Houghton Estate or just referred to as Houghton is one of the affluent suburbs of Johannesburg. The area lies north-east of the City Centre and has Rosebank, Highlands North and Parktown as some of its neighbouring regions. The M1Pretoria Main Road and the M25 runs through the middle of the suburb, making travel to neighbouring suburbs very easy.
Houghton was established in the early 1900’s and was developed by the Johannesburg Consolidated Investment Company. The suburb is traditionally divided into two sections; Upper Houghton and Lower Houghton. Upper Houghton is in the southern section and is built on a ridge, while Lower Houghton is in the northern section, and is on more level ground.
Houghton is a wealthy suburb with houses that are mansions built on large properties. There are also apartment complexes and office parks. At present Lower Houghton is undergoing redevelopment and many of the stands are being divided into two. This is to allow for the development of cluster houses.
Houghton has often been referred to as the Jewish Suburb, but after the end of the apartheid era many Muslims set up their homes there. Their presence can be seen by the two mosques that have been erected.
There are no big shopping malls in Houghton besides the small stores at the petrol stations. However the residents need not be concerned as there are many available shops in the surrounding suburbs, like Norwood, Rosebank and of course Sandton. Lower Houghton will always be remembered as being the place where Nelson Mandela lived. His home was situated on the corner of 4TH Street and 12TH Avenue.
Nearby Johannesburg Suburbs:
Abbotsford, Alexandra, Atholl, Benmore Gardens, Birdhaven, Bramley, Bruma, Bryanston, Cheltondale, Cyrildene, Edenburg, Elton Hill, Epsom Downs, Fairwood, Fourways, Gallo Manor, Glenhazel, Greenstone Hill, Gresswold, Highlands North, 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