Killarney is one of the wealthier suburbs of Johannesburg and is surrounded by other suburbs like Riviera, Houghton and Parktown. It is very densely populated and mostly consists of apartment blocks and office blocks. It is very well situated, as the M1 De Villiers Graaf Motorway runs right through the centre of the suburb making a trip to the Johannesburg City Centre in less than 20 minutes.
Killarney in the 1930’s was one of the northern suburbs of Johannesburg and originally belonged to I.W. Schlesinger. His idea was to try and bring the American way of life to South Africa and chose to live in a flat as in New York. This may be the reason that the suburb is so full of apartment blocks. He also set aside a large number of sites that were to be preserved as park areas, no buildings were allowed on them.
Daventry Court, in 1935, was the first block of flats to be erected in Killarney. As Schlesinger was a Jew he encouraged other Jews to come and live in Killarney. That is why the area soon became known predominately as a Jewish suburb. Today it is more cosmopolitan and residents are from all races, but consist mostly out of younger people.
Killarney is a shopper’s paradise; the Killarney Mall has recently been revamped and has a choice of shops and activities to suit the needs of all its customers. An interesting fact about the area; before the mall was erected the site was known as Cooks Farm. It was on this land that Schlesinger, in 1913, formed the African Theatre’s Trust and the film industry was born in the area.
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, Houghton Estate, Illovo, Inanda, Kew, Khyber Rock, 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