Equestria area and property guide

Private Property South Africa
Lisa Dewberry

The lifestyle and community in Equestria range from young to old, this suburb caters to a wide range of residents.

The ever-evolving area of Equestria, located east of Pretoria’s city centre, is characterised by complexes of modern starter homes, tranquil garden centres, convenient shopping centres and relaxing retirement villages. This suburb is located between Simon Vermooten Road to the west, Solomon Mahlangu Drive to the east, Ouklipmuur Avenue to the north and Lynnwood Road to the south, has rapidly developed in the last few years.

A unique feature of this suburb is the Bester Birds & Animals Zoo Park with animals imported from zoos from across the world including the squirrel monkey, striped hyena and red kangaroo. The area has many garden centres supplying a variety of seedlings, herbs, pots, garden decor, braais and outdoor furniture.

Equestria has a number of great schools including Kiddies Academy Nursery School, Little Flowers Babyhouse and Pre-primary, Moonlight International School and Star College Pretoria. These schools provide childcare in a friendly environment and engage students through an holistic approach developing learners into confident leaders.

The suburb offers fantastic shopping centres including The Grove Mall, Equestria Shopping Centre and Equestria Gateway Centre. Shoppers can choose from a range of food, clothing, health and lifestyle amenities, and entertainment such as an ice rink, cinemas, tenpin bowling and a water play park.

Equestria is especially equipped for elderly residents. Many retirement villages are secure and are close to medical facilities such as Life Wilgers Hospital. Some retirement villages provide buses to take residents shopping at the malls and to social activities such as line dancing, bridge, walking clubs, and port and pudding evenings.

With affordable living in an area filled with pleasant garden centres, vibrant shopping facilities and tranquil retirement villages, this suburb seems perfect for a young family or elderly individuals wanting to move to live in a complex. Equestria continues to develop into a suburb with a vast array of amenities that cater for the needs of the young and old.

“I love living in Equestria as it is a peaceful suburb where I feel safe, especially with the Life Wilgers Hospital conveniently located nearby for any medical care needs. The area also has a number of shopping centres with a range of food, clothing, health and lifestyle amenities, as well as great entertainment such as an ice rink and cinemas.” Tintswalo Machate, resident

Things to do:

  • Go ice-skating or watch an IMAX movie at The Grove Mall.
  • Take the family to Bester Birds & Animals Zoo Park.
  • Go on a shopping spree at The Grove Mall, Equestria Shopping Centre and Equestria Gateway Centre.

Top schools:

  • Kiddies Academy Nursery School
  • Little Flowers Babyhouse and Pre-Primary
  • Star College Pretoria
  • Moonlight International School

Nature nearby:

  • Take a pottery class at one of the garden centres.
  • Shop for your garden at the R3 & R5 Nursery and Budget Plants.

This article originally appeared in Neighbourhood, Sunday Times.

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