THE 15-MINUTE SUB­URB

Con­ve­nient Pinelands is cen­tral with good ac­cess to the CBD and the air­port, but is also green and leafy with plenty of open space

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - HOME - By Vi­vian Warby and Bianca Cole­man

PINELANDS is one of Cape Town’s most pop­u­lar res­i­den­tial sub­urbs in which record house prices have been set this year. The peace­ful and pri­mar­ily res­i­den­tial sub­urb is con­ve­niently lo­cated and gives buy­ers bang for their buck.

Pinelands is known as a “Gar­den City” – a method of ur­ban plan­ning in which self-con­tained com­mu­ni­ties are sur­rounded by green­belts.

Some call it the 15-minute sub­urb due to its lo­cal­ity, says Knight Frank’s prop­erty agent duo for Pinelands, David Sims and Christina van Schoor.

“The Pinelands area is pop­u­lar for its com­mu­nity feel and its ac­ces­si­bil­ity to many of Cape Town’s fa­cil­i­ties,” says Sims.

Van Schoor says: “Prop­erty prices are favourable and both the plot and house sizes are pre­ferred by fam­ily buy­ers.”

Geneé Ro­di­nis, Pam Gold­ing Prop­er­ties agent for the area, says there “is a real sense of com­mu­nity in Pinelands. You will still find fam­i­lies walk­ing in the streets and parks in the even­ings”.

Many of the clas­sic homes, dat­ing to the 1920s and fa­mous for their thatched roofs, are be­ing ren­o­vated and up­dated to suit the needs of fam­i­lies and young pro­fes­sion­als, says Ro­di­nis.

Lo­cated near the N1 and N2, Pinelands is con­ve­niently close to shop­ping cen­tres, sev­eral schools and other ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions, in­clud­ing the Univer­sity of Cape Town, and med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties such as Life Vin­cent Pal­lotti Hos­pi­tal.

Pinelands is also one of Cape Town’s “dry” sub­urbs, mean­ing there are no bot­tle stores.

“Sev­eral re­tire­ment op­tions have proved pop­u­lar with many grand­par­ents who stay on in the area af­ter down­scal­ing, thus cre­at­ing the im­por­tant fam­ily en­vi­ron­ment,” says Sims.

How­ever, as its de­sir­abil­ity has in­creased, Pinelands’ rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing elderly-cen­tric has waned, although it re­tains a won­der­ful se­lec­tion of pop­u­lar re­tire­ment vil­lages, says Raw­son Prop­er­ties sales part­ner for the area, An­thony McCarthy.

De­spite this, re­cent buy­ers fall largely in the youth and mid­dle-aged cat­e­gories. English and Afrikaans re­main the pre­dom­i­nant lan­guages, but res­i­dents are in­creas­ingly mul­ti­cul­tural.

“The life­style in Pinelands def­i­nitely re­volves around fam­ily and the peace­ful setting of the many parks, the canal and the lo­cal shop­ping hubs,” he says. “Liv­ing here is con­ve­nient and easy – all is within quick reach, from the CBD just a 10-minute drive away to lo­cal sports fa­cil­i­ties, schools, so­cial clubs and gyms.”

Pinelands prop­er­ties vary from the sprawl­ing her­itage homes with thatched roofs to multi-sto­ried con­tem­po­rary houses with gen­er­ous gar­dens. There are also se­cu­rity es­tates and sec­tional ti­tle schemes avail­able, pro­vid­ing at­trac­tive

Fam­ily homes pho­tographed from Pleas­ant Place. Prices range from R3.5m for an av­er­age three- bed­room, two- bath­room home. PIC­TURES: TRACEY ADAMS – ANA AFRICAN NEWS AGENCY

Some of the thatched houses in the area are her­itage homes.

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