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Jan Niemand Park: Rooted in moot

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Many who were born in the area have settled for good, so finding a property to buy in Jan Niemand Park is a rare opportunity.

Jan Niemand Park is one of the most affordable suburbs of the Moot, but properties rarely come on to the market because homeowners usually buy to put down roots.

This trend is typical of the Moot, where it is common to find generations who have stayed in the area in which they were born. Eugene van Wyk, of Pretoria Moot Properties, says: “The houses are still affordable. The residents stay there forever and few are willing to move.”

Statistics from Lightstone show that 58% of existing owners have owned their properties for 11 or more years. The youth demographic (18-35) is also well represented among newcomers to the area, making up 35% of buyers.

Van Wyk describes Jan Niemand as a suburb of predominantly free-standing properties with only a few apartments and sectional titles. Like most of the Moot, rentals are a thriving business, says Van Wyk.

There are also commercial properties, with Baviaanspoort Road a major commercial hub with businesses including car dealerships, says Van Wyk, who recommends the suburb for its convenience. 

“You get all your fast-food franchises. There’s the Kilner Park Spar nearby and the Kolonnade Shopping Centre is a mere 10 minutes away. Silverton and the industrial area of Silvertondale are also fairly close,” says Van Wyk. 

Houses in the area are still affordable. Residents tend to stay forever and few are willing to move. – Eugene van Wyk, Pretoria Moot Properties Picture: Supplied

Silverton provides quick access to the N1/N14 interchange and is a successful business, commercial and industrial node. There are numerous shopping zones in Silverton as well as automotive dealerships and a Department of Home Affairs branch, which all contribute to generating demand for rental accommodation. 

The area’s industrial belt, Silvertondale, hosts manufacturing and assembly plants, including Ford Motor South Africa.

It is envisaged that continuing investments by Ford Motor South Africa will increase property demand in Jan Niemand and surrounding areas. Van Wyk cites nearness to schools as another plus.

Only a handful of sectional titles is available in the area. Picture: John Makoni

These include Hoërskool FH Odendaal, Laerskool Derdepoort, Hoërskool CR Swart, Transoranje School for the Deaf, and Jakaranda Children’s Home. Van Wyk believes the new Curro Academy School Pretoria in nearby East Lynne will add vibrancy to the area, given that good schools usually impact property values positively. You can expect the most expensive residential properties to cost about R1.4 million, says Van Wyk. 

“The average for the area is around R840 000, and for nearby East Lynne it is R1.25m,” says Van Wyk, emphasising that Jan Niemand Park is customarily viewed as one of four cluster neighbourhoods. The others are East Lynne, Lindo Park and Ekklesia.

The area is fairly peaceful during the daytime and there are some home-based businesses in parts of the suburb.

Hettie Louwies’ places of interest and things to do

I have lived in Jan Niemand Park for most of my life. There are lots of double-medium schools, and shops and main routes are close by. There are parks and a strong sense of community. People are friendly. – Resident Hettie Louwies Picture: Supplied

1 Meat and Veg Corner

They have good quality meat. I also stock up on veggies. The prices are affordable. 58 Baviaanspoort Road, East Lynne. 012 800 1356 

2 Ocean Basket

There’s lots of seafood to choose from. Shop 29, Queens Corner, 1121 Soutpansberg Road, Queenswood. 012 333 8277

3 Casbah Roadhouse

It’s a family restaurant. I really like the convenience of ordering from your car. 12 Wilkinson Street, Kilner Park. 012 333 1093 

Casbah Roadhouse. The original was opened in 1955. Picture: John Makoni

4 Brewers BBQ

It’s cosy and I have found the service is always excellent. Rietfontein Pavilion, corner Jacobs and Frates roads, Rietfontein. 012 329 9712 

5 Die Opstal

Restaurant & Tee Tuin 98 Baviaanspoort Road, Derdepoort. 082 435 0647

6 LaK’s Braai

Food & Lounge For African cuisine. 8 Hans Dons Avenue, East Lynne. 012 800 1252

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