5 of the best South African Suburbs to live in

5 of the best South African Suburbs to live in

Private Property South Africa
Veronica Logan

Historically “the suburbs” referred to small residential communities found within traveling distance of a city centre. In today’s world, suburbs have evolved to reflect a certain way of life for their residents.

It’s hard to dispute that we live in a beautiful country so when it comes to picking a suburb to live in, chances are you’ll be spoilt for choice! There are so many dynamic and vibrant suburbs for you to choose from and it can be tricky to know what’s on offer in each. With this in mind, we sent our team out to discover and report back on their top 5 suburbs to live in. As it turns out, there’s plenty on offer that won’t break the bank!


Nestled within the arms of Table Mountain, the aptly named City Bowl is an impressive, naturally made amphitheatre-shaped suburb bordered by Table Bay. Considered to be the heart of the city, it boasts views of Lion’s Head, Signal Hill, Table Mountain and Devil's Peak, and is mere minutes away from some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and mountain trails our country has to offer.

If this sounds like the place you’re looking to settle down in, take a look at this chic and modern 8th-floor apartment close to the heart of the City Bowl. With its spacious open plan layout, this one-bedroom offers homeowners some gorgeous views of its surrounds, especially from the three feature windows in the lounge area. The apartment also comes with a 7m2 storage room for any additional storage requirements.


Summerstrand is one of Port Elizabeth’s most popular and attractive suburbs in which to live. It is perfectly situated close to several of the city’s glorious beaches, as well as to key amenities and popular landmarks such as the airport, Boardwalk Casino complex, the oceanarium, and NMMU University. For all the nature lovers out there, you can enjoy a short trip to the nearby Settlers Park or Cape Recife Nature Reserves. If enjoying the local nightlife is more your thing, Summerstrand is also a suburb that offers residents a plethora of choices when it comes to dining out and night time entertainment.

If you are a lover of the great outdoors as well as the hustle and bustle of city life, this new coastal apartment development in Summerstand could offer you the choice of both! With its high-end finishes and contemporary design, these one, two or three-bedroom apartments offer you the very best of coastal living. They also boast a concierge service as well as the convenience of having a health spa, designated meeting rooms and working spaces, and a restaurant on-site.


Located just to the north of Durban, Umhlanga has fast become one of the city’s trendiest and more premium suburbs to live in. As a popular tourist destination, it offers extensive indoor and outdoor entertainment options that don’t require a lengthy trip in the car for holidaymakers or resident, so whether you’re into indulging in some retail therapy at the nearby Gateway Theatre of Shopping, sipping on a cocktail at the world-class Oyster Box Hotel or simply enjoy a swim in the glorious ocean, Umhlanga could be the suburb for you!

If you have a family and are on the lookout for a well-appointed and spacious home, be sure to check out this 5 bedroom house in Umhlanga Rocks that is up for auction on 25 June 2020. This uber-luxurious home is in mint condition and comes with a range of high-end finishes throughout. It also offers a stunning open-plan Caesar Stone kitchen as well as a fantastic outdoor entertainment area for you and the kids to enjoy!


Not only is Rosebank one of Johannesburg’s most vibrant and multicultural suburbs, but it is also one of the few suburbs to have successfully integrated business with pleasure. While its business district is a hum of activity during the day, this suburb also offers an abundance of entertainment options in the form of superb shopping malls, roadside cafés, high-end restaurants, markets, art galleries, and night clubs. An added bonus – it’s one of the city’s safest suburbs to live in!

Sound like the place for you? Take a look at this one-bedroom apartment currently on show at The Monroe. The spacious apartment is beautifully appointed and comes with a highly modern fitted kitchen, bespoke fittings throughout as well as a private 94sqm garden for you to enjoy at your leisure. The property itself is very secure with 24-hour security and a smart access control system.


Last, but certainly not least, Lynnwood is one of Pretoria’s many serene and leafy suburbs. Situated to the east of the city, Lynnwood boasts an old school charm despite becoming a highly upmarket and popular suburb, particularly for young couples and students, given its vibey restaurant scene and local nightlife as well as its close proximity to the University of Pretoria and Unisa, to Menlyn shopping centre and to the National Botanical Gardens.

If you do happen to be looking for a home in this gorgeous, peaceful suburb, have a look at this charming 3 bedroom Lynnwood home. It offers bespoke features such as a double volume entrance hall, bedrooms with their own balconies, a gas fireplace in the lounge, open plan kitchen, built-in gas braai and covered patio overlooking an ever-inviting swimming pool.


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