Suburb focus on Pierre van Ryneveld

Private Property South Africa
Betsie Loock-Van der Merwe

Find out what attracts people to Pierre van Ryneveld, a leafy established residential suburb located on the southeastern outskirts of Pretoria.

About the area

Pierre van Ryneveld is a leafy established residential suburb located on the southeastern outskirts of Pretoria, practically flanked by the R21 to the east and the N1 on the west. It is a tranquil family-oriented environment and offers stress-free access to Gauteng’s freeways. Its southern neighbour is the charming farm-like suburb of Irene. A generous green band and the main road, Solomon Mahlangu Drive, separate Pierre van Ryneveld from its northern neighbouring suburb, Waterkloof Ridge.

Pierre van Ryneveld is a sizeable suburb comprising approximately 3,300 well-maintained properties. Most are spacious freestanding family homes with wooded gardens on good-sized erven in beautiful tree-lined streets.

Families love to settle here as Pierre van Ryneveld is known for its excellent community policing forum and residents who actively participate to keep the community safe. People jogging, cycling and walking in the neighbourhood are a familiar sight.

“Pierre van Ryneveld has its own green belt area for nature walks and hikes. Rietvlei Nature Reserve and dam is also close by for scenic picnic spots and day hikes. Thenearby Irene Diary Farm has many activities for the kids, lovely restaurants and you have a feeling of being out in the countryside within city limits,” says property professional Steven Kruger.

There are almost as many freehold properties as there are sectional titles. The townhouses are popular among younger buyers, not only for their a‑ ordability but also because of the area’s excellent positioning for commuting to and from Joburg, Pretoria, Ekurhuleni and Midrand. The proximity to higher education institutions and places of entertainment for the young, either in Centurion or Pretoria East, is another drawcard.

Retirees downsizing are also attracted to the security aspects of complex living. Most basic amenities – such as a supermarket, doctors, veterinarian, churches, private school, and many nursery schools – are available within the suburb.

With its many parks, the suburb is predominantly a quiet residential area, but it is a stone’s throw away from the wealth of comprehensive amenities on offer in Centurion and Pretoria East.

Pierre van Ryneveld’s community policing forum is one of the best. I love the suburb’s tranquil streets and its proximity to the picturesque Irene as well as its location close to the highways.

Michelle Visagie, resident

Best in food:

  • Mythos, Irene Village Mall: for authentic Greek cuisine at its best
  • Doppio Zero, Southdowns: for gourmet pizzas, Mediterranean dishes and artisan breads
  • O’Galito, Centurion Mall: specialising in seafood, influenced by the Portuguese tradition

Top schools nearby:

  • Pierre van Ryneveld Christian Academy
  • Cornwall Hill College
  • Laerskool Elarduspark
  • Hoërskool Waterkloof

Medical facilities nearby:

  • Kloof Mediclinic
  • Netcare Unitas Hospital
  • Life Groenkloof Hospital
  • Pierre van Ryneveld Satellite Clinic

This article originally appeared in Neighbourhood, Sunday Times.

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