Words: Betsie Loock-van der Merwe Images: Rene Walker & Google Maps
The neighbouring suburbs of Meyerspark, Murrayfield and La Montagne are situated between the Watermeyer and Simon Vermooten off -ramps in a hilly, green area surrounding the Skuilkrans Kopje. This cluster borders on The_R104 (old Bronkhorstspruit Road) in the north and is particularly well-connected to suburbs like Silverton, Die Wilgers, Equestria, Lynnwood Ridge and Lynnwood Manor, bringing emergency services like police stations and hospitals within easy reach. The N4 also offers hassle-free access to the N1-freeway, Hatfield Gautrain station, the University of Pretoria, and the city centre.
Being mainly residential with amenities like schools, churches and a few small old-style local shopping complexes, Meyerspark, Murrayfield and La Montagne, however, are quiet and well-preserved with lots of trees, birds, wooded gardens and natural surroundings.
The diverse real-estate market in this area makes it possible for starter-ups as well as established citizens to own or rent a home. There are not many well-established, excellently located suburbs with beautiful natural surrounds in Pretoria East where one can own an apartment for R500,000, give or take.
There’s quite a number of these available in traditional stacked apartment blocks, and they range from one- to three-bedroom units. While entry-level apartments can sell for under half a million, the average asking price is around R750,000 for a medium to bigger size apartment. In general, these offer quite a bit more floor space than what newly-developed apartment inhabitants may be used to. Small families with kids, retired couples and those preferring their feet on the ground have an extensive variety of townhouses to choose from. Most of these complexes have lovely park-like communal gardens adding to the feeling of peace and quiet in these neighbourhoods. Many are situated on the slopes of the hills offering picturesque vistas over the area. Prices start at around R800,000, and for R1,2 to R1,5m one can own a spacious townhouse that can comfortably accommodate an established family.
Freestanding houses in the neighbourhood or in a security estate sells for on average R1,7m. These usually have extended facilities like a granny flat. At the top end of the market one can find a lovely multi-storey designer family home with many extras, priced for around R2,5m to R3m.
Laerskool Skuilkrans in Murrayfield, Laerskool Meyerspark Primary and La Montagne Primary School are public schools conveniently situated within the boundaries of these
neighbourhoods. The suburbs are feeder areas for Hoërskool Die Wilgers and Willow Ridge High School. Both these public schools are located just across the road in Die Wilgers.
The Deutsche Internationale Schule Pretoria, situated just off Simon Vermooten Road opposite La Montagne, is a popular option offering German and English streams to pupils from kindergarten level up to Grade 12.
A variety of other public and private schools is available a stone’s throw away from Murrayfield, Meyerspark and La Montagne in neighbouring suburbs.
Pretoria National Botanical Garden is situated a few kilometers west of the Meyerspark/Murrayfield/ La Montagne cluster. This pristine 76ha parkland offers nature-loving residents a fabulous getaway from the daily suburban routine.
A paved nature trail allows visitors access to a diversity of indigenous fauna and flora on the ridge that runs through the gardens, while approximately 50ha comprises differently themed developed gardens.
The garden is habitat to many animal species and boasts a rich birdlife. Other attractions to explore include an arboretum, herbarium, biodiversity centre, demo gardens, waterfall, a tea garden, restaurant, and picnic area.
The Pioneer Museum terrain is literally situated on the doorstep of Meyerspark and makes a lovely family outing in the open air. This “living museum” portrays life as it was lived in the 19th century. The terrain is home to Pretoria’s oldest building, the 1848 House. There are picnic and braai facilities, and a farmer’s market takes place at the museum every Saturday morning from 05:30.
Residents can also join the Friends of the Skuilkrans Kopje group, which will give them access to the Skuilkrans Kopje incorporating Meyerspark Bird Sanctuary. The “koppie”, a declared conservation area, forms the border between Murrayfield and Meyerspark, while Meyerspark Bird Sanctuary is situated along the banks of the Moreleta Spruit in Meyerspark.
I love the little German bakery and butchery around the corner. There’s a filling station as well, and if I need anything else, I just drive a kilometre or two to Murrayfield Spar
Dalene Taylor, Meyerspark Resident
- Indulge in hours of pampering at La Montagne Day Spa.
- Murrayfield Tennis Club also offers braai facilities and a kiddies’ playground.
- Meyerspark Bowling Club offers a bit of healthy rivalry and lots of social interaction.
- The nearby The Grove boasts an ice rink, movies, games arcade and a variety of restaurants.
- Zappas Bistro: meet and eat from breakfast to late evening
- Milkplum Café, Pretoria Botanical Gardens: tea garden and restaurant
- Le-Si Restaurant, Casa Toscana Lodge: lovely fine dining
- Maggie’s Coffee & Bakery: Intimate space for breakfast, lunch and sweet treats
- Die Brotstube: German bread rolls, cake and tarts
- Murrayfield Corner: local convenience
- Anleen Centre: everyday needs
- Watermeyer Park Shopping Centre: just off the N4
- Silverwater Crossing: great variety
- The Grove: comprehensive mall within close distance