Craftsmanship shines through
This home is situated in the Durban suburb of Morningside, which ranks as one of Durban’s three most popular suburbs
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 firstname.lastname@example.org