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Overport Drive: Businesses range from fitness centres to a boutique hotel

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Once a residential area, the properties along the road are now commercial

Relentless Boxing and Fitness

Centrally located, this gym offers classes for groups, ladies only, mixed and children’s boxing as a means of bringing fitness and health to the community through boxing.

Andaluz Boutique Hotel

This modern hotel has six rooms simply styled with dark wood furnishings, en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning. Its central location means guests are within a short taxi ride or brisk walk from Musgrave Shopping Centre, the Durban Botanic Gardens and the beachfront.

Platinum Consulting (a division of Liberty Life)

Financial services group Liberty Life provides an extensive range of products and services tailor-made to individual requirements. Liberty financial advisers equip customers with the knowledge and expertise to make financial decisions.

One Stop Travel and Tours

Founded in 2004 by Riaz and Sophia Motala, One Stop Travel and Tours has grown from a 50m² office in Juniper House to a 500m² head office in Overport Drive. The company now operates 11 branches across Durban and two in Gauteng.

Memsaab

Another commercial development that would have replaced an older residential property. Picture: Terry Haywood Photography

Specialising in Indian dress, boutique store Memsaab has been voted Best Eastern Retailer for the past 14 years and operates branches in three major cities in South Africa.

Live, work and play in greater Overport


Location

Situated on the inland side of the Berea, the neighbourhood has sound accessibility to the N3 freeway and the infrastructure across the city in every direction. The downside is a lack of parking and congestion as the roads are not equipped to handle the current traffic volumes. Parking arrangements for the businesses along Overport Drive vary in line with available space on-site, but remain at a premium.

Mixed-use nature

As evident by the construction underway, some of the old residential properties have been demolished to make way for modern office accommodation. Picture: Terry Haywood Photography

The mixed-use nature of Overport means people can live, work and play in the same area – in some cases even in the same building where commercial activities are conducted on the ground floor and apartments are sited on higher floors. Overport Drive specifically is no longer known for its residential properties, but the neighbouring streets have high quality houses, some on the market, that can allow for living, working and playing within a small radius.

Labour

The integrated society means there is adequate labour available within easy access and on public transport systems.

Public amenities

Overport has public amenities for those living and working within the zone. These include schools, medical facilities and shops. There are a number of halaal restaurants located along Peter Mokaba Road to suit the requirements of the many Muslim families who live locally.

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