Suiderberg offers affordability in a perfect location with good schools, and mountainside homes for those who are more flush
From afar and across the valley, picturesque Suiderberg looks like a mountain resort, a tropical paradise among the foothills of the Magaliesberg, dotted with palm trees to add to its exotic allure.
This suburb to the north-west of Pretoria is sandwiched between Lady Selborne to the west and Mountain View to the east.
Of the three, it attracts the lion’s share of attention due to its special location and delightful postcard prettiness.
“Suiderberg is one of the most exciting suburbs in the north-west of Pretoria.
“It commands stunning views, is in a perfect location and is also well-priced, compared to the surrounding suburbs,” says Peter Mokwana, Seeff principal for Pretoria North (Jakaranda).
For these and other reasons Suiderberg is more expensive than the surrounding suburbs of Andeon, Claremont, Booysens, Daspoort and Lady Selbourne.
In pricing and valuation terms, Pretoria Gardens is the only neighbouring suburb that compares favourably with Suiderberg, with homes in both suburbs averaging at a median R1.1 million.
Within Suiderberg itself, property prices depend on where a home is in the suburb. Homes closer to the mountainside tend to fetch more than those further from the slopes and closer to the highway, says Mokwana.
“You still find properties valued at about R850 000 farthest from the mountain but as you get closer, prices may soar to R4m.”
Another leading price determiner is that homes in Suiderberg are more modern than those in its immediate suburban surrounds. Mokwana says some houses here were built fairly recently.
Suiderberg is also close to essential amenities.
“The suburb is easy to access from almost every direction, from the R80 highway or the adjacent suburbs of Booysens, Capital Park, Mountain View, Mayview or Wolmer. There are schools, filling stations, medium-size shopping centres and family-run small eating outlets,” says Mokwana.
The R55 is a conduit to Van der Hoff Road, which is the local route to Brits and Hartbeespoort in the west and to well-reputed schools and hospitals to the east, including Prospectus Novus School in Mayville and Eugene Marais Hospital in Les Marais.
In Suiderberg itself, there’s Laerskool Suiderberg, and Laerskool Booysens is within 2km.
“Wonderpark Shopping Centre is still the main mall for people who base themselves here.”
Regarding the property mix, Mokwana says: “Suiderberg boasts various types, ranging from freehold and sectional titles to commercial properties. In the nearby area of Lady Selborne you find some RDP houses.”
Demographically the suburb has remained a largely middle-aged (36-49 years) bastion (43%), with mature folk (50-64 years) coming in a close second at 39%.
“Suiderberg used to be an almost exclusively Afrikaans-speaking suburb, but is now more mixed in terms of social, economic, cultural and racial make-up,” says Mokwana.