Living it up in a penthouse
Many of the big old mansions that once graced Musgrave and the Berea areas of Durban have given way to exclusive apartments that bring new meaning to the word luxurious. Lea Jacobs reports
SET high on a ridge overlooking the Durban skyline, the Berea has appealed to those looking for the finer things in life virtually from the moment the city was founded. This tree-lined suburb has undergone major changes over the years and because property for development is extremely scarce, developers tend to buy up the older homes and create exclusive, secure complexes.
Keith Wakefield, CEO of Wakefields Estate Agency, says: “The Berea is an area where there is no vacant land while demand for accommodation is high. This said, bigger plots of land with sea and city views are rarely subdivided, especially if through subdivision the owners run the risk of losing their views. Therefore, developers wanting to build townhouses or flats inevitably buy and demolish older properties or buyers revamp the houses to meet their needs.”
He says that prime examples include the Coastlands Hotel, built on a site that once housed a block of flats. A number of older homes have been revamped or rebuilt into smaller luxury units.
The lack of available space has led to many older homes being transformed into office buildings. Many of these commercial buildings still reflect the colonial feel of yesteryear.
The main attraction in this upmarket area is undoubtedly the views. High enough to escape the dust and grime of the inner city, this location offers property owners unparalleled views of the city and the harbour.
A luxurious property in this area has recently come onto Wakefields Real Estate’s books. Situated on Musgrave Road, the 11th floor penthouse measures 1 860m² and features a rooftop entertainment area, complete with putting green and koi pond.
The complex has 24-hour security and although the penthouse has a private lift from the personal garage, vehicles can be driven directly to the penthouse.
There is ample parking over and above the fully tiled garage that can house 10 cars. The property features a wine cellar with temperature control that can comfortably seat 10 people.
There are marble tiles throughout, down-lighting and a home automation system that enables the owner to regulate the temperature, turn on lights open and close the curtain, among other things, even while not at home. Most of the living rooms open on a wraparound balcony that boasts spectacular sea views as far as Umhlanga Rocks.
The property features three outsized en suite bedrooms. The main bathroom has his-and-hers showers and hand basins, a bathtype Jacuzzi with headrests, as well as dual closet space. The other two en suite bathrooms offer similar fixtures. The guest suite has a full bathroom and shower and a lounge area that opens onto a private balcony.
This property has been built to palatial proportions and in addition to the large study features a lounge, separate dining room and an entertainment lounge that has been wired for all appliances.
The kitchen, which comes fully equipped with Mille appliances, including a double fridge, separate freezer, microwave, gas and electric stove/oven, features granite tops, a centre island and a scullery complete with a dishwasher, pantry and laundry.
A central ducted vacuum system has been installed throughout the penthouse, allowing debris to be vacuumed away to a central outside collection point. The staff quarters consist of a bedroom, a bathroom, lounge/dining area and kitchenette. Price: R26m Contact: Wakefields Estate Agents Sagren Naidu 082 080 5071 Office 031 204 7100