Pretoria at a glance
Pretoria is South Africa's administrative capital and offers property and real estate investors a superb selection of properties to choose from. These properties range from magnificent ambassadorial residences and spacious homes to small apartments and starter homes in security villages.
Pretoria lies in the pleasant Apies River valley. Its central area is overlooked by the heights of Meintjes Kop and the elegant, crescent-shaped Union Buildings.
It's a neat, handsome city of tall buildings and broad thoroughfares. The city's hub is Church Square, around which it originally developed. Pretoria is famed for its parks and gardens, for its roses, and for the jacaranda trees that come into glorious lilac-coloured bloom in springtime.
Pretoria boasts two world-class universities, the University of South Africa and the University of Pretoria. There are also a number of excellent schools in Jacaranda and Pretoria North.
Pretoria is largely an administrative centre, but it is also the hub of an important rail network, and its advanced industrial complex, originally based on steel making, includes engineering, food processing and diamond mining.
Pretoria's climate is similar to that of Johannesburg, but it lies at a somewhat lower altitude than its neighbour and its air temperatures are, on average, about two degrees higher. This is a summer-rainfall region. Between November and February summer thunderstorms produce violent flashes of lightning and brief but torrential afternoon downpours. Summer days are hot, though rarely to the point of discomfort.
Pretoria is served by Johannesburg International Airport, some 45 kilometres to the south-east.
National highways connect Pretoria with Johannesburg, 60 kilometres to the south, and all other major Southern African destinations. Bus and train services link the city with Johannesburg, Durban and other major regional centres.
Outdoor enthusiasts are attracted to the delightful Magaliesberg range of hills to the west, a prime scenic and recreational area that embraces the Hartbeespoort Dam.
The State Theatre complex on Strijom Square is billed as 'the biggest cultural centre in South Africa'.
Sports lovers are drawn to watching top-quality rugby in the 85,000-seat Loftus Versfeld stadium, cricket at Berea Park and, more notably, at the excellent Centurian Park ground in Centurian, south-east of Pretoria. There are excellent facilities for golf and bowls, tennis, squash, watersports, walks and hikes, indeed for all the sporting disciplines and leisure activities.
Pretoria, like any modern city, offers the full range of general and speciality shopping outlets. Among the bigger and busier central malls is Sanlam Centre, at the junction of Vermeulen and Andries streets, and the Standard Bank Centre. Major suburban malls include the Arcadia Centre, Jacaranda Centre, Sunny Park and Menlyn Park.
Some of South Africa's finest schools are situated in Pretoria and the city also has first class medical services. Seeff Jacaranda/Pretoria North can assist you with a wide selection of residential property including houses, apartments, cluster developments, security villages, land and guesthouses both for sale and rental.