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Flats In Pretoria

Pretoria is one of the most beautiful cities in all of South Africa. It has a population of more than two million people and is located in the Gauteng province. If you are contemplating moving to this area of the country, it helps to know more about the city, including the cost of living, the crime rate and places of interest. Renting or buying a flat in Pretoria is easy, and you can find many listings for property for sale or rent in the Pretoria classified ads.

Pretoria History

Pretoria was founded in 1855 by Marthinus Pretorius, a leader of the Voortrekkers. Pretoria was taken over by Republican forces during the First Boer War in 1880, and it was the place where the peace treaty that ended the war was signed in 1881. A few of the forts that were built before the start of the Second Boer War have been preserved as national monuments and can be seen throughout the area. New municipal structures were created in 2000 and Pretoria was added to the metropolitan municipality known as Tshwane.

Cost of Living in Pretoria

Renting a one bedroom flat in Pretoria can cost between 3 000 and 3 500 ZAR monthly. Owning the same flat will generally run between 300 000 and 450 000 ZAR, but it is important to remember that prices vary by location and can fluctuate often. Two and three bedroom flats can be significantly more expensive. Utilities for many flats range between 850 ZAR and 1 500 ZAR, and the average salary in Pretoria is around 19 000 ZAR annually.

Safety and Crime

As is reported in the news around the world, crime in parts of Pretoria is a serious problem. Crime tends to happen more toward the city's centre, and it is often best to go out at night in groups rather than alone. As with any city, being prepared and staying aware of your surroundings will go a long way to keeping you and your family safe.

When looking for a flat to rent or own in Pretoria, thoroughly research the neighbourhood and talk to your prospective neighbours to completely understand how much it will cost to live there and how safe the neighbourhood and surrounding areas are.