Asian style in Clifton air
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