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PRETORIA: Our insider’s guide to Rooihuiskraal North

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Well-established and west of Centurion, the market in this suburb is stable with old and new stock; developments, large stands and value-for-money properties impact well on sales.

Rooihuiskraal North can be expected to continue performing well even in a slow market, thanks to a combination of factors affecting freehold and sectional title sales positively.

This is according to Johan Koen of Seeff Centurion, who says Rooihuiskraal North does well year on year thanks to developments, large stands, well cared-for homes and value-for-money properties with well-maintained gardens in the area’s older parts as well as the general good appearance of the properties.

“Rooihuiskraal North is to the west of Centurion and is one of the more established suburbs of Centurion along with places such as Wierda Glen Estate,” says Koen.

He notes that the combination of old and new market stock is a positive because it gives prospective owners lots of choice, in a portfolio that includes free-standing houses, townhouses, duets, apartments, clusters, security estates and vacant land.

Due to the size of the stands in the older parts of Rooihuiskraal North, as well as legal costs
associated with buying a property, owners tend to renovate and upgrade existing homes rather
than buy a new home on a small stand. – Johan Koen, estate agent, Seeff Centurion
Picture: Supplied

The freehold stands range in size from 400m² to 2000m² and the price of houses ranges from about R1.2million to R4m. while townhouses range from R600000 to R2m. Koen adds that only a few vacant stands are available, varying in price from R700000 to R1.2m.

“Due to the size of the stands in the older parts of Rooihuiskraal North, as well as legal costs associated with buying a property, owners tend to renovate and upgrade existing homes rather than buy a new home on a small stand.”

“Amberfield is still fairly new and here one can find estates such as Amberfield Glen Estate, Amberfield Heights Estate, Amberfield Manor Estate, Amberfield Ridge Estate and Amberfield Valley Estate.” Wierda Crest Estate is another newish development.

There are also upmarket, secure developments such as The Hudson and The Madison@Amberfield City, situated west of Amberfield/Rooihuiskraal North.

Amberfield College, a private school found at The Madison@Amberfield City, is one of a selection of top and popular schools in the area; others include Laerskool Rooihuiskraal, Springvale Primary, Hoërskool Uitsig and Hoërskool Eldoraigne.

There are also medical clinics and retirement villages and these contribute to impacting property prices positively. Koen says Rooihuiskraal North is well-situated close to shopping malls and various other landmarks.

It also offers easy access to main routes such as Old Johannesburg Road, the N1 and N14, although peak-hour traffic can still be a challenge because of continuing and rapid developments west of Centurion.

“New on-ramps on the N14 should solve some of these problems.”

Prospective buyers who find a property to their liking should make an offer immediately as correctly-priced homes sell fast in the area, advises Koen.

“Consider a pre-approval through a good bond originator or through your own bank. This will increase your bargaining power.”

Property values here are similar to those for Wierdapark.

Maryna Botes’s favourite places and things to do

Rooihuiskraal is centrally situated close to amenities including shopping malls, schools and routes such as the Old Johannesburg Road and the N14. Public recreational amenities include a library, a clinic and tennis courts. It is also comparatively affordable and relatively safe as well as culturally diverse. – Maryna Botes, resident Picture: Supplied

1 Roohuiskraal Historical Terrain and Animal Farm

There’s a cool open area and a small park. It’s a good place to have a braai for the day. You also find ducks and geese and a play area for kids. Rooihuiskraal Road, Rooihuiskraal North. 012 358 1824

2 Panorama Golf Range

It’s lovely for hanging out and having drinks. You can choose between outside or inside seating. There’s a putting facility which is nice. Corner Knoet and Panorama streets, Centurion. 012 661 0533

The popular Panorama Golf Range. Picture: Supplied

3 Lumberjack

Pub It’s a small and intimate venue. The owner is always friendly and welcoming. Rooihuiskraal Centre, Hofsanger Road, Rooihuiskraal. 082 374 8052

4 Big 5 Sports Bar

It’s a vibey venue which plays live music and has pool tables. You can choose to have drinks on the deck or sit inside. 402 Theuns Van Niekerk Street, Wierdapark, Centurion. 012 653 8689

5 Chilli Palace

Casual, caters for groups, good for kids. 2 Sarel Baard Crescent, Rooihuiskraal. 082 260 0774

6 Jia Wang

Great sushi, competitively priced. Blu Valley Mall, Rooihuiskraal Road, Centurion. 074 497 8621

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