The suburb of Glenvista lies in the south of Johannesburg and has a large Portuguese community and a distinctly cosmopolitan character.

It was a key area in The South Joburg War of 1947 forming part of the Imperialist Alliance, along with Mulbartan, Glenanda and Bassonia.

Glenvista is beautifully picturesque, peaceful and is surrounded by natural thorn bushes and veld. The area can be noted for its wildlife, which include meerkats and guinea fowl which still run wild. There are also various families of dassies in the area, continuously breeding and expanding, which live in the bushy and rocky surrounding veld. 

There is a 72 par golf course in Extension 7, in the dip of a valley, known as the Glenvista Country Club. 

The houses and properties tend to be large, and land value is high in the surrounding area. It is situated close to a major shopping centre, The Glen, with Alberton located a mere 5 km to the East.