The Orchards is drawing people to a middle-class lifestyle and offers affordability and convenient access to education facilities, shopping, public and private healthcare and public transport
Get a toehold in real estate at a price you can afford and then sit back and enjoy many of the perks of a middle-class lifestyle.
This sales pitch for The Orchards by estate agent Jonathan Maphanga, of Joe Nathan Properties, cannot be faulted for the fact that the area is one of the more affordably priced suburbs of Tshwane. In recent years it has been drawing lower-middle income earners in droves, mostly first-time home buyers.
Maphanga says: “Most first-timers can afford to buy property here. You can pick up a two-bedroom, stand-alone home for about R500 000. Most of these buyers come from nearby townships such as Garankuwa, Soshanguve and Mabopane.”
At this price an investor can accommodate a young family in a decent home that includes an open-plan living area and a carport.
“It’s convenient to live in The Orchards. Towards Karenpark, you have Wonderpark Shopping Centre, a huge mall offering lots of shops, restaurants and services plus entertainment. Then you have good public transport, including buses; private clinics and a public clinic, Karenpark Clinic,” says Maphanga. The lifestyle is available to a family with a combined household of just R16 000.
The average household income for The Orchards is between R35 000 and R45 000, according to Lightstone statistics.
Wonderpark Shopping Centre has regional mall status and is a popular shopping and amusement destination in the Pretoria North area and beyond. As for schools, the area is in a zone that is home to numerous primary and high schools as well as creches. These include Akasia Nursery School, Laerskool Akasia, Orchards
Primary School, Hoërskool Pretoria-Noord and Hoërskool Gerrit Maritz.
Maphanga refers to the diverse property offering in The Orchards. “At the top end are houses priced at around R2 million, which usually have four bedrooms and a garage.”
Most of the property portfolio consists of free-standing homes suited to young families or couples, with few sectional titles available. Maphanga himself once lived nearby before moving on to Theresapark. He says most of the residents are aged between 35 and 50.
Signs are that the call to a more decent lifestyle is being heeded as statistics from Lightstone show annual residential property sales in The Orchards rising steadily between 2013 and last year. This is to be expected given that the whole of Akasia, of which The Orchards is part, has been one of the fastest growing areas of Tshwane in the past few years.
It is separated from Karenpark by a single street and one can expect similar property values there.
The Orchards was established as a suburb in 1904 with a Dutch Reformed Church, and is the forerunner suburb of Akasia, which today incorporates Amandasig, Karenpark, Theresapark, Ninapark, Clarina, Hesteapark, Florauna and Chantelle.
In the 1970s, nearby Rosslyn was established as an industrial hub, and more homes were built in The Orchards and Akasia to accommodate artisans and technicians and their families. Rosslyn is home to the assembly plants of BMW and Nissan.