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Grahamstown at a glance

Over the years the sleepy Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape has become synonymous with art and performance, taking a closer look you will see all that this area has to offer for potential property buyers.

Grahamstown’s vibrant student life creates an interesting mix with the stately old Victorian homes in the city, while the tree-lined suburbs moves to the beat of African rhythms - in this melting pot scholars and academics mix with artists and dancers.

The historical past of the town is just as diverse as the future - Grahamstown, named after the British Colonel John Graham, was founded in 1812 as a British military outpost. When the town was no longer an important military destination, the local market became the main centre of growth. It grew into a thriving town built by civilians, businessmen, traders and explores and was once the second largest city in South Africa after Cape Town.

The town’s history is reflected in the beautiful architectural treasures dotted throughout the town. It comes as no surprise that the town boasts over 70 heritage sites and is home to the largest collection of Edwardian, Victorian and Georgian buildings in South Africa.

The town becomes a buzzing cultural hotspot each year during the world-renowned Grahamstown Arts Festival, while tourists flocks to the town year round as base for explorations into the Sunshine Coast.

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