Parktown North

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Parktown North
Parktown North is located in Gauteng
Parktown North
Parktown North
Parktown North is located in South Africa
Parktown North
Parktown North
Coordinates: 26°08′31″S 28°01′37″E / 26.142°S 28.027°E / -26.142; 28.027Coordinates: 26°08′31″S 28°01′37″E / 26.142°S 28.027°E / -26.142; 28.027
CountrySouth Africa
MunicipalityCity of Johannesburg
Main PlaceRandburg
 • Total1.72 km2 (0.66 sq mi)
 • Total3,857
 • Density2,200/km2 (5,800/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African26.1%
 • Coloured1.2%
 • Indian/Asian2.5%
 • White68.6%
 • Other1.6%
First languages (2011)
 • English69.4%
 • Afrikaans9.3%
 • Zulu5.3%
 • Tswana2.9%
 • Other13.2%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)

Parktown North is a suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa. It is one of the older residential areas of the Northern Suburbs, having been created as a residential area for the poorer relatives of the Randlords who had built their mansions on Parktown Ridge during the early days of the Rand gold rush (during the 1890s). It takes its name from being North of Parktown. The suburb has many old colonial-style houses, and manages to maintain a village atmosphere, despite being near to one of the busiest roads in the city, Jan Smuts Avenue.

Parktown North is in close proximity to the Gautrain and has many bus stops that transport commuters to Gautrain stations.[2]

Many suburbs of Johannesburg are laid out as grids with numbered streets in one direction and numbered avenues intersecting perpendicularly. Parktown North is one of the only suburbs in Johannesburg to have only numbered avenues with no numbered streets. It is not a grid and the avenues run in all directions. The suburb is built around a small spring and lake, however this is not visible from the street and is hidden from the public separating the gardens of three private houses.

Parktown North is a popular dining out venue for Johannesburg residents. Most notably 7th Avenue is home to many of the area's top restaurants.[3][4] Parktown North has an active Residents Association (PNRA) that looks after its many interests around the suburb from Heritage, building and electrical issues, to power outage and maintenance issues.


  1. ^ a b c d "Sub Place Parktown North". Census 2011.
  2. ^ "Parktown North Residents Association". Retrieved 15 Dec 2016.
  3. ^ "Parktown North Restaurants". Dining Out. Retrieved 15 Dec 2016.
  4. ^ "Parktown North, Sandton". SA Venues. Retrieved 17 May 2013.