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PRETORIA: Our insider’s guide to Erasmuskloof

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Erasmuskloof is a relatively new, family-orientated area with access to good schools, malls, restaurants, a hospital and the highway to Joburg. Most of the properties are in complexes, but there is a number of free-standing homes on generous stands

If you are looking for a family-orientated area where you can feel free to take a walk along the roads, enjoy high levels of personal safety and easily drop children at school before heading to the highway to be at work on time, then Erasmuskloof is it.

This is the view of Betsie Summerfield, a specialist agent for Apple Property Connection who works in the area. “The complexes in Erasmuskloof experience high demand from young people because these properties are generally affordable and the area is centrally located with easy access to main roads and highways,” says Summerfield.

Erasmuskloof is also popular with young families who mostly buy full-title homes and duets to be close to the area’s popular schools. These include Laerskool Constantia Park, Glenstantia Primary and Hatfield Christian School, and high schools such as Hoërskool Waterkloof and The Glen High School close by.

The properties are generally of good quality and the houses are solid structures, with some
upgraded with new kitchens, bathrooms and modern tile or laminated floors. – Betsie Summerfield, estate agent, Apple Property
Picture: Supplied

Other conveniences include the Castle Walk Shopping Centre, which is a short hop from home and the right place for early breakfast meetings at any one of the popular restaurants.

It also allows for quick grocery shopping on the way home, says Summerfield. Nearby are The Kloof Hospital and the famous Wolwespruit mountain bike and trail run.

While the complexes are mostly inhabited by young couples and singles, units are a noted investment target for rental income. Summerfield says the buy-to-let market is thriving in Erasmuskloof Most of the area’s housing stock consists of sectional title properties today, although when the area was developed in the 1980s, it predominantly comprised freehold homes.

The average age of the free-standing homes is more than 30 years. For sectional title units the average age is around 20 years. This shows Erasmuskloof has become a prime real estate area where intensive land use has become the norm, with freehold properties increasingly making way for sectional title units.

“If priced right, the average time a unit is on the market is between three and six weeks,” says Summerfield.

Full-title properties stay on the market for an average two to three months, with the more expensive properties priced from R2.5 million and above taking longer to sell.

The average house ranges from 250m² to 500m² while simplexes are between 80m² and 160m² in size. Summerfield says freehold stands measure an average 1 000m².

“The properties are generally of good quality and the houses are solid structures, with some upgraded with new kitchens, bathrooms and modern tile or laminated floors.”

Summerfield says face brick is popular as it reduces maintenance costs. She says boomed off portions of the area are more preffered for personal security reasons, and Constantia Glen Security Village is popular for the premium security and the stunning views that hilltop properties can offer.

Vangi Zacharias’s favourite places and things to do

Erasmuskloof is central. It is close to the highway and to schools, and that’s why we chose to live here. My husband works in Midrand and uses the highway to get there. Our two high school children are within a safe and convenient distance of home. We have a choice between Menlyn and Castle Walk for our mall shopping. – Vangi Zacharias, resident Picture: Supplied

1 Tashas

They serve good quality food in a vibey atmosphere and the service is great. They are a touch expensive so we generally go there only on special occasions. 173-177 Bancor Avenue, Menlyn Maine, Waterkloof Glen. 012 035 0367

2 The Daily Coffee Cafe

Their fare is always fresh and good, including, of course, their coffee. A plus is that there is outside seating. Lois Avenue and Nossob Street, Erasmuskloof. 012 347 0052

The Daily Coffee sells excellent fare. Picture: Supplied

3 Times Square Casino

It has a great atmosphere. I’m most enchanted by the venue’s events arena. 209 Aramist Avenue, Menlyn. 0860 846 377

4 Coco Bistro

Their pizzas are recommended. It’s a great family and social venue. Castle Walk Centre, corner Nossob Street and Lois Avenue, Erasmuskloof. 012 347 6050

5 Wolwespruit Mountain Bike and Trail Run

Is at Wolwespruit MBT Park. 501 Jochemus Street, Erasmuskloof. 061 085 8120

6 El Pistolero

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

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