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PRETORIA: Our insider’s guide to Wingate Park

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This is a suburb where parents can move in and stay until their children have completed their education and it is close to shopping centres and travel routes

Wingate Park is regarded as an ideal family suburb, one where young couples can move in to start a family and stay put until the children are out of school before thinking of moving on.

Homes in the area are established, spacious and sturdy and augur well for raising a family in a central location that lies in proximity to essential amenities. 

Karien de Jongh, an estate agent for Seeff Pretoria East, says: “Wingate Park is suited to young families, who want to raise their children there until after their tertiary education, as it offers many options for nursery schools, primary schools and high schools. It is a feeder area for Laerskool Elarduspark and Hoërskool Waterkloof. It also boasts the Pretoria Chinese School.”

Wingate Park is conveniently situated close to main facilities and nature spots for recreation. – Karien de Jongh and Unita Conradie, estate agents, Seeff, Pretoria East Picture: Supplied

Easy access to all the surrounding main routes, such as Delmas Road and the R21 and N1, is another plus. De Jongh says the estates are exclusive due to the extra security.

“Wingate Golf Estate is an established favourite in the area. Although it is not part of Wingate Park Country Club, it is on the border, so it offers views over the greens.

“Next to Wingate Golf Estate are smaller complexes, more suitable for smaller families or executives, all of which offer easy access to Delmas Road and Solomon Mahlangu Drive.”

Regarding freehold market stock, a recessed market has necessitated the importance of renovating one’s property as homes that are done up will sell quicker, says De Jongh.

“Renovated properties are more lucrative. It is better to renovate and hold onto your investment until the market has changed for the better,” she advises. 

The sub-par economy has resulted in a downward trend in property sales in the past three years, in line with most markets nationally, says De Jongh.

For owners of top-end properties, one option would be to rent out one’s home with a view to re-evaluating once the market has improved, says De Jongh. 

Also shoring up the area’s family-friendliness are the many shopping options. There’s Elarduspark Shopping Centre, just across Delmas Road, from a selection that includes Woodlands Boulevard Shopping Centre, Parkview Shopping Centre and Menlyn Park Shopping Centre.

“There are also golfing and bowling options. The Wingate Park Country Club boasts an 18-hole championship golf course and five greens for bowling,” says De Jongh.

Her partner at Seeff Pretoria East Unita Conradie says residents are also surrounded by nature spots and have perfect weekend getaways to select from. 

“For nature lovers and mountain bike enthusiasts, there’s Rietvlei Nature Reserve,” she says. Conradie says the completion of the “ghost” mall in Delmas Road will add much-needed vitality to the area. She has it on good authority that negotiations to that effect are at an advanced stage.

“Its successful completion will have a positive impact on properties in Wingate Park, Elardus Park and Moreleta Park,” she says

Juan du Preez’s favourite places and things to do

I settled for this area after looking
around in Pretoria East. It’s so calm
and close to the highways and
most of the shopping centres in the
area. I bought my property because it
borders the golf course. I can look on
to the greens from my stoep.
That was the biggest selling point
for me. – Juan du Preez with wife Vanessa and daughter Charee
Picture: Supplied

1 Summit Grill and Skybar Woodhill

A great restaurant for breakfast. I always enjoy taking my family there. Shop G151, Parkview Shopping Centre, corner Garsfontein Drive and Netcare Road, Moreleta Park. 0129981847

Summit Grill and Skybar is a stylish setting for breakfast. Picture: Supplied

2 Woodlands Boulevard Shopping Centre

It has lots of shops and services to make life easy and convenient. This includes a nice selection of restaurants and a Food Lover’s Market. Philadelphia Road, Pretoriuspark. 0129979460

3 Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve

Plenty of bird life, plant species and game. Helios Street, Moreleta Park. 0123581510

4 Mozambik

They’ve got a great seafood menu and the entertainment is also good. The Village Convenience Centre, Shop 30, 1220 Wekker Street, Moreleta Park Ext 13. 0120230126

5 Elarduspark Shopping Centre

This centre is the closest to us, so we find it very convenient for all sorts of necessities. Barnard Street, Elarduspark.

6 Rietvlei Nature Reserve

There is wild game viewing and fishing on the dam. 4 Game Reserve Avenue, Rietvallei. 0123581812 


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