Suburb Focus

Suburb focus: Mount Pleasant

Most people who have chosen to invest in the hilly, leafy suburb of Mount Pleasant will tell you that living here genuinely is pleasant

WORDS: LOUISE LIEBENBERG IMAGES: SALVELIO MEYER, SUPPLIED

The suburb is characterised by family homes, and a typical weekend will see lots of activity, whether people walking their dogs, kids playing in the street or families braaiing at home. Mount Pleasant is only 10 to 15 minutes from Schoenmakerskop and Sardinia Bay, two of PE’s most popular coastal areas.

Living the life

Gabby Howse and her husband, Matthijs Ravensberg, bought in Athlone Street in 2011. Their erf is 991m2 – a typical size for this suburb. “We have a three-bedroom house with double garage, original wooden floors, two bathrooms, a patio/braai area, and a flatlet with separate entrance, Gabby says.

The couple live with their twin boys who adore the large garden which Gabby and Matthijs, both vets, have worked hard to keep indigenous and water wise, including installing 7,000-litre water tanks.

“I think our house was built in the 1950s and we were told by a previous owner who’d grown up here that it was the third brick house built in the area. The original houses were all corrugated iron and some are still standing today. This was when Mount Pleasant was on the outskirts of PE,” Gabby says.

Out and about

Gabby and Matthijs are keen birdwatchers and enjoy Humble Ways at the top of neighbouring suburb Lovemore Heights, for walking and birding. Seaview Road is favoured for running and cycling, especially by those training for Ironman, and the Sardinia Bay Golf Club is also close by. “There are many younger families who’ve bought and renovated houses in the last few years, as well as quite a few pensioners,” Gabby says.

“We like the fact that there are many families with children who live here. People are out and about – not locked up behind high walls. We have an active community on Telegram for security who are in regular contact with the local alarm companies.”

The Gladys Road Park has swings, a jungle gym and merry-go-round. The park at the bottom of Athlone Street, originally known as Kelly’s Vlei, has a pond, slide and swings. There’s also a dam at the bottom of Boundary Lane which is popular with birders like Gabby and Matthijs for its abundance of water birds – you might even spot a fish eagle.

Shop

Mount Pleasant has numerous centres including the one where old-school corner cafe Tasos is still situated. The suburb is also home to some of the general dealer-type stores harking back to the early years, such as H Waison and the Dales Mini Market on Buffelsfontein Road.

Newer centres have been built in recent years, including Emerald Square, the Salisbury Centre, and, further along Buffelsfontein Road, Access Retail Park and Kings Court. The Grass Roof in nearby Lovemore Park has excellent fresh produce.

There’s a Woolworths and a Super Spar in Buffelsfontein Road, as well as a Prestons and Builders Warehouse.

Mount Pleasant doesn’t feel like it’s in the city and yet it’s less than two minutes’ drive to shopping centres and restaurants, and five minutes to the medical centre, Builders Warehouse and the beach GABBY HOWSE, RESIDENT

EAT

  • Mount Pleasant has numerous restaurants and cafes, among them Raak; Otak Otak which serves Southeast Asian cuisine; and family restaurant Divino next to Kelly’s Vlei.
  • The Fish Finder is another popular and long-established spot serving excellent, reasonably priced fish, calamari and prawns, which you can either eat there or take away.
  • Death by Coffee is a family-run organic roastery and cafe in High Street with great cakes, pastries and vegan homemade chocolate.
  • For a fun “country” outing without having to drive far, The Grass Roof in nearby Lovemore Park is convenient for locals and has facilities for children; Apron Strings on Sardinia Bay Road is perfect for tea and scones; and Sacramento Restaurant in Schoenmakerskop is super for breakfast and lunch, with a set menu on Wednesday nights.

CONVENIENCE

  • The Engen Garage in Mount Pleasant has a convenient, all-night Woolworths food store.
  • Mount Pleasant has a medical centre, Greenways, which also has a pharmacy next door.
  • Further along Buffelsfontein Road, at Kings Court, you’ll find the Intercare medical and dental centre.
  • Mount Pleasant Pharmacy has also been going for many years.
  • In terms of hospitals, Netcare Greenacres in Cape Road and Life St George’s in Park Drive are under 10km away.

SCHOOLS

BUSINESS INSIDER

Werner Marx is the dynamo behind Raak’s Mount Pleasant eatery. The original Raak Koffiewinkel in Newton Park, which was started by his sister and brother-in-law, Annette and Wehrner Lemmer, is also still going strong.

Referred to by many as “Raak 2”, the Mount Pleasant branch opened in June 2018 after Werner returned from working in Japan. “Owing to the popularity of Raak in Newton Park, which operates during business hours only, we decided to open Raak in Mount Pleasant as a restaurant that would also trade at night,” Werner says.

Raak has a quirky, fun interior – what Werner calls “a marriage of yesteryear and contemporary design trends”. It’s a contemporary, laid-back spot to relax and unwind in – “even if you’re doing business here”, he adds.

Raak is in the relatively new Salisbury Centre on Buffelsfontein Road, just before Mount Pleasant Super Spar. “A big change since first opening is that we now also have live music in a dinner-and-show format featuring popular South African musicians,” Werner says. “Our clients are young and old, as well as businesspeople and those seeking to celebrate a special occasion.”

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