Wapadrand property a keeper

Wapadrand, an exclusive suburb on the northern slopes of the Bronberg mountain range to the east of Pretoria, has proven its popularity among residents - and no more so than in the Wapadrand Estate, where more than 30% of owners have lived for more than a decade.

The estate used to be an open suburb, but through the years has evolved into a fully-fledged secure area with controlled entrances at Lynnwood Road and Hans Strydom Drive, says Fransiska Schutte, principal of local estate agency RealNet Wilgers.

"The emphasis in the estate is on a secure family lifestyle and buyers are attracted by the peaceful and safe environment where residents can go for walks and let their children roam free. The fact that it has evolved into an estate also means that a wide variety of homes in different styles and price ranges are available, in contrast to the architectural uniformity often seen in other estates."

Prices of sectional title town-houses in the estate start at around R600 000 while bigger units reach selling prices of about R1,2m. Prices of freehold houses generally range from R1m to R3m.

Schutte says the estate draws buyers of all ages. Young adults and pensioners currently represent 15% of buyers, while 70% of sales are evenly split between buyers between the ages of 36 and 49 and those between 50 and 64.

The abundance of indigenous trees and bush vegetation, as well as spectacular views from properties on the Bronberg certainly contribute to the estate's allure, she says, but convenience probably plays a decisive role in residents' staying power.

"All amenities, including shopping centres, hospitals and other medical services are conveniently close and there is easy access to both the N1 and N4 highways. Wapadrand is also a feeder area for several good schools, such as Tygerpoort Laerskool, Willowridge High and Die Wilgers High, as well as Doxa Deo Christion School, the German school incorporating a French primary school, and Abbotts College."

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