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Clydesdale: Broad appeal

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Characterised by Victorian-style homes and old world charm, Clydesdale is also at the centre of landmark developments

An abundance of educational and health institutions around Clydesdale, plus proximity to Pretoria Central, makes the suburb a sought-after address, where ready demand can be guaranteed to shore up median property prices.

This becomes apparent when one looks at the profile of the average resident in Clydesdale. 

“Lawyers wanting to live close to Church Square and the High Court in Pretoria, lecturers seeking to be adjacent to the University of Pretoria and Unisa, teachers at Pretoria Boys High and Pretoria High School for Girls as well as Affies and, of course, families, because of the nearness to these schools and institutions, have good reason to settle here,” says Bambie Heiberg of Heiberg Estates.

Clydesdale has a uniqueness to it. It’s hard to find any other local suburb to compare or compete. – Bambie Heiberg, Heiberg Estates Picture: Supplied

Given the many attorneys’ offices clustered around Church Square and the High Court in Madiba Street, Clydesdale is ideal for the scores of legal professionals in Pretoria Central. 

Also to be found in Clydesdale are the many doctors based at Muelmed, Jacaranda and Zuid Afrikaans hospitals, says Heiberg. 

Adding to the appeal of Clydesdale is efficient public transport in the form of Bus Rapid Transit and Gautrain rail services. 

“Clydesdale has always been at the centre of landmark developments,” says Heiberg, who cites Loftus Park – the new mixed-use Abland development – as an example. 

Within walking distance of the suburb, Loftus Park has restaurants, an office park, a supermarket and a Virgin Active gym, which Heiberg says are already operating.

“This will add to the stability, healthy demand for good residential properties, and a great lifestyle Clydesdale has offered since the middle of the last century.” 

Popularly known as the “little village in the city”, Clydesdale – to the east of Sunnyside and west of Loftus Versfeld Stadium – is famous for its gracious and charming Victorian-style homes built around 1903. 

Professor Ora Joubert, a long-time resident, said residents have been trying to procure heritage status recognition for the suburb.

The suburb is known as the “little village in the city”. Picture: John Makoni

“Built around the beginning of the 1900s, the properties boast high pressed-steel ceilings, lovely original pine floors, doors and sash windows and huge verandas as well as established landscaped gardens with large trees,” says Heiberg, who says cosy fireplaces add to the houses’ homely look, feel and character. 

There are also sectional title developments along arterial routes on the perimeter of Clydesdale that are popular with young families and young professionals, says Heiberg. 

Average property prices range from about R1.8 million to R2.5m for a three- or four-bedroom home, says Heiberg, adding that it is common for even higher sales prices to be realised. 

“Clydesdale has a uniqueness to it. It’s hard to find another local suburb to compare or compete,” says Heiberg, adding that Clydesdale is for those intent on living close to the heart of Pretoria. 

She recommends Clydesdale for “exceptionally good property value for hard-earned money” and said it was time to seek good investment opportunities.

Engela van Antwerpen’s places of interest in Clydesdale

I chose to live here for several reasons, one of which is the suburb’s centrality. It’s close
to the University of Pretoria, schools and highways. I work as an architect in Brooklyn and
it takes 10 minutes to get to work in quick traffic. I also work from home, which is convenient
as most of my clients are from Pretoria Central. – Engela van Antwerpen
Picture: Supplied

1 Vovo Telo

It’s built in a historic small building spared demolition when Loftus Park was built. lt’s charming with a heritage feel. Kirkness Street, Arcadia. 010 020 4928

2 Pretoria Art Museum

It’s situated in a lovely park, which is good enough ­reason to visit. Corner Francis Baard and Wessels streets, Arcadia. 0123441809

Pretoria Art Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday. Picture: Supplied

3 Loftus Park

It’s convenient and has possibly everything you might need – Checkers, retail shops, salons, a park, a Virgin Active gym and many restaurants. 416 Kirkness Street, Arcadia.

4 Loftus Versfeld

It’s close enough for us to walk there. 416 Kirkness Street, Arcadia. 0124200700

5 Magnolia Dell

Locals love this ­peaceful and beautiful park. Florence Ribeiro Avenue and University Road, Bailey’s Muckleneuk.

6 Crawdaddy’s

The seafood is good. 02, Brooklyn Piazza, Middel Street, Brooklyn. 0124600889

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