Asian style in Clifton air

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THE Cape Town sub­urb of Clifton needs lit­tle in­tro­duc­tion. Its prop­er­ties and beaches are well known for be­ing some of the best in the coun­try. It comes as no sur­prise then that an en­try level home here will set you back be­tween R10m and R12m. Mid­dle range homes here sell for be­tween R15m and R20m while the top end homes, most of which are lo­cated on Net­tle­ton Road, sell from any­where in the R30m range and are priced up to R100m, de­pend­ing on size, po­si­tion and fin­ish­ings.

Lance Co­hen of Se­eff Prop­er­ties, who is mar­ket­ing our fea­ture home which is sit­u­ated in Kloof Road, says that one must bear in mind how­ever, that Clifton’s sea­side or sea-fac­ing apart­ments may also reach well over the R50m pric­ing point.

Co­hen says that due to the eco­nomic re­ces­sion dur­ing the last year a num­ber of trends have ap­peared. “Sell­ers seem un­will­ing to lower the price of their prop­erty even though the re­ces­sion has forced many will­ing pur­chasers to tighten their belts. Hav­ing said that, it must also be men­tioned that pur­chasers search­ing in the high-end ar­eas of Clifton are, in the main, not en­tirely af­fected by the global eco­nomic re­ces­sion.”

Co­hen says that the most con­stant trend in Clifton would be that buy­ers are al­ways search­ing for hol­i­day apart­ments. “Whether sea­side or moun­tain side of Vic­to­ria Road, hol­i­day apart­ments in Clifton are seem­ingly un­af­fected, re­gard­less of eco­nomic down­turns. A gen­eral trend that can­not be ig­nored is the in­crease in in­ter­est in bun­ga­lows in Clifton.”

With the di­ver­sity of the type of prop­er­ties in Clifton it is dif­fi­cult to as­cer­tain the av­er­age size of a prop­erty in the area. A rough es­ti­mate would prob­a­bly be around 400m²-500m². Our fea­ture home, which Co­hen de­scribes as an Asian-in­spired mas­ter­piece, is 944m², well over the av­er­age.

“The sub­lime views of this prop­erty are hardly com­pa­ra­ble to any along Kloof Road,” he says.

“A prop­erty with a 180-de­gree sea view will in all re­spects be val­ued much higher than a prop­erty with­out.”

This house, which was built over a five-year pe­riod and com­pleted in 2008, was not built the easy way. Its foun­da­tions are built into the rock for­ma­tion. The own­ers, who are prop­erty de­vel­op­ers, say that the ap­proach was that the build­ing should be sta­ble for decades to come, with a style that is time­less, un­like many con­tem­po­rary de­signs that soon date and of­ten are not built to last.

Al­though there are views from ev­ery part of the house, un­like most other homes in the area, the pool is at the back of the prop­erty where there is also a court­yard and gar­den.

The lay­out of the space ensures a truly in­door-out­door life­style can be achieved. The court­yard be­tween the lounge and din­ing room can be opened out to the pool and out­door en­ter­tain­ment area.

There are many pri­vate ar­eas through­out this home, from the decks and the out­door daybed to the cin­ema room which fea­tures a large screen and pro­jec­tor. The cin­ema room can be drawn closed and sep­a­rated from the lounge.

The home is equipped with a so­phis­ti­cated Cre­stron home man­age­ment sys­tem which al­lows one to con­trol tech­ni­cal as­pects of the house from a cen­tral point. Be it the sound sys­tem, the alarm sys­tem which in­cludes se­cu­rity beams and armed re­sponse, the ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem, lift, pool, heat­ing, air con­di­tion­ing, fans, geyser, tele­vi­sions, DVD’s or DSTV, all can be ac­ti­vated at the touch of a but­ton. This sys­tem also al­lows these fea­tures to be con­trolled re­motely from a com­puter any­where in the world. “If you have locked the house and switched ev­ery­thing off be­cause you are away and from there de­cide to open the house up to a friend, you can switch on the gey­sers, the pool’s rim flow, and ac­ti­vate the lift for them from afar,” say the own­ers.

This res­i­dence also has a ser­vice room un­der­neath it. This ensures that no-one needs ac­cess to the house for re­pairs and main­te­nance to the elec­tron­ics.

The two guest bed­rooms are sep­a­rate from the rest of the house, al­low­ing guests to feel both at home but also giv­ing them the lux­ury of pri­vacy. Each guest bed­room has an en-suite bath­room and a pri­vate court­yard with an out­door shower.

There is a large cel­lar and sauna room. The prop­erty has two garages which al­lows park­ing for five cars, as well as a large drive­way which ac­com­mo­dates at least four cars for vis­i­tors.

The own­ers say the abil­ity to com­pletely open the home up along with the calm­ness brought in with the Asian style of the home holds great ap­peal. Price: R35m Con­tact: Se­eff Prop­er­ties Lance Co­hen 082 416 6103 Of­fice 021 434 9175

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