Linden, near the foot of Northcliff Hill, is one of Johannesburg's oldest suburbs. It is exceptionally well treed and is surrounded on three sides by green park like areas and bird sanctuaries. These open areas and ‘green lungs’ give the area a wonderful ambience and are reminiscent of the days when the area was famous for its peach and cherry orchards, fields of maize, chicken farms and a large dairy which supplied most of the surrounding suburbs.
Linden was named after Johannes Jacobus Rabie van der Linde and his farm, known as Linden farm, which was established in the area over a century ago. Van der Linde was a farmer from Philippolis in the Free State. He co-owned the southwestern corner of the farm Klipfontein with Louw Geldenhuys, who farmed fruit and vegetables on the neighbouring farm of Braamfontein.
By the 1920s, the area had been divided up into smaller plots and farms and Linden was considered an idyllic place in which to live. Residents lived the ‘country life’ yet were close enough to central Johannesburg to easily access its amenities via three dirt tracks that covered the eight kilometres to ‘town’.
The soil in the area was exceptionally fertile and water was plentiful via boreholes and wells. Linden soon grew but essentially remained a peach farming area. More homes were built and roads into the area were developed and tarred including Rustenburg Road on the eastern border of Linden.
Through the decades, the farms gradually disappeared and properties in the suburb of Linden were predominantly bought by upper income people. The area developed considerably in the following years and today, the suburb has a mix of people. Albertina Sisulu is listed as the suburb's most famous resident.
Linden has an excellent infrastructure, with highly acclaimed schools and churches being a huge draw card, while a wide range of amenities is in close proximity. Linden has two public swimming pools, several recreation centres and numerous sports clubs and facilities. The Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and the Emmarentia Dam and Sailing Club are within easy reach.
The leafy peaceful suburb of Linden lies predominantly on a slope and the suburb was designed so that most of the streets and avenues form similar sized blocks. Third Avenue passes through the middle, along which a number of shops, churches and schools can be found.
Address: Cnr. Beyers Naude & Princes Avenue Windsor West
Coordinates: -26.120635 , 27.959781
Telephone: 011 476 3536
Mobile: 079 898 6048
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