Even in a challenging market, Waterkloof retains its status as Pretoria's No 1 district
Waterkloof is the premier suburb of northern Gauteng and it is quintessentially a family neighbourhood, thanks to the mainly established homes on larger stands, in an area known for being close to essential amenities and indulgences.
Seeff Pretoria East estate agents Rob and Wendy Hoffman suggest Waterkloof as the ultimate address for those who can afford to stay here, saying the properties are of good build quality, with elegant interiors and beautiful gardens. Rob says some of the best schools in Pretoria are found here and this indeed is a huge motivating factor for most of those who eventually settle here. Resident Monique Winn says she and her family have lived in Waterkloof for 25 years.
They have a local primary school within walking distance and the high schools on the bus route made it the ideal place to raise their children. Suzanne le Roux, who has stayed in the area for 17 years, also speaks highly of the quality of the schools in the neighbourhood and said the many coffee shops are a welcome retreat in which to read the papers after dropping the kids off at school.
Schools include Waterkloof Primary and Waterkloof Pre-Primary and aftercare, both in Milner Street, which is the site of popular coffee spots such as Meet on Milner. “Even in this challenging market, Waterkloof still manages to retain its status as Pretoria’s premier suburb,” says Wendy. The increase in stock levels has afforded buyers a much wider choice than before, requiring that sellers ensure their properties compete well with what is available on the market.
Says Rob: “The buyer’s profile is fairly wide-ranging and includes ambassadors, diplomatic corps, executives, young professionals and entrepreneurs.” Investing in a property in Waterkloof thus normally translates into a guarantee that your property will always appreciate while assuring you handsome rental income regardless of market conditions.
“Hilltop properties with sweeping views are always in demand. Streets such as Lawley, Edward, Premier and Victoria are continually popular in this regard,” say Rob and Wendy. Waterkloof is well-situated and it is conveniently located about midway from the two leading shopping centres, Brooklyn Mall and Menlyn Park Shopping Centre.
“The exclusive Pretoria Country Club, with its tour standard golf course also offers residents the option of tennis, bowls, squash and other recreational activities,” notes Rob.
Pretoria Country Club is wonderful for scenic walking and has astonishing birdlife, says Winn. Wendy cites new developments around the club in adjoining Hazelwood, a precinct of upmarket restaurants and retail outlets where Club Surgical Centre day hospital opened last month. All this will add to the quality of life for Waterkloof residents, she says.
Waterkloof was established in 1904 on a former farm of the same name. Wilhelm de Zwaan designed the suburb’s first homes. Waterkloof is more highly valued than most of the suburbs that surround it.
Monique Winn’s favourite places and things to do
1 The Daily Coffee Cafe
This is a new hangout which is conveniently situated for a Yamakado Sushi takeaway as Yamakado is on the same street. Waterkloof Corner, Cnr Crown and Main Street. 082 449 6971
2 Alice in Waterkloof
Great place to meet friends, cool garden vibe. 372 Milner Street, Waterkloof. 083 299 5731
3 Pretoria Country Club
This offers a variety of sports and restaurants for easy entertaining. There’s also great birdlife to be seen. 241 Sidney Street, Waterkloof. 012 460 6242
4 St Francis Anglican Church
It has been our spiritual home for about 40 years and has been involved in the community with feeding and distribution of food bags further afield to destitute families. 378 Albert Street, Waterkloof. 012 346 1106
5 MG Design Box
Great for special gifts or trendy decor items. 372 Milner Street, Waterkloof. 012 460 1965 6Kream This is an upmarket spot which also serves great seafood. 283 Dey Street, Brooklyn. 012 346 4642