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

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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

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