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Annlin: Nature lovers’ dream

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Hills, a river and a nature reserve draw fanciers of green open space to the suburb of Annlin, but it also has plenty to offer in terms of schooling, shopping, churches and general access

Annlin, ideally situated on the foothills of the Magaliesberg, next to the Apies River and the Wonderboom Nature Reserve, is perfect for nature lovers who also want proximity to Pretoria Central and numerous local amenities.

Corlia Dzirba of Seeff Jakaranda says: “Annlin is only 5km from Pretoria Central. It offers easy access to major routes and shopping centres. These include Kolonnade and Wonderboom Junction, plus smaller centres along Sefako Makgatho Drive, which connects with the R101 and the N1 highway to Joburg and northern parts of the country.”

Dzirba also lists amenities such as schools, churches, hospitals, retirement villages, small businesses, recreational parks and the Wonderboom Airport, which she cites as a major development incubator.

“There are nurseries, primary schools and high schools available, including Charis Christian School, Laerskool Wonderboom and Hoërskool Overkruin. The suburb is considered relatively safe.

“The national airport has brought much business development. High-end business buildings are popping up. The area is, therefore, an excellent combination of suburbia and bustling business hub.”

Dzirba describes Annlin as an established neighbourhood 80% developed. Annlin West is fairly new, with huge development potential.

The suburb is undergoing a sectional title boom, convenient for those who prioritise security. 

“There are plenty of sectional titles in the area. Buyers are looking for modern, spacious, secure properties and as security will always be part of every South African resident’s mind-set. Properties safe for children to enjoy freedom to ride their bicycles and play outside are of special focus.

“Young couples wanting to start a family and those with children are moving in. Sectional titles will always perform better than freeholds, and development leans towards sectional titles and apartments.” 

You can expect to pay rent of around R5 600 monthly for an apartment, up to R7 800 for a sectional title unit and in the region of R11 500 for a freehold property.

The freehold sector includes stunning upmarket, spacious homes, says Dzirba. “These have gardens, and a pool at almost every second house.” 
Security concerns are uppermost in residents’ minds. – Corlia Dzirba of Seeff Jakaranda Picture: John Makoni
Dzirba cites Magalieskruin and Wonderboom as comparable neighbourhoods, saying they share some of the amenities, schools, shopping centre, parks and other services available to residents of Annlin. 

“These areas developed at about the same time and the houses are more or less the same size and price.”

She also cites the development of a mixed-use, multi-billion rand project, Rainbow Junction, as having potential to change lifestyles in a big way.

The development will include a super-regional shopping centre, hotels, high-density residential units, office parks and a piazza.

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