Words: Betsie Loock-Van der Merwe
Monavoni is a hip, trendy suburb located on the southwestern outskirts of Centurion just west of the Raslouw area. The suburb, which in recent decades developed from farm portions in this lovely green hilly stretch of countryside, is literally situated on the R55, which connects Sandton with Pretoria. In just a few kilometres from Monavoni, the R55 links up to the N14 (Krugersdorp and Lanseria International Airport) and M1/N1 highways. The R101 (Old Johannesburg Road), R21 to OR Tambo International Airport, R512 to Hartbeespoort Dam and the R114 to Muldersdrift are within quick and easy access as well.
This neighbourhood is close to all amenities such as schools, medical services, churches of all denominations and business and professional services. The focus is on convenience and a modern stress-free, lock-up-and-go lifestyle in a secure environment.
Monavoni mainly comprises several medium-density security complexes and estates, which mostly, but not exclusively, cater to first-time buyers and young families in the middle-income group. These include developments like Sevilla Estate, Stone Ridge Country Estate, Silver Wood Estate, Silver Stone Estate and Thorn Field Estate.
Area statistics show that close to 90% (87,2%) of stable homeowners fall in the age group 18 to 49, of which 58% are younger than 35. Young people between 18 and 35 also dominate the recent buyer category (60,4%). This bustling area close to highways is not too popular with senior citizens 65+ years of age, as this segment of the population makes up only 1,7% in the stable owner group.
The entry-level price for concise apartments and townhouses is around R630,000 and R700,000, while slightly bigger properties are selling for between R800,000 and R1m. Comfortable three-bedroom units and houses will on average sell for R1,2m to R1,8m, while the asking price for more luxurious properties and family homes starts at around R2m. Land for development, small holdings and farms are also available.
Monavoni and its surrounding neighbourhoods offer a generous choice of schooling options for learners from preschool level up to senior secondary phase. In addition, the area boasts a multitude of daycare facilities for babies and toddlers, as well as after-school care services.
This year started on a high note with the opening of the brand-new Amberfield College (6km from Monavoni) in the neighbouring Rooihuiskraal North. The community welcomes this state-of-the-art college offering private school tuition to learners from Grade R to Grade 12.
Curro Thatchfield Independent School is also about 6km from Monavoni in Thatchfield and offers private education to learners from Grade 1 to Grade 12, while Curro Castle Thatchfield welcomes nursery school kids.
Uitsig Primary School is a public school in the nearby The Reeds. The school did groundbreaking work in introducing the first designated African (isiZulu and Setswana) languages classroom at a government school in Centurion. Hoërskool Uitsig is located close to the primary school and provides quality education to high-school learners.
Centurion Christian School, Maragon Schools Raslouw, Hoërskool Zwartkops, Sutherland High School and many more are well within reach of residents living in Monavoni.
With several contemporary shopping centres on its doorstep, residents have quick and easy access to a variety of entertainment opportunities.
With its array of retailers, lifestyle shops, health and beauty shops and eateries, Forest Hill City offers a shopping expedition second to none. Likewise, the centre presents multiple entertainment pleasures – from watching the latest block buster at Ster-Kinekor or playing your favourite games at the games arcade, to hours of fun and thrills at the ice rink and the exciting wave pool.
Residents can also choose to visit Mall@Reds where they have a pick of restaurants, coffee shops and cafes, and can watch a movie at Epic Cinemas.
Sport enthusiasts can participate in or watch several motoring and motorcycle activities and events at Zwartkops Raceway. Golfers will love the great golfing opportunities at nearby golf courses like Thatchfield Par 3 Golf Course, Copperleaf Golf Course, Blue Valley Golf Course, Midstream, Irene Country Club and Zwartkops golf course.
Monavoni’s central location in Centurion West places residents in the ideal position for day excursions to beautiful areas like Hartbeespoort Dam, Muldersdrift, Rietvlei Dam, Irene and many more.
What I love the most about living here, is that nothing is far away. We are close to the shops, close to the main roads, close to schools, doctors, our church, and our places of work in Centurion and Krugersdorp.
Pinky Sibiya, resident
- Centurion Day Hospital
- Intercare, Mall@55
- Medi-Clinic Midstream
- Netcare Unitas Hospital
- Rooihuiskraal Municipal Clinic
- Celtis Ridge Centre
- Forest Hill City
- Raslouw Lifestyle Centre
- Hogshead, Mall@Reds: craft beer, grill and smokehouse
- Kung Fu Kitchen, Mall@Reds: value-for-money Chinese restaurant
- News Café, Mall@55: cocktail bar, restaurant and vibrant entertainment venue
- Panarotti’s, Forest Hill City: popular family style Italian pasta and pizza restaurant
- Eagle Rock Spur, Forest Hill City: family-oriented steak ranch