Area and property guide to Seaview

Private Property South Africa
Amir Chetty

Famed for its scenic views and only a stone’s throw away from Port Elizabeth, the village of Seaview has earned its name.

The area consists of three coastal villages (Beachview, Seaview and Kini Bay) with 800 residential properties between them, of which many boast magnificent views. The villages also have a few holiday homes available.

Situated roughly 25km west of PE, Seaview offers many attractions such as Maitland River Mouth close by, scenic sand dunes, and the Seaview Game and Lion Park. Featuring more than 40 species including lion, giraffe, zebra and wildebeest, the park also has enclosures for crocodiles, meerkat, genet and caracal. Excellent whale-watching is possible in Seaview as they come relatively close inshore from about June to year-end. Dolphins, too, are a frequent sight.

Besides the picturesque surroundings, living in this area offers peace and tranquillity. Seaview is low on crime, and children still play and walk on the streets.

The village has a shopping centre that is home to a Spar, liquor store and chemist as well as a popular restaurant and pub named The Dizzy Dolphin which is frequented by locals and visitors alike. Residents also have access to a hardware store, doctor, veterinarian, police station and Nitrous, an effective security company.

Seaview is only 30 minutes from the airport and PE city centre, and attractions like the Kragga Kamma Game Park are easily reached.

Since Seaview does not have a school, many children attend Woodridge Pre-Primary, Preparatory and College, with two pick-up points for the school bus in the area. Mount Pleasant Primary School is the nearest primary school.

We first stayed in Summerstrand, but wanted a view of the sea, so we bought a house in Seaview. We’ve been so happy here. This is a close-knit community; a family-orientated village. It’s like holiday living, but with all the benefits of living in the city

  • Jackie Kennedy, resident

Best in food:

  • Barnacles
  • The Dizzy Dolphin restaurant and bar
  • The Boma
  • Elephant Walk Restaurant

Top schools nearby:

  • Woodridge Pre-Primary, Preparatory and College
  • Mount Pleasant Primary School
  • St Dominic’s Priory School
  • Morningside High School
  • Hoërskool Framesby

Nearby medical facilities:

  • General practitioner Dr K Westensee
  • Netcare Medicross Walmer
  • Netcare Medicross Lorraine Gardens
  • Medcon Medical Aid Consultants and Financial Services

Top attractions:

  • Seaview Game and Lion Park
  • Maitland Beach
  • Watching birds, whales and dolphins
  • Close to Beachview and Kini Bay villages

This article originally appeared in Neighbourhood,Sunday Times.

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