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