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Hennopspark: Family friendly

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Homes are affordable and parents have a range of excellent schooling choices in an area with conveniences and amenities

Hennopspark has a special quality derived from an ability to offer the rare combination of affordable homes and a concentration of well-regarded schools. Buying property here is considered a good bet, and investors can be assured of a steady rental income, say estate agents. 

Hanna Ellis, an area agent specialist with Apple Property, says: “Hennopspark has two great schools in Hoërskool Zwartkop and Laerskool Hennopspark. Schools are a main attraction so there will always be demand for affordable sectional and full title properties. Families enjoy easy access and after-care centres.”

The most common profile of property owners and residents is a young family with school-going children drawn to an affordable area where homes average under R2 million for freeholds. There’s an entry-level price of about R680 000 for sectional titles, says Ellis.

There are freeholds, duplexes, simplexes and two-floor flats towards Bronberrick, and clusters in Hennopspark. She says full title properties usually start at about R1.5m, and sectional titles range from about R680 000 to R1.5m.

“Prices for full titles declined by 1.9% and sectional title prices increased by 2.7% in the past year, giving an indication of demand for smaller and more affordable properties.” Ellis says there was a noted 5.7% decrease in overall property sales in Hennopspark in the past three months.

But this should be viewed in light of there being no sales in execution in the suburb in the past five years, and as an indication of a stable ownership pattern. “Sectional title properties are in demand and one will never be without a tenant,” says Ellis.

There’s a Gautrain bus stop close to Hennopspark and also nearby are shops, restaurants and shopping centres, including Centurion Mall, as well as excellent hospitals. – Hanna Ellis, Estate Agent, Apple Property Picture: Supplied

She describes Hennopspark as an established suburb with a country feel. “We have our own small shopping centre with a Spar as anchor tenant. The Bronberrick park along the Hennops River is a huge attraction in the area among old and young, singles, couples and families. It is also popular with dog walkers,” says Ellis.

Hennopspark is centrally situated in Centurion. Picture: John Makoni

She says up to 500 participants attend the 5km Park Run on Saturday mornings. “There’s a Gautrain bus stop close to Hennopspark and nearby are shops, restaurants and shopping centres, including Centurion Mall, as well as excellent hospitals. Most homeowners stay for more than 11 years.”

Hennopspark is more affordable than neighbouring Clubview and Eldoraigne, but compares well with Tamara Park.

Places of interest and things to do 

Hennopspark is quiet. It’s almost like a dorp within a city. It’s centrally situated and gives easy access via the freeways to Pretoria, Midrand and Joburg. It’s also easy to get to Menlyn and other places from here. We’ve got almost everything near to us, including shopping malls and theatres. – Resident Wilma van Jaarsveld Picture: Supplied

1 Jean Crossing

This shopping centre is so close to me I can walk there. Jean Avenue and Rabie Street, Die Hoewes, Centurion. 012 361 7970. 

2 Irene Village Mall

I normally go there to watch a movie. There are also nice restaurants. Nellmapius Drive and Van Ryneveld Avenue, Irene Farm Villages, Centurion. 012 662 4446 

3 Wilger Guest House

It offers the best value for money. It’s three-star graded, but it feels like a four-star establishment. 104 Witstinkhout Road, Hennopspark. 082 445 4395 

The Jean Crossing shopping centre in Centurion. Picture: John Makoni

4 Zwartkop Raceway

It hosts wonderful racing events and is close by. R55, Lekkerhoekie, Centurion. 012 384 2299 

5 Prue Leith Chefs Academy & Restaurant 

262 Rhino Avenue, Hennopspark, Centurion. 012 654 5203 6 Blackwoods Pub Hennopsview Centre, Blackwood Road, Hennopspark, Centurion. 012 654 0969

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