Eco-friendly with dam views

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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

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