Westville at a glance
Upheld by premium amenities, attractions and homes, Westville is a melting pot of different cultures who have moved into the suburb to experience Durban living at its finest. Seated a convenient 11 minutes or 10.4 km’s away from the Durban city centre and 42 minutes or 40.5 km from King Shaka International Airport, Westville is surrounded by Cowies Hill, Chiltern Hills, Dawncliffe, and Reservoir Hills.
Easy and streamlined commute is facilitated through three main freeways, including the N2, N3 and 45th Cutting, with the main road being the M13. This integrated network connects residents to the suburb and the rest of the province.
Originally a farm, the suburb was formed in 1847 and named in honour of British lieutenant-governor, Martin West. From 1848 to 1956 it became the settlement of German immigrants.
Today, Westville has evolved into a fully-fledged community that caters to families, couples and retirees through exceptional residential properties. Easing demand and providing homes with advanced security, the suburb takes pride in being the frontrunner in Durban’s property market.
Renowned for its distinguished freestanding family homes, boasting on average 4-5 bedrooms and overlooking vast gardens, the suburb’s residential prowess is found in its ability to provide well-sized and affordable property, without compromising on luxury.
Westville Palmiet Nature Reserve
Against the backdrop of Westville’s spectacular cliffs, forest, grassland and river, sits the Palmiet Nature Reserve. A nature lover’s paradise, the reserve is an amalgamation of over 150 bird species and 170 tree species that immerse visitors in the suburb’s unique beauty. Visitors can enjoy a 15 km trail including sunset and night trails or simply relax for a braai or picnic. Besides recreational activities, Palmiet Nature Reserve offers environmental education on ecology, and Iron and Stone Age cultures.
Westville’s oldest building, built in circa 1840 is now the location of the Bergtheil Museum. Encapsulating a rich German history, it focuses on the first settlers of Westville that were brought into the region by Jonas Bergtheil, the Director of the Natal Cotton Company. The museum chronicles these settlers and their contribution to the development of the suburb through artefacts, photographs and records. For school and family outings, Bergtheil offers guided tours and museum walkabouts that provide an informative and insightful adventure into the development of the suburb, its local culture and the lives of the settlers.
Westville Country Club
Westville is renowned for its sporting, social and dining-out experiences that are upheld through a selection of venues. The Westville Country Club is one such example, and houses a wealth of activities under one-roof, including eight squash courts, a bar and entertainment area, a cafe, conference centre, and cycling centre and fitness centre. The country club opened in 1968 and has since evolved into one of the most beloved entertainment spots where family and friends can meet while enjoying braais, cocktails or a high-paced game of squash.
Exuding style, elegance and variety, Westville Mall sits in the heart of the suburb and provides a family friendly shopping experience. Some of the stores and food outlets include, Woolworths, Checkers, Clicks, Kauai and Rocomama’s. The mall is conveniently accessed from both the N3 and M13 freeways.
Placing Westville in a league of its own is the regional shopping centre, The Pavilion. It opened its doors in 1993 and has since, evolved into Durban’s leading retail precinct. Identified by its iconic dome shape, the mall houses 255 national and international retail outlets, 40 restaurants and food outlets, 11 Nu Metro theatres, 1 4DX theatre and a brand new Virgin Active. Checkers Hyper, Pick ‘n Pay, Mr Price, Foschini, Guess and Edgars are just some of the stores found here.
A place for everyday shopping needs, Westwood Mall is home to 102 stores and eateries, some of which include Mr Price, Truworths, Pick n Pay Clothing, Dischem, Game, Simply Asia and Mimmos.
Westville Village Market
Situated on Westville’s Jan Hofmeyer Road is the Westville Village Market. Although small, the mall is ideal for a quick shopping session and includes essential stores such as Clicks, Pick n Pay and Pick n Pay Clothing, with eateries including Ninos and John Dorys.
For families, schools are a top priority when searching for an area to buy a home. Fortunately, Westville has developed a prestigious network of schools that begin from pre-primary through to tertiary education.
- St Elizabeth Pre-Primary School
- Al-Noor Pre-Primary School
- Berea West Pre-Primary School
- Berea West Primary School
- Berea West Preparatory School
- Westville Hindu Primary School
- Westville Boys’ High School
- Westville Girls High School
- Berea West Senior Primary
Special Needs Schools
- International Hotel School Durban Campus
- University of Durban Westville
- Varsity College
Life Westville Hospital
Located on Spine Road, next to the Pavilion shopping mall, sits Life Hospital Westville. A component of the largest private hospital groups in South Africa, it is renowned for its world-class health-care, premium facilities and high calibre healthcare professionals. With a focus on the personal needs of patients and their families, Life Westville ensures that residents of the area are treated to the finest health care for a wide range of medical needs from specialist facilities to medical and surgical disciplines.
Westville has evolved from a modest farming community to one of urban luxury, defined by beautiful homes, premium attractions and a fine selection of amenities that allow residents to thrive. For those considering relocating to this vibrant community, Real estate agent, Josh Buitendach of Tyson Properties Westville is your guide to the suburb and will lead to you uncovering your dream home.