Over the past few years, Pretoria East has really come into its own with many real estate agents battling to keep up with demand for property at times in the region’s burgeoning suburbs. But just why is the area so popular?
The answer possibly lies in the many upmarket, residential estates and their offshoots which have sprung up in recent times. Camdeboo, The Glades, Featherwood Retirement Village, Willow Acres Estate, Silverwoods Country Estate, Silverstream Estate, Newmark Estate, Lombardy Estate, Waterkloof Golf Estate, Six Fountains Residential Estate, L’ Breeze, Olympus Country Estate, Oude Klippen Manor, Bateleur Bastion Nature Reserve, Silver Acres and Wapadrand Security Village have all taken root in the area over the years with a view to offering secure, upmarket living.
Wapadrand Security Village in Wapadrand is arguably one of the oldest estates in the area. Large freehold homes characterise much of the village which lies within close reach of a number of schools including Tyger Valley College and Curro College as well as a number of retail facilities.
Silverlakes, which was established in 1993, was one of the first estates in South Africa to combine golf with upmarket residential living and arguably set the tone for the estates which followed in the area.
Besides a signature golf course, lakes and parks, Silverlakes offers a range of amenities including a clubhouse, a restaurant, squash and tennis courts, a pool, pro shop, hiking trails, fishing and even a small game reserve. The estate offers a variety of homes ranging from townhouses and established properties to positively palatial mansions. As is to be expected, properties on the pricey end of the scale occupy the best positions in the estate.
Capitilising on the popularity of the area, developers are investing heavily – R44bn to be exact - in Pretoria East’s Hazeldean. Dubbed the ‘East Capital’, a mixed use, self-sufficient suburban precinct of impressive proportions is taking shape.
Existing developments include a number of residential and retirement nodes, office parks, shops such as Hazeldean Square, medical facilities, a petrol station, hospitality and tourism buildings and schools including Curro Primary and Curro College.
Negotiations to motivate a Gautrain station which will service the precinct are reportedly underway. Upon completion the precinct will cover an area measuring approximately 950 hectares and feature approximately 18 000 residential properties.
Pretoria East clearly has a lot going for it. It’s earned a reputation for offering an enviable, tranquil family life, beautiful surrounds, relative security and close-knit community living.
Residents have their pick of retail outlets, medical facilities, restaurants, spas, gyms, golf courses, guesthouses, schools and wedding venues. Quaint coffee shops and craft shops have taken root, local church bazaars are not uncommon and residents can even visit nature reserves which lie within fairly close reach.
Indeed, so well serviced is Pretoria East that many residents reportedly rarely venture out of the area or move on to other regions given that all of their needs are so well catered for. And with all the investment and development taking place in the area, it looks like Pretoria East will remain in vogue for some time to come.