All about the Oaklands area

Private Property South Africa
Denise Mhlanga

Located close to the major highway links to Sandton, Midrand, Centurion and Pretoria, Oaklands is an upmarket suburb with some of the most expensive homes in Johannesburg.

About the area

Located close to the major highway links to Sandton, Midrand, Centurion and Pretoria, Oaklands is an upmarket suburb with some of the most expensive homes in Johannesburg. It’s also close to suburbs such as Highlands North, Abbotsford, Houghton Estate and Norwood with Rosebank and Sandton also not far.

Oaklands has been home to Luizet Palombo Ruzow and her family since 2011 following the renovation of their home which they bought in 2007. Ruzow loves the beautiful spacious homes which make Oaklands an aesthetically pleasing suburb. It is also easily accessible with bus routes operated by Metrobus as well as taxis to the city, Rosebank, Sandton and Alexandra.

“The James & Ethel Gray Park is a destination for all who want to take a stroll with their families and dogs.” The park is also home to Acrobranch Activity Park where you can climb and walk between huge oak trees. It is also a perfect spot for picnics, she says. Vintage car lovers also get a treat every last Sunday of each month with The Vintage and Veteran Club’s events that take place next to the park.

She loves the convenience of being close to shopping centres such as Killarney Mall, Melrose Arch, Rosebank Mall, Hyde Park and Norwood, among others.

From restaurants to schools, she and her family have plenty to do in Oaklands and neighbouring suburbs. The Oaklands Shopping Centre is home to the popular Oaklands Farm Supply which continues to offer quality fresh produce, a range of kosher products, fresh cut flowers, freshly squeezed juices and a salad bar.

Oaklands is so leafy and green, close to highways but away from the hustle and bustle, we have everything we need – from restaurants, good schools to shopping

Luizet Palombo Ruzow, resident.


  • Major highway links to the Johannesburg CBD and Pretoria
  • Metro bus services
  • Metered taxis and Uber
  • Minibus taxis to surrounding areas such as Alexandra, Sandton and Rosebank

Best in food:

  • Tortellino D’Oro for Italian cuisine
  • Oaklands Farm Supply for fresh produce
  • Europa Coffee Shop
  • Migali
  • Thava Indian Restaurant in Norwood

Things to do:

  • Walk the dogs at the James & Ethel Gray Park.
  • Stock up on goodies at the flea market at Norwood Mall.
  • Visit Wanderers Cricket Stadium.
  • Explore the Modderfontein Reserve.

This article originally appeared in Neighbourhood, Sunday Times.

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