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Words: Robyn Anthony | Images: Supplied & Google maps

Tucked between the smallholdings and farms in Seaview and the residential part of Walmer, lies the beautiful area of Mount Pleasant and Salisbury Park on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth.

Rebecca Lilley of Ginger Pops and her husband Greig Timkoe, have been living in the area for the past three years and says the greenery and general friendliness of the area was a big drawcard. “Living an eight-minute drive away from Sardinia Bay beach is a huge bonus too,” says Rebecca.

The area lies between the residential parts of Walmer and the more rural farms and smallholdings of Seaview and has seen a few changes since their arrival. “There are a lot more houses that have been built since then, plus a few new restaurants and business have since opened.”

Another thing that Rebecca loves about the area is the peace and quiet. “It’s pretty peaceful with lots of people walking their dogs, jogging, cycling or just strolling. There’s always the odd braai happening and it’s generally really chilled.”

According to Rebecca there’s an abundance of trees and greenery in the area. “I also love the general friendliness of people, and the short distance to the beach!” She believes Mount Pleasant is a great place to invest in as there are schools, shops and medical centres in the neighbourhood and nearby.

Home sweet home

The homes in Mount Pleasant range from traditional family homes to new, modern townhouse complexes. “I love the design of our house and our garden and where it’s situated. We have lovely neighbours and friendly cows visiting once in a while to cut the grass,” says Rebecca.

Many of the houses on the Salisbury Park side of the suburb are similar. “They are mostly divided plots of newly developed houses, the other half of Mount Pleasant is older with quaint and long-standing homes with large gardens.”

A favourite aspect of their house is the layout of the rooms: “I love the high ceilings with exposed rafters. It gives the house a really open feeling. We also get a lot of sunlight in our home, which my cat especially loves.”

Hidden gems

According to Rebecca there are quite a few hidden gems in the area. There is Raak2 for great coffee and she highly recommends Bend Nutrition and Wellness. “The Little Tea room on Buffelsfontein is a must for delicious scones, with Jimmy’s Books next door,” she says.

Another gem is All about Beauty on High Street for the “best massages – all the 25kg bags of cocoa deadlifts I do, make this necessary!”

Perfect Sunday

Rebecca enjoys gardening and says her perfect Sunday includes experimenting with food and having friends and family over to enjoy it with.

It’s such a beautiful area, with easy access to town, medical centres, schools shops, petrol stations, restaurants and so on
Rebecca Lilley


  • Raak2: makes the best coffee
  • Fish Finder: fresh seafood
  • Shanna’s Portuguese Grill: wide variety and the ribs are a must
  • Little Tea Room: has the best scones
  • Eagle Ridge Spur: great for kids
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