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Florauna: A well-kept secret

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Close to Pretoria North CBD and big malls, churches, schools and parks, the suburb of Florauna is situated in the foothills of the Magaliesberg, near Hartbeespoort Dam

Manicured lawns, lush sub-tropical plant life and roads that curve around well-maintained properties are stand-out characteristics of this gem of a suburb; Florauna is one of Pretoria North’s best-kept secrets. 

The neighbourhood is a short hop from the Pretoria North CBD and can be accessed directly via only a few entrance routes, which augurs well for security and exclusivity. 

Along with its picturesque beauty, the inherent solid infrastructure and proximity to service centres, all this makes Florauna a winner from a liveability and investment point of view. 

“Florauna lies between Pretoria North CBD and Nina Park, accessible from easterly and westerly directions. It is close to North Park, Wonderboom Junction and Wonderpark malls,” says Peter Mokwana, an estate agent with Seeff Jakaranda, who specialises in the area. 

He adds: “From a convenience perspective, Florauna offers a lot as residents enjoy nearness to churches, schools, malls, parks and many entertainment opportunities. Wonderpark Shopping Centre has just been revamped and so has Wonderboom Junction.”

The schools in the vicinity include Laerskool Danie Malan, Laerskool Rachel de Beer, Laerskool Voortrekker Eeufees, Hoërskool Gerrit Maritz, Hoërskool Pretoria-Noord and Assumption Convent plus an extended list of after-care centres and crèches. This makes Florauna a convenient residential area for young families; statistics from Lightstone indicate the biggest demographic buying into the suburb for the year ending July 2017 was the 36-49 age group, the people most likely to take advantage of nearness to schools and availability of child-friendly facilities.

An abundance of trees nurtures thriving birdlife. Picture: John Makoni

The biggest chunk of steady owners, however, is the 50-64 group, which at 38%, is head and shoulders above other homeowner groups. 

Proximity to the R80, R101 and N4 makes it fairly easy to get around and to visit nearby places of interest such as Hartbeespoort Dam and Wonderboom Airport, as well as nearby farms.

Mokwana highlights the weather factor as contributing to the suburb’s popularity. Temperatures here are known to be 5°C warmer than the southern parts of Tshwane. 

Florauna is perched among the foothills of the Magaliesberg, making it a good place for scenic walks, drives and expeditions. 

The scenic backdrop of the Magaliesberg makes for great views. Picture: John Makoni

There is still land available for development in the area. Florauna is adjacent to Nina Park, an in-demand neighbourhood.

Housing developments are going up all the time in the surrounds of this small suburb, making it possible for an investor to buy a vacant plot. Available properties  range in price from around R1.6 million all the way up to R20m or more, says Mokwana. 

“The average household income in the area is generally between R45 000 and R55 000. The higher the value, the more luxurious are the interiors and other features,” says Mokwana. 

As Florauna is an exclusive suburb with limited properties, prospective buyers are advised also to view properties in Nina Park or Amandasig and even Theresa Park, as they could find something similar.

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