Life and property in Cornwall Hill

Private Property South Africa
Lisa Dewberry

Cornwall Hill is a sought-after suburb in Centurion East offering tranquillity and privacy in a country-like atmosphere.

About the area

Growth in property values has been constant over the last few years, even when economic conditions were tough. The suburb falls between Nellmapius Drive to the north and west, the Sesmylspruit to the south and Longdown Road to the east and has easy access to the R21 highway.

The main estate of the suburb is Cornwall Hill Country Estate developed in 1998 with stand sizes between 10,000m2, 4,000m2 and 1,000m2 and a wide range of English-country-style homes. Turnover of houses in this suburb is low with a good return on investment and superb living conditions.

The estate provides 24-hour security with a perimeter wall, electric fencing and fingerprint access control, so residents can enjoy a feeling of peaceful living in a safe environment. The homeowners’ association also has a good relationship with the local community policing forum.

One of the biggest attractions for a buyer is Cornwall Hill College, a private school for children from Grade 0 to Grade 12, which can be accessed without leaving Cornwall Hill Country Estate. The school provides safety and convenience for learners living in the estate who can walk, ride bikes or be driven to school without leaving the estate’s boundaries.

Horses may be kept on 1ha stands in the suburb and children and horses have the right of way. A focal point of the area is the memorial to fallen members of the Union Defence Force where residents can enjoy picnics at sunset on Cornwall Hill.

The Hennops River along the southern border of the estate is home to a park that is perfect for braais or picnics and can be explored on foot, bicycle or horseback. Another popular meeting spot for residents is the children’s play park in the middle of the suburb where moms are seen most afternoons watching their little ones play.

Cornwall Hill also has shopping facilities nearby including Irene Village Mall, Southdowns Shopping Centre and the Village Bistro offering restaurants, cinemas, fashion and supermarket outlets.

Cornwall Hill has a spacious, country feel with large erven and some hectare stands where residents have stables and horses. I enjoy the sereneness, beauty and openness of the suburb.

Eric Bauser, resident

Top attractions:

  • Go shopping at Irene Village Mall, Southdowns Shopping Centre and Village Bistro.
  • Enjoy a picnic at sunset at the memorial on Cornwall Hil.l
  • Go horse riding near the Hennops River.

Best in food:

  • Enjoy Greek dishes at Mythos, Irene Village Mall.
  • Sample Asian cuisine at Simply Asia, Southdowns.
  • Indulge in Italian food at Piza e Vino, Irene Village Mall.

Top schools nearby:

  • Cornwall Hill College
  • Irene Primary School
  • Irene Middle School
  • Irene Pre-Primary School

This article originally appeared in Neighbourhood, Sunday Times.

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