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Rooihuiskraal North: Modern in the north

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Close to the popular Mall@Reds the suburb attracts first-time buyers starting a family, the single person looking to rent, young professionals and older folk wanting to downsize.

Rooihuiskraal North is a sectional title haven of security complexes and housing estates occupied mostly by people who place a premium on convenient lifestyle living.

The available freehold properties make up about a quarter of the total housing stock and several of them are more affordable than some sectional title properties.

Joanie McLean’s places of interest in Rooihuiskraal North

Elmarie Human of Apple Property describes Rooihuiskraal North as “the more modern part of Wierda Park and Rooihuiskraal”, saying that it scores highly on convenience. “It is between a lot of good schools, near shopping centres and has easy access to highways.” 

The good schools include Centurion Christian School, Hoërskool Eldoraigne, SPARK Centurion and Centurion Montessori School, among a select list of well-reputed primary schools, high schools and tertiary institutions. 

This could partly explain the high number of young new entrants to the neighbourhood, with statistics showing the 18-35 years old demographic at 44% as the largest bloc of newcomers for the past year. These include young families keen on the ease of access to crèches and schools for their children. In total, about 84% of new buyers for the year ending June 2017 were under 50 years old.   

In another noteworthy trend, owners aged between 36 and 49 years old are most likely to sell their properties, with 48% of sellers for the same period coming from this category. 

Mall@Reds is a child-friendly centre with good restaurants. Picture: John Makoni

Of the local shopping centres, Mall@Reds and its adjacent smaller cousin, Raslouw Lifestyle Centre, are well-equipped to meet the needs of the locals for essentials, luxuries, services and entertainment.  

Mall@Reds has a flagship Virgin Active gym, many restaurants and leading national retail outlets. “The upgraded Mall@Reds offers a variety of shops and restaurants. 

The restaurant area has a play section for children and there’s a new sports pub which is a big attraction for the younger generation and for business lunches,” says Human. 

“The area is suitable for a variety of residents: the first-time buyer who’s just starting a family, the single person looking to rent, the young professional and even older people that want to go smaller.” 

She says the availability of a good mix of property portfolios over a huge price range makes Rooihuiskraal North attractive for both rental and buying. “It is a good area of smaller properties and bigger properties to invest in and to let. It  appeals to older people who want to scale down. It is also a safe area,” adds Human. 

Most properties suit the lifestyle of the young and highly mobile. Picture: John Makoni

Residents of the suburb are known for their active participation in the local CPF, with many forming their own neighbourhood watch bodies in their respective sections, and 24-hour patrols by private security firms are a marked feature of the suburb.

One advantage Rooihuiskraal North holds over Rooihuiskraal proper is that it consists largely of newer properties that require little to no maintenance or renovation. 

And should you move here, you will definitely be spoilt for choice when it comes to places of interest, amusement sites and hobbies. 

“The Rooihuiskraal Historical Terrain and Animal Farm was declared a monument in 1981. It has picnic spots with braai facilities and an animal farm, plus a children’s playground as well as a restaurant.” She recommends the Bishop Bird Park for its abundant birdlife and wildlife. 
Of the areas offering the same outlook, lifestyle and value, one may look at Centurion suburbs such as Celtisdal, Wierda Park Extension 2 and Monavoni.

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