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The ratepayers association of Capital Park plays a central role in affairs and its active policing forum helps keep crime down

Capital Park lies a few kilometres north of Church Square and is conveniently located within walking distance of Pretoria Central.

“The buyers in Capital Park mostly work in the city. Many who live here work in government departments. It is a standard middle-class area, popular because the A Re Yeng transit bus route goes through the suburb,” says Magda Swanepoel of Pretoria Moot Properties.

Apart from being close to work centres, proximity to good schools is another factor that makes Capital Park a preferred destination for families. The schools include Capital Park Primary School, Laerskool General Jacque Pienaar and Hoërskool Langenhoven. 

Swanepoel says Capital Park is well established with many of the older houses having been built prior to 1940. “They have wooden floors and pressed ceilings. They are spacious – the average size of a stand is 1 200m².” 

Sought-after hilltop properties are those above Venter Street: “Some streets are named after former Pretoria mayors,” says Swanepoel.

A longtime resident, architect Ronald Remmers is interested in the “De Friedland” design whereby 400 or more houses built in the 1930s share a similar style attributed to a German woman, Ms De Friedland. 

Houses built prior to 1940 have wooden floors and pressed ceilings. They are spacious – the average size of a stand is 1200m². – Magda Swanepoel, estate agent, Pretoria Moot Properties Picture: Supplied

“We now have the benefit of the quality that she created in 1935,” he said.

The skills and craftsmanship of the era and style show in the brickwork, woodwork, windows, doors, floors, ceilings, tiling and finishes.

The main route through the suburb, Paul Kruger Street, is an important link with the northern suburbs and Pretoria Central, says Swanepoel.

Paul Kruger Street is also where you will find the suburb’s main shopping and commercial zone, with most retail outlets, business premises and commercial enterprises, including service stations.

The suburb is well established and conveniently situated. Picture: John Makoni

A spirit of community typifies life in Capital Park, with the Capital Park Residents and Ratepayers Association playing a central role in local affairs.

Association chairman Mike Burt says there’s an active community policing forum which, for the past seven years, has helped keep crime to a minimum.

A visit to Capital Park will also disclose its arty orientated outlook as more artists choose to settle in the suburb; Burt says this has been increasing in the past five years.

Art galleries, a well-known Afrikaans cultural museum, and coffee shops are some institutions around which life here revolves.

“We’ve five churches,” says Burt, citing another outreach project – a free meal to senior citizens every second Friday.

Property values in Capital Park compare well with those of Les Marais.

Places of interest and things to do

Capital Park is a quiet suburb conveniently situated close to Pretoria Central. It has bird life
and animals. The people are also friendly and crime is low. In the past five years, Capital
Park has become more lively and active, although there are concerns at increasing traffic
passing through. – Mike Burt, Chairman of the Capital Park Residents and Ratepayers Association
Picture: Supplied

1 Coffee@Capital

This popular restaurant is open till late afternoon. 196 Venter Street, Capital Park. 012 325 7818

2 hAp Koffiehuis (Huis Van Afrikaanse Poësie)

This venue has a selection of Afrikaans reading material at the onsite Mimi Coertse Museum van Afrikaans, and theatre. It hosts a restaurant and coffee house. 115 Malherbe Street. 076 29 9250

Coffee@Capital Picture: John Makoni

3 Avodazz Art and Avocado Festival

This arts, crafts and music festival is held towards the end of May at the Capital Park Sports and Community Centre. 317 Myburgh Street. 072 514 0082

4 Die Windpomb Pub & Grill

A casual restaurant, but one of the main ones. 450 Myburgh Street. 012 329 3292

5 Rovos Rail

Dubbed the “most luxurious train in the world”. Corner Transnet Avenue and Paul Kruger Street. 012 315 8386

6 National Zoological Gardens, aka Pretoria Zoo.

232 Boom Street, Pretoria. 012 339 2700

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