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THE Jo­han­nes­burg sub­urb of Craighall Park, which was es­tab­lished more than 100 years ago, is well known for its con­ve­nient lo­ca­tion, ameni­ties and the qual­ity of life it of­fers its res­i­dents.

Kass Bunkell of Lew Gef­fen Sotheby’s In­ter­na­tional Realty, who is mar­ket­ing this home that was orig­i­nally built in the 1930s as a church, says that there are a va­ri­ety of homes in the area, which is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a strong de­mand from buy­ers.

“While there has been a de­crease in prop­erty sales, this is due to the fact that there have been fewer homes avail­able for sale over the past year. This trend is be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced in other ar­eas and is not iso­lated to Craighall Park.

“The fi­nal sell­ing price s in the area de­pends on how in­flated the ini­tial ask­ing price was. The de­mand how­ever, is strong. The area is cen­tral and of­fers larger stands than the norm in the Parks ar­eas, which have al­ways been sought-af­ter,” says Bunkell.

She says that many of the orig­i­nal houses have been oc­cu­pied by own­ers for many years and are in need of sub­stan­tial ren­o­va­tion to bring them to the stan­dard that pur­chasers re­quire to­day. “Th­ese can be ex­cit­ing projects for young cou­ples, fam­i­lies and pro­fes­sional ren­o­va­tors alike.”

That must have been what Kurt and Hilary Calvert-Evers thought when they pur­chased this Craighall Park prop­erty and ren­o­vated it in 2003. The only dif­fer­ence was that the prop­erty was not a home that needed ren­o­va­tion — it was a church that they wanted to re­model.

This home was orig­i­nally a 1939 Dutch Re­formed Church that was de­con­se­crated in 2000, at which time it was a Gospel Church. Per­mis­sion was given to de­mol­ish it in the mid-1980’s and plans were ap­proved for a larger church. The church was not de­mol­ished, though phase one of the new Bap­tist Church was com­pleted, which con­sisted of a square block with a high ceil­ing, which was sit­u­ated at the back of the prop­erty. When the Calvert-Evers’ bought the prop­erty, they de­mol­ished the “ugly block”, but the orig­i­nal struc­tures and fin­ishes of the church build­ing were kept.

Kurt Calvert-Evers says: “The orig­i­nal church lay­out lent it­self to en­larg­ing the north and south wings and link­ing them with a mez­za­nine floor, and so cre­at­ing the up­stairs bed­room area with a pyjama lounge look­ing down onto the main liv­ing area. The 7m vaulted Ore­gon pine ceil­ing al­lowed for plenty of head room in the first floor ar­eas.”

The en­trance hall leads to an open-plan, for­mal lounge and din­ing room ad­ja­cent to the kitchen, which in­cludes a util­ity room and pantry. The en­closed pa­tio with stack­ing doors opens onto the pri­vate pool deck. There are two fam­ily rooms, four en-suite bed­rooms, with the main bed­room in­clud­ing a dress­ing room and study.

Ad­di­tional features in­clude a wine cel­lar, staff ac­com­mo­da­tion plus work­shop/sec­ond staff room with bath­room, and an of­fice with a bath­room.

There is also a one-bed­room cot­tage that is cur­rently rented out as up­mar­ket ac­com­mo­da­tion. The home in­cludes dou­ble garag­ing with plenty of off-street park­ing.

Calvert-Evers says that from the out­set, the ap­proach to the de­sign was to cre­ate a home that could also eas­ily be run as an ex­clu­sive B&B. This is why all the bed­rooms are over­sized at a min­i­mum of 40m² and are all en-suite. He also says that while the house is al­most 800m² un­der roof, ev­ery area is fully utilised.

Talk­ing about prop­erty in the area, Bunkell says as the busi­ness hub of Jo­han­nes­burg has largely moved to Sand­ton, the de­mand for prop­er­ties in sur­round­ing ar­eas has grown. “Homeowners find Sand­ton eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble and trav­el­ling at peak times not a lengthy or oner­ous jour­ney. Many of the tra­di­tional highly re­spected schools are eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble, as are ex­cel­lent shop­ping cen­tres and the busi­ness hubs of Rose­bank, Illovo and Dunkeld.”

She says that the most ex­cit­ing trend she is see­ing in the area is that older homes are be­ing to­tally or al­most to­tally de­mol­ished and re­built in mod­ern, ex­cit­ing styles. “It is ap­par­ent that own­ers are spend­ing up­wards of R10m on such projects and in due course will up­grade and en­hance the area sub­stan­tially. Sub-di­vi­sions have been pop­u­lar for some time and many charm­ing homes have been erected on th­ese va­cant lots.”

Talk­ing prices, Bunkell says that en­try level homes gen­er­ally priced in the R2m range are sought-af­ter, as are the few apart­ments and town­houses ideal for young sin­gles and re­tirees.

“Mid-level homes with ren­o­vated kitchens and bath­rooms sell quickly be­tween R3m and R5m or more, de­pend­ing on the ac­com­mo­da­tion of­fered.” Price R7,95m with of­fers submitted from R6,95m Con­tact: Lew Gef­fen Sotheby’s In­ter­na­tional Realty Kass Bunkell 082 565 8658 Of­fice: 011 886 8070

Michelle Funke

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