Bedfordview at a glance
Other than Edenvale, the affluent garden town of Bedfordview is the closest Johannesburg suburb to the O.R. Tambo Airport. While providing a temporary home-away-from-home for businessmen touching down in Johannesburg, Bedfordview’s park-like environment also attracts families and young professionals looking to settle down in a tranquil yet central suburb.
Tree-lined streets and lush gardens dot the landscape of Bedfordview, drawing comparisons to garden suburbs like Pinelands in Cape Town. Loved by families and nature enthusiasts, Bedfordview is also home to a host of prolific bird life which populate the emerald trees and lush parks.
Bedfordview’s interesting history dates back to 1867 when a government-owned farm named Elands Vontyn – later known as Elandsfontein – was granted to the Van der Linden family. The farm stayed in the family name up until the discovery of gold. When mining efforts were declared futile, large chunks of land then became available for agriculture.
The town of Bedfordview is comprised of a number of upmarket neighbourhoods: the prestigious St Andrews, Bedford Gardens, Bedford Park, Essexwold, Morninghill, Oriel, Senderwood and Upper and Lower Bedfordview. Community responsibility is strong in Bedfordview and each area’s unique personality and village-like charm makes choosing a neighbourhood an enjoyable experience for potential homeowners.
Aside from the residential area’s leafy streets and unbridled charm, Bedfordview also plays host to a thriving business community, home to the headquarters of a number of reputable manufacturing, retail and construction businesses. In addition to the town’s own bustling business district, Bedfordview is located a mere 15 minutes from downtown Johannesburg’s vibrant CBD which is undergoing an inner city regeneration that hopes to make it a clean, green and safe destination for residents and visitors alike.
In Bedfordview, retail heaven is never too far from your doorstep. The leafy town is close to a number of shopping malls that offer the best in shopping, entertainment and dining. The hugely popular Eastgate mall offers an eclectic range of shops and fine dining restaurants while the well-loved Bruma Lake flea market is hugely popular amongst locals and boasts just over 600 traders.
The proximity to the airport, bustling industrial areas, top schools and impressive road network ensure that the town of Bedfordview remains a highly sought after area, both for business development and setting up home.