Area guide to Lynnwood

Private Property South Africa
Betsie Loock-Van der Merwe

Lynnwood is part of a popular group of well-established suburbs referred to as the “Old East”.

Lynnwood was one of the first suburbs to be established on the eastern outskirts of Pretoria in the ’60s. Extensive residential growth east and south of the area followed and today Lynnwood is part of a popular group of well-established suburbs referred to as the “Old East”.

Lynnwood is well located adjacent the N4 highway that forms its northern border. The suburb is a few minutes’ drive away from the N1 to the west and is bordered by the well-known Atterbury Road to the south and main roads, Rubida Street and Rossouw Street, in the east. Lynnwood extends to Lynnwood Ridge, Lynnwood Manor and Lynnwood Park. One of the major attractions of the area is its proximity to an array of public and private primary and high schools, as well as the University of Pretoria and other higher education and training institutions.

The suburb is also home to the Alkantrant Library. This community library is one of the best commended in the city and is housed in a modern-day building next to the upmarket Lynnwood Bridge shopping centre with its many restaurants and the renowned Atterbury Theatre.

Lynnwood is a tranquil suburb with flourishing gardens, tall trees, well-maintained pavements and the Moreleta Spruit running through parts of it. Besides the many modern shopping centres in the area, you will still find an old-fashioned butchery, a green grocer, a bakery and a barber shop situated next to each other in a quaint little local shopping complex.

It is a friendly suburb where residents can become members of many community action groups that aim to create a safe and pleasant neighbourhood. With no shortage of medical, recreational, shopping and sporting facilities, Lynnwood is popular among residents of all ages. However, the latest property trends indicate an increase in the number of buyers in the 18 – 35 and 36 – 49 age groups.

“I love living in Lynnwood because of its diversity. It is close to malls, good English schools and a variety of restaurants. We have a chance to see animals at some of these establishments, which is always a treat for the kids. We also have nature trails, which gets the kids outdoors.” Lesley Muir, resident.

Nearby medical facilities:

  • Life Wilgers Hospital
  • Life Faerie Glen Hospital
  • Lynnmed Sub-Acute Hospital
  • Intercare Glenfair
  • Sungardens Hospice

Nature nearby:

  • Pretoria National Botanical Garden
  • Struben Dam Bird Sanctuary
  • Faerie Glen Nature Reserve
  • Safar Garden Centre offers

Best in food:

  • LM in the East
  • Hillside Tavern
  • Karoo Cafe on Lynnwood Road

This article originally appeared in Neighbourhood, Sunday Times.

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