens 1996 – 2006” our 10 year celebration newsletter.

History 10 years 2006 (Please wait for this page to load ….)






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