Iscor Steel Works began operating in 1947 on a 100 km² area and Vanderbijlpark was proclaimed in 1949. The town attained municipal status in 1952. The founder of the town, Hendrik van der Bijl, had his old house situated in Grieg Street, in the affluent SW 5 proper suburb and these properties are now privately owned and still preserved in the area.
Vanderbijlpark is situated on the Highveld of South Africa on the banks of the Vaal River. Summers in the city are warm to hot.
Vanderbijlpark occupied an area of ±178 km².
Vanderbijlpark has been designed in a circular design, which differs from the traditional grid design of towns. The town is divided into four distinct residential blocks, namely:
- CE (Central East)
- CW (Central West)
- SE (South East)
- SW (South West)
The historical black townships Boipatong, Bophelong, Sebokeng, Evaton and Sharpeville are close to the city.
Later came Bonane, Flora gardens, Movango and Bedworthpark
Most of the houses were built by ISCOR during the 1947–1964 period, these homes are all built in exactly the same format in CW area. About 60% of the town's population lives in these homes. A few suburbs close to the Vaal Riverare modern and have wealthy areas. There are large and modern buildings and apartment buildings in the open areas around the CBD.
The suburb area SW5 Proper properties are some of the most extravagant and sought after houses in the Vaal triangle. Some of the stands in the area range between 2–4 acres. The stands used to be much bigger in the day of Dr Van der Bijl, however further development of the town increased the use of subdivided stands.
Another part of the Vaal's wealth lies on the Marlbank of the Vaal River towards Loch Vaal, west of the CBD. Some of these houses sized up to 2,000 m² and more. The area is often also referred to as "millionaires bend" and houses some of the most expensive homes in South-Africa, ranging into the R10 millions for an estate.
Vanderbijlpark is still expanding, with new areas, shopping malls and businesses.
For information on properties sold in the above areas, like the average selling price and the number of sales per months, please click here.