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Claremont has all the advantage of city amenities like schools and shops, but it is also close to wonderful leisure places where ­families can enjoy camping, fishing and hiking

Settle in Claremont and see just how organised your life can become, goes the saying. Claremont’s centrality speaks for itself: it is close to or bypassed by national and regional routes; it is surrounded by institutions of learning, ranging from pre-primary schools all the way to tertiary; and it is close to major shopping centres and offers easy access to Pretoria Central.

“Claremont is a convenient residential area with shopping centres, primary schools and high schools. It’s only 3km from the main campus of Tshwane University of Technology. And it also offers easy access to the R80 highway,” says Gerda Oosthuizen of property company Century 21.

To get to Pretoria via the Daspoort tunnel on average takes 20 minutes or less; Wonderpark Shopping Centre and Pretoria North are less than 10 minutes away via the R80 which runs just below the suburb; and Mayville Mall is easily accessible via Van der Hoff Road. The area is also well-serviced by police stations, service stations and filling stations.

It is not surprising most of those who choose to settle in the suburb like the convenience provided by this north-west part of Pretoria.

“People prefer to buy here as it’s more affordable than north of the Magaliesberg, where some buyers come from. Generally people who buy stay in the area for a long time. They are professionals who work not too far away. When they do sell, they tend to buy a new house in the same area. We have many buyers from Pretoria West and Soshanguve,” says Ooshuizen.

Wayne Wickens’s places of interest in Claremont

Other workers or professionals who might be inclined to settle here are machinists, mechanics, industrial employees or people who work in Pretoria West Industrial, Hermanstad or the Rosslyn/Brits belt, the areas of Tshwane better known as factory and industry bases, all within easy reach if not adjacent to Claremont.

Oosthuizen describes the buyer profile as diverse. “Those who prefer to stay here are a mixed crowd as the area accommodates diversity. The properties are affordable with the average freehold house priced at between R850 000 and R900 000, which means a couple buying a house together will have to earn around R25000 between them, which most couples in the area do,” says Oosthuizen.

A few entrepreneurs run businesses from their Claremont homes. Picture: John Makoni

Though predominantly a freehold neighbourhood, the area has a few sectional titles, says Oosthuizen.

Not much vacant land is available for purchasing.

“The houses are durable and were built on big plots. Most freehold houses are on stands of 1000m² or a little less.

“In recent years property owners have renovated their houses to install modern kitchens and bathrooms. The rooms are also spacious.”

The Daspoort Tunnel is a landmark in the Claremont area. Picture: http://realsabl.blogspot.co.za/

Overall, Claremont is a good investment choice as house prices have risen steadily every year since 2009 after the global recession, says Oosthuizen.

“People see the potential of the houses in the area. They want to live here and they are willing to pay a little more for a good quality property.”

She notes comparable neighbourhoods would be Hermanstad and Daspoort as well as Suiderberg and Philip Nel Park.

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