Grand home tops price list
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