The garden suburb of Bedfordview is one of the closest suburbs of Johannesburg to the OR Tambo Airport (other than Edenvale), so for business people dipping into the city only briefly, Bedfordview is an ideal location. Bedfordview provides easy access to Johannesburg, Sandton and the East Rand. Bedfordview is located in the hub of South Africa's financial, manufacturing, marketing and storage facilities. Colleges, universities and excellent schools are all within easy reach.
The leafy suburb of Bedfordview is close to a number of shopping malls, including Eastgate with its myriad shops, entertainment venues and excellent restaurants. Bedfordview offers many family recreational activities such as rowing, walking trails and picnic areas. There are numerous sporting facilities and most religious denominations are represented.
In addition Bedfordview still a vibrant café culture, and a quick drive through its leafy streets on a Saturday morning will reveal a health conscious, family-orientated demographic with an appreciation for the high-end fashion, sports cars and entertainment available at the Bedford Centre and the Eastgate mall, which is expanding to cater for the influx of upmarket customers moving in.
History of Bedfordview:
Although the area around Bedfordview had been inhabited by black natives for thousands of years, the written history of the area commenced with the arrival of white settlers in the 19th Century. The site of Bedfordview was largely taken up by the farm Elandsfontein, and was administered as part of the District of Potchefstroom in the South African Republic. The coat-of-arms of Bedfordview features an Eland holding a fountain as a tribute to the early rural history of the town. In 1853, the farm “Elands Vontyn” was inspected and remained the property of the government until it was granted to GPL van der Linden on the 17th June 1867. The farm remained in the family for a number of years although it was subdivided. The Witwatersrand Gold Reef had a huge impact on the area. Elandsfontein was purchased for the mineral rights, and was later divided into smaller farms and small-holdings, many of which were settled by retired miners. The entire area became known as Geldenhuys Estate.
Colleges in the vicinity include Boston City Campus and Business College.