Port Elizabeth at a glance
Port Elizabeth stretches out along the South Eastern coastline of Africa, bordering on the warm Indian Ocean, and enjoys many of natures wonders, from frolicking dolphins to whales at play in our bay. The beaches are some of the best in the world, many being isolated and therefore unspoilt, with a variety of features from sandy beaches to rocky outcrops. The combination of clean beaches, warm calm waters and fair breezes provides ideal conditions for the outdoor water sports enthusiasts, such as sailing, fishing, surfing, windsurfing, snorkeling, swimming and scuba divers have lots to see in the form of shipwrecks, coral reefs and beautifully coloured fish with up to 30 metres visibility. Temperatures are moderate all year round with scattered rainfall throughout the year. Summers are warm usually with a temperate humidity level and winters are reasonably mild and pleasant, and the climate is a major contributing factor to Port Elizabeth’s reputation for offering an outstanding quality of life.
Port Elizabeth was originally discovered by the Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama in the early 14th century but was only fully founded and settled with the arrival of the British Settlers in 1820 under the command of Sir Rufane Donkin who became the first Governor of the city. In fact, the city is named after Sir Rufane Donkin’s deceased wife, Elizabeth in whose honour the memorial on Donkin Square, was erected. Known as the FRIENDLY CITY, a tradition that is proudly upheld by a diverse culture, PE is the largest Metropole in the Eastern Cape with a current population of 1.3 million. The city is close to many internationally renowned wildlife reserves such as Shamwari Game Reserve, Addo Elephant Park and the like, and having the advantage of being situate in a Malaria free area, is ideal for the tourist seeking a totally African experience.
There is a distinct old world charm about Port Elizabeth, reminiscent of the British Settlers colonial era and many of the older properties still bear a strong resemblance to this time in our history. There are some beautiful parks with well landscaped gardens, namely St Georges Park as well as Settlers Park, situate within the city centre, not to mention the Historic Donkin Heritage Trail, offering a plethora of flora and fauna guaranteed to satisfy the most ardent nature lover. PE is both a Commercial and Industrial, as well as a vacation city, as both play a major role in its financial wellbeing. Being an important centre for the South African motor industry and home to many of the major car manufacturers, subsidiary company headquarters in addition to hosting Africa’s only deep water harbour, COEGA, the city is currently experiencing a growth spurt due in part to the major economic investment in the COEGA project. As a result, many international artisans and business men are entering the property market in search of homes for their families moving to the area. There is a variety of property including large family homes as well as smaller townhouses and apartments available, designed to suit a broad spectrum of income earners.
All in all you can’t really go wrong buying property in this major sea port and Eco-Friendly city on the beautiful shores of Algoa Bay offering some of the finest schools in the country. Yes, the secret is out … Port Elizabeth offers a great lifestyle and is a wonderful place to raise a family.
Beverley Grove is a quiet, lushly green residential area of Port Elizabeth that is still, as of yet, relatively sparsely inhabited, making it ideal for anyone looking for a more tranquil space to live in.
Port Elizabeth is a well-known holidaymakers’ paradise, boasting stunning beaches and a relaxed population, as well as being a well-marked destination at the end of the world-famous Garden Route. Farms and smallholdings make up the surrounds of Beverley Grove, and it is just a little way away from the uncommercialised Indian Ocean beaches of Sardinia Bay and surrounds.
Despite being a welcome hush from the busier Newton Park and Port Elizabeth central, Beverley Grove is only 20 minutes’ drive from the “Friendly City”, making it ideal for anyone wanting to work in P.E. Central but also wishing to avoid the city’s comparatively busy lifestyle. Seaview Lion Park and Kragga Kamma Game Reserve are a stone’s throw away, and form part of the plenitude of less commercial attractions. For those who would rather shop than safari, Walker Drive Mall, Greenacres Mall, Walmer Park Mall and Metlife Plaza Shopping Centre provide more than just the necessary amenities with a full variety of shops and entertainment.
Beverley Grove’s typical style of home is spacious, mostly being smallholdings and multi-bedroom houses, with many townhouse complexes as well. Lovely as holiday homes outside of the end-of-year rush, or simply as a cozy retreat for new and growing families, you’ll be sure to find the peace of mind you’re looking for in this verdant suburb.
The area is perfect residency for both young and old, including more than a dozen schools of different levels of education, and most within fifteen to twenty minutes’ drive from Beverley Grove. Grey High School, Collegiate Girls’ Junior School and Collegiate Girls’ High School are about twenty minutes away, and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University is only a half-hour drive away, making Beverley Grove perfect for students of all ages, or for prospective parents.
