WORDS: BETSIE LOOCK-VAN DER MERWE IMAGES: RENE WALKER
Nestled against the southern foothills of the Magaliesberg mountain range in the north-eastern corner of the Mootarea in Pretoria, the suburb of Waverley offers a picturesque and stress-free living environment alongside big city conveniences.
This leafy, well-established suburb with its many jacaranda trees also ticks all the right boxes when it comes to location close to the N1 and main arteries, quality and enough amenities and a variety of affordable value-for-money properties.
Besides an array of schools, churches, shopping facilities and places of entertainment, Waverley is within easy access of several hospitals, a police station, community library, public transport routes and all necessary professional services. The community is widely known for its friendly character and involved demeanour to make Waverley a most pleasant suburb to live in.
Almost 40% (39.7%) of stable property owners in Waverly are recorded as being in the established age group of 50 to 64, followed by 27.6% of stable owners recorded in the 36 to 49 category. People over the age of 65 currently own about a quarter of residences in Waverley. However, in keeping with current trends elsewhere, retirees here also scale down from freestanding properties to retirement or security estates and move out of the area while there’s an increase in young buyers (18 to 35 years old) moving in.
In recent years many of these traditionally large free-standing stands have been subdivided and therefor Waverley’s residential market include a fairly large proportion of duet homes. These are more suitable for younger modern-day working families, while still offering value for money in the R1m to R1,5m price categories. Families who require more space, a granny flat or staff quarters and 3+ bedrooms plus a sizeable garden, can expect to find some great properties for on average R1,7m.
Properties higher up on the mountain are generally more extensive and luxurious, offering spectacular views over the city as well as a lovely serene and private lifestyle. There’s enough variety in this market to suit a diversity of budgets over approximately R2,5m up to R7m+.
Entry-level buyers and investors have ample opportunities to participate in the real estate market through several two- to three-storey blocks of apartments ranging in size and price from about R500,000 upwards.
Waverley is the proud home of Laerskool Totiusdal and Laerskool Voorpos. Both these primary schools were established in the 1950s and are located centrally in the neighbourhood, within walking distance of most residences. Both also offers preschool and aftercare facilities.
The Gereformeerde Gekombineerde Skool Dirk Postma is a combined (primary and secondary) school offering education based on Biblically reformed values.
Moot Christian Academy is located within a short distance from Waverley in the neighbouring suburb of Villieria and offers accelerated Christian education (ACE) to learners from Grade RR up to Grade 12.
Hoërskool Oos Moot which opened its doors in 1952 is the oldest public high school in this suburb. Within a few years of Oos Moot’s establishment, Hoërskool FH Odendaal, today a multicultural multilingual school to the east of Waverley opened its doors, and in 1961 Hoërskool CR Swart in the southern neighbouring suburb of Môregloed followed. Many learners living in Waverley attend the well-known technical high school John Vorster located in Rietfontein.
When the need arises for some retail therapy or catching up with friends at one of the local coffee shops or eateries, Waverley Plaza is just around the corner. In addition, the neighbouring Moot extensions are renowned for their many specialty, antique, and art-and-craft shops, laid-back coffee shops, and performing arts theatres.
Also, within easy access and a short distance are the National Botanical Gardens Pretoria, the National Zoological Gardens, Wonderboom Nature Reserve, Colbyn Driving Range, and the Kolonnade Shopping Centre with a games arcade, movie theatres and go-karts.
Waverley is one of the most tranquil and tree-filled suburbs in our city and most of the properties have lovely gardens. We thoroughly enjoy spending time with family and friends at our home in this beautiful neighbourhood. SHEILA FERREIRA, RESIDENT
- Brewers BBQ: serving anything from “pap” fingers to saucy burgers and wholesome meals
- Respek en Eiers: funky breakfast spot, cool vibe
- Cappuccinos Waverley: popular family-friendly Italian restaurant
- Kim Bo and Sushi, Queenswood: mouth-watering sushi
- Oppiplaas Restaurant: traditional farm cuisine, great vibe
- Wimpy, Waverley Plaza: trusted chain diner
- Dunwoodie Travel Lodge: four-star comfort and conference facilities
- Mont Paradiso Guest House: high on the Magaliesberg mountain offering exquisite views
- Pecan Place: self-catering, cosy, clean and quiet environment
- Bateleur Cottage: self-catering cottages, hospitable atmosphere
- Gratia Cottage: ideal self-catering accommodation with excellent reviews
- Waverley Plaza: on your doorstep
- Jakaranda Centre: comprehensive shopping centre
- Rietfontein Centre: local and close by
- Rietfontein Pavilion Centre: on your way home
- Queens Corner: just down the road in Queenswood