Guide to the area of Garsfontein

Private Property South Africa
Lisa Dewberry

Find out why so many people enjoy calling this Pretoria suburb home.

With its friendly residents, beautiful green parks and natural scenery, as well as large property stands, Garsfontein, situated south east of Pretoria city centre, is an established suburb serving as a relaxing retreat 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.

It is ideally situated having access to a number of main routes including Atterbury Road, Garsfontein Road and Hans Strijdom Drive as well as the N1 highway. Residents of Garsfontein are passionate about the suburb and ensure it is a great place to live through the Garsfontein Community Policing Forum and GarsCom (a resident association), focussed on minimising crime, resolving council and environmental issues, and holding social activities such as family fun days, markets and garden competitions.

The suburb has many beautiful parks including Zita Park, Jimmy Aves, Great Dane and Borzoi parks where you can enjoy activities and events or simply take a lovely Sunday stroll. Zita Park with its splash pool, jungle gyms and coffee shop, as well as Jimmy Aves Park with The Serene Market, offering arts, crafts, food and antiques twice a month on a Saturday, both provide the perfect destination for an enjoyable family outing.

If you need to pick up groceries, you are spoilt for choice with a variety of convenient shopping centres including Eastdale Pavilion Shopping Centre, Atterbury Value Mart, Garsfontein Village Shopping Centre and Woodhill Park Centre. When it comes to quality schools for children, Hoërskool Garsfontein, Laerskool Garsfontein, Glenstantia Primary School, Glen Play Centre and Pre-Primary School provide academic, cultural and sporting activities to meet your child’s evolving needs.

Should you be wanting professional healthcare on your doorstep, Life Faerie Glen Hospital and Netcare Pretoria East Hospital are close enough for peace of mind concerning your family’s health. With a friendly community spirit, peaceful and scenic environment filled with beautiful greenery, as well as properties with large open spaces, Garsfontein is an ideal suburb to set up home.

"Garsfontein is safe, mainly due to the Garsfontein Community Policing Forum (CPF) dramatically reducing crime through patrols and a communication between the community and police. In Garsfontein you know your neighbours, children play outside and residents are seen walking with families and pets along the streets." - Martie van der Westhuizen, resident

Things to do:

  • Visit The Serene Market with arts, crafts, food and antiques at Jimmy Aves Park.
  • Go shopping at Atterbury Value Mart, Eastdale Pavilion Shopping Centre, Garsfontein Village Shopping Centre and Woodhill Park Centre.
  • Take the children to Zita Parks’ splash pool and jungle gyms.

Best in food:

  • Enjoy coffee and cake at Mugg & Bean in the Atterbury Value Mart.
  • Get a taste of Mexico at Jo Mexican.
  • Sample fresh seafood at Ocean Basket in the Atterbury Value Mart.

Top Schools:

  • Kiddies Academy Nursery Preschool
  • Glen Play Centre and Pre-Primary School
  • Snipper-Snip Kleuterskool en Creche
  • Noddyland Creche and Nursery School
  • Happy Hours Nursery School
  • Laerskool Garsfontein
  • Glenstantia Primary School
  • Hoërskool Garsfontein

This article originally appeared in Neighbourhood, Sunday Times.

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