Garsfontein, a family-friendly suburb, south east of Pretoria city centre, is known for its community spirit, established houses and abundance of plant life providing a tranquil setting to call home.
The suburb is located between January Masilela Drive and Mendelssohn Street to the west, Atterbury Road to the north and east and Marlin street in the south.
Residents are actively involved in managing Garsfontein through the Garsfontein Community Policing Forum and the Garscom residents’ association, which focus on council and environmental issues, crime reports, community patrols and social activities such as family fun days, Christmas markets and garden competitions. Top schools conveniently located in the area include Hoërskool Garsfontein, Laerskool Garsfontein, Glen Play Centre and Pre-Primary School, and Glenstantia Primary School.
Garsfontein has many beautiful parks, including Zita Park with its splash pool, jungle gyms and coffee shop, perfect for parents wanting to entertain children. Jimmy Aves, Great Dane and Borzoi parks provide a peaceful retreat for residents.
Popular shopping centres in Garsfontein are Atterbury Value Mart, Garsfontein Village Shopping Centre and Woodhill Park Centre. If you want to enjoy a bite to eat, Jo Mexican, Ocean Basket, Golden Eagle Spur and Cafe Georges are among great restaurants the area has to offer.
Quality medical care is available on residents’ doorsteps with Life Faerie Glen Hospital and Netcare Pretoria East Hospital nearby. Virgin Active Menlyn in Garsfontein offers cardio exercise, weight training and specialised fitness programmes.
The central location of this suburb, with access to major routes such as the N1 highway, as well as the variety of properties make Garsfontein a convenient suburb to live. If you want to stay in a peaceful area, away from stressful city life, with active residents, a scenic environment and enjoyable shopping, choose Garsfontein as your home.
“I love living in Garsfontein as it is beautiful suburb with friendly residents, many scenic parks, great schools and top medical facilities. Residents are actively involved in the residents’ association of the suburb which focuses on safety, council and environmental issues, as well as wonderful social activities such as family fun days, occasional arts and crafts markets and garden competitions.” Yolandie Van den Berg, resident of Garsfontein for seven years
Things to do:
- Take the children to Zita Park’s splash pool and jungle gyms.
- Go shopping at Atterbury Value Mart, Garsfontein Village Shopping Centre and Woodhill Park Centre.
- Organise your fitness programme at Virgin Active Menlyn.
- Kiddies Academy Nursery School
- Glen Play Centre and Pre-Primary School
- Snipper-Snip Kleuterskool and Creche
- Noddyland Nursery School
- Happy Hours Nursery School
- Laerskool Garsfontein
- Glenstantia Primary School
- Hoërskool Garsfontein
Best in food:
- Get a taste of Mexican at Jo Mexican.
- Enjoy tea and cake at Cafe Georges.
- Have delicious seafood at Ocean Basket.
This article originally appeared in Neighbourhood, Sunday Times.
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