While the suburb of Greenacres is virtually synonymous with the popular Greenacres shopping centre, Greenacres enjoys a glowing reputation as a well-positioned Port Elizabeth suburb with easy access to the CBD, schools, sports clubs and business districts.
Greenacres falls between Norvic Drive and Cape Road and is a stone’s throw away from one of Port Elizabeth’s main shopping precincts, the Greenacres mall. Spanning over a kilometre, this impressive centre features an eclectic selection of shops ranging from fashion boutiques to popular retail franchises. While leisure is never far away, business is right on Greenacres’ doorstep as the suburb is home to a number of bustling office parks.
Established in the late 70’s and early 80’s, the land where Greenacres stands was once a busy race course. The land was subsequently cleared in order to accommodate the rapid developments and growing population of Port Elizabeth. Today, Greenacres consists mainly of upmarket townhouses ranging from small and homely to large and spacious real estate.
Greenacres is perfectly positioned for business professionals, but remains a sought after spot for families. Port Elizabeth’s premier schools – Grey in Mill Park and Collegiate in Parson’s Hill – are easily accessible from the suburb as is the Jewish Synagogue and a number of other churches. Greenacres is also home to the Greenacres Hospital and is within short distance of the Port Elizabeth Provincial Hospital.
Sports lover’s will meet their match at a number of sports clubs dotting the area, including the Port Elizabeth Golf Club on the opposite side of Cape Road, the Old Grey Club and Kemsley Park.
The suburb of Millard Grange is located in proximity to the city’s CBD allowing for an easy commute; schools and sports clubs are also easily accessible. The area boasts uninterrupted, spectacular views of the Indian Ocean and the esteemed Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
Port Elizabeth is a city of many attractions and Millard Grange is located nearby to the vast majority of these. Greenacres Mall, office parks as well as the Greenacres and Port Elizabeth Provincial Hospital are also easily accessible.
The city’s preeminent high schools: Grey and Collegiate are also located in proximity to the suburb. Churches and the Jewish Synagogue are in the vicinity allowing for easy access.
Golf fanatics will feel right at home as the Port Elizabeth Golf Club is nearby, providing a challenge to even the most seasoned of players. Other sports venues such as Grey Club and Kemsley Park are also within close range.
Millard Grange acts as a hub providing convenient access to many areas throughout the city, including: the airport, western suburbs and industrial areas.
Property in the area:
Properties in Millard Grange are characteristically spacious as well as affordable, making it a highly sought after area. The complementary sea views provide a further incentive.
Known by the locals as the ‘friendly’ or the ‘windy’ city, Port Elizabeth is renowned for being one of the main seaports in the country. Of the many suburbs in the province, Richmond Hill is considered to be a historical landmark as it is one of the city’s first residential suburbs.
It exudes a peaceful atmosphere that parallels the characteristic Victorian and Edwardian homes that are considered highly sought after properties for sale in PE. The wooden floors and high ceilings are the two standout features of homes from this era, circa 1800.
The two areas of Central and Richmond Hill are in fact the same area, with the area known colloquially as Richmond Hill only being separated from Central by Russell Road, and is perhaps the more upmarket of the two areas, but only marginally so. Most of these properties typically offer wooden flooring and high ceiling and have been lovingly and sympathetically restored to their former glory. Even during the worst of times Richmond Hill and Central have held their own and proved to be solid investments.
Many exclusive restaurants, coffee shops, bistros, boutiques and décor shops have opened with many artists running their studios from there. At night, the sidewalks are aglow with friendly lights in trees as the cosmopolitan sophisticated set, eat sushi and enjoy double lattes, thus earning the reputation of being the place where “the elite meet to eat” to be seen and set the scene.
The suburb of Perridgevale is situated alongside Greenacres and therefore has easy access to the CBD area,schools, sports clubs and areas of employment. The properties in the area are mostly lower to middle income bracket.
The suburb of Perridgevale, being adjacent to Greenacres, is very close to many shops, office parks, and to Greenacres Hospital and not far from the Port Elizabeth Provincial Hospital is also very close to the area.
PE’s premier schools, Grey in Mill Park and Collegiate, situated in Parson’s Hill, are therefore easily accessible via the suburb as well as numerous other schools. The Jewish Synagogue is situated in a neighbouring suburb, and many other Church’s are within a few kilometres .
The Port Elizabeth Golf Club is on the opposite side of Cape Road a little further down from Greenacres, whilst the Old Grey Club and Kemsley Park are also sports facilities close by. To access the Nelson Mandela Bay 2010 soccer Stadium one just needs to go down Mount Road to Sidwell. Main trunk roads in PE connect this area to the old CBD, Walmer with the airport, the western suburbs and the industrial areas.
Property in the area
Perridgevale consists mainly of smaller affordable homes. There are also numerous blocks of apartments and semi detached house.