Abbotsford is an upmarket suburb found in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg. Surrounding areas include Melrose, Birhaven, Oaklands, Highlands North and Waverley. The De Villiers Graaff Motorway borders the entire length of the suburb and is the shortest route to take through to Johannesburg. Other main roads in the area include Pretoria Street and Scott Street or M31, which passes through Abbotsford.
The name Abbotsford comes from a famous house located in Melrose on the Scottish Borders. The well-known writer, Sir Walter Scott owned the houses, which is today a historic building. The suburb has also come into the spotlight in the past, with the murders of Brett Kebble, the mining tycoon and Hazel Crane. The properties in Abbotsford are spacious with beautiful homes and manicured gardens.
Bordering Abbotsford is the James and Ethel Grey Park. Most of the Park lies on the opposite side of the Freeway, but there is a small section that leads into the suburb. The Park is a popular place to take walks, run and picnic with the family. The Melrose Acrobranch is found in the Park for those who want a bit more excitement Zip lining.
There are a number of Golf Clubs and courses in the surrounding areas, all within a short distance from Abbotsford. These include the Killarney Country Club, the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club and Houghton Golf Club. The Melrose Arch Shopping Mall is also just up the main road where visitors have access to a variety of shops and restaurants.
Abbotsford has no churches in the area, but there are two Hindu Temples located at the end of Second Street in the suburb. This is unusual as there are only five Temples listed in South Africa and most of them are in Durban.
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