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PRETORIA: Our insider’s guide to Magalieskruin

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Further developments in Magalieskruin may have to be closely monitored if the area is to retain its special quality and charm

Magalieskruin has a charm and spirit all of its own, thanks to its unique position in the foothills of the Magaliesberg mountain range and good location with proximity of the N1. The suburb is well suited to people who like to surround themselves with nature; also to those who commute to more distant workplaces.

“Magalieskruin has good access to the N1 which makes it convenient for homeowners and residents who work in Joburg and Centurion. The Wonderboom Nature Reserve with its incredible wild fig tree in its centre is close enough for a Sunday morning visit,” says Apple Property’s Lizelle du Plooy, who knows the area well. Magalieskruin is also conveniently situated close to service points, including shopping centres, schools and churches, to name a few of the essential amenities and facilities within walking distance, she says.

It is also near the Kolonnade Shopping Centre, the local mall and biggest shopping centre in this north-east corner of Tshwane. In recent years many smaller shopping centres have come on to the scene among a raft of commercial developments concentrated in the vicinity of Sefako Makgatho Drive. These continue to change the character of the Montana area, Magalieskruin included.

Du Plooy reckons further developments may have to be closely monitored or restricted if the neighbourhood is to retain its special quality and charm. “There are many townhouses and traffic can frequently be a nightmare in the mornings. “There does not appear to be lots of vacant land for further development in Magalieskruin, but continued development of townhouses or malls is likely to aggravate congestion. This will probably force buyers to move or look elsewhere, thereby negatively impacting property prices.”

Younger residents moving into the area are upgrading their properties, giving them a more modern look. – Lizelle du Plooy, Estate Agent, Apple Property Picture: Supplied

A significant number of freehold properties in Magalieskruin are situated within estates. “Most properties are older homes on bigger stands. “According to statistics, 59.6% of all properties in this area are freehold properties of which 28% are situated within estates, and Magalieskruin is also getting younger, with new residents upgrading for a more modern look,” she says.

Braam Pretorius Street connects Magalieskruin to Wonderboom and beyond. Picture: John Makoni

This is corroborated by Lightstone data, indicating 32% of new buyers in the past year were under 35. Depending on location, a two-bedroom sectional title can cost about R650 000, while a three or four-bedroom property can be marked at over R1 million, says Du Plooy.

The price of a freehold property can be around R2m, while more exclusive homes that command beautiful views can sell for over R5m. Magalieskruin is ideal for running ventures such as guest houses, of which several are operating in the area.

“The suburb is convenient for tourists, being close to nature reserves, Pretoria Zoo and Wonderboom National Airport,” says Du Plooy. Property values for Magalieskruin correspond with those for Montana.  

Corne Bootha’s places of interest and things to do

I’m a youth pastor at Magalieskruin Gemeente NG Kerk and have been in the neighbourhood since 2006. The people here are by far the nicest I have met. It’s also convenient living here; Kolonnade Shopping Centre is about 2km away and Pick n Pay only about 200m to 300m away. – Corne Botha, youth pastor working and living in Magalieskruin Picture: Supplied

1 Villa San Giovanni

This restaurant at Wonderboom Airport main terminal is well known for its cuisine, and my two young sons enjoy watching the aircraft landing or taking off. Wonderboom Airport, Linvelt Road, Pretoria. 012 111 8888

2 Panarottis

I like this restaurant for its pizzas and pastas. 29 Kolonnade Shopping Centre, Sefako Magkatho Drive, Montana. 012 548 0500

Panarottis have great pizzas and pastas. Picture: John Makoni

3 Mugg & Bean

One of the leading items on the menu is chicken livers. Shop 78 Kolonnade Shopping Centre. 012 548 5260

4 Baobab Café & Grill

A favourite of my wife’s. Shop G01, Wonderboom Junction, Annlin. 012 543 0090

5 Toureiro

This is a great, family-friendly restaurant. Etienne Lewis Lifestyle Centre. 978 Veda Road. Montana. 012 548 2716.

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