WORDS: BETSIE LOOCK-VAN DER MERWE | IMAGES: RENE WALKER & GOOGLE MAPS
Two well-established neighbouring suburbs, Laudium and Christoburg are located on the less-populated western boundary of the Centurion region.
Nestling alongside the R55 (Quagga Road), the suburbs are centrally situated to Pretoria’s inner city as well as the greater Centurion region. Both the N14-Krugersdorp and N4-Rustenburg highways are within quick access, while the M26, which connects these suburbs via the R551 to the north-western parts of Joburg, is just minutes away from Laudium. Both Lanseria International Airport and Wonderboom Airport are less than 40 km away.
The neighbourhoods are characterised by the presence of several beautiful mosques, places of worship and other charming buildings of varying architectural styles and designs. The streets are wide and quiet with many tall trees, wooded gardens and parks.
Laudium has its own police station, community health care centre and library. The area is abundantly blessed with schools and educational institutes. The several family-owned businesses add an intimate, personal touch to the neighbourhood. Many of the colourful homes have also been converted into guesthouses, work-from-home businesses and office premises. With the neighbouring suburbs of Centurion only a stone’s throw away, residents have effortless access to all kinds of health and medical facilities as well as Netcare’s ﬂagship Unitas Hospital.
Both these suburbs are friendly neighbourhoods to live in and offer a tranquil lifestyle in a serene environment close to the city.
The suburb of Laudium comprises several extensions meeting the different residential needs of its diverse population. The suburb extends southwest to Christoburg, which is often regarded as a residential extension of Laudium. On the eastern side of the R55 the smallish neighbourhood of Claudius also forms part of Laudium making the real estate market in the joint area even more diverse.
Apart from a few blocks of ﬂats, there are not many high-rise buildings in Laudium. Residential properties in this area are mostly freestanding homes with large erven. One can enter the market here for around R550,000+ for a one-bedroom ﬂ at. There’s a small number of houses in the market for under R1m. Both these options offer good opportunities for investors.
On average a neat three-bedroom family home or large apartment will fall in the popular price range of R1m to R1,5m. There are many beautiful modern properties with lots of space and convenient extras to accommodate extended families in the price range above R1,5m. Luxury properties in the sought-after part can reach an asking price of between R5m and R8m. Gardens are generally large and well-maintained.
To cater to the individuality of its residents, Laudium boasts an astonishing amount of public and private schools. Christoburg and neighbouring Erasmia also have several schools and are just as easily accessible. Many of the public schools are also being attended by learners from nearby townships. Public primary schools include Andrew Anthony, Hillside, Jacaranda, Laudium Heights and Laudium primary schools. Government high schools include Himalaya Secondary School and Laudium Secondary School, while Sunrise School makes provision for children with special educational needs. Laudium is also home to the government-run Rosina Sedibane Sports School.
Private schools in Laudium and its neighbours include top schools like Amity International School, Erasmia (previously Pretoria Hindu School), Pretoria Muslim Trust Sunni School, Central Islamic School, Pretoria Muslim School, Al Ghazali College, Erasmia, and Al-Asr Educational Institute, Claudius. There is also an Islamic educational institute which specialises in teaching Islamic Sciences called the Sunni Darul Uloom Pretoria.
Residents are well-catered to in their own neighbourhood with recreational facilities like the Laudium Sports Stadium, Laudium Cricket Oval, a bowling club, tennis courts, community swimming pool, and a library. Also close by is Zwartkops Raceway which hosts great motoring sports and biking events throughout the year.
Both Centurion Mall and Mall@ Reds have movie theatres and a multitude of shops and eateries. The greater Centurion area is known for its many clubs, kids’ entertainment venues, markets, places of interest and an array of other leisurely events and venues to take part in or visit.
Laudium and Christoburg boast a pleasant location on the western outer edge of the city close to the picturesque Hennops River Valley which makes for beautiful scenic drives. This area is home to many health and wellness spas as well as lodges and hotels off ering a serene break-away, or a divine meal, in the countryside. Hennops MTB presents a good variety of adventure activities like mountain biking, hiking and 4×4/off -road trails.
- Eldo Square: convenience and lots of food
- HS Ebrahim Centre: local shopping convenience
- Laudium Plaza: friendly neighbourhood centre
- Mall@Reds: comprehensive shopping centre in nearby Rooihuiskraal North
- Valhalla Shopping Centre: easily accessible and not too busy
- Al-Amin Indian Restaurant: fine Indian cuisine, sit down or take away
- Bismillah Restaurant: experience great South Asian cuisine
- Mochachos: counter-serve Mexican chain, dishing up flame-grilled chicken
- Thali’s Restaurant: family-friendly Indian restaurant
- Zubi’s Braai Corner: eat like a giant
MEDICAL FACILITIES NEARBY
- Laudium Clinic
- Laudium Community Health Centre
- Medicross Medical Centre, Pretoria West
- Netcare Unitas Hospital
- Pretoria West Hospital