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Move to a suburb that’s right for you
One of the most frequently asked questions I get asked is how to pick a suburb in the city. My answer is practically always the same; figure out what's a priority for you and pick accordingly. Whether that's work and career, security, somewhere leafy or being close to restaurants and nightlife. There are suburbs for everyone's needs. You just need to figure out what's yours and search accordingly. Rent can be expensive in a city but I found Joburg to be particularly well priced with a wide range of options. Flatshares via gumtree or similar is also a nice way to be able to afford a nicer area and make friends.
My favourite neighbourhoods:
1. The best of both worlds
Dunkeld West- No surprise there, I've become a die-hard Dunkeld girl. Safe, leafy and super friendly for newcomers. This area is close enough to all our favourite restaurants and parks whilst right off of Jun Smuts meaning you're under 6 min from Sandton without needing to face crazy traffic. Don't get a fright when you look on property 24. This suburb is home to some ridiculously expensive homes. But don't let that put you off! It's also dotted with apartment blocks, townhouses and even sweet little garden cottages. Plenty of ideal options if you're starting out as a young professional. Every now and then you’ll find a super affordable gem - if you do, don’t let it go! (Also see, Craighall Park, Hyde Park, sometimes Rosebank but be wary of noisy blocks)
2. Sociable & Accessible
Illovo - More spacious and sometimes more affordable options. BlueBird shopping centre and the local Planet fitness would be enough to convince me straight away for the convenience factor. Not to mention the Illovo Junction and its proximity to great bars and restaurants. Leafy with lots of character (Also see, Birdhaven, Killarney, Linden, Greenside).
3. Family Friendly, Easy Commute
Safe, suburban and leafy feel. Close to the highway and Sandton for easy commuting. With a good selection of larger places for less.
4. Real City Slickers.
Sandhurst, Sandown, Benmore Gardens -You prioritize convenience and short commutes. Be willing to pay a premium or get stuck with a slightly less desirable spot. Some blocks can be busy or noisy at rush hour. But just because these spots are so central doesn't mean they aren't amazing. Think of very cool skyline views and bachelor pad vibes.
Please remember, these are not the only or best suburbs in the city but these are the ones I know best and feel most comfortable with recommending. If you’re still a bit unsure I highly recommend getting an Airbnb or short term rental when you first arrive and being very intentional around the area you pick. It may be more expensive to start out in a spot closer to cute cafes and convenient shops but can really help make the transition a little less traumatic and give you time to figure out the suburbs you’re most comfortable in.