The history of Heritage Hill Estate started in the Cape when a young adventurer named Pieter Erasmus arrived in 1688 and settled on a farm named “Groenkloof’ aged just 19. He married Maria Elisabeth Joosten in 1691 and they had six children. One of his descendants Daniel Jacobus Erasmus, staked out his farm which today is Pretoria. In 1841 the Erasmus family arrived in the area that would later become Centurion. The younger brother of Daniel Jacobus Erasmus was Rasmus Elardus Erasmus (Died 1891), aka ‘Dubbele’. He settled on the farm Brakfontein and married Louisa Catharina Erasmus (Died 1902). They had ten children. They built a small Voortrekker house in 1856, and a larger Victorian homestead was completed by his son Lourens Jacobus Abram Erasmus in 1895. The Grandson of ‘Dubbele’, Rasmus Elardus Erasmus married Lucia Erasmus in 1939 and built a home not too far from the original grand homestead. Rassie and Lucy were married for 53 years and can celebrate seven generations on the property since 1841. This great South African family was involved in the Great Trek and many wars including the battles of Italeni, Vegkop and Bloodriver. They were successful farmers and had strong relationships with the political leaders. This is the spirit and legacy that today is Heritage Hill Estate.
Heritage Hill Estate was established in 2004. It is a mixed use country exclusive Estate and once fully developed will consist of about 5,000 Properties. It provides a tranquil setting on an old farm, yet has easy access to all facilities. To date, about 490 Properties have been completed. The Estate is popular as it is very centrally situated with easy access to Centurion, Pretoria, Midrand and Johannesburg. The Estate consists of free standing freehold stands as well as sectional title units. The freehold stands range in size from 400 sm to 700 sm. The price of houses ranges from R2,000,000 to R5,000,000 (2012) , townhouses from R1,250,00 to R2,350,000 (2012), whilst the price of stands ranges from R350,000 to R900,000 (2012). Due to the fact that Heritage Hill is a new Estate, the majority of residents are still the original purchasers of the stands. Being an Estate with only one entrance, security is top class and residents are very safe within the Estate. The Estate is approximately 430ha in extent. A number of old buildings including the old homestead, milking parlour, three silos and a barn are still on the Estate.
The Estate boasts the following features: Large open spaces, Security (control room, access control, 120 day/night surveillance cameras, biometric database with 56 biometric readers, 10 strand electric fence, spike barriers at exits, physical patrols, facial image and number plate recording and intercoms), State of the Art telecommunications (Broadband internet, voice and VOIP, video via fibre optic and access to CCTV cameras), Fruit orchards, Landscaped open spaces and public gardens, Jungle gyms, Fountains and Green belt conservation areas.
The following is planned for the Estate: Schools(Opening Jan 2014), businesses, medical facilities, churches, chapel, retirement village, hotel, guest house, conference facility, office parks, retail parks, convenience and retail centres, gym, restaurants, sports facilities, boutique shops, coffee shops and walk to ride bus stops for rapid rail transport.
The suburb is bordered approximately by Brakfontein Road to the South, Olievenhoutbosch Road to the West, Midstream Estate to the East and Nellmapius Drive (M31) to the North.
Shopping Centres in the immediate vicinity include the Grey Owl Village Mall, Square@Midstream, Centurion Mall, Southdown’s Mall and Eco Park Mall. Highveld which is next door to Heritage Hill Estate has many small shopping centres. The Estate also has easy access to two of the Gautrain stations, namely the Centurion station and the Midrand station.
Heritage Hill Estate is central to a number of schools including Southdown’s College (Private School), Midstream College (Private School) as well as many government schools in the nearby suburbs of Rooihuiskraal, Wierda Park, Eldoraigne and The Reeds.
The Unitas hospital is about 8km from the Estate, the Highveld Medical Centre about 4km and the Southdown’s medical Centre about 4km.The closest police station is the Lyttelton Police Station situated in Basden Street and the Centurion Library is situated in Cantonment Avenue in Lyttelton.