Life and property in Florida Road and surrounds

Private Property South Africa
Lea Jacobs

Find out about the lifestyle and property market in and around Florida Road, Durban.

About the area

It's incredible what a little TLC can do for an area and perhaps more importantly, the effect this has on property values in nearby areas. Florida Road with its restored historical buildings offers a prime example of what can be achieved when the right commercial mix is added to the right area. Add a group of people like those involved in the Florida Road Urban Improvement Precinct (UIP) into the fray and suddenly it becomes easier to understand why the area and surrounds have become so popular with those who want to live, work or simply play in one of Durban’s best-known and best-loved streets.

So what is it about this particular road (and those that surround it such as Montpelier and Lambert roads) that appeals to those who live there and those who want to invest? Location is everything in property and when you buy a home that close to a host of desirable amenities, in a safe and secure area, you know you're on to a good thing.

Historically speaking, Florida Road has always been the go-to area of the city, and it’s interesting to note that the first municipal tramline was laid here in 1892. It's also obvious from the restored homes that this has always been an upmarket, desirable area. Likewise, Gordon Road Girls’ School, which was originally called Florida Road Government School, has been educating local girls since 1912 and is still regarded as one of Durban’s top primary schools.

Close by Mitchell Park has its own appeal in the form of Durban’s only zoo. Although you won't find any of the Big Five here, there is a wide variety of smaller animals on show in a park that has been made for picnics and relaxing.

Best in food:

  • Butcher Boys
  • Taco Zulu
  • Mo-Zam-Bik

Top schools:

  • Clifton School
  • Gordon Road Girls’ School
  • Durban High School
  • Durban Girls’ College

Nearby medical facilities:

  • Netcare Parklands Hospital
  • Life Entabeni Hospital
  • Netcare St Augustine’s Hospital

This article originally appeared in Neighbourhood, Sunday Times.

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