Characterised by lovely old houses built in the early 1920’s, Kensington property is even more in demand these days owing to a timely makeover of the old established Johannesburg suburb.
Spread across the quintessential ‘koppies’ located due east of the CBD, Kensington has become a vibrant arty hub of Johannesburg, appealing to artists, new media execs, academics and other creative types.
The quite, sedate residential area was established in the late 1800’s and, with insightful vision, the city fathers planted large numbers of trees which have grown and matured, creating a residential area with a distinctly woodland ambience.
Cleaner and greener than ever before, prime Kensington properties comprise beautifully restored family homes over a century old, luxury modern double story villas in secure estates and affordable low-level homes located in quite, uncongested streets.
Located under 5 kilometres from the city centre and approximately 15 km from OR Tambo Airport, Kensington is conveniently close to the M2 and N3 highways. Public transport in the form of regular municipal bus services link Kensington with the CBD.
There are a number of major attractions within close proximity of elegant Kensington properties:
- the wonderfully laid out Rhodes Park features trails of stepping stones and authentic railway sleepers which meander over waterfalls, past silent ponds and through thickets of indigenous vegetation. The occasional theatrical performance is held at a small amphitheatre in the park
- the prestigious Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club, regularly ranked amongst the top 10 golf courses in South Africa, is situated in Linksfield and provides 36 holes over two golf courses – the East and West – both of which feature a tree-lined parkland layout
- the original house where Mahatma Ghandi lived from 1908 to 1910 can be found in neighbouring Orchards. Recently sold to a French tour company, Ghandi House is a preserved heritage property and a place of pilgrimage for Ghandi followers
As one of the oldest suburbs in Johannesburg, Kensington has all the facilities and amenities associated with city living. The historic suburb is home to the oldest known schools in Johannesburg - Jeppe High School for Boys and Jeppe High School for Girls - founded in 1890!
The closest police stations are Jeppe and Yeoville whereas the Malvern Clinic, the New Kensington Clinic and The Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital, located in Parktown, provide excellent health care.
Find out more about purchasing Kensington property by contacting the Jawitz Kensington consultant today!