Of­fer­ing the finer things in life

Lea Ja­cobs takes a look at a pres­ti­gious home in Sand­hurst that of­fers ev­ery­thing a buyer could wish for

Business Day - Home Front - - HOMEFRONT -

SET in north­ern Jo­han­nes­burg, Sand­hurst, an ex­clu­sive sub­urb of Sand­ton, boasts some of the finest real es­tate in the coun­try. Beau­ti­ful, stately homes po­si­tioned on large prop­er­ties are a com­mon sight in an area that is renowned for hous­ing the rich and/or fa­mous.

Sit­u­ated close to Sand­ton City and what has be­come the busi­ness hub of the re­gion, Sand­ton, Sand­hurst res­i­dents guard their pri­vacy fiercely. Ev­ery en­trance to the sub­urb features a boom gate and the area, which is closed to pub­lic thor­ough­fare, has a strong se­cu­rity pres­ence.

Liv­ing in one of the top sub­urbs in the coun­try comes at a price and Light­stone statis­tics re­veal that at the peak of the boom in 2009, 30 free­hold homes with an ap­prox­i­mate value to­talling R374m changed hands.

Sale of homes in the lux­ury sec­tor of the mar­ket have slowed some­what since the heady days of the prop­erty boom, as have prop­er­ties in all price brack­ets. How­ever, so far this year, 10 free­hold prop­er­ties with a com­bined value of around R145m have been sold in Sand­hurst.

Jawitz Prop­er­ties’ Peter Gowans says that en­try level prices start be­tween R10m and R15m. Homes in this price range, how­ever, re­quire a con­sid­er­able amount of up­grad­ing and ad­di­tions are of­ten needed to bring the home in line with stan­dards in the sub­urb.

“Homes priced be­tween R15m and R25m are gen­er­ally well main­tained, although they may need mod­ernising, specif­i­cally with re­gard to bath­rooms and kitchens.”

He says that although most buy­ers pur­chas­ing prop­erty with a price tag of more than R25m would ex­pect the home to be in pris­tine con­di­tion with high end fin­ishes, homes in this area that are some­what dated still achieve high prices.

The grow­ing up­per in­come group that has devel­oped in this coun­try over the past few years has meant that sub­urbs with the cor­rect high pro­file ap­peal, such as Sand­hurst, are in de­mand. There is also a grow­ing de­mand from for­eign buy­ers and in­vestors as well as from cor­po­rates seek­ing pres­ti­gious homes for their top ex­ec­u­tives.

A pala­tial R100m man­sion in Sand­hurst ticks all the right boxes for those look­ing for the finer things in life. Sit­u­ated on just un­der a hectare of land­scaped garden, this home has ev­ery­thing a dis­cern­ing buyer could wish for. No ex­pense has been spared in cre­at­ing an ex­clu­sive life­style and a dra­matic am­biance.

Boast­ing panoramic views of the Ma­galies­berg Moun­tain range and fa­mous for its im­pres­sive Doric col­umns, “Ibuhoro” is built en­tirely from sand­stone and is con­sid­ered one of the most op­u­lent homes on the African con­ti­nent. The prop­erty features seven en-suite bed­rooms, triple vol­ume re­cep­tion ar­eas, a movie the- atre, games ar­eas, a hair­dress­ing sa­lon, night club, sauna, steam room, ten­nis court, koi ponds and a de­signer ter­raced garden.

Gowans says the prop­erty will no doubt at­tract huge in­ter­est from Africa's wealthy in­vestors. The eclec­tic in­fu­sion of Amer­i­can and Euro­pean ar­chi­tec­ture sets it apart from any other prop­erty in south­ern Africa.

“The orig­i­nal owner was a true fam­ily man. Re­spect­ing the need for his chil­dren to have free­dom and in­de­pen­dence, he clev­erly in­cluded a four bed­room en-suite wing and study area, with its own en­trance.”

The long, wind­ing drive­way ends un­der a porte-cochere graced by a statue of Diana the Hun­tress. Through the im­pres­sive en­trance are for­mal lounges, with back-to-back open gas fire­places and two grand din­ing rooms. Dou­ble doors open on to the pa­tio and en­ter­tain­ment area over­look­ing the land­scaped garden and water features, per­fect for large-scale en­ter­tain­ing.

The fully equipped chef's kitchen is both at­trac­tive and func­tional. It ser­vices the for­mal liv­ing ar­eas and features a walk-in fridge and deep freeze, a large walk-in pantry and all the mod­ern con­ve­niences you would ex­pect to find in any lux­ury home. The kitchen man­ager's of­fice is at­tached to the kitchen.

There are three lux­ury bed­rooms up­stairs. The 85m² pres­i­den­tial main suite has a fully mir­rored gym and mas­sage room, mini hair sa­lon with basin, steam room, sauna, spa bath, a large shower in the atrium and his and hers sep­a­rate walk-in clos­ets and dress­ing rooms. A pri­vate bal­cony leads off the bath­room area.

For en­ter­tain­ing there is a nine-seater cin­ema, and on the lower level is a wine cel­lar, seat­ing eight, as well as a sound­proof disco and party room. The bar is fully equipped with fridges and an ice ma­chine.

The land­scaped garden is dot­ted with water features and koi ponds as well as a rim-flow swim­ming pool. The ten­nis court has its own un­der­cover club­house and bar­beque area for en­ter­tain­ment pur­poses. The dou­ble vol­ume out­door pagoda, set in a cor­ner of the garden, is an ideal venue for a grand party.

For the ex­ec­u­tive who prefers to work from home, there is a so­phis­ti­cated ex­ec­u­tive suite with two of­fices, which are ac­cessed ei­ther via the main house or through a sep­a­rate out­side en­trance.

Other high­lights in­clude staff ac­com­mo­da­tion with three dou­ble bed­rooms, un­der floor heat­ing through­out, an el­e­va­tor that ser­vices all three lev­els as well as a fully au­to­mated elec­tronic sys­tem which man­ages all TVs, DVDs and sound sys­tems. There are four au­to­mated garages and suf­fi­cient park­ing for ap­prox­i­mately 20 cars.

“There are many features too numer­ous to men­tion, but one of the most out­stand­ing is the hi-tech se­cu­rity sys­tem which in­cludes a guard­house at the main en­trance, a full alarm sys­tem with TV mon­i­tors and se­cu­rity beams and elec­tronic shut­ters that cover all the win­dows that can be shut in the event of an emer­gency,” says Gowans. Price: R100m Con­tact: Jawitz Prop­er­ties Peter Gowans 083 254 0370

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.