Experience life in the leafy, friendly suburbs of Lyttelton and Doringkloof, situation south of Pretoria
About the area
Originally Lyttelton township was marked out on the farm Droogegrond south of Pretoria in 1904. Little did these pioneers know they were laying the foundation for what was to develop from a small farm-like hamlet to the sprawling cosmopolitan city of Centurion, which today boasts over 30 suburbs of its own. Lyttelton Manor extension was established in the early 1940s. Both these areas are today widely referred to as Lyttelton, although Lyttelton Manor encompasses almost the entire residential area.
Lyttelton borders Groenkloof Nature Reserve in the north and its eastern border is Air Force Base Waterkloof. Limpopo Avenue separates it from the neighbouring suburb of Doringkloof in the south and its western border is Clifton Avenue. Doringkloof extends further south to where Alexandra Road separates it from Irene. It is bordered by the M18 (Botha Avenue) in the east and the western border is Leonie Street.
An abundance of trees and a number of parks add to the peaceful character of the residential areas.
Lyttelton and Doringkloof are popular for their excellent location between Pretoria and Midrand with the N1, N14 and R21 literally minutes away and the Centurion Gautrain station as well as a train station on its doorstep.
The area is completely self-sustained. There are no shortage of pre-, primary and secondary schools and further education/training institutions. Lyttelton has its own library, clinic, police station, post office, churches and ample healthcare facilities.
In addition to a number of small to medium-sized shopping centres located in the suburbs, both are situated a stone’s throw away from Centurion Mall, which offers comprehensive shopping and entertainment facilities.
Being older suburbs, Lyttelton and Doringkloof consist of a variety of dwellings reflecting the different building styles of almost a century: from farm-style houses on large stands dating from the 1940s to 1960s, and modern and spacious family homes built in the 1970s and 1980s to contemporary upmarket townhouses and apartments.
“I love living in Lyttelton because of its city-like lifestyle and opportunities it offers. The weather is moderate and never too harsh” ~Annie Henwood, resident
Top schools nearby:
Laerskool Doringkloof Primary
Laerskool Fleur / Fleur Primary
Laerskool Louis Leipoldt
Lyttelton Primary School
Lyttelton Manor High School
Things to do:
Centurion Mall offers many fine restaurants, movie theatres and a multitude of shops.
Cricket enthusiasts can enjoy watching matches at SuperSport Park.
Spend a day at Rietvlei Nature Reserve.
Watch a show at Centurion Theatre.
Enjoy an exhibition at Centurion Art Gallery.
Nearby medical facilities:
Netcare Unitas Hospital
Centurion Eye Hospital
Vista Clinic (private psychiatric hospital)
This article originally appeared in Neighbourhood, Sunday Times.
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