Once independent town is now vital part of greater eThekwini
The construction boom, particularly of gated communities on land formerly under sugar cane, has exponentially swelled the population. This means new investments feed off older ones with rising demand typically outstripping supply.
The road network has been upgraded in line with the developments and Old Main Road expanded into a dual carriageway in both directions and Inanda Road broadened to accommodate the traffic demands. While peak traffic times still trigger congestion issues, there has been investment to minimise it.
Good social amenities
Educational facilities have always been strong within Hillcrest with Highbury Preparatory School and Kearsney College as long-standing institutions. Newer private school establishments include Roseway Waldorf School and Hillcrest Christian Academy, while Hillcrest Primary and High schools are respected government institutions. There are also numerous churches and other centres of worship, some dating back to the suburb’s earliest days, and the explosion of shopping centres means residents are spoilt for choice – whether as consumers or as entrepreneurs.
The suburb’s redevelopment has generated thousands of square metres of new commercial space to accommodate businesses seeking rental or purchase opportunities in office complexes to motor dealerships and franchise initiatives. Live work play Hillcrest’s development into a modern suburb with a sound mix of commercial, industrial and residential land use means residents can live, work and play within the region – a substantial shift from the days when shopping centre options triggered a debate about whether to travel into Durban or to Pietermaritzburg and Durban’s commercial hub was an hour’s commute outside of peak traffic.