Arguably the most exclusive suburb in Grahamstown with mature treed streets, West Hill is home to beautifully appointed exclusive residences and is host to esteemed private schools and Rhodes University. Typically homes, many of which were established in 1820, boast beautiful stone work, wooden floors and generous proportions. The mature gardens are sizable and lush.

The Amazwi South African Museum of Literature (formerly known as the National English Literature Museum) situated in Worcester Street was completed in 2016. A testament to the creativity that can be employed when using recycled materials and creating a completely “Green Building”, this gem has blended into the landscape beautifully.  An ideal venue for functions, parties, exhibitions and the like, this magnificent facility is a welcome feature in West Hill.

The suburb is home to both young and old residents and, with 25% of Rhodes University students hailing from overseas, gives the area quite a cosmopolitan feel and making property ownership here a good investment. West Hill properties are generally characterised by their large spacious grounds and houses for sale here vary in price from R1.8m to R7m. Browse some of our West Hill houses for sale below.

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West Hill Area

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Holiday lifestyle

Holiday lifestyle

With its easy access to the Garden Route, the National Arts festival, and the abundance of B&Bs and guest houses nearby, the area is known for its relaxed holiday atmosphere. The coastal villages of Port Alfred and Kenton-on-Sea are situated only 60km’s away. 

Cultural centre

Cultural centre

Regarded as a cultural and artistic centre, the area offers the International Library of African Music, the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity as well as the annual National Arts Festival and SciFest Africa amongst its many cultural attractions.

Surrounding nature

Surrounding nature

The area is a haven for nature enthusiasts, with an abundance of nature reserves situated nearby, including the Great Fish River Reserve, Kwandwe Game Reserve, Kariega Game Reserve, Amakhala Game Reserve, Thomas Baines Nature Reserve and Shamwari Game Reserve.

Heritage sites

Heritage sites

With the area dating back to the 1800s, the area has a wealth of historical and heritage sites to explore, including the oldest letterbox in the country, the Provost Prison, as well as the Cathedral of St. Michael & St. George.

Living in West Hill

Areas near to West Hill

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


The educational institutes in the area are all world class and steeped in history. The prestigious St. Andrew’s College private boys’ school was founded in 1855, the Diocesan School for Girls in 1874, while Rhodes University opened its doors way back in 1904.


The area offers something for any shopper, with essentials available at the Pepper Grove Mall, together with numerous niche and curio stores available for shoppers looking for something a little different.


There are private and public hospitals located nearby, including the Settlers Hospital. These, together with smaller clinics located in the area, offer a wide variety of treatments and services. 


Grahamstown sits on one of South Africa’s major national highways, the N2, ensuring easy access to neighbouring cities. Commuters looking to travel further can head to the Port Elizabeth International Airport, approximately 134 kilometres away.


Saturday 31 August 2019
Oldenburgia Trail Run
Sponsored by Trail Busters. This year promises to be a stand out event with the addition of our 2 day stage race! Sign up early to ensure your spot.  31 Aug - 1 Sept : 50kms of beautiful, mountainous terrain covered in 2 consecutive days. R1300 includes overnight shared accommodation, lunch & dinner on day 1, breakfast on day 2 & a race shirt.  Entries close on August 11 for the 50km race, only online entries accepted.  1 September : a 30km route made up of single & jeep tracks with big climbs. R350 for online sign ups. 1 Sept : a challenging 15km route at R180 for online sign ups. 1 Sept : a very doable and scenic 8km at R80 for online sign ups. All races start and end at Hoerskool P.J Olivier, Grahamstown, Robinson Street. An extra R50 will apply for on the day entries so make sure you pre register here:

Thursday 5 September 2019
Observatory Museum Official Reopening
Our guest speaker Fleur Way-Jones's topic will be "The Life and Times of Galpin: The Significance of the Observatory Museum Today'.  Time 17h30 for 18h00.Cost: R50 per person, R80 per couple or R25 per student. Tickets available at teh Observatory, Natural Science or History Museums from Monday to Friday. Dress code: Victorian inspired.

Saturday 7 September 2019
SPCA Big Clean and Dog Walk
Ikhala Veterinary Clinic is launching a big clean! We are bringing you an event with a double whammy of good Karma. Come clean up our town whilst also raising money for our local SPCA who desperately need our help.  Pay R20pp to join in and get the chance to win fantastic prizes (to be released closer to the date) for each bag of rubbish you return. Bring the whole family, dogs included, and do your bit! Food, demonstrations and activities will also be available.  Where: Old Golf Course from 09h00 – 11h00.

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 2 November 20199
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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