Orange Grove is one of the older suburbs of Johannesburg, with surrounding areas that include Houghton, Norwood, Linksfield, Fairwood and Maryvale. The M1 runs past the suburb just the other side of the Houghton Golf Club, and then you have the Albertina Sisulu Road not far away on the southern side. Louis Botha Avenue runs right through the centre of the suburb while the R25 intersects at the top northern corner. With these available main roads, Sandton is only 20 minutes away and the OR Tambo International Airport is a mere 30 minute drive.
The suburbs name Orange Grove was derived from the Afrikaans word “Lemoen Plaas” as it was an orange farm before its inception. J.C. Esterhusen was responsible for planting the orange trees and building his daughter’s house, which became known as the Orange Grove Hotel. One of the older residents that lived in the area was, Mahatma Gandhi. He lived in Grove Road in the early years of his practicing law in Johannesburg.
In the early 60,s everyone referred to the suburb as “Little Italy” because most of the residents were Italians who emigrated from Italy in the early 50’s looking for work. The other residents that lived in the area were Portuguese, Afrikaans and Jewish.
Louis Botha Avenue is the main road that runs right through the suburb and was originally the only road that took you through to the Johannesburg City Centre and Pretoria. In those early years it boasted many old fashioned businesses, which are still around today. The Radium Beer Hall dates back to 1929 when it was a tearoom and shebeen; it still has some of the original furnishings.
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, Killarney, Lone Hill, Magaliessig, Marlboro, Melrose, Morningside, Norscot, Norwood, Oaklands, Petervale, River Club, Rivonia, Ruiterhof, Sandhurst, Sandown, Sandton, Solridge, Sophiatown, Strydompark, Vrededorp, Waterval Estate, Westbury, Westcliff