Next to Park Town, Sandton, Hyde Park and Rosebank must be the most highly sought after suburb in Johannesburg’s northern suburbs.

Older homes in the suburb have that same design cues that are evident from the famous architect Sir Herbert Baker. Like the above mentioned suburbs Melrose was established for the “rand lords” of yesteryear as the ideal tranquil retreat it is today.

When the suburb was first established there seemed no apparent reason for the high property values other than the type of home owner that resided in this region of Johannesburg. This tradition was carried over from family to family which means parts of Melrose have an older resident base.

Like its neighboring suburbs Melrose is an affluent suburb with palatial homes and breathtaking architecture and wise use of land. Property usage in the suburb is diverse which consists of freehold homes, apartments, cluster homes and townhouses. None of the properties are inexpensive by any definition of property values but the location, up-to-date architecture, growth in property value and surrounding amenities make up for this.

By todays definition the suburb is vibey, young and aesthetically pleasing with many of the apartment buildings that have been given a facelift to be in keeping with current design trends.

Thus it is a young executive’s paradise located not too far from work, the bustling yet important nightlife entertainment and ease of access to other commercial hubs and suburbs.

The suburb is by all accounts geared towards executive living and entertainment and the homes make full use of manicured gardens, the Westcliffe hills and its purple blanket of Jacaranda trees as a backdrop painting the most perfect suburban picture.

There are too many reputable schools to mention but here is a short list of some of the schools. Schools are Rosebank Mercy Convent, Kingsmead College, St Vincent School and Bellavista School.

Being such a young and vibrant suburb means there are a number of specialist retail outlets and malls such as Melrose Arch, Sandton City Mall and Rosebank Square.

Take a tour of the homes in Melrose via the Myroof web-site.

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