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Kensington properties are laid out over the slopes of several flat-topped, high-side hills.

The average Kensington property price will vary between around the R900000 and R1 500 000 region. Whilst this would represent a mean average - Kensington properties are varied and can range widely price-wise from as low as R600 000 to in excess of R2 900 000.

Kensington is a highly popular area amongst Johannesburg property buyers due to a variety of factors including its access to the Johannesburg CBD, the fact that Kensington houses, due to their age are often larger than many of the newer surrounding suburbs and the fact that the area affords access to a number of good schools.

Kensington is a garden suburb which offers a variety of homes; some built over a century ago, and with distinctive character, pressed steel ceilings and Oregon pine floors, to more modernized houses and homes.

Average Kensington property stand sizes are approximately 495 sq. m, whilst some are on double stands.

Today it’s common to see many younger couples buying property in Kensington - particularly the older homes which they then renovate over time.

The “gentrification” of many of the properties in Kensington over the years has added immensely to the area’s unique appeal and charm.

Location and Attributes

Kensington is one of the older established suburbs in JHB, comprising of approximately 5200 stands and extending from the border of Troyeville in the west to Bedford Gardens in the east and from Malvern in the south to Bruma and South Kensington in the north.

The streets were laid in 1902, and were heavily planted with trees, which gives the suburb a distinctive wooded appearance and adds to its appeal to prospective property purchasers.

The Queen Street Business District offers the community all that one’s heart desires from coffee shops and restaurants to second hand furniture shops that sell old wooden furniture that most home owners would love to have in their Kensington homes. It also boasts many of small business entrepreneurs that offer a variety of services to the community.

Area History

Kensington was established in 1897 by Max Langermann.

Access and Facilities

Kensington is within easy access of the Johannesburg CBD, the major road networks to OR Tambo airport and the highways to the south and north, Ellis Park, and has well known shopping centers including Eastgate, Bedford Centre, as well as Park Meadows and the Darras Centre.

Kensington is also home to the headquarters of the Church of Scientology, and Pick ‘n Pay’s head office.

Schools

Schools that serve the Kensington area include:

  • Jeppe Preparatory,
  • Jeppe Boys High,
  • Jeppe Girls High,
  • Leicester Road Primary,
  • Kensington Ridge,
  • Kensington Secondary,
  • Reddam Private School,
  • Bishop Bavin Private School,
  • Assumption Convent.

Area Pride

Kensington property residents are proud of their suburb and are continually working towards keeping the area safe. Proud residents upgrade and improve their homes, keeping the Kensington banner flying high.

The “I LIKE KENSINGTON ASSOCIATION (ILKA)” has developed to keep Kensington property owners abreast of developments within the area.

Kensington is a highly popular area amongst Johannesburg property buyers due to a variety of factors including its access to the Johannesburg CBD, the fact that Kensington houses, due to their age are often larger than many of the newer surrounding suburbs and the fact that the area affords access to a number of good schools.

Today it’s common to see many younger couples buying property in Kensington - particularly the older homes which they then renovate over time.

Author: Barry Davies

Submitted 25 Nov 16 / Views 171