The suburb of Observatory in Johannesburg has a fair amount of history surrounding its growth.

The most notable landmark is the observatory that was erected here roughly 113 years ago and is today still in operation for armature astronomers and daily tours for students.

The suburb of Observatory is in many respects a nostalgic mirror to the development of the greater Johannesburg. This is echoed in some of the classic architectural homes with their pressed ceilings and bay windows down to the English gardens and roses with atriums and cast iron gazebo’s.

Properties in the suburb are within the middle-class bracket with some homes tending towards the exclusive status. Part of the status of the suburb can be ascribed to Sir Herbert Backer that designed the observatory thus having some influence by mean of his name being associated with the suburb.

The suburb is set on a vantage point with rolling hills which in some instances makes for dramatic architecture adding to the general property values. Other features to the suburb are that some streets fall with boomed security areas also adding to a slightly high property value for those homes. The other is the prime location which offers access to major commercial hubs in Bedfordview, Rivonia and Sandton with the benefit of the tranquility the suburb has.

Major roads which highlight the prime location are roads like Louis Botha Avenue, Marcia Street connecting to Albertina Sisulu Road and the close proximity of the M1 motorway.

All the important amenities like schools have been around forever thus they are well-established and some schools have earned the reputation of repute. Here is a list of some of the more reputable schools close to Observatory; Sacred Heart College, King Edward VII School and Athlone Boys’ High School.

Malls which service the suburb are Killarney Mall, The Factory on Grant and Norwood Mall.

Take a tour of the homes in Observatory, Johannesburg via the Myroof website.

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