At the base of the Melville Koppies Nature Reserve flanked by the residential areas of Emmarentia and Westdene, lies the leafy suburb of Melville. Houses for sale here are full of character, ranging from free-standing homes and apartments to semi-detached houses and cottages dating as far back as the 1930s. Many of the older traditional homes feature Oregan pine floors and doors as well as ornate metal pressed ceilings. 

In terms of style and size, properties for sale in Melville are varied and offer a delightful blend of old-world charm with modern finishes. Some homes have been renovated and converted into trendy guesthouses, restaurants and small businesses. You’ll also find a selection of flats to rent in Melville which are a popular choice among students, academics and working professionals. Family-sized houses to rent are appealing due to their central location in relation to major highways, well-appointed shopping centres and natural lakes and parks. 

Home to retail outlets and an eclectic community of residents, Melville is also well-known for its vibrant nightlife and buzzing side-street café culture. Melville rentals are often sought-after by overseas and local visitors, making properties such as guesthouses an appealing opportunity for investors. Take a look at the available properties for sale in Melville or read on and to know more about this lively neighbourhood.

“Leafy streets, with an eclectic blend of old and renovated homes, great restaurants, shops and bars.”

Pieter Basson, Area Specialist

Explore Melville

Nature and parks

Nature and parks

Melville is enviably positioned close to the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens, Emmarentia Dam, Westene Dam and the Melville Koppies Nature Reserve. Get some fresh air while hiking, dog-walking, canoeing or just enjoying a relaxing picnic at one of these many spots. 



Melville offers everything from Asian fusion, seafood, steaks and snacks to deli, bakeries and artisan eateries. Every so often, 7th Street is blocked off and shop owners host a street-style festival where interesting stalls litter the sidewalk. 

Nightlife and entertainment

Nightlife and entertainment

Melville is a hot spot for socialising and offers an exciting assortment of cocktail lounges, pubs, clubs and bars, many of which are within walking distance of one another. 

Sport and recreation

Sport and recreation

There are a number of sports fields that service the nearby University of Johannesburg, including cricket grounds, a rugby stadium and tennis courts. Parkview Golf Club also is less than 10 minutes away from Melville.

Living in Melville

Areas near to Melville

Blairgowrie, Bromhof, Eagle Canyon Golf Estate, Emmarentia, Fairland, Greenside, Northcliff, Northwold, Robindale, Ruimsig, Sundowner,


There are a number of options for all ages such as Melville Pre-primary, Sparrow School, Melpark Primary and Linden Hoerkskool to name the closest. The University of Johannesburg and the University of the Witwatersrand can both be reached in less than 10 minutes. 


Local options include Melville Pharmacy, Wellness on 4th, Medicross Meldene and other privately practicing dentists and specialists. Milpark Hospital is a short drive away. 


Explore art or antique stores, clothing boutiques and other lifestyle shops that line the streets of Melville or visit Bamboo Centre or Melville Boulevard. 


Commute into the CBD or one of the nearby university campuses with ease or catch a bus into surrounding suburbs. You can also hop aboard one of the many Tuk-Tuks that provide transport within Melville.

For example Camps Bay or Mauritius