The Berea area is very popular among those looking for rental accommodation in Durban and there is a wide choice of apartments and townhouses to let.
These include one, two and three-bedroom sectional title flats and two and three-bedroom townhouses at monthly rentals from about R3000 to about R8500. Some include undercover parking and some complexes have a pool.
The area incorporates the suburbs of Bulwer, Essenwood, Musgrave, Morningside and Umbilo and many of the homes to let here offer beautiful views of the city, the ocean or the famous Moses Mabhida stadium.
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The demand for rental accommodation on the Berea is also high because it offers easy access to the CBD and the beachfront by road or public transport, and is home to some of the best education facilities in the country, including the Clifton Boys and Durban High schools, the Durban University of technology and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) Howard Campus.
This campus houses the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine and the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV, both of which contribute further to the demand for local apartments and homes to let by attracting students, researchers and academics from all over the world.
Shopping facilities for residents of the Berea suburbs include the centrally located Musgrave Centre, which has a Woolworths, Pick ‘n Pay and Clicks, as well as banks and service stores, a huge range of fashion outlets for men, women and children, more than a dozen restaurants and fast food stores, a variety of specialty goods stores, a movie complex and a monthly rooftop night market.
A short drive down the road towards Morningside lies another great shopping spot, the Windermere Centre, which has Checkers, Woolies Food and a choice of boutique fashion stores and artisanal restaurants and coffee shops. It also houses the Windermere Library.
Berea is also a very cosmopolitan area with a culturally diverse community that appreciates the wide array of flavours and cuisines available from local restaurants serving everything from bistro-style steaks and local curries to French, Thai and Moroccan delights.
For the nightowls, there is also a concentration of clubs, bars and late-night restaurants in Florida Road in Morningside, which has become a very trendy destination that attracts visitors from all over the city.
However, the area also boasts several family-friendly locations, including Mitchell Park in upper Morningside, which is the perfect place to spend a quiet Sunday afternoon. It is also home to the Mitchell Park Zoo which has a number of exotic animals and is a favourite with children.
The Durban Botanical Garden, known as the oldest in Africa, is also an ideal venue for a family picnic. There are more than 8000 plants in the garden, which sometimes also hosts live music events.
Renting a home on the Berea also gives outdoor and adventure enthusiasts easy access to Durban’s famous beaches and watersports facilities, and to one of the city’s main tourist attractions, the Moses Mabhida stadium, which offers exciting activities such as the “Big Swing” and “Sky Car”.