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Surrounded by Norwood, Houghton Estate and Linksﬁeld to name a few, Orange Grove was established in 1902. It was then called Lemoenplaas and was named for its original use before it was integrated into the City of Johannesburg.
“Orange Grove is a gem! We bought our ﬁrst home here because of all the areas we looked at, it offered the best value in terms of affordable price, great location and proximity to Sandton and Rosebank where we work,” says Thando, an economist who settled in the area with his wife two years ago.
The suburb offers an ideal setting for the young family starting out, as many houses are spacious with gardens and often pools, but at a reasonable price.
While these properties might need a bit of work, the area is under considerable upliftment and rejuvenation and offer DIY lovers the perfect project for future ﬂipping.
“The majority of the community is diverse and we ﬁnd new families moving in all the time.” Thando enthuses, and adds that since they moved in there has been no serious crime that they’re aware of, which speaks volumes about the development of the area.
Testament to its family-friendly nature, Orange Grove is full of great public and private schools and centrally located to choices slightly further aﬁeld.
Paterson Park School is an independent school for primary schoolers. For those of the Jewish faith, Hirsch Lyons provides religiously guided education for scholars all the way through their learning career.
Have tiny tots not yet ready for big school? Prestige Baby and Kidz Academy is classiﬁed as a “ﬁve-star” facility for babies aged three months up to Grade R. There are a few of these academies across the county, but the Waverly/Norwood branch would be ideal for working parents.
Another option for schoolgoers are the Eden Schools. Again a full-service school career solution, with Eden College catering to high schoolers, the institutions are private and co-educational with a reputation for excellence for over 40 years.
While traffic to further ﬂung choices might be a bit of a drag, they certainly are still accessible and a realistic choice for parents in Orange Grove.
With so much to do in the neighbourhood and its surrounds, Thando tells us they hardly leave Orange Grove these days. There are a collection of excellent restaurants just up the road from his house, including Baha Taco which specialises in delicious Mexican fare and is famous for its hake taco.
A great sundowner spot is The Crafters Rooftop Bar above The Factory on Grant, where you can shrug off the week with an ice cold drink and an expansive view of the city.
If history is your thing, remember that Mahatma Gandhi once worked in South Africa as a lawyer and lived in Orange Grove itself, so a drive by the house he stayed in is a nice little detour on your way to your next activity.
That activity could easily be golf, as the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club is just a few kilometres away. Offering two courses and a whole lot of history, the beautiful grounds make you feel a million miles from a busy city.
Lastly, even if you’re just passing through Orange Grove, you have to tick every tourist’s box by experiencing the Radium Beer Hall. The oldest bar and grill in Joburg, the Radium offers jazz four nights a week and a feast for the eyes and tummy in its menu and memorabilia on the walls. Pencil it into your itinerary when you pop into Orange Grove – it’s the cherry-on-top for this historic, diverse and up-and-coming neighbourhood.
“It’s a great area for young families and those who like an old-school house, with enough to do for the fixer-upper type.” THANDO, RESIDENT
- Shepstone Gardens: the perfect venue for any occasion
- Hashtag Escape: challenge your brain with an adventure escape puzzle experience
- Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club: gorgeous course and club, steeped in heritage and history
- Radium Beer Hall: enjoy live jazz in the oldest pub in Joburg
- Tonino’s: Portuguese cuisine in a pub ambience
- Crafters Rooftop Bar: a drink with a view
- Norwood Mall: every retail need answered, under one roof
- Netcare Linksfield Hospital: easily accessible full-service hospital
- Orange Grove Veterinary Hospital: care for your fur friend on your doorstep