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PRETORIA: Our insider’s guide to Rooihuiskraal

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Most homes in Rooihuiskraal are solid residences that were built 20 to 30 years ago, many of which have since been renovated

Rooihuiskraal cannot be beaten in terms of value for money, offering solid homes in an established and well-maintained neighbourhood. So says Tiaan Pretorius of Seeff Centurion, who recommends this expansive suburb conveniently situated close to routes and essential amenities.

“Compared to other suburbs in Centurion, you are still able to get more for your rand in Rooihuiskraal as you get decent homes in good condition on large stands.” He describes Rooihuiskraal as a suburb of tree-lined streets and beautiful, well-tended gardens.

Value for money is just one of numerous incentives for buying in Rooihuiskraal, a suburb of homes mostly built between 20 and 30 years ago, many of which have already been renovated. Proximity to sought-after schools, shopping facilities and the routes that link the suburb to these services as well as the Centurion CBD, and main centres of Joburg, Midrand and Pretoria, are other drawcards.

“On top of the easy access to Old Johannesburg Road and the N1, there are a few shopping centres close by such as Mall@Reds, Centurion Lifestyle Centre and Gateway Corner,” says Pretorius.

“For those with young or school-going children, there are several public schools, including Laerskool Rooihuiskraal, Laerskool Uitsig and Hoërskool Uitsig, and a multitude of creches.”

Compared to other suburbs in Centurion, you are still able to get more for your rands in Rooihuiskraal as you find decent homes in good condition on large stands. – Tiaan Pretorius, estate agent, Seeff Centurion Picture: Supplied

As a consequence, young couples looking to buy their first home in a good neighbourhood in which to raise their children constitute the majority of buyers in the area. A well-priced home is likely to sell more quickly, sometimes within a matter of days, owing to the perennial demand typical of popular suburbs, says Pretorius.

“Buyers these days are well-informed and armed with a variety of online tools, so if they see a property that matches their requirements and is priced correctly they act.” Pretorius has also seen high demand for exclusive mandated properties in the area lately. “We sell 94% of our exclusive mandates within 42 days, on average,” he says.

Proximity to arterial routes shortens travel times. Picture: John Makoni

Rooihuiskraal has remained largely unchanged, although new on-ramps to the N14 from Rooihuiskraal Road are in the pipeline, to facilitate easier access to the highway for residents. To secure a good buy here, consider a pre-approval through a good bond originator or through your own bank, advises Pretorius. But he cautions: “There’s nothing as frustrating as losing your dream home because you weren’t ready to buy.”

Rooihuiskraal was established nearly 40 years ago on the location of the original Rooihuiskraal Farm dating back to the 1880s, and the site of one of the epic battles of the South African War. The suburb was given national monument status in 1981.

Allison O’Sullivan’s places of interest and things to do 

One reason for living in Rooihuiskraal for 23 years is it’s centrally situated. There are also excellent shopping facilities, including Mall@Reds and Centurion Mall. I worked in Midrand for many years and it was easy to get to work. I now work part-time in Centurion and
it’s fairly easy to get to work. – Resident Allison O’Sullivan
Picture: Supplied

1 Little Britain Pub

The atmosphere is great, service excellent. Shop 12, Biella Centre, Heuwel Road and Lenchen Avenue, Centurion. 012 663 1045

2 Mugg & Bean

There’s a great social atmosphere. Shop 6/7 Mall@Reds, Cnr Hendrik Verwoerd Drive/Roohuiskraal Rd, Centurion. 012 656 8987

3 Irene Village Market

Everything from bric-a-brac, clothing, ornaments to home-made products. Smuts House Museum, Jan Smuts Lane, Sunlawns AH, Centurion. 012 667 1659

Little Britain Pub. Picture: John Makoni

4 Irene Dairy Farm

Home-made food preserves; children admire the farm animals in a lovely country atmosphere. Nellmapius Road, Irene. 012 667 4822

5 Tenpin Bowling

Fun for the whole family and affordable. Eco Boulevard Mall, 270 Witch-Hazel Avenue, EcoPark Estate, Centurion. 012 655 0558

6 Cappuccinos

Great items, nice ambience and excellent service. Shop 143 Mall@Reds, Cnr Hendrik Verwoerd and Roohuiskraal Road, Centurion 012 656 1737

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