Port Elizabeth is a major seaport situated in Algoa Bay where shores are lapped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Known as The Friendly City, it now forms part of Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and Despatch) and as the Eastern Cape’s capital city, offers a host of career and lifestyle opportunities. When looking for a house for sale in Port Elizabeth, you’ll want to consider what is important to you – proximity to the beach, city centre or schools. There are several suburbs to consider and each offers its own unique attractions, so feel free to get in touch with our Port Elizabeth branch to get more information on where you should be looking to buy or rent Property in Port Elizabeth.
Owning property in Port Elizabeth comes with uncongested motorways and a thriving industrial sector. The roads are very user friendly, making getting around an easy, scenic experience. Take a look at a few of the properties for sale in the area or find out more about living in PE below.
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Explore Port Elizabeth
Whether you’re looking to find out more about the history of the area, are in search for some cultural activities, interested in adventure sports or want to soak up a bit of what Mother Nature has to offer, Port Elizabeth is happy to oblige.
• Reputed to be the water sport capital of SA, Port Elizabeth offers a variety of aquatic options such as ocean cruises, sailing, scuba diving, fishing and windsurfing.
• For the history buffs, there’s Prince Alfred's Guard Memorial, Donkin Heritage Trail, Pearson Conservatory and 7 Castle Hill.
• An abundance of nature reserves: Van Staden's Wild Flower Reserve, The Cape Recife Nature Reserve, Maitlands Nature Reserve; The Island Nature Reserve and Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area are a few you can explore.
• Other great attractions include: Bayworld, the spectacular beaches, Boardwalk Casino, Entertainment World and the city’s various galleries.
Living in Port Elizabeth
Port Elizabeth is a big city, so the amenities are rather diverse. The facilities that you need will determine which suburbs you start investigating when looking for a house for sale in Port Elizabeth:
• Schools: There are a huge range of schools throughout the suburbs of Port Elizabeth. Some of the most prestigious schools include Grey High School and Victoria Park High School.
• Tertiary Education: When you live in PE, you’ll have Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University on your doorstep.
• Shopping: Greenacres and Walmer Park shopping centres house everything you need under one roof, but there are many smaller shopping centres, boutiques and markets scattered throughout PE.
• Healthcare: PE is home to some of the country’s top private and government-funded institutions.
• Air travel: The Port Elizabeth domestic airport makes travelling to Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg easier.
• Sport: St George’s Park, Nelson Mandela Sports Stadium and Humewood golf course are but a few of the city’s top sporting facilities.
Other Areas in Port Elizabeth and Areas Nearby Port Elizabeth
Areas Nearby Port Elizabeth
The Eastern Cape is a game-viewing destination with three national parks, and one provincial park which finds Port Elizabeth the perfect destination. You could do day trips to Addo Elephant National Park, Shamwari, the Baviaanskloof, Port Alfred, Jeffrey’s Bay or Grahamstown. The Addo National Park, most famed for its elephants, has a huge variety of game.
Shamwari, between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, was the first private conservation initiative in the Eastern Cape and it is an unmitigated success, both in terms of environmental integrity and as a great tourist destination.
From a floral wonderland to unspoilt sand-dunes to dramatic mountain ranges, Port Elizabeth offers the visitor an abundance of nature reserves. Located in and around the city are: Van Staden's Wild Flower Reserve; The Cape Recife Nature Reserve, Maitlands Nature Reserve; The Island Nature Reserve; Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area; Groendal Wilderness Area and Settlers Park.
Port Elizabeth is a significant industrial centre, with much emphasis on the motor manufacturing industry, so it's quite appropriate that it has the country's most impressive motor museum. Port Elizabeth has very accessible motor free-ways and is commonly referred to as the "10-minute city". The uncongested motorways are "user friendly" and getting around is an easy, scenic experience. Most of the historic attractions are located within walking distance of one another in the historical Central area.
The Coega Industrial Development Zone is South Africa’s primary location for new industrial investments, providing 12 000 hectares of land for development and incorporating a new deepwater port and world-class infrastructure. The initiative is known as “the Coega project” and situated on South Africa’s Eastern Cape Coast, the Coega IDZ is ideally placed to service both internal and export markets, being equidistant from America and Pacific Rim destinations. Intended as a location for industries focused on beneficiation of the country’s natural resources, Coega is one of a number of zones demarcated by the government to position the country as a platform for export-orientated manufacturing. Set just 20km east of the Port Elizabeth metropolitan Municipality, the strategically situated port effectively meets the opportunities provided by rapid changes in international shipping traffic.
For the seasoned and discerning traveller, Port Elizabeth offers a wide range of excellent accommodation possibilities. Modern facilities are combined with genuine, warm hospitality, for which the Friendly City has earned her name.