#1 Durban North
Durban North is an affluent area which offers close proximity to the city centre, but is still a rural residential area, so it presents the best of both worlds. There is plenty to do in Durban North with a fantastic range of restaurants, a convenient shopping centre and some excellent schools. There are also some amazing attractions such as Japanese Gardens and Umgeni River Bird Park.
Umhlanga is an prosperous area in Durban. It is quite far out from the city centre, however there is so much to do in the area that it attracts many residents as well as tourists. Some of the best restaurants in Durban are found in Umhlanga and there are also plenty of shopping opportunities as well. More expensive homes are found closer to the beach, simply because of the absolutely stunning views of the South African coastline and the Indian Ocean. The Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve is extremely popular, with not only residents but also those travelling to the area. The same goes for the Umhlanga Promenade, which hosts a beautiful lighthouse and fantastic restaurants with magnificent views.
Glenwood has a great artsy vibe to its neighborhood. It is a suburban town, located just south of Durban’s city centre, that has some beautiful views of the Durban harbour. Residents of Glenwood can easily get to Durban Point, South Beach and take advantage of multiple universities nearby. The streets are lines with art galleries and yoga studios and there is plenty of brilliant graffiti found around the town. Glenwood has many parks dotted around, including the Pigeon Valley Nature Reserve or the Bulwer Park.
Musgrave is a suburb found just west of Durban’s City centre. Residents here enjoy plenty of Architectural treasures with both Victorian and Edwardian homes to be found here, mixing with more stylish Art Deco buildings that have bold colours. As Musgrave is close to the city centre there are plenty of attractions and things to do in the area. The area is great for families or those looking to live a more suburban life but still be connected to the city and have great amenities and facilities on their doorstep. There is a night market that happens monthly in Musgrave, which hosts handmade local crafts, foods, trinkets, and plenty more. In the neighbourhood you can also find the Durban Botanical Gardens, which is the oldest Botanic Garden in Africa.
Morningside is a trendy neighbourhood, with plenty of restaurants, bars, art galleries and coffee shops to choose from. This is a great place for younger people to live, who want to be able to go out at night and have plenty to do. Some great attractions in the area include Mitchell Park Zoo, the African Art Centre, and the Moses Mabhida stadium, that attracts sports fans from all over, both nationally and internationally.
#6 Durban City Centre
Durban City Centre is a bustling area with plenty to do and a busy feel to it. There are some more affordable options for residents in the downtown area, however the City Centre is one of the most expensive places to live in Durban. Living in the centre is perfect for office workers and young people who want to be close to the excitement. There are plenty of attractions, including the Natural Science Museum and Phansi Museum, the uShaka Marine World and many more. There are also some great student accommodation options in the city centre for those studying at any of the multiple universities around.