First Metro Housing Company was the first social housing institution in Durban. It is a non profit company founded in 1998. We now have 1218 units in the Ethekweni municipality.

These include a large number of units in renovated blocks in the centre of the city as well as some greenfield developments in suburban areas. We presently have plans to develop a number of new projects that will provide at least an additional 700 units. We have a mix of self contained flats from bachelor to 3 bedrooms.

With our team of dedicated management and staff, First Metro is in a position to offer the following: • Security of tenure in well-located rental accommodation • Managed living environments • Affordable, quality homes Indirectly, our activities contribute towards job creation, as well as urban integration and inner city revitalisation. We will continue in our commitment to providing affordable and well located housing in Ethekweni. We presently have 2 new projects under construction and 4 more planned. We are a vibrant and expanding company there to support access to the city for those previously excluded.

First Metro Housing Company

Providing Affordable, Quality & Secure Homes

  +27 31 307 7676

The Numbers




Projects by First Metro Housing Company

Avoca Hills 520 Avoca Hills Drive Avoca Hills eThekwini 520 20143
Carlean 93 Maud Mfusi Road Durban Central Durban 32 2001
Esselen 26 Park Street, Albert Park Durban Central Durban 18 2001
Hawaii 29 Rutherford Street,South Beach Durban Central Durban 128 2000
Howell Heights 30 Howell Road Springfield eThekwini 48 2010
Howell Road 30 Howell Road Springfield Durban 243 2004
Lakehaven 1 SHP 49 Centre Road Hippo Road eThekwini 312 2012
Lakehaven 2 SHP 49 Centre Road Hippo Road eThekwini 272 2014
Martinez 78 Hospital Road Durban Central Durban 44 2000
Russell Mansions 496 Anton Lembede Street Durban Central Durban 143 2004
Strathdon SHP 92/94 Maud Mfusi Street Durban Central eThekwini 24 2009
Tabora 17 Park Street Durban Central Durban 43 2000
Weltevrede 60 McArthur Street Durban Central Durban 31 2001
Westridge Newlands West drive Durban Central Durban 89 2001


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