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PRETORIA: Our insider’s guide to Meyerspark

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This affordable suburb has seen a marked shift in its demographic as older residents sell up and families with children move in to take advantage of the proximity to schools, shops and business nodes

Meyerspark is an affordable suburb well-situated to the east of Pretoria.

This combination is what makes Meyerspark, sandwiched between Val de Grace and Silverton, a residential area of great appeal, says Janine Botha of Seeff Pretoria East.

“Sales activity is relatively high in Meyerspark. The area is always in demand due to its central location and the affordability of the properties.”

Botha says that sale periods may vary from home to home but houses generally sell quickly, if the property is priced correctly, well presented and in good condition.

The neighbourhood has large stands and houses offering value for money.

One finds a variety of properties, some with that have been renovated while there are still a few properties that have their original finishes. – Janine Botha, estate agent for Seeff Pretoria East Picture: Supplied

“Many full-title houses have a flat, which so often the market requires. Social patterns have changed and more often you will find parents and children living together so these do come in handy.”

Most of the full title properties are priced from about R1.5million upwards.

Botha says certain areas of Meyerspark, including the middle of the suburb, have beautiful and luxurious properties on tranquil streets.

A few guest houses are also to be found in this part of the suburb.

She notes that Meyerspark also has a limited selection of sectional-title properties and units in complexes. These generally range in price from R900000 up to about R1.4m and have two to three bedrooms.

Botha has observed a pronounced demographic shift in Meyerspark. The suburb is becoming younger as older residents sell their homes, and families with children move in.

Some of the older folk are downsizing or moving to retirement homes after living in the area for 20 to 30 years, says Botha, who reckons most of the homes here are at least 35 years old.

“One does find a combination of properties, some with original finishes and others that have been renovated.”

Young singles and growing families are well-served by ease of access to amenities and schools.

“There are conveniently situated schools in the area including a selection of nursery schools, Laerskool Meyerspark and Laerskool Skuilkrans, which makes the suburb attractive to parents with school-going children.

“The area’s centrality also supports an active lifestyle for the agile and mobile younger resident,” says Botha, who points out the convenience of nearby routes including the N4 and N1.

The suburb’s proximity to the Silverton business district and the Silvertondale industrial node also means that residents can find job opportunities on their doorstep, with many who work there choosing to live in Meyerspark.

Meyerspark Bird Sanctuary, meanwhile, makes staying here a pleasure for nature lovers and birdwatchers.

Lientjie Lange’s favourite places and things to do

Meyerspark is a great neighbourhood with tree-lined streets and spacious stands. You get the feeling you’re in the countryside even though it’s in the city. The people are friendly and there’s a strong sense of community. Shops and schools are close by and it’s a short distance to malls such as The Grove and Menlyn Park Shopping Centre. – Lientjie Lange, resident Picture: Supplied

1 Pretoria Boeremark

This is close to us and great to visit on a Saturday morning. You can stock up on fresh vegetables and fruit while having coffee and pancakes. You’ll find a trove of arts and crafts too. 665 Moreleta Street, Silverton. 079 987 1025

Stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables at Pretoria Boeremark. Picture: Supplied

2 Meyerspark Bird Sanctuary

There are lots of animals to view and the kids absolutely love it. You also get to see a great number of bird species. Moreleta, Meyerspark. 012 358 1510

3 The Grove

There is plenty to do. You will find an ice rink and movies for the kids as well as a great selection of shops. Corner Lynnwood and Simon Vermooten roads, The Willows. 012 807 0963

4 Uitkyk Vleismark

They have everything one could need, from a butchery and supermarket to a coffee shop and more. 165 De Boulevard, Silverton. 012 804 3280

5 Tataki

Sushi restaurant All you can eat, cosy and casual. Watermeyer Shopping Centre, corner Watermeyer Street and Cussonia Avenue, Val de Grace. 012 753 8183

6 The Lion’s Den

Rustic, charming restaurant. 18 Derdepoort Road, Silverton. 012 804 6612

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