Pretoria’s eastern neighbourhoods are just getting more and more popular by the day – making them some of Gauteng’s hottest tickets in real estate. Enjoying pride of place in this growth area is Menlyn, which is nestled between the Garsfontein and Atterbury offramps. It’s a meeting point between old suburbs and more contemporary parts of town – which just adds to the allure of this up-and-coming section to the market.

Exciting developments in the area include two major shopping hubs. Last year, some major revamps and expansions were completed at Menlyn Park Shopping Mall, which is now apparently the biggest of its kind on the continent. And Menlyn Maine, the vast mixed-use precinct development with its various business, retail and shopping spaces – as well as an leisure complex and Pretoria’s very first casino – was a trailblazer for a whole host of new developments like commercial and residential enterprises in Menlyn and suburbs such as Ashlea Gardens, Lynnwood Glen and Newlands.

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The development of the opulent apartments in The Trilogy Collection – Menlyn Maine’s accommodation offering – is in full swing, with the first sections due for completion early in 2019. It comprises 550 apartments, boasting everything from swanky studio units to ultrasleek penthouses. The Regency in Ashlea Gardens is another new exciting development that’s all about luxury, and it is tailormade for young urbanites who long for a smart investment in this area.

Apart from luxury accommodation, the scope and demand for student accommodation is also on the up and up, given Menlyn’s proximity to many of Pretoria’s most coveted tertiary institutions, including the University of Pretoria. What’s more, the accessibility of public transport options such as the Gautrain bus route, the Hatfield station and the fact that Menlyn is served by the new Bus Rapid Transport system makes this suburb a top choice among potential buyers.

Foodie delights

Baobab Cafe and Grill, Menlyn Park Shopping Centre: family fare
Guy Fieri’s Kitchen and Bar SA, Time Square: American-Italian cuisine
Forti Grill and Bar, Time Square: all the bells and whistles!
The Black Bamboo, Ashlea Gardens: award-winning Asian creations
Cubana Menlyn, Menlyn Piazza: Cuban inspiration

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Don’t miss this!

The Fun Company: for mini golf, laser tag, laser maze, bumper cars and bowling.
Menlyn Maine: kids love the indoor Bounce trampoline park!
The 19th Hole Putt-Putt course: family fun at its best.
The new Time Square South Africa Casino at Menlyn Maine.

Natural appeal

Struben Dam Bird Sanctuary
Faerie Glen Nature Reserve
Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve

Reasons to love Menlyn Park Shopping Centre…

It’s got a whole new contemporary look.
The centre offers such a wide variety of stores and services – all under one roof.
The mouth-watering food court ensures that absolutely every taste is catered for.
Kids will be thrilled with the activities on offer at at the Fun Company (while Mom and Dad can sit back and relax at their restaurant).
It never feels crowded, thanks to the centre’s wonderfully spacious passages and walkways. The mall has extended trading hours, so shopping here is oh-so convenient!
(Visit menlynpark.co.za for more info on this great centre.)

Resident’s view:

“I love Menlyn’s comprehensive shopping centres. I don’t have to drive all around town to do different shopping chores. I stop once and I leave once with everything I need.” Leila Swart, resident

Words: Riekie Human | Images: Supplied

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