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Heuweloord is ideal for first-time buyers as it offers residents good access, is situated close to shops, malls and other attractions, and the homes on offer are relatively affordable

Affordable entry level prices make Heuweloord well-suited to first-time home buyers who want to get a foot in the residential property market.

An investment here is likely to offer a good return as the value will appreciate over time, says Nico Greyling of Apple Property, a seasoned player in the real estate market in this part of Centurion.

“In the past year, 20 homes have changed hands in Heuweloord in the price range R1.1million to R1.6m.

“This is one of the areas that lends itself to entry level home buyers. It is affordable and can get you into the market,” notes Greyling.

He says average plot sizes are around 800m².

Greyling sees Heuweloord offering a perfect opportunity to home buyers who like to renovate.

“Good and regular maintenance is one of the most important ways of ensuring a good return on investment. Buyers like well-maintained homes. A neat and well looked after house also tends to sell quicker,” says Greyling.

The affordability factor augurs well for small offices and home office purposes, says Greyling.

“These days you find pre-primary schools, doctors’ rooms and other small and home offices taking advantage of lower property prices in the area to launch and operate a business.”

But Greyling warns that Heuweloord is an average suburb and owners should avoid over-capitalisation.

“The most important aspect when selling your house is the price. Pay attention to the price at which homes sell, not the price at which they are advertised.”

Sectional titles comprise about a quarter of the total housing stock in the area. Picture: John Makoni

There are virtually no vacant stands for sale in Heuweloord, but there is a range of properties available “from the best-designed and maintained homes to those requiring serious TLC”.

Greyling’s most recent sales include a sumptuous property built in the 1980s.

Comprising four bedrooms, three big and heated bathrooms, a study, three garages, an entertainment area, underfloor heating, green features, a koi pond and two verandas, the property is simply “spectacular”, says Greyling.

Heuweloord is also central.

Greyling says: “If you want to be centrally located, Heuweloord definitely needs to be on the buying list as most locations in Gauteng are situated within easy reach of the suburb.”

The area is close to arterial routes such as the R55 and the N14, which bypass the neighbourhood. These lead to destinations including Kyalami (22km away), Lanseria Airport (20km), Centurion CBD (8km), Midrand (11km), Pretoria Central (25km) and Menlyn Maine (28km).

Forest Hill City is only 2km away and offers shoppers many choices. Picture: John Makoni

“Heuweloord is also close to major shopping malls. The Mall@Reds is 6km away, and Forest Hill City is just 2km away on the other side of the R55. It provides an amazing shopping experience plus all the fun of an ice rink.”

A number of fast-food franchises have been established in the neighbourhood.

The Zwartkops Raceway, which hosts star-studded events, is another nearby landmark.

Over the past 15 years, Heuweloord has gone from being an isolated suburb to one surrounded by more recent developments such as Heuwelsig, Celtisdal and Monavoni.

The area is also a fair representation of the socio-politico demographics of our country, says Greyling.

“Interestingly, most recent buyers (51%) are aged 36 to 49, while some sellers have been in the area for 11 or more years,” says Greyling.

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