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Highveld: Cosmopolitan living

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With streets named after the world’s major airports, and a mix of residents and property choices, including gated communities, Highveld has become a popular lifestyle destination.

Just as you begin to think that Charles de Gaulle, voted the greatest Frenchman of all time, has been duly honoured here, you find it is not his memory per se to which tribute has been paid: it is the airport named after the man. 

Most streets in Highveld are named after the world’s better-known airports: Stansted, Logan, O’Hare, Newark, and so on. This naming of routes after international destinations is matched by a detectable cosmopolitanism in the area’s demographics. 

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As Magde Meyer and Melanie Burrell of Apple Property have it: “This suburb has become a lifestyle destination of choice for people who don’t want to live in Joburg or Pretoria, but need easy access to both. There are many lifestyle estates in the area which offer residents a selection of safe, high-quality property options. These gated villages have attracted a cosmopolitan community.” 

The suburb offers potential buyers a range of well-secured apartments in complexes. Picture: John Makoni

As the cosmopolitan crowd is usually also the jet-set crowd, they have an easy link to OR Tambo International Airport and Lanseria International Airport via the R21 and N14, respectively. 

This is just one many conveniences at the disposal of residents of the area, which is adjacent to the Highveld Technopark commercial area, has its own local tertiary institution, a supermarket, service station, GP rooms and a Gautrain rail link feeder route. 

That’s a lot for a suburb with a population of just under 6 000 adults. “As a result of the Centurion Academy, many young adults have the convenience of being close to their campus and they have access to healthcare facilities, shopping centres and the Gautrain bus service,” say Meyer and Burrell. 

“Highveld attracts mostly young adults, aged 18 to 35, followed by middle-aged residents of 36 to 49.” 

The neighbourhood is popular because of its great property mix. Picture: John Makoni

Statistics from Lightstone show the bulk of recent buyers into the area is the 18 to 35 group, whose share of total purchases is a hefty 49% between September 2016 and August 2017. By comparison, only 20% of the same age group have sold. 

The 18 to 35s and 36 to 49s represent as much as 87% of property owners in the area, a statistic which reveals how sought-after Highveld is by the economically active demographic of professionals and young adults. 

The two groups together account for around 85% of sales for the past year. Other essential amenities within easy reach are Centurion Mall, Netcare Unitas Hospital and Intercare Medical and Dental Centre. 

The education component includes Damelin Centurion and The Open Window Institute for Art and Digital Sciences as well as “an excellent choice of Centurion’s top primary and high schools and a variety of pre-school facilities”, say Meyer and Burrell. 

Highveld is located close to Centurion Golf Club, Centurion Golf Estate and Irene Country Club. Another landmark sporting venue is SuperSport Park, billed as the home of cricket in Tshwane. 

Regarding market stock, Meyer and Burrell report a “good selection” for the middle-class buyer, with student apartments available from R600 000 to spacious, four or five-bedroom family homes for up to R3 million. The average household monthly income range for the area is R55 000 to R70 000.

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