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PRETORIA: BUY HERE: Our insider’s guide to Andeon

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With its small holdings and middle and lower-middle class mix of properties, often in security estates, Andeon attracts a cross-section of residents in terms of age and income. The area is not far from Hartbeespoort Dam, but is also fairly central

Andeon is a welcome paradox: it is far from the madding crowd, yet close enough to Pretoria Central, resorts and shopping centres. On top of that, it offers a selection of properties that make it affordable to a wide spectrum of buyers.

The area’s centrality gives residents the choice of heading towards the delights of Hartbeespoort in one direction, along the main Van der Hoff Road, or in the opposite direction of this main route to drive to the city centre or take the N4 highway to locations even further away.

Whereas Andeon Agricultural Holdings largely comprises smallholdings, huge plots and farm land, Andeon is a suburban enclave of mainly security estates catering for middle class residents, with Andeon Extension consisting of affordable homes well-suited to lower-middle class buyers.

With the west part of the city becoming over-populated, more buyers are considering the option of moving to Andeon, which is closer to Pretoria Central and slightly more affordable. – Peter Mokwana, principal, Seeff Jakaranda Picture: Supplied

“There are actually three different sections in one, namely Andeon, Andeon Extension and Andeon AH. All these portions form one big suburb.

“The newer of the three portions, Andeon Extension, offers a variety of affordable properties and mainly one and two-bedroom sectional title properties ideal for firsttime home buyers and rental stock,” says Peter Mokwana, principal for Seeff Jakaranda, who classes Andeon as peri-urban.

The emergence of Andeon Extension has resulted in a demographic shift in the area, which previously consisted of mostly mature and older residents, but is now markedly mixed, thanks to the arrival of large numbers of youthful residents and younger first-time owners.

In addition to being situated close to main routes, there’s a lot of activity in the area due to its proximity to the CBD, including the construction of new sectional developments, says Mokwana.

He says developers have now realised the huge potential of this area. Many properties carry “For Sale” signs in Andeon Agricultural Holdings at the moment, a development which Mokwana attributes to uncertainty arising from legislative proposals to expropriate land without compensation.

“Many developers have taken up the challenge and availability of vacant land to build a lot of student accommodation facilities and family units at competitive prizes.

“The suburb has various student accommodation facilities for students at Tshwane University of Technology and other institutions in the area.” Demand is such that property sale periods in Andeon and Andeon Extension are fairly stable, with a right-priced property taking about four weeks to sell.

“With the west part of the city becming over-populated, more buyers are considering the option of moving to Andeon, which is closer to Pretoria Central and slightly more affordable,” says Mokwana.

He belives in three to five years Andeon will be a dynamic suburb on top of the list of many residents as a preferred place to live. Along with the property boom will be a parallel improvement in the area’s business prospects, with more commercial services set to follow to meet rising demand, says Mokwana.

Makhensi Mashimbye’s favourites places and things to 

I live and work in Andeon. I got to know and like the area in the course of my work as an estate agent. It’s a quiet and safe environment, especially in the security estate in which we live. It’s also a child-friendly area. There are lots of parks, creches and schools nearby, including Laerskool Booysens. There are also shopping centres within a couple of minutes’ drive. – Makhensi Mashimbye, resident Picture: Supplied

1 Hartbeespoort Dam

A fun place to take the family. My wife likes to visit her favourite spa at the resort. North West Province.

2 Bougainville Shopping Centre

A convenience mall. Jennings Street, Daspoort.

3 Baobab Café & Grill

I like their delicious lamb curry. Shop G01, Wonderboom Junction, Annlin. 0125430090

Boabab Café and Grill makes a delicious lamb curry. Picture: Supplied

4 Ocean Basket

It’s fairly close and we often visit this restaurant on Sundays. Shop 562, Wonderpark Shopping Centre, corner Heinrich Avenue and Old Brits Road, Karenpark. 0125494274

5 Quagga Centre

Ideal for a quick take-away and there’s plenty of free parking. Corner Church and Quagga Streets, Pretoria West. 0123272295

6 Grizzlies Sport-Bar

Pub fare and bar, which is popular among families. The venue also offers live entertainment. Tuine Rugby Club, 585 Ds Krige Avenue and Jennings Street, Hermanstad. 0123770003

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