Suburb focus on Newton Park

Private Property South Africa
Eleanor Douglas-Meyers

If you’re looking for a suburb that is a hub of activity and growth, Newton Park is for you.

Situated north of the city centre, this popular suburb of Port Elizabeth has easy access to the N2.

Well known as the Central Business District of the city, the area is home to many businesses including shopping centres located at its boundaries. Residential homes also abound, since Newton Park has several well-established schools.

3rd Avenue, built in 1957, used to be the major access point between Newton Park and Walmer. The two areas were considered independent towns back then. The William Moffett Expressway has since taken over that role so 3rd Avenue is now favoured more as a shortcut to Mangold Park and Lorraine.

Newton Park is a stone’s throw away from the St Croix Motor Museum: a popular attraction for car enthusiasts and open by appointment only. Other key locations include Greenacres and The Bridge shopping centres, which collectively host scores of retail stores and eateries.

With five of the bay’s top schools (including the popular Alexander Road High School and Herbert Hurd Primary School) located within the suburb, it’s easy to see why it is one of the most sought-after suburbs for residential property in the city.

Many of the homes, some of which date back to the early 1900s, still boast unchanged façades. Other homes have been completely modernised.

A huge drawcard are the well-placed pubs and eateries found along its shared main road, Cape Road.

I love that everything is nearby and that traffic rarely affects us, because the schools are around the corner.

Christopher Williams, resident.

Top schools nearby:

  • Alexander Road High School
  • Grey High School
  • Herbert Hurd Primary School
  • Laerskool Newton Park
  • Newton Technical High School
  • Westview School

Best in food:

  • Raak: a trendy breakfast and lunchtime venue that adjoins a popular hair salon
  • The Blinking Owl: a pub and grub eatery
  • Grillers American Diner: an American-styled diner with decor and paraphernalia to match
  • Cafe Capellini: a popular urban coffee shop/restaurant franchise

Things to do:

  • The Music Kitchen: a live music venue, pub and restaurant, featuring mid-week music and comedy nights
  • Ster-Kinekor: a popular choice in The Bridge shopping centre
  • Port Elizabeth Golf Club: with two nine-hole greens (with a total par of 72), 25 bunkers and bent-grass greens.

This article originally appeared in Neighbourhood, Sunday Times.

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