In 1855, the town of Pretoria was established by Marthinus Pretorius. Of course, in 1855 this beautiful diverse cultural and historic town did not have its rich summer Jacaranda carpet for which it is known. The Magaliesberg Mountain range encircles the city like a barrier which is seen in the mild to warm weather the city enjoys.
Most notable though has to be the Union Buildings which was designed by Sir Herbert Baker and then the only palace in the country, The Palace of Justice facing the square. The timeline of the architecture of Pretoria spans back as far as its inception as a town with styles like German, British Colonial, art deco and post-modern which progresses out into the suburbs.
The Jacarandas still line most of the wide streets of Pretoria Central which in now both a vast commercial hub and a residential suburb.
Pretoria Central has remained mostly unchanged for years and the property usage consists of apartment buildings, many of which have received a few face-lifts over the years to keep up with fashion and consumer demands.
As in, the past apartments are a highly favoured property investment commodity because it caters for a wide spectrum of the population from single people, young married couples, medium sized families and pensioners.
With the high demand which these apartments enjoy comes the increase in property values which keep this market segment buoyant. The prime location of Pretoria Central puts all the major amenities, services and utilities at hand like easy access to the Gautrain terminal at the Pretoria Station, public buses connecting to various suburbs across Pretoria, schools, and malls.
Some parts of Pretoria Central have seen a level of gentrification which is in line with the trend for many parts of the greater Gauteng.
Of course, there are also a large number of day-care centres catering for the needs of young families with toddlers adding value to Pretoria Central as a residential suburb.
Selecting a mall for retail needs is very much a matter of choice for residents as all the major malls are within easy access such as Sammy Marks Square, The Tram Shed Shopping Centre and Sancardia Shopping Centre.