Rosebank area and property guide

Private Property South Africa
Denise Mhlanga

Over the last few years, the chic suburb of Rosebank has seen a number of developments turning it into a dynamic and urban-chic lifestyle.

About the area

Rosebank is home to people from all walks of life, from single professionals to couples, young families to retirees, as well as artists, thanks to its attractive location.

With exclusive upmarket apartments close to the mall, the Gautrain Station, main roads and highways, Rosebank is a booming trendy suburb, say agents. “Rosebank’s growth is exciting, but I hope it will become more than a developed and affluent area,” says resident Marc Ryan Rees.

Rees moved into Rosebank seven years ago, before the Gautrain Station was built. Since then, malls have been expanded and redeveloped, older buildings demolished and replaced by modern ones and it has become busier with the area changing face at a rapid pace. He loves the convenience of buying groceries at Pick n Pay at Rosebank Mall and every now and again, visit Motherland Coffee Company for a latte.

Rosebank offers everything a resident needs – medical facilities, hotels and conference facilities, schools, art galleries, a public library, parks and office blocks, a police station, taxi rank, as well as cinemas, night clubs and parks.

What’s more is how the suburb rallies together. Rees says those in need in the community are cared for and some of their needs met through the Rosebank Homeless Association. Chaired by Judith Briggs, the association provides clothing and also offers training programmes for the homeless in skills thus creating jobs with plans to provide healthcare facilities to these needy individuals within the community of Rosebank.

What I like most about living in Rosebank is that it’s a mixed-use area with retail, business, recreational and residential in the same space, what’s more, one is able to walk around which I think is quite rare in northern Joburg

Marc Ryan Rees, resident

Things to do:

  • Admire contemporary art at Circa on Jellicoe.
  • Visit Hush bar and lounge for a night out.
  • Peruse the craft stalls and enjoy live music at the Rosebank Sunday Market.
  • Play a round of ten-pin bowling at Galaxyworld.
  • Enjoy a walk in nature at The Wilds, a conservation area in Houghton.

Best in food:

  • For health fanatics, the Boost Juice Bar is a must-try
  • Level Four at 54 on Bath for fine dining
  • Motherland Coffee Company for specialist coffee brands and light meals
  • Munch Cafe in Parktown North
  • The Grillhouse at The Firs

Top schools:

  • Kingsmead College
  • Rosebank Primary School
  • Rosebank Mercy Convent
  • Saxonwold Primary School
  • St Teresa’s School
  • Vuleka School: St Martin’s-in-the-Veld

This article originally appeared in Neighbourhood, Sunday Times.

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Rosebank is a multi-cultural, vibrant and exciting suburb of Johannesburg, with an outdoorsy atmosphere. It is a trendy suburb, business centre and tourist attraction in one of Johannesburg's up-market areas. Although Rosebank is home to many head offices, the district also provides plenty of entertainment to its residents and visitors at its variety of shopping malls, restaurants, markets, luxurious hotels, cinemas, art galleries and night clubs. Parktown is home to many businesses, hospitals, schools, churches and restaurants, whilst still maintaining quiet residential areas. Parktown is an old and established suburb, with leafy avenues and a serene atmosphere. Large mansions are a dominant feature in this exclusive suburb, and new developments are rare.
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