Sydenham suburb focus

Private Property South Africa
Denise Mhlanga

Sydenham is a peaceful neighbourhood with an excellent location that makes access to the rest of Johannesburg convenient.

About the area:

Sydenham is a quiet and friendly suburb situated close to areas such as Highlands North, Orange Grove, Norwood and Linksfield, and offers graceful homes catering for young and established families.

It is still possible to find beautiful old homes with development potential. The safety and tranquillity of the suburb is why resident Iza Grek has lived here for four and a half years now.

She notes that CAP Security has further beefed up security making Sydenham a quiet suburban area and truly a place to call home.

As a writer, Grek appreciates the suburb’s central location which allows her access major highways and roads to other places and to the OR Tambo International Airport if she has to leave the city for work purposes.

Amenities close by include Balfour and Norwood malls for retail therapy, health facilities such as Netcare Linksfield Hospital, as well as a number of schools, restaurants and entertainment facilities in neighbouring suburbs. Melrose Arch is also not far for further shopping, entertainment and restaurants.

It is home to the Sydenham Swimming Pool, a public facility with a children’s pool and lifeguards, as well as the Sydenham Shul, a family congregation.

Theatre lovers get their dose of entertainment at the Victory Theatre on Louis Botha Avenue in Orange Grove. The theatre is home to South African and internationally acclaimed theatre production, UMOJA - The Spirit of Togetherness, with a number of local theatre and comedy hit productions.

Louis Botha Avenue runs through Orange Grove and is the main road that connects to the inner city on one side and Alexandra township on the other side. There are a number of buses, minibuses, metered taxis and Uber running along this road and to other suburbs.

Sydenham is centrally located and close to major highways making it easily accessible

-Says Iza Grek, resident.

Best in food:

  • Doll House in Highlands North

  • Feigels in Lyndhurst

  • Vicky's Restaurant in Orange Grove

  • Sushimi in Linksfield Square

  • Tonino's Portuguese Restaurant in Orange Grove

Nearby medical facilities:

  • Edenvale Hospital
  • Netcare Linksfield Hospital

  • Linksfield Park Clinic

  • Orchards Clinic

  • Sizwe Tropical Disease Hospital

Top schools nearby:

  • Fairsand Primary School

  • Highlands North Boys’ High School

  • Northview High School

  • Orange Grove Primary

  • Sandringham High School

  • Summerwood Primary School

  • Yeshiva Maharsh Besh Aharon Community School

  • Torah Academy School

This originally appeared in Neighbourhood, Sunday Times.

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