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PRETORIA: Our insider’s guide to Bailey’s Muckleneuk

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This central suburb continues to perform well in sales and rentals irrespective of market trends or adverse economic conditions

Bailey’s Muckleneuk can be counted on to perform consistently, regardless of market trends or adverse economic conditions, and does well in both sales and rentals.

This is the view shared by Jeanne Cronje and Vivienne Doeg, Bailey’s Muckleneuk area specialist agents for Apple Property. “Real estate activity has actually grown in Bailey’s Muckleneuk since 2016. There are quite a few houses available for sale and rental. It’s a popular area that is convenient and booming,” says Cronje.

Doeg agrees: “The market has been relatively slow though, due to the under-performing economy. However, it’s always a constant when it comes to people purchasing in Bailey’s Muckleneuk because it is a rare deal. Inquiries are consistently coming in.”

Muckleneuk is Scots for “bend in the river”, and was named after an estate in Scotland.“Bailey’s Muckleneuk is such a central area in Pretoria with so many growth opportunities that make it a great future investment.

It is also situated close to great schools, the University of Pretoria, Loftus Versfeld stadium, Brooklyn Mall, the Gautrain service and other wonderful amenities,” says Cronje.

She mentions Magnolia Dell, “an open park for the children to play, dogs to run around and a place to escape from the busy city life”. “Baileys Muckleneuk is an established suburb. It has many trees and beautiful gardens. A variety of properties can be found here. Properties range from 313m² to 2 240m² in erf size,” says Doeg.

It’s popular, convenient and booming. Bailey’s Muckleneuk is an established suburb with many trees and beautiful gardens. There is a wide variety of properties to be found here. – Jeanne Cronje and Vivienne Doeg, estate agents, Apple Property Picture: Supplied

“There are also well-established sectional title units such as townhouses ranging from 164m² to 650m² in erf size, as well as complexes such as Magnolia 826.”

A few commercial properties are also in the area. There are quite a few embassies as well as government-owned properties, says Cronje. The architecture of the properties ranges from Cape Dutch-style homes to modern and newly-built houses. Waterkloof House Preparatory School, founded in 1923, is one of the esteemed schools in the area.

Its buildings are in the Edwardian mould. Bailey’s Muckleneuk’s proximity to Loftus Versfeld, Tuks and hospitals also makes it a wonderful area for guest houses and B&Bs, says Doeg.

The suburb is well-established and has many trees. Picture: John Makoni

Nearness to Tuks is one reason Bailey’s Muckleneuk is a favourite among people aged between 18 and 35 and young couples looking to settle down and raise a family. Perceived safety also counts. Also most likely to make Bailey’s Muckleneuk their home are homeowners or investors aged between 36 and 49 years as this demographic is known for commitment to lifelong investments to secure their futures, says Doeg.

Cronje and Doeg say demand varies, depending on such factors as movements at the embassies and sentiment among high-income investors. “If you want an area where your property’s value will grow, then Bailey Muckleneuk is it,” they say. Property in Bailey’s Muckleneuk is slightly higher priced than Brooklyn, but carries a general valuation lower than that for Waterkloof.

Jill Theron’s places of interest and things to do

We have lived here for 15 years. It’s lovely, and that’s why we chose to settle. It’s convenient and close to everything – close to the shops, hospitals and schools. For shopping I prefer Groenkloof Shopping Centre, although Brooklyn Mall is also quite near. I’m mobile and it’s easy for me to get around. – Jill Theron with husband Mark and their dog Picture: Supplied

1 Legodimong B&B

It has fantastic views of the Union Buildings and the city, and wi-fi is available. 012 343 5609

2 Moo Moo

I enjoy the steaks. Corner Veale and Middle streets, Design Square, Brooklyn. 012 346 8888 3 Magnolia Dell A child and dog-friendly park with a restaurant, Huckleberry’s. Florence Ribeiro Avenue and University Road, Bailey’s Muckleneuk. 012 346 4588

Moo Moo is a popular eatery. Picture: Andy Damons

4 Café 41

We like going there for their very good coffee and baklava. 57 George Storrar Drive, Groenkloof Plaza, Groenkloof. 012 460 5216

5 Geet Indian Restaurant

For fabulous Indian curries, great seafood and tandoori dishes served in an exotic space. 541 Fehrsen Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Brooklyn. 012 460 3199 

6 Kream

Serves delicious global cuisine with a South African twist in a very trendy and artistic environment. 283 Dey Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Brooklyn. 012 346 4642

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