Centurion at a glance
Centurion property has rapidly developed since 1994 and has become highly popular for young couples or established families. Once a sleepy area in the south of Pretoria, Centurion is now a bustling area with a number of attractions, residential properties and business opportunities. Suburbs are lined with lush greenery and warm summer days are the norm when it comes to climate. Large open spaces create a spacious feeling, but there are also a number of smaller, modern complexes that come at a range of different prices. For those who travel between Pretoria and Johannesburg regularly, Centurion real estate is probably their best option. If you are in the market for family and community orientated real estate in South Africa thenCenturion should on your list.
Schools are readily available with institutions for English and Afrikaans speaking students, as well as a number of tertiary education options. Pretoria is all about sport and Centurion is widely considered as the home of cricket within the Pretoria region. SuperSport Park is an international cricket ground and has hosted tournaments such as the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup, the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 tournament, the 2009 IPL and the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy. Provincial cricket is also played at this ground. Rugby fans will be in close proximity to Loftus Versveld, which is home to one of South Africa's most successful teams, the Blue Bulls. Football fans will be able to catch both SuperSport United and Mamelodi Sundowns in action. There are a number of top golf courses in and around the area, as well as smaller sports clubs that offer a variety of other sports.
The Centurion Mall, situated around the Centurion Lake, was revamped in 2003 and became the second biggest centre in the Tshwane region. Here you will find a wide range of retail shops, restaurants and entertainment options for the entire family to enjoy. The Hennops River runs through Centurionwhich allows for excellent scenery from some Centurion properties. Business opportunities are abundant with the rapidly expanding CBD catering for businesses both small and large.
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Centurion South is an area sandwiched in between Pretoria and the Midrand and it's highly regarded for so many reasons. Residents of the area enjoy a slightly more relaxed existence then their nearby neighbours. Since the inception of the world-class Gautrain service, many have chosen Centurion as their home-base. The area is deemed desirable for residential reasons because of a number of factors, which include its close proximity to various natural areas as well as leading sporting and entertainment facilities such as SuperSport park, which is one of South Africa’s most popular cricket stadiums.
A brief history of the area
Centurion has a surprisingly old history behind it and fossils have been found not far from Centurion South at the Sterkfontein Caves. Archaeologists have suggested that these fossils date back as far as 2 to 3 million years. This particular historical region was declared a World Heritage Site and is located under 50km from the Southern or central areas of Centurion. It's also a stone’s throw away from Krugersdorp another prominent High-veld town.
These are huge historical findings, Centurion’s modern inhabitants can be dated back to a far more recent era, which is said to be somewhere around the year 1200 AD. These early African settlers were believed to be blacksmiths herdsmen and farmers. By the 1900’s the same area was ravaged by war between the Matabele and Bakwena tribes where the Matabele were declared victors. This was around 1825 and 1826.
Centurion South is closely located to the central areas of Centurion. This leading commercial, industrial and residential node is well known for its world-class infrastructure where various developments are taking place, which is set to put Centurion even further on the map. The highly regarded Gautrain service has a stop in Centurion and its geographical positioning makes it easily accessible from either Park Station in the centre of Johannesburg or from Hatfield in the centre of Pretoria.
The Southern regions of Centurion are also well connected via various roadways. Some of the prominent roads that connect various suburbs within this urban expanse include West Avenue, South Street, Lenchen Avenue, Elizabeth Street and Jean Avenue (to name but a few). If one wishes to travel to other parts of sprawling Johannesburg or Pretoria some of the preferred routes that can be utilized include Ben Schoeman Freeway, Pretoria Main Road, and Danie Joubert Freeway. All of these particular roads are well maintained which is another reason why Centurion is a highly regarded residential area.
Schools in the area
Centurion is well known for having numerous schooling facilities which also makes it a sought-after residential location. Some of the popular schools in the area include the Centurion Christian School, Village Montessori School, Spark Centurion, The Way Christian School, Sutherland High School, Centurion Montessori School, Zwartkop Christian School and Irene Primary School.
Centurion also has no shortage of medical facilities and hospitals including Netcare Unitas Hospital, Centurion Day Hospital, Centurion Eye Hospital. Intercare Irene Sub-Acute Hospital, Mediclinic Midstream, Netcare Femina Hospital and Cure Day Clinics Midstream.
Distance from key points (Airport/CBD)
Another aspect that makes Centurion favorable is its positioning. Its located on the outskirts of Pretoria, however, is still close enough to get to the central areas of Johannesburg easily as well. This makes it the best choice if one works in Johannesburg or Pretoria but wants to live in a slightly more secluded area. If one wishes to travel to the central business district of Johannesburg via Centurion South, it will take just under an hour and is 55.3 km in distance. However the use of the Gautrain service will halve this travel time. Depending on which route is taken its believed to be around 60 km to OR Tambo International Airport and will be around 40 minutes or more to get there. Centurion is far closer to the central areas or central business district of Pretoria and if one needs to commute to this part of the location its believed to be roughly 23 km and will take just under 30 minutes and is just under 25 km. If one chooses to take the world-class Gautrain service it's will be drastically quicker and will only be 6 minutes travel time. This is why many professionals in the Centurion area are starting to take this option or seriously considering the Gautrain to help appease traffic congestion and reduce travel time and carbon footprints.
Both Centurion South and Centurion Central have a world of shopping waiting on its doorsteps. This is another reason why the location has become favourable for so many reasons. Some of the leading shops, malls and shopping centres in Centurion South include Irene Village Mall, Forest Hill City, Safari Centre 4x4 stores, Cash Converters Centurion, Reds Shopping centre, Rage Shoes South Africa, Duesouth Centurion, Supre Centurion and Crystal Direct Factory Shop.
Centurion South has no shortages of restaurants if its quick and tasty food you’re after you’re in luck. However, this doesn’t mean that the area doesn't also have a large assortment of fine dining and world cuisine. Some of the more popular eateries and restaurants in Centurion South include De Kloof Restaurant, Vita Vita Italian Restaurant, Crawdaddy’s Good Food, Rhapsody’s, Pru Leith Chefs Academy and Restaurant, O’Galito, Fishmonger Centurion, Hemingway’s Restaurant and Wine Bar and Mehak Indian Restaurant.
Another revered quality about living in Centurion is that there are a number of noteworthy activities and special attractions that will keep the whole family entertained. Some of these include bird watching at Smuts House which is open to the public every day. Its believed that this is also a formidable location for those interested in rocks formations and experts have cited these formations as being some of the oldest on the planet. One can also visit Smuts House Museum in the same location. Which is dedicated to telling the story of South African historical figure Jan Smuts. Another highly regarded location for all the bird lovers out there, and a destination where individuals can relax and get away from the madding crowd is the Luton Valley Bird Sanctuary. Visitors can also take guided tours of this lush part of Centurion, which is highly recommended.
Time to invest
Centurion South really is an area within the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, which is slowly but surely turning into its own city. Analysts have noted that Johannesburg could very well become one mega city as economic and residential advancements persist. Centurion will become the more cosmopolitan choice and this part of the area is very much based on nature, which makes it appealing for residents. Century 21 has also just opened up an office in this part of the world so it really couldn’t be easier to start your new home here. They currently have 5 available properties available for sale in the area that all have a certain country charm even though they are in a built-up part of South Africa. This is what sets this location apart. Get in contact today and start your new home in Centurion South. There really couldn't be a better time to make this change and with its proximity to both the centre of Pretoria or Johannesburg, how could you go wrong?