Area and property guide: Die Wilgers

Private Property South Africa
Lisa Dewberry

Die Wilgers is a well-established and sought-after suburb in the east of Pretoria.

Laid out in the early 1970s, it is has a wealth of beautiful gardens and trees. The suburb is located between Rubida Street to the west, Simon Vermooten Road to the east, the N4 highway to the north and the Bronberg mountain range to the south.

It has access to several major routes including the N4 highway, Lynnwood and Simon Vermooten roads. The main attractions of the area are its location, amenities and active involvement of residents in managing the suburb.

The residents of Die Wilgers strive to maintain the special character of the area through Die Wilgers Residents Association. The association aims to maintain the quality environment of the suburb and facilitate communication between the community, the city council and police to address issues such as traffic, safety, commercial development and street lighting.

Willowridge High School, Hoerskool Die Wilgers, and Laerskool Skuilkrans fall into this area, while The German School lies adjacent the suburb. Life Wilgers Hospital, a private hospital, is also conveniently located in this area.

When you live in Die Wilgers, it is not necessary to travel far to find what you need with shopping centres nearby including Willow Way, Willows Crossing, The Grove and Lynnridge Mall. Oulandsloop, a small park, is popular with residents as an open area for recreational walks and bird-watching, and Die Wilgers Tennis Club remains popular among residents.

There are also several lifestyle villages for retirees and you don’t have to move suburbs when you want to scale down. The active involvement of residents, scenic environment and excellent health-care and shopping facilities make Die Wilgers a leading suburb to choose as your home.

“I love living in Die Wilgers because the residents’ association is focused on residents’ safety and takes responsibility for the quality of the environment of the suburb. It aims to foster great community feeling through social activities and preserve the friendly character of the suburb. The suburb is also safe through residents’ active involvement in street patrols.” Professor Theuns Erasmus, resident of Die Wilgers for 29 years

Top schools

  • Primary schools: Laerskool Skuilkrans
  • Secondary schools: Willowridge High School and Hoerskool Die Wilgers
  • An international independent school: The German School

Best attractions

  • Play tennis at Die Wilgers Tennis Club
  • Enjoy a scenic walk or bird-watch at Oulandsloop Park
  • Go shopping at Willow Way and Willows Crossing centres, The Grove and Lynnridge malls

Best in food

  • Get a taste of Italian at Ristorante L'Isola
  • Enjoy cake and coffee at Cappuccino’s in The Grove Mall
  • Have an Irish pint at The Brazen Head Willows

This article originally appeared in Neighbourhood, Sunday Times.

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