WORDS: BETSIE LOOCK-VAN DER MERWE IMAGES: RENE WALKER
The sought-after, well-established, and leafy area of Equestria is located between the main roads of Simon Vermooten and Solomon Mahlangu and is flanked by the N4-highway in the north and Lynnwood Road to its south.
“Equestria is a modern neighbourhood comprising many different residential estates and complexes of which most have monitored entrance control and security measures in place,” says resident Winnie Rabie.
The suburb boasts a diverse population varying from young people in rental units and first-time buyers to well-established families as well as senior citizens living in several retirement estates in Equestria.
“Rental prices are not too high and asking prices for properties are quite reasonable and offer good value for money,” says Winnie.
Winnie, who has been living in Equestria with her husband and kids since 2006, says this neighbourhood meets all their requirements in terms of convenience, location, look and feel.
“Even though the tree-filled suburb has shown significant development over the past 14 years, Equestria has retained its peaceful character,” she says. “The residential developments are all of superb quality, and the estates and sidewalks are properly maintained and visually appealing.”
The suburb is perfectly located within a few minutes’ drive from the N4 highway taking motorists either to the central business district of the city, the N1 highway, neighbouring suburbs, or in an eastern direction to Mpumalanga.
“Developments like The Grove is only 3km from our home, while we have huge Checkers, Chamberlains and Makro stores located within 2km from us. We never have to drive far for anything we need,” says Winnie.
She emphasises that people living in Equestria are friendly and kind. “Residents of the estate we live in always greet and frequently start a conversation when walking by.
Even the employees of Woolworths in Equestria Shopping Centre know their regular clients and always make residents feel welcome in the shop.”
Over weekends the Rabies usually visit The Grove Mall that’s located on the corner of the main roads of Simon Vermooten Road and the well-known Lynnwood Road in Pretoria East. This comprehensive centre in Equestria is a shoppers’ mecca and offers a wealth of department stores and interesting privately-owned specialty shops to browse through.
Residents are spoilt for choice when it comes to movie offerings at Ster-Kinekor in The Grove. The cinemas include 2D and Imax as well as Prestige theatres.
“There are a huge variety of restaurants and eateries in the centre,” says Winnie. “An ice rink and a games arcade (The Fun Company) offer loads of fun activities for kids, and the whole family can compete in a round of ten-pin bowling.”
What I love most about living in Equestria is to be able to return to our home in this lovely, serene neighbourhood after a working day in the busy city centre of Pretoria WINNIE RABIE, RESIDENT
MEDICAL FACILITIES NEARBY
- Life Wilgers Hospital
- Netcare Pretoria East Hospital
- Intercare Hazeldean
- Faerie Glen Hospital
- Denmar Psychiatric Hospital
- Faerie Glen Nature Reserve
- Fairy Park
- Skuilkrans Kopje
- Pretoria National Botanical Gardens
- Hedianga Farm
- Afro-Boer: unique baker’s cafe and coffee shop
- Ocean Basket The Grove: well-known seafood chain
- Padstal: pub, live entertainment, popular get-together
- Pizza Perfect Equestria: conveniently located in Equestria Gateway
- The Hussar Grill The Grove: highly recommended steakhouse
- Willowridge High School
- Hoërskool Die Wilgers
- Deutsche Internationale Schule Pretoria
- Star College Pretoria
- La Montagne Primary School
- Laerskool Skuilkrans
- Equestria Gateway Centre
- Equestria Shopping Centre
- The Grove Mall
- Wapadrand Shopping Centre
- Willows Crossing
- BP, corner of Furrow and Simon Vermooten roads
- Caltex Wapadrand
- Engen Rossouw Street
Ronel van Niekerk, owner of Equestria Cleaning Services and Equestria Epoxy Pools and Floors enjoys this neighbourhood’s tranquil atmosphere, its community and superb location close to amenities. Equestria Cleaning Services was established almost four years ago and cleans residences and offices. Equestria Epoxy Pools and Floors celebrated its fifth year of existence and offers swimming pool maintenance and repair services, as well as the installation of pumps and filters.
Ronel describes her clientele as people who generally work long hours who require domestic services for a few hours as well as clients with swimming pools in need of attention or a new look. “Most of our clients are really pleasant and very friendly.”
She says even though the area has developed, and many more estates and complexes have been established, it’s still a great neighbourhood to live in. “The area is lovely and clean, and residents still enjoys jogging or walking in the quieter streets.”