Eastgate

Eastgate is situated in the suburb of Bedfordview, easily accessible from the major highway between Johannesburg International Airport and the Johannesburg City Centre. Eastgate was Johannesburg’s first 'super-regional' shopping centre and today is home to over 280 stores catering for all tastes and lifestyles. Eastgate has been a landmark in the East for more than thirty years and it remains the lifestyle experience of choice for visitors on this side of town. This part of Johannesburg, east of the city centre is a quiet and leafy upmarket neighbourhood almost park-like due to the tree-lined streets and lush gardens with prolific bird life.

Bedfordview is only 15 minutes from the Johannesburg CBD and essentially considered downtown Johannesburg. Bedfordview (and by extension Eastgate) is part of an inner-city regeneration project that hopes to reinstate this area to its former economic and cultural glory. The aim is to transform the inner city to a place that is clean and green and safe for residents and visitors alike.

Eastgate was Johannesburg’s first shopping centre and when it opened in 1979, it was the largest shopping centre in the southern hemisphere. It remains one of the largest centres in the country, and is the second-largest shopping centre in the greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area, after Sandton City. The centre lies next to the R24 airport freeway, between the Johannesburg CBD and Johannesburg International Airport. A R300 Million expansion was completed in 2010, which brings Eastgate to 122 000m². It is owned and developed by Liberty Life and is managed by Liberty Properties, on behalf of the parent company Liberty Life. There is something for everybody at this trendsetting retail destination in Joburg’s eastern suburbs - value for money, variety of stores and leading retailers. Commercial office parks and industrial factory space are in high demand in this area due to its prime location on off the R24.

Just next to Easgate lies Cyrildene - known as Johannesburg's Chinatown. Its streets, particularly Derrick Avenue, are lined with a myriad Chinese supermarkets that bring with them an authenticity that has given the suburb a feeling all its own. What used to be principally a Jewish suburb (there is still one functioning synagogue) has become a cosmopolitan collection of shops whilst retaining its residential homes. Eastgate, like many other southern suburbs, has joined the penchant for rejuvenating older properties. The suburb is full of typical 1950s solid face-brick homes, many of which now have stripped floors and restored pressed ceilings.

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