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Waverley: Quiet and leafy

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Waverley has established houses on big stands, and a growing offering of sectional title properties which draw younger buyers

Waverley is undergoing notable renewal as apartment and sectional title units expand alongside free-standing homes – the defining trait of the suburb since its origin.

Although still a family-orientated neighbourhood, demand for accommodation from younger people has prompted the emergence of a vibrant sectional title sector to cater to the demands of that demographic, bent on a compact and more convenient lifestyle.

Louwrens Viljoen, of Dormehl Phalane Property Group, says: “Waverley is an upmarket, safe, family environment with nice parks and schools. It’s a place where you find people walking dogs; families jogging or riding bicycles. It has established parks and lots of trees.”

Viljoen’s family has deep roots in the area: 50 years ago his grandfather bought a house there – for just R7 000. Louwrens himself grew up in Waverley. 

“Waverley is probably 100 or so years old. You have stands with big houses. In the past 20 years, however, some stands of about 2 000m² have been subdivided to develop sectional titles,” he says.

New sectional title units include a three-storey development in Codonia Avenue – an indication Waverley is turning into a “strong rental area”. 

“Younger people want something more modern, and that has particularly been the case in the past 10 years. There’s definitely a demand for two-bedroom, one-bathroom, carport/garage set-ups.

Space is now limited and people are subdividing. Where previously there were full titles, many properties have been bought to develop sectional titles. – Louwrens Viljoen, Dormehl Phalane Property Group Picture: Supplied

“Space is becoming limited; people are subdividing. Where previously there were full titles, large properties have been bought to develop sectional titles. Developments include Waverley Corner on the corner of Collins and Codonia avenues which are close to shops.”

Convenience comes standard for all residents. 

“The neighbourhood is close to the N1 and other routes, the Moot Hospital in 18th Avenue in Rietfontein, and Eugene Marais Hospital in 5th Avenue in Les Marais. You also have Waverley Plaza and Jakaranda Centre, and it takes 10 minutes to get to Pretoria Central.”

Hoërskool CR Swart, Voorpos Laerskool and Laerskool Totiusdal are the main local schools.

Security has been another factor in shaping property trends and this is apparent towards the east where a number of developments have gone up in the past 10 years, says Viljoen. Of course the emergence of sectional titles has increased human and car traffic.

Most homes in Waverley are on huge stands. Picture: John Makoni

“Waverley has become a bit livelier and busier.”

Waverley is an area where people can run businesses from home, such as guest houses and hair salons.

To buy here, expect to shell out from R1.5 million for an entry-level freehold. Occasionally prices can get as high as R5m, although R6m would be unusual.

Rietondale, which Viljoen describes as slightly above Waverley, would be the only comparable suburb. “Waverley and Rietondale are tops in the Moot.”

Daleen Brits’s places of interest and things to do

I grew up in Waverley. It is a quiet, safe area, with big gardens and large trees – a typical traditional family environment. I work in town and do have to cope with traffic congestion in the mornings. There are many handy shopping centres around including Waverley Plaza. – Resident Daleen Brits Picture: Supplied

1 Art Studio 55 

The owner gives art lessons at a beautiful gallery near the mountain. Moulton Centre, corner Codonia/Moulton avenues, Waverley.

2 Cappuccinos

I go there about once a week and mostly prefer a coffee. They also have specials running and for R100 you can order steak and veggies. 38 Waverley Plaza, 1120 Hertzog Street, Villieria. 012 332 0344

Cappuccinos is a great place to get a brew. They also offer steak and veggies for just R100. Picture: John Makoni

3 Mimmos

I like their steak ribs which I normally order – very nice. 88 Waverley Plaza, 1116 Hertzog Street, Waverley. 012 332 4395

4 Ocean Basket

They are good for calamari and prawns. I go on my own or with my family. 1116 Hertzog Street, Villieria. 012 332 4578

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