Rivertown Precinct is the start of Durban’s inner city cultural revival – the transformation of the inner city into a bright, clean, edgy space. It all began in 2014, when Propertuity started the Rivertown Precinct as part of the Catalytic Investment Projects aiming to make Durban Africa’s most caring and liveable city by 2030, initiated by the eThekwini Municipality.
Three and a half blocks of property between the ICC, the Hilton Hotel and the beachfront make up Propertuity’s “Beach.City.Life” concept. The highlights? World-class beaches, the landscape and the climate. With 24/7 security and the Urban Improvement Precinct being developed, there’s a buzz at Rivertown thanks to input from all kinds of Durban creatives – artwork, architecture and design.
The fully refurbished pink Ambassador House is home to the Curiocity Durban “poshtel” (a posh hostel), as well as three storeys of office space, a roof garden, and a spa. They generally have 60% occupancy from both local and international tourists.
Pixley House was recently revamped too and is fully occupied by tenants, while Pioneer Place houses small fashion and clothing business. 8 Morrison Street has serviced office pods, informal meeting spaces and a communal kitchen.
Our favourite food in the area:
• Baked goodies from Bon Bon’s Bake n Take
• Spices galore from The Spice Emporium
• Four Square Eatery – opening soon at Ambassador House
• Wednesday night braais at Curiocity Durban
• Bunny chows, teppanyaki and everything in between on The Golden Mile
Our favourite local activities:
• Sundowners at Bar Curio in Ambassador House.
• Strolling (or cycling) The Golden Mile.
• Surf excursions with Curiocity.
“I’ve been living here since August 2016 and consider this a great move. I love it! I feel as if I’m on holiday every day and it’s opened me up to different pastimes like cycling in the city and even surfing.” Megan Nortje, resident
Images: Stephen Pilbrough & Propertuity