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.


Friday 14 February 2020
Graeme College presents The Butcher Bird Valentine's Dinner. Cash bar available.  Book early to avoid disappointment!  Reservations: Debbie -  Where: Graemian Centre

Saturday 14 March 2020
The popular annual Rugby Day with the following schools participating:  Cambridge High School, Dale College Hudson Park High School, Queen’s College, Grey High School, Kingswood College, St. Andrew’s College, Mary Waters, Muir College, Hoerskool Nico Malan, Pearson High School, Hoerskool Brandwag, Selborne College, Hoerskool Framesby, Marlow Agricultural School, Port Alfred High School, Hoerskool PJ Olivier and the Albany Development side.

Thursday, 25th June 2020 to Sunday, 5th July 2020
Organised by the National Arts Festival team, Africa's largest and most colourful cultural event offers a choice of the very best of both indigenous and imported talent. Every year for 11 days Makhanda Grahamstown's population doubles, as people flock to the city for a feast of arts, crafts and sheer entertainment. Every hall or large room becomes a theatre, parks and sport fields become flea markets, normally quiet streets have to be managed by an army of temporary traffic wardens, and every available bed in the city is booked. The festival offers more than 600 shows from opera, cabaret, drama and jazz to stand-up comics and folk music.



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