Area and property guide to Summerstrand

Private Property South Africa
Eleanor Douglas-Meyers

Summerstrand is the jewel of Port Elizabeth, and it’s easy to see why.

It’s where tourists congregate, where travellers lounge and one of the most central places to live. With Port Elizabeth’s prized Blue Flag beaches on its doorstep, this upmarket suburb has something for everyone.

You are just a few minutes away from the Boardwalk Hotel and Casino complex, the Summerstrand Village shopping centre, the Humewood links golf course, and Bayworld, while the airport is only a short drive away.

One of the biggest attractions in the area is The Boardwalk. Besides being a luxury beachfront hotel, it is also an entertainment venue and offers visitors a range of activities: from an arcade and cinema, to live shows and a casino.

Further down the road, the Summerstrand Village offers a unique shopping experience, where the convenience of 28 stores meets a relaxed seaside setting.

Hobie Beach is home to the annual Splash Festival, and the iconic Shark Rock Pier along with Pollock Beach are arguably the most noteworthy attractions in Summerstrand. Home to windsurfers, Hobie catamarans, yachts and surfers, it is definitely the place to be all year round.

If you are looking for something a little more cultural, the 5km Donkin Heritage Trail is just a short drive away and takes in a number of wonderful historical attractions while winding its way through the city centre.

History and natural science buffs can experience a natural and cultural history museum combined with a snake park and oceanarium at Bayworld. The main activities of the complex are research and education aimed at stimulating a greater awareness of the need for conservation of South Africa’s natural and cultural heritage.

Summerstrand is synonymous with upmarket living, with homes often carrying a big price tag. Homes are large and spacious and this is the area to look if you want stylish sophistication with a beachfront feel.

I like staying in Summerstrand because of the smell of the ocean; it reminds me that there's more to life than just living

Michelle Nkhona, resident

Top schools:

  • Pearson High School
  • Cape Recife School
  • Summerwood Primary School

Events in the area:

  • The Herald Continental Cycle Tour (February)
  • The Splash Festival (April)
  • Iron Man South Africa (April)

Best in food:

  • De Kelder Restaurant is known for excellent food accompanied by a selection of the Cape's finest wines in a lively, friendly environment.
  • La Kouzina focuses on Greek cuisine but also serves pizzas, pastas, burgers and sushi.
  • Kipling’s Brasserie is located inside the five-star Boardwalk hotel, and overlooks the hotel gardens, beachfront and the pier.

Property information for Port Elizabeth

This article originally appeared in Neighbourhood, Sunday Times.

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