Craighall

Craighall is a suburb of Johannesburg and is bordered by Hyde Park and Parkhurst and sits in between the busy arterial routes of Jan Smuts Avenue and William Nicol highway. This leafy, residential area is conveniently situated, close to good schools, recreational amenities, the inner city and many modern, busy shopping malls, such as Hyde Park, Rosebank and Sandton. The recently opened Gautrain Stations are not far away. Craighall is one of a string of leafy suburbs that form an affluent stretch on the western side of the city along the southern side of Jan Smuts Avenue, between Parkhurst and the sprawling malls of Sandton.

Properties here are rambling and gardens established and beautifully cultivated. 

Craighall was established in 1902 by the Scot, William Rattray, the owner of a large farm, Klipfontein, which at the time was an hour's journey by horse-carriage to the north of the bustling mining town of Johannesburg. He divided the farm into a residential development, which he named Craighall after his birthplace in Blairgowrie, Scotland, and a recreational development of lakes and parkland, much of which still exists as the open land of Delta Park. The Rattray family established a guest house, which later became the Hyde Park Hotel and is now where the Colony Shopping Centre is situated. The guesthouse saw early Johannesburg  residents coming for a quiet week-end to while away time fishing, boating and picnicking near the lake. There is little to remind you of the density of city life - this is one of the older suburbs of a city, built when space was anything but an issue. There are many advantages to staying in this part of Johannesburg. Craighall lies between Beyers Naude Drive and Jan Smuts, two of the major arteries of the northern suburbs that easily transfer you to various attractions. Yet despite this, one is little affected by the hurly-burly these roads represent, and the suburb gives itself over entirely to a sense of tranquillity, in no small way attributable to the lush green cover of a myriad trees. Easy access to the M1 is an added bonus.

The main natural feature of Craighall is the cascading rocky waterfall on the Braamfontein Spruit at the north-west corner of the suburb. It flows year-round but becomes a particularly dramatic spectacle during heavy rain-storms. Waterfall Avenue, the original centre-piece avenue of the suburb, was named after it. Property for sale in Craighall is further enhanced in value by the large open tracts of land on Delta Park. Numerous recreational activities can be assumed here such as hiking, dog walking, picnicking and mountain biking. There are also stables situated at the nursery offering quiet rides in the beautiful scenery for both children and adults alike. This green space in the city is highly valued by local residents.