Pinetown is a large industrial area near Durban in the eThekwini metro, and enjoys a high demand for apartments and houses to let among employees and managers of the local factories, warehouses and office parks as well as visiting business reps and contractors from all over SA.
Pinetown is about 20 minutes’ drive inland from the Durban CBD and is surrounded by the suburbs of Cowies Hill, Westmead, Fields Hill, New Germany and Marianhill, which also offer a wide range of homes to let.
Flat rentals in this area start at around R3700 a month for a studio or bachelor apartment in Pinetown Central and range up to around R13 000 for luxury four-bedroom apartments in Fields Hill. The average apartment rental is about R5500 a month.
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Townhouses are the most popular rental options in this area and rentals start at around R5500 a month for two-bedroom duplexes in Pinetown Central. The average monthly rental for townhouses and clusters is R7000.
The monthly rentals for houses to let in the surrounding areas start at around R9200 for three-bedroom, two-bathroom family homes and range up to around R18 000 a month for luxury five-bedroom villas. The average house rental is R10 000 a month.
Pinetown is named after the former British governor of KwaZulu-Natal, Sir Benjamin Pine. It is easily accessible from most major highways (M13 and N3), and excellently located with regard to the port of Durban, the King Shaka International airport and road transport routes to the interior of SA.
Pinetown is also somewhat elevated above the humid coastal plain, and many people who work in Durban actually prefer to live here or in its satellite suburbs because it is cooler in the summer. The area is also something of a sports hub, with
Fields Hill being on the route of the annual Comrades Marathon and the Pinetown Cricket Club being one of the oldest such facilities in SA.
Renting a home in Pinetown also means being close to the Lahee Park sports facility, which has tennis courts, a swimming pool and hockey, rugby and cricket fields, and the town also boasts a gymnasium and a motocross track.
The annual Supermotard National – which involves racing scramblers and go-karts on a narrow circuit – also takes place in Pinetown – while those who prefer quieter activities can head for the New Germany Nature Reserve, a 120ha reserve with
shaded picnic sites, braai facilities and picturesque trails. The main attraction of the reserve is a waterhole where visitors can find zebra, nyala, impala, monkeys, and other wildlife, and it also has a walk-in aviary.
Residents host a craft and food market every fortnight, while the newly-renovated Pine Crest Centre/ Sanlam Centre offers a large variety of national chain stores, service outlets and restaurants. Other shopping centres in the area include Pine Walk, Knowles Centre and Checkers St John’s Centre.
Pinetown is also home to the Edgewood campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, which was originally established in the 1970s as a teachers’ training college, and students have boosted the demand for flats to let in the vicinity of the campus.
Schools in Pinetown include the Pinetown Boys’ and Pinetown Girls’ high schools as well as the Benjamin Pine, Sarnia and Ashley primary schools. Medical facilities in the area include St Mary’s state hospital and the Life Crompton and Medicross private hospitals.