Hillcrest at a glance
Hillcrest is situated in the Valley of a 1000 Hills which is located 37km inland from Durban and approximately 60km from the new King Shaka International Airport. It was named Hillcrest due to its location on the crest of a hill.
Over the years, Hillcrest has become a booming suburb of the Upper Highway Area and has become self-sufficient with established facilities such as schools, churches, shopping centres, a private hospital and more recently, commercial office parks.
Due to the development of the many residential estates in the area like Plantations in Hillcrest, demand from local business people to either purchase their own office space or to rent office space within the area has increased with demand far outweighing supply.
Developers have cottoned onto this demand which has seen a marked increase in the number of new office developments in the area. Recently completed office developments include: 22 On Main situated along Old Main Road in Hillcrest and The Brook Office Park on Old Main Road in Gillitts. Meyrickton Office Park on the corner of Meyrickton Place and Old Main Road in Hillcrest is scheduled for completion end of October 2017.
A number of new office developments are on the cards for 2017 and these include Braehead Office Park, Delamore Office Park and Loundon Park. These offices can either be purchased off-plan for owner occupation or as investment units where we are able to assist investors to find suitable tenants for occupation.
Industrial premises are few and far between in Hillcrest, with only Hillcrest Centre offering a handful of mini warehouses or motor repair shops.
Hillcrest still has a village feel about it but yet it offers a number of retail centres to choose from. The majority of retail centres in Hillcrest are located along Old Main Road each offering something different to patrons. Other amenities in the area include the Shongweni Farmers & Craft Market, Willow Creek Animal Farm and Makaranga Lodge.
The Oxford Village, previously known as the Heritage Market underwent renovations in 2014 / 2015 and is anchored by Oxford Freshmarket and Oxford Liqours. Other tenants include The Keg, Union Square, Debonairs, Fishaways, Steers, Cash Converters and Builders Express to just name a few. The centre also caters to the younger generation with Pallet Jacks that has a phenomenal play area and Oxford Sport which consists of the Oxford Arena which offers soccer on the Astro turf and America style basketball and a state-of- the-art Multitrax (bicycle circuit and trail running tracks).
There is also a lifestyle and design centre called Lillies Quarter anchored by Woolworths Foods and Oscars Café, a popular eatery for business people and local cyclists, especially on weekends. Other restaurants in the centre include Lupa and Olive Oil along with tenants such as Clicks, Sorbet and Just Plastics.
Hillgate Shopping Centre is home to the Hillcrest Kwik Spar and Liquors, Renault, McCarthy Cars, Postnet, a locksmith and an estate agent. Meanwhile, Hillcrest Centre is one of the older centres in Hillcrest with tenants such as Papa Giovanni’s, Motorsports Hillcrest, Battery Tech, Lazy Lizards, The Chinese Store, Fin and Scale, Ants Auto Repairs and Thunder Auctioneers to mention a few.
In mid-2016, the Hillcrest Corner started renovations to increase overall GLA to accommodate its newest anchor tenant – Virgin Active. Other tenants at this centre include Woolworths Clothing and Food, Checkers and Checkers Liquor, Baby City, Dischem, Mr Price, Sheet Street, Wimpy, Nedbank and Capitec.
Located across the road from the Hillcrest Corner is Christians Village with tenants such as Pick n Pay, Mugg & Bean, MTN, Nando’s, FNB, furniture store, shoe repair store, pet food store, florist, pharmacy, travel and estate agents. Christians Village offers both retail and office space.
The Colony is currently undergoing renovations to its second building, which should be completed by mid-2017. Food Lovers Market is the anchor tenant while Stretta Café and the newly opened Yossi’s restaurant ,offering Morrocan cuisine, are the only two restaurants in this centre. The Colony offers retail on the ground floor with offices on the first floor.
Another centre in Hillcrest is Richdens Village, home to the Richdens Kwik Spar and Liquors, Renault, McCarthy Cars, Postnet a locksmith and estate agent is Richdens