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Thatchfield's eight estates offer convenience, sporting facilities, proximity to schools and the opportunity to live young, active ­lifestyles among like-minded professionals

Thatchfield Estates, commonly known as Thatchfield, is made up of six lifestyle estates: Thatchfield Crescent Estate, Thatchfield Close Estate, Thatchfield Manor Estate, Thatchfield Hills Estate, Thatchfield Gardens Estate and Thatchfield Glen Estate. All fall under the Thatchfield Homeowners’ Association.

A further two smaller, independent estates, River View and Thatch View, also belong in the Thatchfield group, says Anton Vorster of Apple Property.

Each estate has its own access control points and patrol guards. The security control room is manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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The residential units are suited to middle and upper-income earners as average household income is well above R50 000 a month, says Vorster.

“The entry-level property price is just above R1 million. 

“You get anything from simplexes to larger, double-storey units at around R3m.”

Vorster says most residents are between 30 and 50 years old.

Thatchfield promotes an active lifestyle and nearness to centres of service is a given. Most young and middle-aged professionals have children of school-going age, and their education needs can be conveniently serviced at Curro Thatchfield, a private school which opened a few years ago and has affected property prices.

“The school has had an impact on property prices, which are way above average,” says Vorster. The attraction to Thatchfield increased as enrolment is now to Grade 12. Other nearby schools include Southdowns College, Midstream College, Springvale Primary and Hoërskool Zwartkop.

Other facilities include the onsite, nine-hole Thatchfield par 3 golf course, which boasts a PGA academy; two floodlit tennis courts; a jogging trail; and an all-purpose field.

“Thatchfield is close to all nearby major freeways such as the N14 and the R55, and Forest Hill City, which has 125 shops, and the new Mall@55, a smaller, convenience lifestyle centre.”

Proximity to arterial routes makes travelling to Pretoria, Johannesburg, Midrand, O R Tambo International Airport and Lanseria International Airport relatively easy.
Most  residents are under 50. Between October 2016 and September this year, 96% of new buyers were under 50, split between the 36-49 category (58%) and the 18-35 bracket (38%).

In another notable trend, the proportion of pensioner buyers (over 65s) was zero, compared to the 4% of counterparts who sold properties.

The 65-plus are thus a rare phenomenon, dwarfed significantly by their middle-aged neighbours, whose 67% stable home-ownership ratio is the biggest.

It is also noteworthy that most residents who elect to move to Thatchfield are looking to upgrade or may be moving into their second home. 

Some have previously have lived in flats, according to Vorster, who says buyers have come from areas including Pretoria Central and Centurion CBD.

Sterrewag in Tshwane and Glenhazel in Joburg are two suburbs offering similar prices.

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