Johannesburg at a glance
Johannesburg, also known as Jozi, Joburg and Egoli, is the largest city in South Africa. It is also based in Gauteng, which is the wealthiest province in South Africa. Johannesburg began as a 19th-century gold-mining settlement. Its sprawling Soweto township was once home to Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. Mandela’s former residence is now the Mandela House museum.
Dunkeld is a suburb of Johannesburg. It is bordered by Hyde Park and Illovo to the north, Melrose to the east, Rosebank in the south and to the west, Dunkeld West. The main street through the suburb, Bompas street, is named after accountant and real estate pioneer Frank W.R. Bompass. Johannesburg’s zoo is not far from Dunkeld - just a little further down Jan Smuts Avenue towards the city centre. It’s a great escape from the noise and crowds and provides a tranquil environment to explore a venue that’s now over 100 years old. Rosebank Mall and Hyde Park shopping centre are both easily accessible from Dunkeld. Both provide numerous shops, boutiques, movies and restaurants in a more serene fashion than energetic Sandton City.
Houghton is a melting pot of affluent, professional and academic individuals drawn to the neighbourhood by its convenient accessibility to excellent schools, universities and commercial business districts of Johannesburg, Rosebank and Sandton. Houghton is divided into three distinct sub-areas. Upper-Houghton, also known as The Educational and Heritage Corridor of Johannesburg, is home to some of Gauteng's best primary and high schools. There are many ultra-luxury view site properties and some relatively smaller residences located here. Lower-Houghton is located east of the Deviliers Graaf Motorway (M1 Highway) and was home to Late President Nelson Mandela. Inner-Houghton or Houghton Estate as some like to call it is located between Oxford Road and The M1 Highway. This portion of Houghton is right on the doorstep of Rosebank and has become popular with commercial investors.
Rosebank is a cosmopolitan commercial and residential suburb to the north of central Johannesburg and aims at positioning itself as a prime sought-after node with quality office space. The Gautrain has increased accessibility and demand for quality space in the upper regions of the node. Retail and hospitality upgrades, as well as the thriving residential areas, have also contributed to the growing interest in the area. Its several high-end shopping malls make it a popular hangout and shopping destination for young professionals, celebrities, and designers. Rosebank has a thriving nightlife with cafes, bars and clubs around the Design District such as Marble Restaurant, Molokai, Capital Cafe, The Bank, and Kong. The African Craft Market, and the popular Rooftop Market are popular tourist destinations; various high-end hotels are also located in the suburb. The annual Joburg gay pride parade also passes through the streets of Rosebank, then heads to Zoo Lake.
Parkview borders on Saxonwold and Forest Town, both of which were developed as forest plantations. Over a million blue and red gum, oak, pine and wattle trees were planted around Zoo Lake and the Zoo, helping Parkview to be such a breathtakingly pretty suburb. The timeless old suburb of Parkview is one of the few remaining areas in Johannesburg where South Africans can still stroll, cycle and jog along its tree-lined avenues. Many of the old homes in Parkview have been overhauled and renovated, creating more contemporary living spaces whilst managing to keep the existing character of the pretty homes. People are proud to live in Parkview and the suburb has a strong community spirit, created in part by a combination of the village atmosphere, ease with which one can walk in the suburb, and a police station that has traditionally been highly rated for its service delivery. The suburb has always been popular with young families because of its sense of community and close proximity to schools, the Tyrone Avenue shopping strip, the library, Zoo Lake communal park and Johannesburg Zoo, and it’s not uncommon to find second- and third-generation residents in Parkview. Parkview remains a sought-after suburb because it has managed to retain its historical charm and character and, although homes have been modernised, it embraces village-style living without being opulent or elitist. Compared to areas like Fourways and Sandton, Parkview glows as a beacon of a much simpler, less shopping-centre orientated lifestyle.
Norwood is a diverse and appealing area bordering the suburbs of Orange Grove and Houghton. This garden suburb is renowned for its celebrated restaurants and ethnic mix of cuisine, mainly based on Grant Avenue. The suburb has a distinctive cosmopolitan atmosphere and residents comprise of a mix of cultures including Jewish, Muslim, and West African. The suburb also has an active community policing programme, which may account for the distinctly secure feeling. Norwood has the ambience of a quiet village, its homes dating back to the 1920s and 1930s and its bohemian, laidback nature is reflected in the collection of small high street boutiques, bars and cafés.