East London at a glance
East London, originally called Port Rex, is the second largest city in the Eastern Cape. Lying between the Nahoon River in the north and the Buffalo river to the south, it is the only river port city in South Africa. It is situated in the middle of two remarkably beautiful sections of the coast, namely the Wild Coast and the Sunshine Coast, and is considered the bridge between them. This means that residents and visitors to East London are able to enjoy easy access to a range of natural attractions. Glorious beaches with the warm waters of the Indian Ocean make it a haven for anglers and surfers. The Sunshine Coast is renowned for its many kilometres of beautiful unpolluted and uncrowded beaches. With a genuine sense of hospitality and laid back style of living, the inhabitants of East London will make you feel very welcome.
Location, Location, Location
The N2 runs directly through the city from King William’s Town down to the coast. This connects East London to other significant industrial and commercial nodes in Port Elizabeth, Pietermaritzburg, Durban and even Cape Town 1000km away. Other significant highways in East London include the R72 which passes East London Airport, and the N6 which leads directly inland towards Bloemfontein. The popular Buffalo Pass connects East London to one of the beautiful nature reserves in the area. Aside from the airport, the North East side of the city has a major railway line and train stations, and the entire city enjoys metro bus services. Each suburb within East London has its own police station, vets, ambulance response units, as well as a post office and a library.
East London is home to many high quality office parks. Beacon Bay boasts the largest of them within Cedar Square. These include places such as Infinity Place, Palm Square, The Hub and Beacon Bay Crossing. There are many businesses and professionals who have established themselves in East London. These include doctors’ practices, architects, town planners, attorneys and accountants. East London is a city with a diverse economic base, with industrial and agricultural activities in operation. Today, motor vehicle and component manufacturing are the primary trades, alongside local and provincial government state sectors.
There are several beautiful suburbs within East London that are worth mentioning due to their many positive attributes. Berea, for one, is centrally located and is well known for its boutique shops and popular coffee shops and restaurants. Berea has a secure, gated estate that overlooks a rehabilitated quarry which is a strong drawcard for those looking to move their homes as well as their businesses. For the elderly, there are some excellent retirement villages. It is considered a great position for companies to settle in, and a few office parks have established themselves in this suburb.
Beacon Bay lies between the Nahoon and the Quinera rivers, set amongst pristine white beaches, lagoons and striking sand dunes. If you’re a sporting enthusiast, this is where you want to be as it has several sporting venues such as the Bowling Club, a Sports Club with tennis and squash courts, cricket nets and a soccer field. There are also picnic and play areas surrounded by the natural beauty of the lagoon and the Nahoon River. It is a beautiful suburb with its tree lined streets, and there is good reason why it is considered one of the most picturesque areas in the Eastern Cape.
There are several good schools in East London, including Clarendon High School for Girls, Selborne College, and Parkland School, a public school for children with special needs.
Quigney is located near the beach and enjoys a calm and quiet beach-town atmosphere. Despite the laid-back atmosphere, it is also host to a variety of hotels, an international convention centre, lovely conference venues and some well established businesses that have selected this suburb as their location of choice. It’s easy to see why, considering that affordable office spaces can be found in this area, most of them overlooking the beach.
The peaceful suburb of Vincent is tranquil with its magnificent old trees and is well located between several bustling business hubs. These factors make it highly sought after. Some of the popular locations include Donard Road, Frere Square and, of course, Vincent Park Shopping Centre - the centre of business and retail activity.
History, Attractions and Amenities
East London has a rich history dating back to early man - the Nahoon footprints found here have been dated at being 125 000 years old, the oldest fossilized human footprints found in the world. At the East London Museum there is a specimen of the Coelacanth, a fish believed to have become extinct some 80 million years ago, as well as the only Dodo egg in existence. There are numerous beautiful nature reserves in East London, including Gonubie, Nahoon Point, Nahoon Estuary and Amalinda. Other attractions include the Lion Park, Aquarium, botanical gardens and sand dunes, all of which attract visitors and business people.
For more information on commercial properties currently available in East London, please contact our Eastern Cape branch on (043) 001 0031.