Crafts­man­ship shines through

This home is sit­u­ated in the Dur­ban sub­urb of Morn­ing­side, which ranks as one of Dur­ban’s three most pop­u­lar sub­urbs

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BOR­DERED by the Berea on one side, and the Um­geni River on the other, Morn­ing­side of­fers clas­sic ex­am­ples of large Ed­war­dian and Vic­to­rian-style homes with tin roofs and wide ve­ran­das.

It has large sprawl­ing parks such as Mitchell Park and Jame­son Park, and trendy streets on which a dis­tinctly cos­mopoli­tan at­mos­phere has at­tracted a vibey night life to its restau­rants, pubs and bistros, par­tic­u­larly around Florida Road.

The es­tab­lished tree-lined streets and ac­ces­si­bil­ity to the cen­tre of Dur­ban and all of its at­trac­tions make this area even more ap­peal­ing, in fact so much so that Dur­ban’s Morn­ing­side has been likened to Cape Town’s De Waterkant and Green Point. Knowl­edge Fac­tory’s SAPTG statis­tics for full ti­tle prop­er­ties in the sub­urb of Morn­ing­side show that 13 trans­fers have taken place so far this year, with an av­er­age sale value of R2,307m.

It is here that our fea­ture home is sit­u­ated in Men­tone Road. It has a sense of time­less­ness with its high ceil­ings and spa­cious rooms. When the own­ers bought the house, they spared no ex­pense in

Built dur­ing the time of the Arts and Crafts move­ment, the or­na­men­ta­tion and crafts­man­ship of the Wil­liam Mor­ris pe­riod can be seen

cre­at­ing a warm and at­trac­tive home where they could en­ter­tain friends and busi­ness as­so­ci­ates but also live to­gether as a fam­ily in a nur­tur­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

This home has ex­ten­sive liv­ing ar­eas and en­ter­tain­ment op­tions, with six bed­rooms, a study, and a spa­cious kitchen en­com­pass­ing a fam­ily room and in­for­mal din­ing area. There is also a pantry, scullery, laun­dry and a gen­er­ous com­ple­ment of staff ac­com­mo­da­tion and out­build­ings. Aside from its great po­si­tion and the views, this prop­erty also in­cludes a large swim­ming pool, Koi pond, a twobed­room staff/granny flat, and a land­scaped gar­den on a 2 700m² site with park­ing for 20 cars, four of which are closed.

Built dur­ing the time of the Arts and Crafts move­ment, the or­na­men­ta­tion and crafts­man­ship of the Wil­liam Mor­ris pe­riod can be seen, par­tic­u­larly in the flow­ing lines of the win­dow frames and the land­ing on the first floor. The wood pan­elling in the study and the din­ing room pays fur­ther trib­ute to this pe­riod and lends the rooms a stately but in­ti­mate feel.

The own­ers have a num­ber of valu­able an­tique pieces which had to be in­cor­po­rated into a set­ting where the old and the new would in­ter­act with­out dis­tract­ing from aes­thetic val­ues of the piece. The own­ers point to an ex­tra­or­di­nary glass sculp­ture on a wal­nut ta­ble, which is the fo­cal point in the en­trance hall, for ex­am­ple, along with the beauty of time­less Per­sian rugs which they be­lieve come into their own on gleam­ing tim­ber floors pol­ished to a high sheen.

There is also a strong global in­flu­ence in the art­works and fit­tings dot­ted around the home. All of the down­stairs rooms lead out onto the cov­ered pa­tios where neo­clas­sic busts cre­ate for­mal de­mar­ca­tions to the man­i­cured gar­dens in the front and at the sides of the house. From here ex­ten­sive views across the sea, the city, and the Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium can be en­joyed.

The main bed­room has a pri­vate bal­cony with an area rem­i­nis­cent of a tiny, Ital­ian court­yard with sculp­tures, lush green­ery and a sauna with great views.

In con­trast to the clas­sic time­less­ness of the house, the chil­dren’s bed­rooms con­vey a more con­tem­po­rary feel. The at­tic has been con­verted into a trendy space with two rooms, with all the pri­vacy for an of­fice or gym with its own en-suite bath­room.

The own­ers be­lieve the home also has pos­si­bil­i­ties for busi­ness, much like Manor House down the road, given its cov­ered space of just un­der 1 000m². De­scrib­ing the prop­erty, the own­ers say: “A serene am­bi­ence is gen­er­ated through­out the home, mak­ing it a warm and wel­com­ing place for both busi­ness and plea­sure.” Price: R19,5m Con­tact: Janet Welch 031 204 6013

Michelle Swart michelle@vel­

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