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Parktown Estate: A DIY dreamland

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Affordable properties in need of renovation can be found in Parktown Estate, which is also a good area for first-time buyers

Parktown Estate is situated in a triangle hemmed in by arterial routes offering rapid access to hubs, making it strategic for those who often have to travel often to various destinations.

Flanked by the M1 and the R101, with both arterial routes meeting at its northerly apex, the suburb is an attractive residential location for those travelling into the Moot area and to Pretoria Central (R101), and for those heading to Pretoria Central via Pretoria West (Eski’a Mphahlele Drive – M1). 

The same applies when heading in the opposite direction via Rachel de Beer Street, where one finds easy access to arterial routes to Rustenburg (N4), Haartbeespoort (R514), Brits (R566) and other centres via Pretoria North.

The establishment of Mayville Mall, which borders the entrance to Parktown Estate, has made the suburb even more attractive, offering a variety of quality shopping services. 

“There are excellent schools in the area and easy access to Pretoria Central,” says Century 21 property estate agent Thapelo Kgoele. 

Schools include Mayville Primary School, Hillview Secondary School and Laerskool Bergsig, making Parktown Estate ideal for families with school-going children. 

Underscoring access to education institutions, the Tshwane University of Technology and University of Pretoria campuses are within a 5km radius of Parktown Estate.

Another of Parktown Estate’s more notable attributes is its proximity to health facilities. 

The older homes are good quality, but need renovating to keep up with modern trends. Properties here are mixed, from bigger gardens with bigger homes to townhouse complexes with mixed size units. – Thapelo Kgoele, estate agent, Century 21 Picture: Supplied

Eugene Marais Hospital is nearby, and Intercare Wonderboom Medical and Dental Centre is a short distance down the road, to mention just two of a selection of local health facilities.

If renovating or modernising an older property is your thing, your DIY spirit may find expression in Parktown Estate, which is known for properties in need of TLC or doing up. 

“The older homes are good quality, but need renovating to keep up with modern trends,” says Kgoele.

“The properties here are mixed – from bigger gardens with bigger homes to townhouse complexes with mixed-size units.”

Kgoele says the suburb is affordable, with the entry-level price at R650 000 for a sectional title and the most expensive property rarely exceeding R2 million. 

This also makes Parktown Estate an ideal neighbourhood in which to buy a starter home. 

The area has a selection of sectional title developments. Picture: John Makoni

However, if you’re intent on settling in Parktown Estate, be prepared for some disappointment, as few properties go on the market. 

“The people who live here buy to stay,” says Kgoele. 

“In addition, Parktown Estate is relatively small in comparison to most surrounding suburbs.” 

If you don’t succeed in finding a property to buy in Parktown Estate, you could find what you are looking for in nearby Les Marais, Mayville or Roseville. 

Raymond Harris’s places of interest and things to do in Parktown Estate

We live in nearby Mayville and chose the area for being centrally situated, quiet and peaceful. We work in Waverley and don’t get caught in the traffic one sometimes encounters in the Pretoria North direction. Getting to work and back is quite easy. There’s also quick and easy access to schools, hospitals and shops. – Resident Raymond Harris Picture: Supplied

1 Wonderboom Junction

There’s huge variety at this mall, including restaurants and our gym. Wonderboom Junction, Corner Lavender and Lavender East roads, Annlin. 012 543 1107

2 Die Withuis

Great prices and nice all-round restaurant with a play area and secure parking. Corner 1th Avenue and Ben Swart Street, Gezina 012 335 1601

3 Brewers BBQ

This is a restaurant to take my family for a meal, coffee or breakfast. Shop 98, Hertzog Street, Waverley Plaza. 012 332 1320

Wonderboom Junction is nearby for shopping. Picture: John Makoni

4 Shamrocks Irish Pub and Restaurant

A family restaurant with a nice menu. Brits Way and Grafenheim Street, Northdale Centre, Akasia. 012 542 2357

5 Elma’s

Breakfast is served all day. Value for money dishes and the service is good. Elma has been in the food business since 1992. 26/27 Van Rensburg Street, Mayville. 012 335 3822

6 Deo Gloria Steakhouse

For great steaks and ribs. 4 Jonie Street, Annlin, Pretoria. 012 543 9495

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