If a property comes on the market in Colbyn, it usually doesn't stay there. It is sold within a week or two.
My family moved to the suburb in 1948 - to one of the most beautiful Jacaranda lined streets in the city, Amos Street. We moved away in 1978, but when I relocated in Pretoria in 2005, there was no choice. And it was not strange to find many of the families we left behind in 78. People living in Colbyn hold on to their properties.
Currently at least 7 embassies call Colbyn their home, the suburb borders on the president's estate in the west and on the University of Pretoria's experimental farm in the east.
It is about 5 minutes from the Hatfield Gautrain Station and the Urological Hospital. It has two coffee shops and two quaint antique shops as well as a pharmacy and a Danish ice cream shop! It also has a golf practice range and a bowls club.
Colbyn is serviced by the Tshwane Municipal Bus Service, running directly into town.
The western part of Colbyn is a walled suburb and with all the embassies and the persident's estate, it is a well-policed suburb.
The University of Pretoria and the Steve Biko Academic Hospital is about 10 minutes away and Brooklyn Shopping Centre about 15 minutes. The Union Buildings is also about 15 minutes' drive and Loftus Versveld stadium about 10 minutes.
The new head quarters for International Relations in Soutpansberg Road is about 10 miunutes' drive.
Around the corner is Queen's Corner shopping centre with a Spar, various take away outlets, a Spur, two garages, a cafe, autotellers, etc. Accross the street there's a Shoprite, hardware store, beauty salon, etc.
If you visit Pretoria/Tshwane, Colbyn is an excellent choice for accommodation.
20 October 2012