Florida, as the western Johannesburg
suburb is known today, was established on the farm Vogelstruisfontein somewhere
in the late 1800’s on the backbone of gold mining. Florida in Spanish means flower and it is for
this reason the town got its name once the surveyor William Pritchard laid out
the town of Roodepoort and suburbs found a profusion of natural flowers growing
in the valley of Florida.
When the gold reserves became less
profitable the suburb served as railway housing for the then ZAR which was a
main shunting yard for freight and passenger rains.
There is a character in Florida which is
typical of yester-year in the architecture along with more modern designs. The
demand for property in the suburb today is due to the proximity to amenities
like major roads, schools, malls, commercial and industrial hubs.
The mixed property use of the suburb
means first-time home buyers are not forgotten as there are a large number of
town-house complexes and apartment buildings to choose from and values which
should entice buy-to-let investors and tenants alike. The proximity of the
suburb to the Johannesburg CBD and other suburbs is a major advantage for those
employed in the commercial sector.
The industrial hubs of Maraisburg and
Industria are largely used by international freight shipping companies and
these are both conveniently close to Florida.
Property values fall within a range of
roughly R250 000 to above the R300 mark for apartments and freehold homes from
the mid R700’s to above the R800 mark depending on what the specific homes
The value of homes in the suburb is
growing steadily in line with the average growth percentage that is a national
standard of roughly 6% year on year at current market rates.
The schools in the region and suburb are
popular and produce their fair share of performers.
Here is s list of some of the popular
schools in the suburb;
Glen High School
Park High School
There are a number of malls to choose
from for retail needs such as;
Take a tour of the properties in Florida
via the Myroof web-site.