Built on former agricultural holdings, Akasia still retains features of the once rural area with large family homes and it is still surrounded by large semi-rural tracts of land.
The first suburb to be developed in Akasia was The Orchard in 1904, which grew steadily until the 1960’s when the boom in industrial activities in the area. The area grew exponentially and when the Roslyn Industrial Complex was built a decade later, Akasia became a key residential area for workers and their families.
Despite the boom in residents, the area is still a quiet escape from the daily buzz with beautiful residential areas scattered with trees and verdant areas. Other suburbs in this area include
Amandasig, Chantelle, Flourana, and Theresapark. Today, there are tens of thousands of inhabitants living here, and the facilities and amenities to cater to these ones.
The area has a growing young population of graduate professionals who are flocking to the cosmopolitan complexes in the Karen Park and Theresapark areas, which brings with it more need for business development and expansion in numerous industries. The area in Karenpark north of the Wonder Park Shopping Mall has great potential for commercial development.
Key features include the Wonder Park Shopping Centre, the Winternest train station, and drivers testing station, as well as two golf courses: the Hillside Golf Course in Nina Park and the Thornbrook Golf Estate in Theresapark.