Cyrildene is one of the suburbs that form part of the Johannesburg Municipality in Gauteng. Some of its neighbours include Linksfield Ridge, Bruma, De Wetshof and Fairwood. This suburb was originally part of the farm Doornfontein, but was later founded as a suburb in 1938. The name Cyrildene comes from the son of the developer of the area, who was known as Cyril Cooper.
From its inception and until the year 2000, the suburb of Cyrildene was largely a Jewish community. Today it is widely known as the new Chinatown of Johannesburg. The old area where the Chinese community came from was in Newtown. The Chinese population vacated this area, as it became derelict and rundown. They have now made their home in Cyrildene. The Chinese presence in the area is very evident, especially in Derrick Avenue which is lined with a variety of Chinese Shops.
L Ron Hubbard, who was born in 1911, was an American author who founded the Church of Scientology. In the late 1960’s he lived for a few months in the house built on 40 Hannaben Street in Cyrildene. Today this house is a Museum displaying the beautiful architecture of the house he lived in and provides an interesting look into Hubbard’s life.
Linksfield Ridge nearby, is a string of hills that can offer you a walk in the bush while you still remain in the urban environment. The Ridge provides amazing views of the Magalisberg Mountains as well as surrounding areas. The Ridge falls within the Harvey Municipality Nature Reserve and forms part of the northern section of the suburb of Cyrildene.
Nearby Johannesburg Suburbs:
Abbotsford, Alexandra, Atholl, Benmore Gardens, Birdhaven, Bramley, Bruma, Bryanston, Cheltondale, Edenburg, Elton Hill, Epsom Downs, Fairwood, Fourways, Gallo Manor, Glenhazel, Greenstone Hill, Gresswold, Highlands North, Houghton Estate, Illovo, Inanda, Kew, Khyber Rock, Killarney, Lone Hill, Magaliessig, Marlboro, Melrose, Morningside, Norscot, Norwood, Oaklands, Orange Grove, Petervale, River Club, Rivonia, Ruiterhof, Sandhurst, Sandown, Sandton, Solridge, Sophiatown, Strydompark, Vrededorp, Waterval Estate, Westbury, Westcliff