Property and area guide to Olympus

Private Property South Africa
Lisa Dewberry

This upmarket suburb in Pretoria East is filled with mansions, schools and businesses. The perfect place to enjoy a peaceful lifestyle.

About the area

Olympus is an upmarket suburb with bright-coloured trees and situated east of Pretoria city, which has rapidly developed from mainly agricultural holdings to an area filled with modern estates, mansions, shopping centres, schools and businesses. It lies between Hans Strijdom Drive to the north, Saints Street to the south, Atterbury Road to the west as well as Leander and Achilles roads to the east.

This suburb has a pleasant, quiet and secure atmosphere alongside the beautiful scenery of the Bronberg Mountain range, and is a popular area for professionals, families and the elderly. The area is conveniently located close to main routes such as Hans Strijdom Drive and the N4 highway, and residents enjoy a quality lifestyle in a country ambiance.

Estates in Olympus are modern and characterised by efficient security, stylish apartments, townhouses, houses and mansions with clubhouses, swimming pools and tennis courts. Schools, offices, function venues and shopping centres are all within walking distance in the suburb.

Part of Olympus is still made up of agricultural holdings and natural areas with trails where residents can hike and cycle. Active residents can often be seen walking dogs or jogging to the nearby gym in the mornings or afternoons.

The Moreleta Spruit meanders through the suburb, keeping residents closely connected to nature. Olympus also has a garden centre and pet shop where residents can spend time choosing plants for their garden, enjoying a cup of coffee at the coffee shop or checking out various crafts at the stores in the centre.

Top schools in and around the area include the American International School, Maragon Private School, Bambolini Private School as well as Woodhill College offering learners quality education, sports and cultural activities. Netcare Pretoria East Hospital and Olympus Medical are the nearest medical centres providing residents with professional healthcare assistance.

The suburb is also known for numerous modern shopping outlets such as Olympus Village, Woodlands Boulevard, Glen Village Shopping Centre and Atterbury Value Mart. Enjoy a comfortable country lifestyle with a relaxed pace of life in Olympus where you will be among friendly neighbours, beautiful scenery, top schools and convenient shopping centres.

“Olympus feels like my little piece of heaven on earth. The tranquility of the area is a breath of fresh air in contrast to the stress of everyday life. We have beautiful sunsets and with the suburb slightly elevated, views of Pretoria are a bit more mesmerising” Angeline Changuion, resident

Things to do:

  • Pick out new plants for your garden at Plantland.
  • Go hiking or cycling at Hedianga Farm.
  • Learn to dive at Geko Divers.

Top schools:

  • Woodhill College
  • American International School
  • Maragon Private School
  • Bambolini Private School

Best in food:

  • Enjoy breakfast at Blos Cafe.
  • Tuck into a steak at Milhaus.
  • Let the children enjoy the play park at Piccolo family-style restaurant.

This article originally appeared in Neighbourhood, Sunday Times.

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