Established in the mid 1960’s Cresslawn is a familial suburb that was established to cater for employees in the industrial and commercial sectors which were at that point in time gaining economic momentum. The town of Kempton Park was fully developed and it was time to expand to the north west of the town, closer to the industrial hubs of Isando, Spartan, Chloorkop, Modderfontein, Jet Park and Germiston with its various industrial hubs.
Since its inception Cresslawn was a tranquil familial suburb with neat manicured gardens and the then fashionable family homes of the middle-class.
By the late 70’s the suburb has reached it limits of development and now consists of freestanding homes, cluster homes, townhouses and apartments.
Judging by the current property values the suburb has not lost any of its charm, appeal and investment growth, in fact property in the suburb is as competitive as any other middle-class suburb on the East Rand. One of the reasons is still its prime location as the suburb is also close to the OR Tambo airport, the R21 and R24 connecting to the commercial hubs in Bryanston, Rivonia, Sandton and Hyde Park.
The architecture of the older part of the suburb is typical of the era, very much classical conventional and as the market predicts the architecture did keep up with trends and demand.
The suburb did not have any schools in the suburb itself in the middle to late 70’s until Cresslawn Primary School opened its doors. The preferred schools then were Hoerskool Jeugland, Norkem Park High School, Sir Pierre van Ryneveld High School and Laerskool Kempton Park. Today nothing much has changed which means children have a long standing tradition in the schools which they attend.
There are new malls that cater for the ever expanding consumer market in the town and suburb such as Festival Mall, Eden Mall and of course, Emperor’s Palace Casino and entertainment venue.