Grand home tops price list

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ONE of the coun­try’s most ex­pen­sive res­i­dences, a neo-classical man­sion set in one of Cape Town’s most up­mar­ket sub­urbs, Bish­op­scourt, is on the mar­ket for a whop­ping R98m. The res­i­dence is lo­cated against the back slopes of Ta­ble Moun­tain and of­fers breath­tak­ing views across the city. The prop­erty is sur­rounded by some of the most valu­able real es­tate on the con­ti­nent.

Se­eff South­ern Sub­urbs agent Ingrid Mc­far­lane notes that while Bish­op­scourt has smaller prop­er­ties priced be­low R10m, the area is pri­mar­ily known for its large, stately res­i­dences that are sit­u­ated on sub­stan­tive treed plots. These, she says, are priced be­tween R15m and R49m and up­wards to this Can­ter­bury Drive home which is one of the best prop­er­ties on of­fer in the sub­urb. Not sur­pris­ingly, Bish­op­scourt ranks as one of the coun­try’s and con­ti­nent’s top sub­urbs and is home to politi­cians, em­bassies, cap­tains of in­dus­try, artists and writ­ers.

Built in 2008, this 3 500m² multi-level home fea­tures grand de­sign pro­por­tions, su­pe­rior fin­ishes and mag­nif­i­cent views that en­cap­su­late the prop­erty, says Mc­far­lane. The res­i­dence of­fers one of the best ad­dresses in the coun­try. It is set on an el­e­vated stand of over 12 000m² with a pre­dom­i­nantly in­dige­nous gar­den that that blends nat­u­rally into the sur­round­ings with water and rock fea­tures as well as a flood­lit tennis court, pav­il­ion and swim­ming pool. The home in­cludes six spa­cious bed­rooms suites and a mul­ti­tude of large liv­ing rooms.

The en­trance court with por­tico-cov­ered en­trance leads into a dou­ble-vol­ume large en­trance hall with an im­pos­ing dual stair­case that con­nects the liv­ing spa­ces and shows off price­less art and ori­en­tal car­pets. The in­te­rior space, says Mc­far­lane, flows through a spa­cious en­ter­tain­ment wing that con­sists of sev­eral lounges and din­ing rooms suited to large-scale en­ter­tain­ment. A cen­tral bar area is flanked by a bil­liard room, a cinema room, kitchen with in­te­grated ap­pli­ances and a sep­a­rate scullery, an open plan fam­ily room and a ca­sual din­ing area.

Spe­cial fea­tures of the liv­ing ar­eas in­clude a cigar lounge that leads to a base­ment level, cli­mate con­trolled wine cel­lar stacked with a con­nois­seur’s wine col­lec­tion com­plete with a tast­ing room. A multi-pur­poses of­fice and li­brary has a sep­a­rate en­trance for re­ceiv­ing guests and dig­ni­taries.

The ex­te­rior en­ter­tain­ment ar­eas in­clude a large cov­ered ter­race with glass stack­ing doors with a built-in bar­beque and pizza oven. The area leads into the land­scaped gar­den with the swim­ming pool and tennis court be­yond.

The spa­cious bed­room suites all have lux­u­ri­ous en-suite bath­rooms and dress­ing rooms. The main bed­room suite in­cludes a sep­a­rate lounge with a fire­place, a mas­sive dress­ing hall that leads to sep­a­rate his and hers bath­rooms which have a bal­cony with views.

The prop­erty fea­tures cus­tom­made win­dows and al­most ceil­ing height doors through­out that are com­ple­mented by wooden pan­elling and cab­i­netry and classical dé­cor. There are sev­eral fire­places through­out the res­i­dence.

There is also an es­tate man­ager’s home on the prop­erty that in­cludes two bed­rooms with en­suite bath­rooms, liv­ing ar­eas and garag­ing. There is a sep­a­rate staff wing with three bed­rooms and di­rect ac­cess into the home as well as into the laun­dry room.

Other fea­tures in­clude state-ofthe-art se­cu­rity in­clud­ing a dou­ble en­trance gate with a guard house, a 10-bay garage with large slid­ing doors and a sep­a­rate ve­hi­cle wash bay as well as a gen­er­a­tor and a bore­hole. The res­i­dence, says Mc­Far­lane, of­fers ev­ery lux­ury imag­in­able in­clud­ing heat­ing and air­con­di­tion­ing through­out.

“The prop­erty is well priced con­sid­er­ing that a 14 820m² tract of land re­cently sold here for R54m, which equates to R3 600/m². This land was sub­di­vided into four plots of 3 717m² each, two of which re­cently sold for R17m each, which amounts to around R4 573/m². Due to the re­cent land sales, a com­pa­ra­ble acre of land is val­ued in the vicin­ity of be­tween R13m and R15m. A nearby home, sit­u­ated in Claassen Road, set on one acre, sold for R40m and the pur­chaser has sub­se­quently made im­prove­ments to the value of R15m,” she says.

Bish­op­scourt is cen­tral to some of Cape Town’s finest nat­u­ral at­trac­tions in­clud­ing Ta­ble Moun­tain National Park and Kirsten­bosch National Botan­i­cal Gar­dens, which all of­fer lush scenery, trails and respite from the city. It is home to one of SA’S best schools with many other top schools close by as are shop­ping, leisure and other fa­cil­i­ties and the Con­stan­tia Wine Route. Pric­ing: R98m Con­tact: Se­eff Prop­er­ties Ingrid Mc­far­lane 083 658 4267

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