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PRETORIA: Our insider’s guide to Theresa Park

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There is easy access and the suburb is close to recreational and entertainment spots plus amenities, and its a favourite of nature lovers for its proximity to a reserve and Hartbeespoort Dam

Theresa Park is one of the more popular suburbs of Pretoria North by virtue of its location and relative affordability.

Seeff principal for Pretoria North (Jakaranda) Peter Mokwana says Theresa Park is ideally positioned for easy access to essential amenities in virtually every direction.

“One thing is certain, its location captures the attention of many prospective buyers.

Prices here are quite competitive as prospective buyers can expect to pay around R 1.1 million for a standard three-bedroom, two-bathroom property with a double garage
and a reasonably-sized erf. Prices can go as high as R4m. – Peter Mokwana, Seeff Principal, Pretoria North (Jakaranda)
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“The suburb is close to numerous amenities such as Wonderpark and Wonderboom Junction malls. There’s easy access from all directions including to the famous R80 connecting the north and east of Pretoria,” notes Mokwana, who adds that nature lovers also like the suburb for its proximity to fauna and flora as it sits in the shadow of the Magaliesberg.

The neighbourhood is also a gateway to a number of top recreational and amusement spots which are to be found within a 30km radius, including Wonderboom Nature Reserve, Hartbeespoort Dam and the Margaret Roberts Herbal Centre.

Closer to home is the Akasia Country Club in Waterbok Street, with Hillside Golf Club in adjacent Florauna equally popular with golfing aficionados.

In addition to this is the wide choice of schooling options for parents with children. They can choose from schools such as Laerskool Danie Malan (established in 1904), Laerskool Rachel de Beer, Laerskool Voortrekker Eeufees, Hoërskool Gerrit Maritz, Hoërskool Pretoria-Noord and Assumption Convent School, to name only a few.

The good price threshold makes Theresa Park a favourite of young couples and young families looking to upgrade to more spacious surroundings. They are more likely to look here first given that Nina Park, Florauna and Amandasig are generally pricier, notes Mokwana. He says the average middle-aged buyer in search of a quieter and more urbane lifestyle will also fit in well in Theresa Park.

“Prices here are quite competitive as prospective buyers can expect to pay around R1.1million for a standard three-bedroom, two-bathroom property with a double garage and a reasonably-sized erf. Prices can go as high as R4m, however,” says Mokwana, adding that properties closer to the mountains fetch more than those in other parts of the neighbourhood.

He contends that Theresa Park experiences limited sales movement as can be expected of a neighbourhood which offers so much in terms of convenience, value and lifestyle – as most residents are content, they prefer to stay put rather than up sticks.

The vast majority of residents therefore elect to renovate their properties rather than move to relatively newer and more modern areas. This is because Theresa Park has properties between 35 and 40 years old, according to Mokwana, who observes that most residential properties in the neighbourhood have already been made over.

He notes that no visible further development has taken place lately as the area is largely built up, a factor which is perceived as aiding in the preservation of property values, with no new housing stock coming on line.

Eldorette is marginally more affordable.

Monique Cromhout’s favourite places and things to do

Theresa Park is convenient as the location is excellent, including for someone like myself, who works in the property market. There is a variety of schools to choose from and it’s close to
Rosslyn, Wonderboom Junction and surrounds. – Monique Cromhout, resident
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1 Villa San Giovanni

It’s in a nice location and gives you a beautiful view of the runway. You can choose either fine dining or the family restaurant. Wonderboom Airport Main Terminal building, Linvelt Road, Annlin. 012 111 8888

2 Acrobranch

This is a great outdoor activity venue with obstacle courses for various age groups of children. Honingnestkrans Street, Pretoria North. 012 940 1966

Acrobranch is an outdoor activity venue. Picture: Supplied

3 Hartbeespoort

There’s a lot you can do in this lovely town. It’s got a number of restaurants to visit, there’s the Pretville movie theatre, Jasmyn farmer’s market and you can also go to the dam. North West (Under 30km from Theresa Park).

4 Crystal Sun Water Park

It’s a fairly new water park, with great swimming pools, which is open for day visits only and is great for a family outing. 120 Longmore Road, Akasia. 079 035 9986

5 Mount Amanzi

Holiday resort with lots of activities to keep the children busy. R512, Hartbeespoort. 012 381 5400

6 Castle Walk Restaurant

Vibey restaurant with bar area. Shop 25, Madelief Shopping Centre, Daan de Wet Nel Rd, Wolmer. 012 546 9146

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