Braamfontein, which is linked to the CBD by the famous Nelson Mandela Bridge, is Johannesburg’s “student central” and thus home to many thousands of people attending the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and the many other tertiary institutions located nearby.
The most popular homes to let in this area are thus student rooms in one of the many local apartment blocks that have been converted into student centres with communal study facilities, entertainment areas and dining halls, as well as studio/ bachelor and one-bedroom apartments that are available at rentals from around R3000 to R7000 a month.
Braamfontein is also where some of SA’s top companies such as Liberty Holdings, JD Group, Sappi and Bidvest have their headquarters, and young employees of these companies as well as young academics add to the demand for apartments to let in the area.
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- R4,510 per month
- COLLEGE HOUSE 110
- R5,940 per month
- JORISSEN 100 UNIT 437
- R5,000 per month
- TIMES SQUARE 413
- R6,890 per month
- BRIDGEVIEW 31
- R4,500 per month
- THE MANHATTAN 409
- R5,500 per month
- BRIDGEVIEW 414
Due to its young and culturally diverse demographic, Braamfontein is recognised as one of Johannesburg’s most vibrant and artistic areas and as a showcase for the latest fashion, food and entertainment trends being created by some of the city’s most talented young people.
It is famous for live performances by top jazz, soul and house musicians, comedians and poets, and for the popular clubs, cafés, party bars and galleries that foster new artists. The Johannesburg version of First Thursdays also takes place in Braamfontein and the Johannesburg Theatre complex is located here too.
In recent years, the area that was once one of Johannesburg’s most run-down has been substantially rejuvenated and now also enjoys international renown for the Constitution Hill complex and Apartheid Museum, and the new Origins Centre at Wits. Families are attracted to the Johannesburg Planetarium and the Neighbourgoods handcrafts and food market also draws hundreds of visitors every weekend.
For those renting a home in Braamfontein, shopping mostly takes place in trendy independent stores such as those to be found in the 70 Juta Street and 44 Stanley complexes, but for everyday needs there are more traditional retail venues too such as Braamfontein Centre and Jorissen Place.
The area is highly urbanised so there is not a lot for nature-lovers to do here, but the universities have many excellent facilities and clubs for sports enthusiasts. There is also a high-tech Virgin Active Red gym on Jorissen St.
Trafalgar has many clean and secure residential buildings under management in Braamfontein, and usually has some bachelor and one-bedroom apartments to let. In Bridgeview, a new complex in the heart of the area, rentals for such units range from R3400 a month to R6500 a month.
For executives and academics who wish to make Braamfontein their home, there are also a few larger lofts and apartments to let, at monthly rentals ranging from R15 000 to around R25 000. These generally have at least two bedrooms, two bathrooms and rooftop entertainment areas or communal gardens with pools and braai facilities.
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