These are the richest streets that should be on SA’s Monopoly board

Lightstone Property has taken the 20 streets that appeared on the original Monopoly board in South Africa, and compared them to the highest value properties today.

The original South African Monopoly board game was first commercially available in
1963.

At the time, the iconic Eloff Street was the highest valued property space on the board. However, much has changed since then, with homes in some Cape Town suburbs selling for hundreds of millions of rands.

The original Monopoly board focused on four of South Africa’s biggest cities at the time:

  • Johannesburg
  • Cape Town
  • Bloemfontein
  • Durban

The most expensive real estate available to purchase was Eloff Street which you could snap up for R400.

Eloff

Cape Town properties were in second place, with Long, Plein and Parliament streets as the prime pickings in the city.

1963 version

  • Durban – Musgrave and Gillespie (brown), Durban station, Smith, West and Marine Parade (blue)
  • Bloemfontein – Monument, Aliwal, Maitland (purple), Bloemfontein station, President Brand, Hofmeyer, Voortrekker (orange)
  • Cape Town – Groote Schuur, Strand, Roeland (red), Cape Town station, Plein, Parliament, Long (yellow)
  • Johannesburg – Main, Joubert, De Villiers (green), Johannesburg station, Jan Smuts, Eloff (dark purple)

2002 version

The 2002 edition of the South African Monopoly board underwent a serious makeover, where much of the traditional SA properties were swapped in favour of more exclusive real estate.

Streets in Durban, Bloemfontein, Cape Town, and Johannesburg were replaced with cities, neighbourhoods and landmarks.

Eloff street in Johannesburg (which, while it had become a less “desirable” property investment option, was still one of the more expensive streets in JHB), West and Smith streets in Durban and Long and Strand streets in Cape Town, no longer featured on the 2002 board.

These spots were replaced by Plettenberg Bay, Franschhoek, Hyde Park and Sandton. Boksburg, Mitchells Plain and Soweto also featured on the board.

Snapping up property in Clifton, the prime property suburb on the board, would set you back R40,000.

Looking at 2015

Today, however, in terms of property value, the landscape has changed with Cape Town leading the way, followed by Johannesburg, Pretoria, and then Durban.

“An investment in Musgrave Road would’ve been an excellent one as it is by far the most expensive street in Durban from the original board, and is now nearly four times as valuable as Gillespie,” Lightstone Property said.

monopoly

In 2015, Clifton is still the suburb with the highest property values in SA. The median price for a property in Nettleton Road is R41 million.

That’s over 1,000 times the price of a Clifton property on the 2002 Monopoly board.

Looking at prime properties in Gauteng, the most expensive street to own property in is Rockridge Road in Parktown, where the median price for a property is R14 million.

The top Durban street to own property in is Hickory Road (in the Hawaan Forest suburb) where property will set you back about R9 million.

Bloemfontein’s prime property street is Harpur Street, where you can snap up property for roughly R4 million.

Top 5 most expensive streets in South Africa:

# Street Suburb Average Value
1 Clifton Road Clifton R49 million
2 De Wet Road Fresnaye R43 million
3 Steenways Road Llandudno R40 million
4 4th Road Hyde park R34 million
5 Upper Sidmouth Avenue Gardens R29.2 million

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These are the richest streets that should be on SA’s Monopoly board