Bloemfontein at a glance

Bloemfontein, the capital city of the Free State Province in South Africa, is  centrally situated  in the province, as well as in South Africa. It is also known as ‘The City Of Roses’, originating from the Dutch for ‘Fountain Of Flowers.’ The well- known Rose Festival is held in October every year. King’s Park  is host to more than 4 000 rose trees.  The Sesotho name for Bloemfontein, ‘Mangaung’ means ‘place of cheetas’—hence the name of the provincial rugby team.  Located in Bloemfontein are many historical buildings like the sandstone City Hall, Old Presidency, Anglican Cathedral,  Raadzaal, the NALN in President Brand Street where we treasure our South African Literature Heritage.

Because of its location, it is connected with the rest of South Africa via road, air and rail links.  Bloemfontein Airport was recently upgraded before the start of the 2010 Soccer World Cup.  It is one of the 3 national capitals of South Africa, being the Judicial Capital and seat of both the South African Supreme Court and the Highest Court Of Appeal. Bloemfontein is also a hub of economic and cultural activities, as well as sports activities. Bloemfontein is the proud host of the annual Volksblad and Macufe Arts Festival. The sporting  facilities at  State President Swart Park  are of a high standard.   The upgraded Free State Stadium hosted a few games during the 2010 Soccer World Cup.


Although ‘The City of Roses’  is the sixth largest city in the country,  family values and a quality life  are still mportant to its people. Most of the areas are within  easy and quick reach of  the working place.




One of the most popular suburbs is the centrally situated  DAN PIENAAR. It was declared a few years ago  one of the safest suburbs and hosts schools like Sentraal Secondary School, Oranje Girls School, Willem Postma Primary School, as well as large shopping centres, retirement villages and the dwelling of the Free State Premier. The Oliewenhuis Art Gallery is well known for its valuable art collection, flowing gardens and restaurants.  Property prices vary from affordable to expensive, depending on the type of housing.


A stone’s throw from Dan Pienaar is the  Boyden Observatory with a range of telescopes. The University of the Free State often present interesting multi-media lectures on astronomy. On top of Naval Hill lies the Franklin Game Reserve.


Looking for more  modern suburbs?  Go for  HEUWELSIG, PENTAGON PARK, HELICON HEIGHTS AND HILLSBORO where residential prices range from affordable to most expensive.  Buyers will find  new townhouse developments  in Pentagon Park, Helicon Heights, with schools serving the area. Close to Northridge Shopping Mall—shops, gym, cinemas.

RAYTON, RAYTON RIDGE host  the  Botanical Gardens, Rayton being a popular and exclusive smallholding area forming part of the city.


BAYSWATER is one of the older residential areas in the north with a bustle of new townhouse development towards Northridge Mall. Bayswater houses schools, retirement facilities,shopping centres.

The suburb offers affordable housing.


WAVERLEY---one of the most elegant and exclusive suburbs in the city!  Stately houses, elegant gardens, an atmosphere of  tranquility in the well- established suburb. Baysvillage and Preller Square the closest shopping centres. Housing prices: reasonable to expensive, depending in which part of the suburb the residential property lies.


If you are looking for old-world charm, your answer is WESTDENE. Here you’ll find romantic cottage-style houses with glass-stained windows,etc. This area is close to the Sand Du Plessis Theatre,one of the most modern Arts theatres in the world where plays, musicals, symphony concerts, ballet productions  are staged regularly. It is  the home of St Andrews Boys School and St Michael Girls School. It houses  Bloemfontein Medi Clinic Private Hospital and the Freshford Museum. Looking for Checkers Shopping Centre or the Loch Logan Waterfront?  Hunting for  a house, flat or townhouse to stay in? You’ll find it here! Enjoy a sleep-over in the Bloemfontein Zoo or stay in a modern hotel or guest house. Westdene is close to the University of the Free State. Westdene is proud to be home to the offices of our local newspapers. Housing prices depend on the kind of property a buyer is looking for.


If you are interested in commercial and industrial development, HILTON, ORANJESIG, AND OOSEINDE will provide in your needs.


SOUTHERN SUBURBS.  In the southern areas property prices are usually more affordable than in the northern areas.


Perhaps the most well-known southern suburb is PELLISSIER—home to the Windmill Casino and Conference Centre. The residential part of Pellissier has a friendly atmosphere and borders with Fichardt Park. Suburb has its own primary school, shops, doctors’ surgery. The suburb offers residential houses, townhouses, flats.


FICHARDT PARK is one of the larger southern suburbs where you’ll find top schools, Rosepark Private Hospital, Pick and Pay Hyper Market, retirement villages. It is a popular neighbourhood with friendly people. It provides in all  the needs of the buyer—houses, townhouses, flats, retirement villages.


Looking for more affordable housing?  The answer is FAUNA, FLEURDAL, UITSIG, GENERAL DE WET, HOSPITAL PARK. These areas offer single residential housing as well as townhouse complexes, flats. Also home to the Hyperama, Game Centre.

Close to the area-- the National Women’s Memorial and the War Museum, holding information on the Anglo-Boer War.


Close to the University of the Free State lies the residential area of UNIVERSITAS—home of professors, lecturers AND STUDENTS. The area provides single residential housing, flats, townhouses, as well as student housing. It boasts with the Universitas Hospital, where research is done. Property prices: affordable to expensive.


Another popular area in the south is LANGENHOVEN PARK with its rural atmosphere, providing single residential properties, townhouse complexes, flats. A big attraction is the large Fruit and Veg Store, garden centres, eg The Pretty Garden Centre, coffee shops, restaurants, etc. Don’t forget the ‘BOEREMARK’ ( Farmer’s Market) where fresh produce is sold every Saturday morning. It also provides a platform for  entrepreneurs,artists to sell their goods. The suburb offers houses, townhouses, flats, property prices affordable to more expensive.


PARK WEST is closer to the hustle and bustle of the city and is the proud host of Grey College and Eunice School for Girls. Walking distance to Mimosa Mall and the Brandwag Shopping Centre. Flats, townhouse complexes, houses,  guest houses.


A popular farming area is BAINSVLEI close to Langenhoven Park where the Cheetah Experience is situated. The latter is a retrieve where wild animals are rescued and restored to health.  Land in this area is much sought after.


A popular township is BOTSHABELLO. Another  up and coming township is BATHO representing historical moments in South Africa’s history,eg this is where the ANC was founded in 1912 and Mapikela House is situated where a founder member of the ANC, Thomas Mapikela, resided. Other fast-growing  areas are Bloemside, Lourier Park,Bloemanda, Heidedal. Becoming very popular are Vista Park, Ehrlich Park and Grasslands. Prices in these areas range from cheap to expensive, hosting flats, townhouses, single residential housing, vacant land. Transport eg. bus and taxi services are available.


Bloemfontein is a fast growing city and the commercial capital of the Free State. Despite all the hustle and bustle, this  frienly and hospitable  city  has a high regard for quality life   and offers endless possibilities  for everyone.





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