Lyttelton – Centurion

The suburb of Lyttelton was one of the original suburbs that made up the old Verwoerdburg. Lyttelton was granted City Council status in 1962, and was comprised of Doornkloof, Irene and Lyttelton. The initial Lyttelton Township was marked out on the farm Droogegrond in 1904, and Lyttelton Manor was established in 1942. Lyttelton was renamed Verwoerdburg in 1967 after the architect of apartheid, Hendrik Verwoerd. In 1995, Verwoerdburg was renamed Centurion. Due to the fact that Lyttelton was one of the original suburbs of Centurion, it boasts large stands with established gardens and plenty of trees.

This is a popular middle class suburb and is centrally situated to the Centurion Mall (3km) and many of the newer Malls such as Southdown’s Mall and Irene Village Mall. Due to its central location, Lyttelton is a popular area to live in with its well maintained and developed environment. The type of properties varies and includes houses, townhouses, duets, apartments, vacant land, clusters, guesthouses, security estates and new developments. The freehold stands range in size from 420 sm to 3,600 sm. The price of houses range from R950,000 to R6,000,000 (average R1,300,000 in 2012) and the price of townhouses from R390,000 to R2,500,000 (average R704,000 in 2010). The cost of vacant land varies from R390, 000 to R1,400,000 (average R704, 000 in 2012). The suburb is extremely stable in that 76% of the residents have lived in their current house for more than 5 years. Lyttelton Manor and Lyttelton AH are also part of the Lyttelton suburb. The suburb comprises 2,344 houses and 584 sectional title townhouses.

The suburb is bordered by the Groenkloof Nature Reserve to the North, Clifton Avenue to the West, Smuts Avenue to the East (Waterkloof Airforce Base) and Limpopo Avenue to the South (Doringkloof). The arterial Roads provide easy access to the Highways leading to Johannesburg, Krugersdorp, Midrand, Pretoria, OR Tambo International Airport as well as Lanseria Airport.

The suburb has a number of schools including Centurion High, Lyttelton Manor High, Fleur Primary, Louis Leipolt Primary, Lyttelton Primary as well as the Tshwane South College. The suburb also has a Post Office situated in Cradock Avenue which services the area.

Medical Centres are close by including the Unitas Hospital in Cantonments Road, Vista Clinic in Gerhardt Street, Centurion Eye Hospital in Clifton Avenue, Cradock medical Centre in Cradock Avenue as well as the Provincial Clinic in Rabie Street.

Being an older established suburb, the area is blessed with no more than nine parks and open areas for young and old alike to utilize for playing, jogging or walking. Virtually all types of sports clubs are found in the area including karate, dance, tennis, bowls, athletics, shooting, baseball, rugby, jukskei, netball and gymnastics.

Three veterinary clinics are available to care for ones pets, and the area has two libraries situated in College Road and Cantonments Road. For those who enjoy gardening the suburb also has three garden nurseries which cater for all ones gardening requirements. For working mothers who need to keep their young kids safe, the suburb has thirteen Nursery Schools.

Lyttelton has no shortage of churches, including Catholic, Methodist, Presbyterian, Dutch Reformed, Gereformeerde, AGS, Baptist, Anglican, Apostolic and many more. As regards Guest houses, the suburb has no fewer than eight.

The Gautrain station in West Street provides secure parking and is situated about 4km from Lyttelton, providing easy access for commuters to access the Gautrain. A dedicated Gautrain bus service also runs through Lyttelton.