Arguably the most exclusive suburb in  Makhanda (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, Hill 60, Kingswood Makhanda (Grahamstown), Makhanda (Grahamstown) Central, 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.



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