Moot has many ‘hidden gems’ for homebuyers

Spacious suburban homes, tree-lined streets and convenient shops and schools – the eastern suburbs of the Moot area have all these and more on offer for new homebuyers in Pretoria.
So says Anne-Marie Scholtz, new owner of the RealNet franchise covering these suburbs, who notes:“The area is an excellent choice for first-time buyers and retirees as well as families looking for more affordable homes that are close to the city centre and well-supplied with public transport as well as schools, churches, medical facilities and shopping centres.

This home in Wonderboom South is on sale through RealNet for R1,42m. It offers three bedrooms, two bathrooms, lounge, diningroom, kitchen, double carport and sprinkler system. There is also a two-bedroom, one-bathroom flat on the property with its own lounge and kitchen.
“In Rietfontein, for example, it is still possible to buy a three-bedroom home for between R850 000 and R1,5m while in Waverley, you can purchase a four-bedroom home on a large stand with double garage and cottage for as little as R2m. And first-time buyers looking for apartments will find plenty of one and two-bedroom options in Gezina at prices from around R270 000.”
Scholtz, who also owns the RealNet franchise serving Silver Lakes and the surrounding estates to the east of Pretoria, says she first became acquainted with the “hidden gems”available in the Moot through clients who were upgrading from suburbs in the area to more expensive homes in Pretoria East.
“And the more I got to know about it, the more I realised that it was a great option for first-time buyers and young families looking for quality properties that were more affordable than those in the city’s New East, and would enable them to get on to the property ladder while saving on transport costs.”
For family buyers, she says, a big draw card is the fact that the area has a host of excellent primary and secondary schools conveniently located in its various suburbs, which means that children can in many instances even walk or cycle to school in safety. “The generous stands and wide, tree-lined streets also create a tranquil atmosphere and one often also sees joggers and cyclists here in the early mornings and evenings.
“There are also many safe parks for dog-walking and exercising, churches of many different denominations, several large shopping centres, both public and private hospitals, and many secure retirement villages. And of course, there is the famous ‘antiques route’ running through the area.”
These suburbs are an easy drive from the city centre but also readily accessible by public transport, and close to both the freeway network and the Gautrain terminus in Hatfield. They have always been favoured by public servants, teachers, hospital staff and members of the police service, as well as University of Pretoria academics and students. They have also gained popularity among foreign embassy staff and emigrants since the Department of Foreign Affairs head office was relocated to Rietondale a few years ago, and Scholtz says sales are currently brisk on the back of high demand.
According to property data company Lightstone, the suburb of Villieria experienced the highest property turnover in the Moot last year, with R120m worth of freehold sales recorded and R34m worth of sectional title sales. Queenswood was next in the turnover stakes, with R76m worth of freehold sales and R20 in sectional title sales.
Waverley registered R57m worth of freehold sales and R62m worth of sectional title sales, while Wonderboom South registered R47m worth of freehold sales and R38m worth of sectional title sales.
“At RealNet we aspire to make a difference in people’s lives and in these suburbs, I feel that our hard-working, friendly and well-qualified team of estate agents can really help a large number of buyers to realise their home ownership dreams,” says Scholtz.

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