Melville is one of Johannesburg’s oldest suburbs, dating back to the mid 1890s, and was named for land surveyor, Edward Harker Vincent Melvill. Today, this area is known for its exciting bars, trendy restaurants and thriving student social scene due to its close proximity to the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). Melville is also well known for the picturesque Melville Koppies, an exciting archaeological and geological site with rolling hills overlooking the city of Johannesburg.
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Shopping in this area will always have a fun and unconventional twist. If you love antiques, vintage jewellery and accessories, thrifting for clothing and secondhand book stores, this is going to be nirvana for you! And of course, no mention of shopping here would be complete without mentioning 27 Boxes – the groundbreaking multi-level and multicultural indoor market on 4th Street.
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As a small suburb, there are only a few schools scattered throughout Melville and its surrounding suburbs; while the large student presence in Melville makes the suburb essentially a student town, many families do live here. If you’re looking to find a school for your child, this is a great place to start.
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So, we all know that Melville is a foodie’s absolute dream, right? If you love restaurants, food, and everything deliciously edible, the incredible host of restaurants, bars and cafés in this lovely suburb won’t disappoint. Whether it’s trying out the newest flaming hot cocktails at Hell’s Kitchen or sitting down for a fancy breakfast at Cafe De La Creme, you’re sure to find something to tickle your fancy (and your palate).
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There are over 30 guest houses in the area, and Melville is a particularly popular stopover in Johannesburg for tourists. If you’re passing through town and you’re looking to get the real Joburg experience, a stay in Melville will give you that and more! Not in the mood for a guest house or hotel? A stay in an AirBnb could give you exactly the “lived in” experience you’re after.
Trust us, entertainment is never in short supply in this area. Need to laugh until your sides ache? Make sure to check out the Melville Comedy Club! A visit to one of the many trendy bars, clubs and pubs will be sure to keep even the most dedicated pub-crawler entertained. Not into the club scene? If dancing the night away isn’t your idea of fun, why not try popping into one of the many weekend markets near 27 Boxes, or take a stroll around the Melville Koppies? Whatever you enjoy, you’re sure to find something fun to do here!
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As an eclectic little suburb, the jobs available in this area tend to reflect the more laid back attitudes of the residents. Think bars, restaurants, and creative pursuits! As the area is one of the oldest in Gauteng, maintenance and related jobs are also in high demand. If you have the technical skills and know-how, and don’t mind the occasional rowdy student here and there, Melville might just be the perfect spot for you to settle down.
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The properties in the area tend to reflect the rich history and culture of the suburb. Perfectly suited for families, young couples and young professionals alike, if you’re considering purchasing a property now or in future, this historic little suburb could be well worth looking into. Properties in such areas have a tendency to appreciate in value when maintained, and it’s simply a lovely place to live too.
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