Centurion has the ambiance of a classic dream home location in South Africa, being located in the Highveld; Centurion’s climate is warm to hot during summers, and sunny to dry in winters.
Previously known as Verwoerdburg, Centurion is strategically situated between Pretoria and Midrand in the Gauteng Province of South Africa.
It is renowned for its close proximity to the World Heritage Site of the Sterkfontein Caves; fossils discovered in these caves indicate that the vicinity of Centurion was inhibited by hominids three million years ago.
Centurion is also home to the esteemed Swartkop Air Force Base which houses the South African Air Force Museum; the Waterkloof Air Force Base is also located in this local.
The Hennops River gives Centurion a more glamorous and exquisite location for property which has spacious open views with greens and different types of ecosystems.
Centurion also houses the famous SuperSport Park that has acted as the main sports magnate cricket lovers and other events like the Jacaranda Day music festival.
Centurion’s growth patterns and trends have paged it as a future megalopolis which has the continent’s largest private hospital; the Unitas, and also Africa’s leading innovation and technology companies like Denel Dynamics, Siemens.
Many of the country’s striving businesses and entrepreneurs have relocated there giving Centurion huge property development which has far exceeded what had been previously anticipated.
This has also accounted for the modern day features of supersized shopping complexes like the famous Centurion Mall, Forest Hill City Mall and also Mall@Reds.
Centurion East has been described by many real estate property brokers and local inhabitants as the ‘untouched city paradise’ many home and property investors dream of.
Centurion East has its advantages of ease access to major roadway networks that link it to the Oliver Thambo International Airport, Pretoria, Midrand, Johannesburg and Krugersdorp.
The East of Centurion has tree lined estates that exude an idyllic country experience. The lifestyle estates in Centurion East are high end properties which are safe and clean.
Inhabitants of this area have access to the Irene Diary Farm which sells certified fresh raw farm produced milk.
Properties in Centurion East are stylistic and appeal to different tastes from the rustic to the modern and contemporary.
Jan Smuts’ former home in this area is now a museum and hosts flea markets on its grounds.
Property owners in this area have an opportunity to view game and wildlife, and also fish at the Rietvlei nature reserve.
Centurion East has English and Afrikaans schools in the area.
People who want peace, quite, the spacious outdoors with its fresh clean air and easy access to Pretoria and Johannesburg have invested in property in this suburb.
Centurion West has many magnificent estates dotted around its local with the gated village lifestyle as the most popular choice.
A sense of community and family abounds in this location and ‘everyone seems to know each other at the local hang-outs’.
Situated near the N1 highway between Johannesburg and Pretoria, Centurion West offers a ‘country living ambience not far from the big cities’.
Centurion West is known to be a golfer’s paradise with its flat spacious greens and sparkling lakes and rolling hills that make it an exquisite relaxing retreat.
This area has a great outdoors lifestyle with all the comforts of a city life.
For the ‘golfing enthusiasts, the Blue Valley Golf Estate has an 18 hole Gary Player golf course with chipping greens and a golf academy, which is run by PGA professionals’.
Estates in this location like the Thatchfield have a driving range with a lovely atmosphere to relax.
Centurion West has various historical sites and museums too. Rooihuiskraal historical terrain and animal farm is a national monument with a children’s playground, picnic area, braai facilities, barns and lapa for private functions.
Centurion West has many quite and classy restaurants and pubs that gives it an edge for meeting different people.
There are a number of shopping malls available, such as Forest Hill City with movie theatres, an ice rink and even a wave pool.
This family-friendly suburb has many great schools such as Sutherland High School, Springvale Primary School and Hoerskool Eldoraigne.
Properties in this area are a combination of styles and these secure estates offer modern, Tuscan homes both single storey and multi-level with indigenous gardens.
Homes outside of these estates are of an older style. There is high demand for most of the upmarket country estates in this area and property developers are creating an office park and retail centre within the borders of the estate.
Centurion has been described as a ‘burgeoning modern city’ with a wide range of properties to suit different budgets and many types of buyers, these include the Blue Valley Golf Estate, Zwartkop Golf Estate, Glen Lauriston and Heuweloord.
Because of these properties, Centurion has made it an ‘obvious choice for the development of corporate parks, shopping centres and industrial areas, and attracts thousands of new residents every year’.
At the moment, ‘development activity is particularly noticeable in Die Hoewes around the Gautrain station, where there is growing demand for buy-to-let apartments and townhouses.
A multibillion rand facelift for the Centurion CBD has been planned over the next couple of decades and will see several main routes being revamped, an interlinked rapid bus service being introduced and open space corridors being created’.
Centurion is truly the place to invest in property as this megalopolis continues to grow and renovate itself into a truly magnificent modern day paradise.
Other developments to look forward to in this area are the African Gateway Project, Centurion Symbio City and a development bridge connecting the north and south banks of the Hennops River at the site of the Centurion Lake.