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Overview of Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth is one of the largest cities in South Africa and is located just 770km east of Cape Town. The city is found on the Algoa bay in South Africa’s eastern cape, which means it is lined with beaches. There is over 40km of unspoiled coastline with picturesque beaches of soft sand and sea. Port Elizabeth is one of the friendliest places to live in South Africa and has actually now got the nickname the ‘Friendly City’.


The city was founded in 1820 by Sir Rufane Shaw Donkin. Port Elizabeth has 67 art pieces celebrating the public life of Nelson Mandela. The city has been nicknamed “P.E.” by South Africans and is also known as “the Friendly City”, “The Windy City” and “The 10 minute City”.

Population 1.25 Million

Official Languages English, Afrikaans, Xhosa

Average 15°C
Hottest month – February
Coldest month – July

Cost of Moving to Port Elizabeth

The price of moving to Port Elizabeth will vary due to a number of reasons:

  • Household Size
  • Insurance policy
  • What vehicle you will use to move
  • Additional services like packing
  • What time of year it is

Getting around Port Elizabeth

There are a number of ways to get around the city. Taxis are used the most in the city for those looking to get around easily, as they are exceptionally reliable, convenient and quick to get a hold of. There are also minibus options and busses that connect all the suburbs together, which depart from the Market Square Bus Station. The Port Elizabeth Airport is found in the centre and is easily accessible from all parts of the city. There are flights available here that travel both domestic and international routes.

Living in Port Elizabeth

Cost of Living in Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth is a cheaper city to live in compared to others in South Africa. It is 16% cheaper than Johannesburg. Like all cities, there are parts of it that are more expensive than others.

Item Price
2l Mil 16.33 R
12 eggs 31.73 R
Loaf of bread 11.91 R
Bottle of red wine 50.00 R
Monthly gym membership 316.67 R
1kg Cheese 105.00 R
Cinema ticket 120.00 R

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Top 6 Neighbourhoods in Port Elizabeth

There are plenty of neighbourhoods in Port Elizabeth to choose from, with something for everyone. Below are some of the best neighbourhoods to live in, each with their own quirks and attractions.


1. Lovemore Heights

Known for being one fo the safest places to live, Lovemore Heights is the perfect place for families to settle down, as this area is truly home to a community that cares about each other.



Upper Walmer is a safe, beautiful neighbourhood which is rural enough for a peaceful lifestyle, but still close enough to all the amenities and places to visit.


3. Millpark

Being one of the oldest neighbourhoods in PE, Millpark has a great mix of both younger and older residents, who enjoy a quiter lifestyle, with amazing medical facilities and schools.


4. Lorraine

Lorraine is a very popular place to stay for first time buyers and young families who want to enjoy a more rural lifestyle, but still have access to loads of amenities, restaurants and bars.


5. Summerstrand

Summerstrand is home to an increasing amount of residents, both young and old alike. It boasts a relaxed atmosphere with lots to do and see.


6. Pinelands

Pinelands is a great place to stay with numerous facilities to choose from, and very affordable homes and places to either buy or rent.

#1 Lovemore Heights

The best thing about Lovemore Heights is its neighbourly feel and community spirit. When you rent or buy a home here, you are a part of a really friendly neighbourhood that all look out for each other. This makes it a perfect area for families to move to. It has some great amenities, with some excellent and safe running and cycling paths. Nearby there are some fantastic beaches including Sardinia Bay, which is simply stunning. The medical centre in the area is also excellent and there is a low crime rate, which brings peace of mind to all its residents.

#2 Upper Walmer

Upper Walmer is an affluent area which is full of character. It is slightly more expensive than the other areas in Port Elizabeth, but because it is very central it is worth it. The area is great for those who want a more rural lifestyle but still want to live close to the city centre. There is a low crime rate in the area and some excellent schools which makes it a perfect place for families to move to. It is very close to shopping centres including Walmer Park, which has restaurants and bars too for residents to enjoy. The people of Upper Walmer are very friendly and there is a real sense of community here.

#3 Mill Park

Mill Park is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Port Elizabeth, making it really established. There are some amazing schools in the area including Grey Junior and Collegiate Junior, known for their academic prestige. The medical facilities in the area are also fantastic and people from further away travel just to get treatment there. Mill Park is a great place for families and older people to live, making this neighbourhood a great mix of cultures and people.

#4 Lorraine

Lorraine is a very popular suburb in Port Elizabeth, especially for first time buyers. This is because of its appealing low property costs and fantastic amenities. There are plenty of restaurants and bars in the area to be enjoyed. The area has a low crime rate and the streets are very peaceful, making it a good option for those with families or those who want to live a more rural lifestyle away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

#5 Summerstrand

Summerstrand is becoming increasingly in demand for new residents. There are plenty of beachfront apartments, which makes it particularly popular for workers, both those who are retired and young people. Summerstrand has a vibrant nightlife, with plenty of restaurants and bars to be explored and enjoyed. Buyers in this area will be able to take full advantage of the relaxed atmosphere and the amenities all right on their doorstep.

#6 Pinelands

Pinelands is full of new residential and commercial developments, which has seen an increase in people moving to the area. The affordable housing is a particular draw, as well as the low crime rates, great range of amenities and fantastic schooling options. There is plenty of property in Pinelands to choose from, from one-bedroom flats, to bigger homes and even land that can be purchased for development.

Working in Port Elizabeth

There are plenty of employment opportunities in Port Elizabeth. The city is strong in hospitality and the industry is thriving. Port Elizabeth also hosts a lot of global sporting events including the World Sevens Rugby, Ironman competitions, the Splash festival and even hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This has brought a lot of employment opportunities to the residents of Port Elizabeth, not just in running the events, but for the hotels in the area and tourism itself.

Port Elizabeth has its own operational port and within just 30 kilometres there is a second port called Port of Ngqurha. These are both transhipment hubs for ships along the East andWwesterly routes around the Atlantic and Indian oceans. This has provided residents with plenty of jobs over the years and still continues to grow.

Accommodation & Property in Port Elizabeth

In recent data it has been revealed that Port Elizabeth has attracted a lot of younger buyers in the recent years. In 2018 the majority of buyers were between the ages of 18 and 35. It was also found that the majority of property owners stayed in their property for around 11 years or more before selling. There are many different property types available in the city, and something for everyone no matter the taste or preference. The most popular type of homes in Port Elizabeth are freehold homes. The average price of a property in Port Elizabeth is R661,552.