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Centrally located on either side of the M1 motorway with convenient access to the major north/south highways, Houghton properties are close to all the important business hubs of Johannesburg, Braamfontein, Rosebank and Sandton and their associated retail nodes. Houghton is a relatively quiet suburb that boasts plenty of lavish upper-class homes and a few exclusive residential high-rises.


 Historically a wealthy area it contains many large homes and properties as well as some blocks of flats, and office parks on streets close to the M1 (developed on the sites of former homes), and on Louis Botha Avenue. Houghton is architecturally varied. There are few shops in Houghton itself, apart from those in petrol stations, however the area is close to numerous commercial nodes in Johannesburg, including those in Oaklands,  Norwood,  Killarney, Rosebank and Sandton. 

Houghton was developed as a residential area around the turn of the 20th Century, primarily by Johannesburg Consolidated Investment Company (JCI). Houghton has traditionally been informally divided into two areas - Upper Houghton is the hilly southern portion located on a ridge, while northern Lower Houghton is flatter, and has a grid street pattern, with portions lying on both sides of the M1 freeway. Upper Houghton has been declared a National Heritage Area. The suburb, particularly Lower Houghton, is currently experiencing rapid redevelopment. Although many plots had already been subdivided in two, there is now a trend towards the development of cluster homes. This redevelopment is sanctioned by the City of Johannesburg's Regional Spatial Development Framework. The City sees many positive aspects to the redevelopment, but it has proved controversial, resulting in the destruction of many traditional houses. There are good examples of art deco buildings (particularly some of the flats), and many of the large houses in the 1930s were good examples of the Modern style inspired by the work of Le Corbusier. The most famous resident of Houghton Estate is Nelson Mandela. 

Houghton has two golf courses (Houghton and Killarney) and a large public park, The Wilds. There are three major schools: King Edward VII School (a public school for boys, also known as KES), along with its associated primary school, St John's College (a private, Anglican school historically only for boys) and Houghton Primary School (a public school). Houghton is home to a spectacular golf course boasting large, undulating and green hills as well as lush foliage. The amenities here are superb. One can snack at the bar, a meal at their restaurant or enjoy a challenging round of golf. Houghton contains many buildings and houses of historical value to Johannesburg as well as a spawling hub of recent residential and commercial developments. It is a favorite among the big property developers and is set to become a very exclusive residential and commercial suburb.

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