A variety of residential properties, regularly upgraded and close to major shopping malls, makes Wierda Park attractive. With proximity to good schools, it is ideal for young families with children.
Wierda Park and its surrounds are known for regular upgrading of homes and corresponding and consistent makeovers to local shopping and business centres.
It is a neighbourhood of energising and exciting change, one where investors have a good chance of seeing a good return on purchased residential property.
The area is also remarkably central, making it convenient for the various demographic groups.
The average buyer profile is of a young couple with children who want to be near good schools and other essential amenities, and have ease of access to the freeway.
In addition to proximity to arterial routes such as the N1 and N14, the Gautrain station in Centurion, SuperSport Park and institutions such as Centurion Academy, are also nearby.
“Wierda Park is centrally situated and ideal for people who work in Johannesburg or Pretoria,” says Elmarie Human of Apple Property, who specialises in the area.
“Apart from many good local shopping centres, nearness to other excellent shopping facilities such as Mall of Africa in Midrand and Forest Hill City, on the other side of Centurion, make living here so convenient.”
Human describes Wierda Park as an affordable area, with properties ranging from about R400 000 to R3 million.
“The suburb has a huge variety of residential properties, from homes on big stands, some measuring up to 2 000m², mingling with spacious houses, sectional title complexes and residential estates.”
Given the wide range in prices, families with older children also seek put down roots in Wierda Park. “People who buy in the area are mostly those wishing to settle.
More than 50% of owners remain for longer than 11 years,” says Human. Statistics indicate most homeowners and new buyers are between 36 and 64 years old.
Human ticks off a selection of English and Afrikaans pre-primary, primary and high schools in and around the area: Little Village Christian Nursery, Wierda Park Primary, Laerskool Wierdapark, Laerskool Bakenkop, Springvale Primary, Hoërskool Eldoraigne, Hoërskool Zwartkop and Sutherland High.
“Older residents will in time move to retirement villages or downscale as the younger people buy their bigger and older homes at good prices, which they can renovate as they want,” she says.
“Shopping centres such as Centurion Mall, Mall @Reds, Wierda Village and Raslouw Lifestyle Centre are continuously upgraded; other business centres too.”
Some residents remember around 1965, some of the roads in this Centurion suburb were unpaved, reinforcing Human’s assertion Wierda Park is in constant renewal. Human reckons most properties date from the 1970s.
Should you fail to get a property of your preference here, it may be worthwhile to look at Rooihuiskraal North, Hennopspark, Celtisdal or Eldoraigne, says Human, as properties there compare favourably with those in Wierda Park.
One property analyst sees Wierda Park as a good stepping stone to Eldoraigne, saying properties there tend to be a little pricier.