Sunnyside offers many north-facing properties and has a very warm and bright atmosphere, living up to its cheery name of Sunnyside. Situated on the northern slopes of Grahamstown. It is full of beautiful historic homes and buildings, but, also offers lovely modern ones. It is a great combination of history, character and pure splendour. Sunnyside real estate offers value for money, with an old-world style – the architecture of many of the cottages in the suburb was inspired by the British Settlers of 1820 and many of them still have original features in and around their properties. 

Owning real estate in Sunnyside means you’re situated near Grahamstown’s only Afrikaans medium school, Hoërskool PJ Olivier, situated high on the hill of the suburb. Residents are also within easy walking distance of Victoria Girls Secondary and Primary Schools, Good Shepherd School, the Carinus Art Centre as well as the prestigious Rhodes University.​

Sunnyside real estate is popular and suits anyone from young couples starting their future to retirees who prefer to enjoy peaceful afternoons. Properties in Sunnyside vary in size and price and often boast yellowwood floors and Oregon pine ceilings. There are a number of lovely properties to rent in the area.  For more info on Sunnyside properties, please get in touch.

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Sunnyside Area

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Cultural centre

Cultural centre

With the area regarded as a cultural and artistic centre, there are a number of cultural attractions to enjoy, including the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity, the International Library of African Music, the Amazwi South African Museum of Literature and of course the annual National Arts Festival.

Heritage sites

Heritage sites

With many building and structures dating back to the 1800s, the area is rich in historical and heritage sites to explore. Historians may be interested to note that the area lays claim to the oldest letterbox in the country, whilst the Provost Prison, the Albany Museums and the Cathedral of St. Michael & St. George are also popular sites to explore.

Holiday lifestyle

Holiday lifestyle

Living in the area feels like you’re on holiday, what with its easy access to the Garden Route, the abundance of B&Bs and guest houses nearby, and the large number of tourists and visitors who regularly pass through the town. 

Surrounding nature

Surrounding nature

Nature enthusiasts will love the fact that the area is surrounded by a number of nature reserves situated nearby. These include the Thomas Baines Nature Reserve, the Great Fish River Reserve, as well as the luxurious Shamwari Game Reserve, Kwande Game Reserve, Pumba Game Reserve, Lalibela Game Reserve and Amakhala Game Reserve.

Living in Sunnyside

Areas near to Sunnyside

Cradock Heights, Fort England, Grahamstown Central, Hill 60, Kingswood Grahamstown, Oatlands, Oatlands North, Somerset Heights, West Hill,


Educationally, you will not be found wanting. In addition to Hoërskool PJ Olivier, and Victoria Girls primary and secondary, Grahamstown also houses a number of other highly rated educational institutes, including St. Andrew’s College, the Diocesan School for Girls, Kingswood College, Graeme College and Rhodes University.


Shoppers can head off to The Market Square Shopping Centre or Pepper Grove Mall for major retail chains and essentials. For a slightly different shopping experience, they can also explore the many art galleries and curio stores situated nearby.


Residents are within close proximity to both private and public hospitals, including the Settlers Hospital as well as the Fort England Psychiatric Hospital.


As Grahamstown sits half way between East London and Port Elizabeth on the N2, one of South Africa’s major national highways, residents have easy access to neighbouring major cities. The coast is a short drive away with Port Alfred and Kenton-on Sea only 60km from the city. For longer distance commuters, the Port Elizabeth International Airport is situated approximately 134 kilometres away.


Friday 20 & Saturday 21 September 2019
St. Andrew’s College Highland Festival
There will be plenty of entertainment for the entire family at this year's St Andrew's College Highland Festival

Saturday 21 September 2019
Heritage Day Carnival
Venue:  Amazwi SA Museum of Literature (NELM), 25a Worcester Street.  Performances, food, art and crafts, face painting, poetry, dance, music and story telling.  More info from 046 622 7042

Tuesday 24 September 2019
Sunnyside Street Festival
From 12h00 to 17h00 at Artificer’s Square.

Saturday 28 September 2019
St. Andrew’s Prep Mini Olympics
A fun family day for children up to the age of 6 years at Prep Gardens.  Bring a picnic.

Saturday 2 November 20199
St. George’s Fair
The Cathedral of St Michael and St George’s annual St George’s Fair from 09h00 at the St George’s Hall.


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