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
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