Summerstrand is a very sought-after address for those seeking homes to let in Port Elizabeth – and not only because of its beachfront location.
This upmarket suburb is also very central – just 10 minutes’ drive from the airport and about the same distance from the CBD – and self-contained, with shops, good schools, entertainment and sports venues and a variety of restaurants all on the doorstep.
Homes to let here and in neighbouring Humewood include apartments, townhouses and houses, and rentals currently range from around R5000 for a one-bedroom apartment to around R29 000 for a luxury three-bedroom family home. These areas are also popular with students at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University as they offer cottages and rooms to let atv rates starting from around R2500 a month.
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Port Elizabeth is known as the Watersports Capital of SA, mostly because of the annual events that take place in Summerstrand, such as the Corporate Iron Man, Iron Man and Splash Festival during the Easter weekend. The blue-flag Hobie Beach is the centre of activity, hosting beach volleyball and world boardsailing championships while also being a favourite for swimming and sunbathing as it has sheltered rockpools and plenty of restaurants and cafes nearby.
Pollock Beach and Kings Beach in Humewood are other popular locations for surfing, windsurfing, fishing and sailing, and Algoa Bay also offers a choice of excellent sites for scuba diving, including Postman’s Reef, Phillips Reef and Riy Banks. The Summerstrand Surf Lifesaving Club offers SUP (Stand Up Paddling) lessons while the Pro Dive centre at Sharks Rock Pier takes divers out daily.
Homes and apartments to let in Summerstrand are also in demand because if their proximity to the Boardwalk Casino complex, the Summerstrand Village shopping centre, the Humewood Golf Club with its lovely links course, the Oceanarium, the Happy Valley park, the seafront boardwalk that is a great place to watch humpback whales, and a string of galleries and innovative and exciting restaurants. There is also the popular McArthur’s Baths complex which has a cocktail bar in the centre, a restaurant and swimming pools and slides for children.
Travel along Marine Drive on the Summerstrand beachfront and you will always see people out jogging, cycling or walking along the beach or the pier, and surfers and hobie-cats in the water, as befits a young and vibrant area with a permanent “seaside holiday” atmosphere.
However, families renting homes here will also find good schools close to home including Summerwood Primary and Pearson High. Many academics, professionals and executives also choose to live here because of its central location and convenience, and the upmarket apartments to let along the beachfront are also popular corporate rentals.
Rentals for apartments to let in Summerstrand currently start at around R7000 a month for studios and one-bedroom units with a sea view, or two-bedroom units without a view. Rentals for two and three-bedroom apartments in upmarket complexes on the beachfront currently range from around R9000 to R20 000 a month. Three and four-bedroom family homes are available furnished and unfurnished at rentals from around R10 000 a month to R29 000 a month.
In Humewood, apartment rentals start at around R4000 to R6000 a month for studio and one-bedroom units and range from R6000 to R7500 a month for two-bedroom units – or more for if they are furnished. Three and four-bedroom apartments with sea views are currently priced from around R10 000 a month, while rentals for houses to let start at around R12 000 a month.