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Attractions

Region B's attractions are characterised by open-air recreational areas, places of cultural and historic significance and a lively restaurant scene.

Some of Johannesburg's trendiest restaurants are found in Melville - which is also a lively entertainment centre - Greenside and Parkhurst. The latter, along with neighbouring Parkview, is a boutique shopping mecca, particularly for antiques.

The major shopping mall in the region is Cresta Shopping Centre, where there is a major cinema complex. Other important shopping centres are Flora Centre, Highgate and Campus Square.

Although the region does not have many hotels, The Westcliff on Westcliff ridge is a five-star establishment with an excellent reputation and magnificent views.

The Johannesburg Botanical Gardens are at Emmarentia Dam, the two comprising a popular weekend leisure destination. Well-attended open-air concerts have been held here.

Other excellent outdoor recreational areas include the Melville Koppies Nature Reserve, Florida Lake, Westdene Dam, the highly respected Delta Park and Environmental Centre and the recently opened Kelland Bird Sanctuary, adjacent to the Randpark Golf Course in Windsor Park.

Municipal-run sports stadiums are the Cecil Payne Sports Complex, with its international shooting range, Newclare Indoor Sports Centre and Union Stadium. In general sports are well catered for, with venues including Marks Park, the Northcliff Country Club and the CMR and Randpark golf courses.

There are numerous swimming pools and recreation centres throughout the region.

 




Heritage sites declared by the South African Heritage Resources Agency are:
  • Guild Cottage, Guild Road, Parktown West;
  • The Hindu Crematorium, Brixton;
  • The Bell Tower at the Pentecostal Protestant Church, Ray Street,
  • Sophiatown;
  • Dr A B Xuma's house at 73 Toby Road, Sophiatown;
  • Glenshiel and stables, 19 Woolston Road, Westcliff;
  • The shop and house at 143 Fulham Road, corner Wimbledon Road, Brixton;
  • Claims Langlaagte at George Harrison Park, Baragwanath Road, corner Main Reef Road, Langlaagte;
  • Melville Koppies, Judith Road, Emmarentia;
  • Geldenhuys dwelling, 14 Greenhill Road, Emmarentia Ext 1;
  • Dwelling, 33 Landau Terrace, Richmond; and
  • St Joseph's Children's Home, Herman Street, Sophiatown.
 
 


There are also two properties on the register of conservation for worthy property, listed by the South African Heritage Resources Agency:
Original school building at Melville Primary School, 63 Second Avenue, Melville; and
House at 217A Frederick Drive, Northcliff.

 


 

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