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Hennopspark: Where a river runs

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In the middle of everything and close to good schools and major routes, many Hennopspark homes have been established for 30 to 40 years in this peaceful, secure and family-oriented suburb.

Secluded yet still ideally located for an enjoyably convenient lifestyle. That sums up Hennopspark, one of Centurion’s older suburbs.

Magde Meyer of Apple Property describes Hennopspark as a peaceful environment.

“There is no big shopping centre in the neighbourhood. It’s peaceful and that makes it a family-oriented suburb. Some of the best schools are within a radius of 1km to 2km from Hennopspark, including Hoërskool Eldoraigne, Zwartkops Christian School and Laerskool Hennopspark.

“You’re in the middle of everything. It’s centrally located for Zwartkops Golf Course, Centurion Mall and Mall @Reds in Rooihuiskraal. It’s also close for the children: you drop them at school and drive to work. It’s good for families with young children and young couples,” says Meyer.

“It’s fairly safe. Hennopspark is not a drive-through or walk-through area. It’s also well-managed by the local community policing forum.”
Meyer typifies Hennopspark as a “settled area”.

“It’s settled in terms of there not being so much open ground next to the area. The location is good, near Ben Schoeman highway and the Old Johannesburg Road, and you’re close to the Centurion Mall,” she says.

The suburb has numerous landmarks nearby. Netcare Unitas Hospital, Centurion Gautrain station, Air Force Base Swartkops (which houses the South African Air Force Museum), Air Force Base Waterkloof, SuperSport Park and Forest Hill City are a short drive away.

Hennopspark has been around for longer than most surrounding suburbs.

“It’s been well-established for a while. There are big stands and older residents have been staying there for many years as the houses have been there for 30 to 40 years. The houses are solidly built. They came after the flat-roof phase so you get pitched roofs.

“You get big houses with big rooms, three to four bedrooms, large living areas, and sometimes lapas and nice entertainment areas,” says Meyer.

A sense of seclusion makes the neighbourhood a haven. Picture: John Makoni

“Because it’s an older area, it’s affordable so young people invest there.”

For the year ending June 2017, buyers in the 36-49 and 18-35 age groups stood at 51% and 27% respectively, and collectively have constituted almost 80% of new owners in the suburb.

Meyer says the average freehold property would sell for under R2 million, which more or less corresponds to statistics showing the median value of homes at around R1.7m. For the more expensive homes, buyers can expect to fork out around R2.5m.

Meyer ranks Hennopspark with Wierda Park and Zwartkops in terms of value, property sizes and other similarities.

Recent buyers, most of them under 50, have renovated some of the original homes in the area. Picture: John Makoni

Meyer says there are simplexes and duplexes in the sectional title component of the market stock, and these are mostly concentrated around the schools. Like the freehold homes, most of these sectional title units have been around for a while, she says.

For those sworn to breathing the aphorism that life is for living, they are most likely to find Hennopspark a perfect fit.

“You also have a river running through it. There’s an open area around the river where people take their dogs for a walk,” she says. There is also C’est La Vie, a themed childrens’ party venue. Another local standout is River Place Lodge, which Meyer says is “upmarket” and is popular for hosting events including classical music concerts and wine evenings.

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