WORDS: BETSIE LOOCK-VAN DER MERWE IMAGES: RENE WALKER, SUPPLIED & GOOGLE MAPS
Hartbeespoort Dam, which is fed by the Crocodile and Magalies rivers, was constructed in 1923 in the scenic Hartbeespoort Valley in the Magaliesberg mountains about 40km west of Pretoria. About the same time the ﬁrst settlement, namely Schoemansville, was established on the north-eastern banks of the dam.
In the years that followed, the picturesque scenery, historic dam wall, tunnel, and the waterside so close to the big cities of Pretoria and Joburg, attracted many city dwellers looking to breath in some fresh countryside air over weekends. Soon the village and surrounding areas became a popular weekend and holiday home destination.
New developments surfaced around the dam, schools and churches were built, the business centre expanded, and before long the Hartbeespoort area emerged as a trendy sought-after permanent place of residence as well.
In addition to the gorgeous scenery and countryside tranquillity, this tendency can also be attributed to Hartbeespoort’s convenient location within easy access of major routes like the N4, R511, R512 and N14 leading to respectively Pretoria (40km), Rustenburg (80km), Sandton (65km), Joburg (80km), and Krugersdorp (65km).
Today, Hartbeespoort comprises several suburbs e.g. Ifaﬁ, Meerhof, Melodie, Kosmos, Xanadu and Schoemansville, while numerous estates like Pecanwood Estate, Seasons Lifestyle Estate, Estate D’Afrique, La Camargue Private Country Estate, Leloko Lifestyle and Eco Estate, The Islands Estate, Birdwood Estate, Caribbean Beach Club, Hartbeespoort Rural and others cater to different individual needs, tastes and budgets.
The area offers enough shopping facilities, business and medical services for residents to comfortably get by without having to travel to the city too often. Mediclinic Brits (the nearest hospital) is approximately a 20km drive from Harties.
Property for sale and to rent in Hartbeespoort include just about everything from a boat house to a waterfront mansion and anything in between – from shares in a sectional title to a retirement home.
Smaller properties include middle-income starter-up or second home apartments and townhouses with an average asking price of R1m and less, while medium-sized properties including townhouses, bigger apartments and two- and three-bedroom freestanding homes sell for on average R1,85m.
More luxurious properties in the well-established part of town are scarce and more expensive, while extravagant properties in a luxury security estate with lots of extras and maybe a waterfront or exquisite view over the dam and mountains, may cost from about R2,5m up to R8m.
The area is constantly developing, and the real estate market includes lots of stands in developing estates. These can range from small 200m2 stands in retirement estates priced from around R200,000, to huge pieces of vacant land, smallholdings, farms and land earmarked for development.
Stable property ownership is dominated by the age groups of 36 to 49 (36,3%) and 50 to 64 (36,7%) which together make up almost three quarters of property owners.
Laerskool Generaal Hendrik Schoeman was the ﬁrst school in Hartbeespoort. Although this primary school as it is known today opened its doors in 1954, it stemmed from the original “camp school” that was founded in the early 1920s.
Hoërskool Hartbeespoort High School also boasts a long and proud history from the foundation of the original school (domestic science school for girls) in 1927. Today, the school boasts over 800 boys and girls and off ers education to both English- and Afrikaans-speaking pupils.
Pecanwood College is an independent combined school situated a stone’s throw from Pecanwood Estate. The school offers quality education to learners from Grade 000 to Grade 12.
Other private schools include Mountain Cambridge School, offering a Cambridge-based curriculum for learners from preprimary to secondary school phases, and PLG Hartbeespoort Academy offering a co-educational learning environment from preprimary to matric, with English as the primary language of instruction.
Although the quiet tree-lined residential parts of Hartbeespoort offers a tranquil lifestyle during the week, this tourism-rich area is also known for its wealth of entertainment and recreational facilities, and over weekends the area is a hive of activity.
The dam presents numerous watersport opportunities like boating, ﬁshing, and boat cruises, while golﬁng, tennis, horse riding, quad biking, hiking and 4×4 routes can be enjoyed by outdoor-loving residents and visitors.
There are several animal and nature parks in the area, while souvenir shops, local markets and art galleries attract many visitors. One can also pick strawberries at the strawberry farm and ﬁnd out how cheese is made at Van Gaalen’s.
Harties is particularly renowned for its huge variety of restaurants and eateries, and the area with its winding roads and many interesting bush pubs and brew houses are popular among bikers as well.
“We can peacefully live here as a family, while during the week we can easily commute to and from Fourways where both of us work” AISHA LETHULIE, RESIDENT
- Aerial Cableway Hartbeespoort
- Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary
- Hartbeespoort Dam Snake & Animal Park
- Pretville Film Set
- The Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeespoort
- Ifafi Shopping Centre
- Jasmyn farm products market
- Mountain Lake Shopping Centre
- Sediba Plaza
- Village Mall
- Siesta Bistro – cosy tapas and wine bistro
- Tan’ Malie se winkel – traditional boerekos in a charming old-world setting
- Upperdeck – relaxed ambiance, entertainment venue
- White Water Spur – traditional family-oriented grill restaurant
- Windmill Waffle House – your favourite sweet or savour