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PRETORIA: Our insider’s guide to Erasmusrand

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An affordable area of Pretoria East with conventional-style large homes and smaller properties too, means residents are content and slow to sell in this established suburb. It is prized by those with an active lifestyle, being situated close to a num

Should anyone be eyeing properties in Erasmusrand with a view to buying a home in the neighbourhood, chances are they may need patience as owners rarely elect to sell.

“During the past 24 months 21 properties only have been registered to new owners,” says Lee Cloete of Seeff Pretoria East. “In the past year 10 properties changed hands in erasmusrand. “This proves the area is established and residents are content living in the area.”

Furthermore, the suburb is not known to most prospective buyers, notes Cloete. “Most buyers looking in Waterkloof Ridge and Monument Park often miss the opportunity in this area as they either do not know about it or have not heard about it despite the fact that it neighbours these areas.”

Cloete says anyone lucky enough to be the proud owner of a new home in Erasmusrand should be prepared to get to work to effect a few needed changes, given that most of the properties are somewhat dated. “Most homes are classic, conventional-style homes, with some big family homes and other smaller properties.

There are a few homes which stand out from the rest that have been renovated and have
beautiful street appeal. – Lee Cloete, estate agent, Seeff Pretoria East
Picture: Supplied

“Some homes stand out from the rest and have been renovated, with beautiful street appeal,“ she says. She adds the the neighbourhood is lovely and tree-lined. You also get good value in this suburb as Erasmusrand is one of the more affordable neighbourhoods of Pretoria East.

This alone makes it well-suited to younger families, says Cloete. Being well-situated makes the suburb highly prized by people with an active lifestyle and those who are very mobile.

“Access to the N1 to Joburg, just south of Erasmusrand, is excellent, and there’s the intersection with the R21 to OR Tambo International Airport as well,” says Cloete.

The malls of Brooklyn and Menlyn are also within easy reach. These include the famous Menlyn Maine, a mixed-use development with many restaurants and a casino that is a popular entertainment and events venue.

The suburb is also close to a number of top golf courses, including Pretoria Country Club, Waterkloof Golf Estate, Wingate Park Country Club and Woodhill Country Club.

These add an extra outdoor dimension to the many popular nature reserves in the surrounds as well as a number of established churches. Pretoria University is within a 10km radius and so are a number of top schools which include Hoërskool Waterkloof, The Glen High School and Pretoria Chinese School.

“Another aspect that makes Erasmusrand an attractive option to consider is that traffic congestion is not much of a problem,” says Cloete. “If you want to invest in Erasmusrand it should ideally be for long-term living purposes.

“Erasmusrand does not normally fetch high rents and the return on investment would not be good for most prospective buy-to-let investors.” It is far better priced.

Icky du Buisson’s favourite places and things to do

I moved here so my children would be close to their school, Hoërskool Waterkloof, where they could also enrol with the cricket academy since we’re a sporting family. I think Erasmusrand has one of the best locations. We’ve got Rigel Avenue and I can get to the R21
via Monument Park with Solomon Mahlangu Drive also close by. We’re 12 minutes from the nearest Gautrain station. – Icky du Buisson, resident
Picture: Supplied

1 Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve

Lots of birdlife, plant species and game. Helios Street, Moreleta Park.

2 Tucson Spur Steak Ranch

It’s a great family restaurant and the good thing about going to the Cornwall View Shopping Centre are the many eateries and restaurants. Cornwall View Shopping Centre, Boeing Street and Piering Road, Rietvalleirand. 012 345 6584

3 Coco Bistro

The menu is wide and the atmosphere is great. It’s also in the neighbourhood and therefore convenient. Castle Walk Centre, Cnr Nossob Street and Lois Avenue, Erasmuskloof. 012 347 6050

4 Kimiad Golf Course

Kimlad Golf course is affordable. Picture: Supplied

It’s a wonderful course and my son plays there. It’s also a lot more affordable than some of the others, as well as being conveniently situated. Wekker Road, Moreleta Park. 012 997 2240

5 Dros

They’ve got variety, from seafood and steaks to breakfasts. It’s a really awesome restaurant. 438 Ridgeview Road, Waterkloof Ridge. 012 347 4850

6 El Pistolero

Top Mexican restaurant. 206 Duvernoy and Chopin streets, Constantia Park. 079 197 9962


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