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Sinoville was one of the first suburbs in the north-east and is popular because it is central and affordable with all the amenities

The houses in the area are 30 to 40 years old and older. That augurs well for affordability and adds to the numerous factors making Sinoville attractive.

Estate agents say property has picked up pace, with almost 170 transactions recorded last year. “Annlin was the first suburb in the north-east, then came Sinoville and after that Magalieskruin,” says Tobie Bruyns of Apple Property.

Bruyns, with 50 years’ experience, has returned to the area because of its increasingly bright prospects.

“Prices have stabilised. The 168 transactions in the suburb last year were valued at almost R200million,” says Bruyns.

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Centrality has always counted in Sinoville’s favour: it is within a 10km radius of Pretoria Central and offers easy access to many locations in nearby Pretoria North and surrounds.

There are many essential amenities including good schools, shopping centres, hospitals and Wonderboom airport, which now carries national status.

“It’s easier to get into town via the mountain from Sefako Makgatho Drive and then onto the M5 (Johan Heyns Road). It’s too much trouble to drive all the way to the N1, factoring in things like the toll gate,” says Bruyns.

Kolonnade, Kolonnade Retail, Wonderboom Junction, Sinoville Shopping Centre, Montana Value Centre and Tshwane China Shopping Mall represent the shopping offerings on or just off Sefako Makgatho Drive. Schools include Hoërskool Magalies and Montana.

Bruyns says 44% of recent buyers are aged in the 36-49 group, from which parents of schoolgoing children are largely drawn. Conversely, as many as 41% of residents have owned their properties for 11 or more years, a substantial percentage (31%) of whom were over-65, who were the second largest group to sell their properties last year.

“Most of them downscale and move to smaller properties, or enter retirement homes,” says Bruyns.

Unlike Montana or Doornpoort, where stands remain available, Sinoville is mostly built up and this makes it more affordable to own older properties, says Bruyns.

“In Sinoville, homes go from about R1.25m to under R2m. The median for the area is R1.4m. But remember that most of the owners may have snapped up those properties for R80000 or thereabouts.”

Bruyns says properties closer to the mountain, north of Sefako Makgatho Drive, are more sought after and more expensive.

Bruyns tips prospective buyers of properties below Sefako Makgatho Drive to check for possible structural weaknesses due to pockets of clay.

In one of the latest transactions Bruyns handled, a couple selling their home had to sign off for Consumer Protection Act provisions for cracks discovered during an inspection of their property.

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