Eco-friendly with dam views
THE Hartbeespoort Dam suburb of Kosmos is an upmarket village on the northern shores of the dam near the Magalies Mountains. Property here is soughtafter for its tranquillity and proximity to Pretoria, Sandton and Midrand, all of which can be reached within 45 minutes.
The residents subscribe to a security service which maintains the access gate to “Kosmos Proper”, a reference to the area lying within the boundaries of the original township. The area surrounding Kosmos is scattered with resorts and residential estates, with a number of bed and breakfast establishments also operating in the area.
It is here, where 83% of properties are full-title, that our feature home is situated. Knowledge Factory’s SAPTG statistics show that the area has certainly come a long way since the first homes were built in the 1920s, with the properties becoming more and more upmarket.
The statistics indicate that the predominant price band for fulltitle properties in Kosmos is between R2m and R5m. The statistics also show that full-title properties here have seen very strong growth, with the three-year trend reflecting appreciation of over 35%, while the five-year trend shows a very healthy value growth of 24,61%.
Antoinette Swanepoel of Engel & Volkers who is marketing this home says that Kosmos Village is a well established suburb that is developing fast. “The area and surrounds offers a good selection of excellent education facilities and various entertainment possibilities including a selection of golf courses.
Set on a stand of 743m² on the banks of the Hartbeespoort Dam, this newly renovated property, which was designed by architect Louis Liebenberg with a sense of understated elegance, was completed last year.
The original home was built in the early 1970s and was featured in the Rooi Rose magazine in the same period because of its interesting and unusual design. The current owners renovated absolutely everything — a process which took about three years to complete. The renovations resulted in a completely different property with glass, wood and granite as the featured prominently throughout the home.
Generous proportions characterise the living spaces of this ultra-modern structure, which measures 475m² under roof boasts views of the dam from almost every room. The showpiece of this property has to be the Swarovski crystal chandelier, designed by the owner, which dominates the entrance hall. The property is fully automated and boasts a pool and boathouse. It has a stylish kitchen equipped with Siemens appliances and imported Italian units, which was designed as the heart of this eco-friendly home.
Spanning over five levels, this house also features a lounge with a central fireplace and a sunken Japanese-style dining area, which is a remnant of the original house. The lounge leads out through collapsible doors to the patio deck and swimming pool, which is equipped with its own kitchen, bar and built-in braai area.
All four bedrooms have full ensuite bathrooms that have been finished with top class fittings. There are also two guest cloakrooms. Other features include air-conditioning and underfloor heating throughout the house which is fully automated.
Other automated features include the blinds, lights, integrated stereo sound system with the pool, alarm system with cameras and others which can be accessed via an ipad.
This property also has ample parking and a double garage as well as a separate laundry area. It also offers a further 50m² in the form of the double-storey boat house on the waterfront.
Swanepoel says the “brain” of the house consists of four Siemens distribution boards which also allow for internet access to the house automation, six surveillance cameras, a PABX system with telephones in each room and a three-phase electrical supply.
Aside from its technological advantages, this home incorporates green elements such as the 400l solar geyser system, hidden solar panels and water supply to the house via a reverse osmoses system that includes a 2 500l tank and a motor to maintain its pressure. The owner’s favourite features are the view and, of course, the conversation pit.
Monthly municipal rates and taxes for this property are approximately R800 and the area’s access control levy is roughly R450 per month. Price: R9,2m Contact: Engel & Volkers Antoinette Swanepoel 082 376 2373 Office 012 259 1877