Gracing the north-western slopes of the city, Somerset Heights commands lovely views over the city of saints. Established in the 1970’s the majority of homes boasts large gardens and exceptional building quality.  Adjacent to Graeme College, one of only 25 boys’ boarding schools in the country, Somerset Heights attracts families and professionals who seek a calm and peaceful lifestyle.

Homes typically boast 3-4 bedrooms, large reception rooms and swimming pools. 

For a family, owning a home in Somerset Heights means you’re situated near Graeme College, a boys only school established 150 years ago and steeped in tradition and prestige. The facilities are world class, and boys can enjoy tennis, rugby, cricket as well as an Olympic-sized swimming pool. Of course, from an education point of view, living in Grahamstown means you’ll be spoilt for choice, with a number of highly rated private and public schools situated nearby.

Established professionals and young families are drawn to property in Somerset Heights as it offers a calm, peaceful and serene lifestyle. Property prices in Somerset Heights vary between R1.5m and R3.2m. For more info on buying or renting Somerset Heights properties, please get in touch.

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Somerset Heights Area

Explore Somerset Heights

Cultural centre

Cultural centre

The Amanzi South African Museum of Literature (formerly known as the National English Literary Museum), the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity, the International Library of African Music - these are just some of the cultural attractions residents and visitors to the area can enjoy.

Surrounding nature

Surrounding nature

Lovers of nature will be pleased to note that the area is surrounded neighbouring nature reserves, including Shamwari Game Reserve, the Thomas Baines Nature Reserve, Kariega Game Reserve, Kwandwe Game Reserve, Amakhala Game Reserve, Lalibela Game Reserve as well as the Great Fish River Reserve.

Heritage sites

Heritage sites

With many buildings in Grahamstown dating back to the 1800s, there are a number of historical and heritage sites to explore: Provost Prison, the Cathedral of St. Michael & St. George, as well as Birch’s, the largest manufacturer of quality academic, legal and clerical gowns in South Africa, are just a few.

Holiday lifestyle

Holiday lifestyle

Resident and visitors to the area can enjoy easy access to South Africa’s gorgeous Sunshine Coast and Garden Route which offer countless destinations to explore and enjoy. Grahamstown hosts many festivals and events during the year, making it an exciting town to live in.

Living in Somerset Heights

Areas near to Somerset Heights

Cradock Heights, Fort England, Hill 60, Kingswood Makhanda (Grahamstown), Makhanda (Grahamstown) Central, Oatlands, Oatlands North, Sunnyside, West Hill,


In addition to Graeme College, Somerset Heights homeowners are also situated nearby St. Andrew’s College, the Diocesan School for Girls, Kingswood College, Victoria Girls High School as well as Rhodes University.


Shoppers in the area are spolit for choice, with the Market Square Shopping Centre and Pepper Grove Mall offering them all the essentials they need. The area also hosts a number of art galleries and curio stores, for a slightly different shopping experience.


Settlers Hospital and the Fort England Psychiatric Hospital offer public and private healthcare facilities and services. There are also a number of smaller clinics located nearby.


The Port Elizabeth International Airport is situated approximately 134 kilometres away (or about 90 minutes drive). One of South Africa’s major national roads, the N2, goes through Grahamstown, giving residents easy access to neighbouring major cities including East London. The coastal towns of Port Alfred and Kenton-on-Sea are situated only 60km’s south of the city.



For example Camps Bay or Mauritius