Buy a charm­ing piece of his­tory

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

A HIS­TOR­I­CAL Kalk Bay build­ing which had fallen into dis­re­pair has re­ceived a new lease on life, thanks to a metic­u­lous and his­tor­i­cally ac­cu­rate restora­tion project.

Dat­ing back over 80 years, St Vin­cent on Kalk Bay’s Main Road en­joys spec­tac­u­lar sea views. The build­ing’s three newly up­graded apart­ments are now be­ing of­fered for sale through Pam Gold­ing Prop­er­ties, priced at R2.5 mil­lion, R2.7m and R2.9m.

St Vin­cent was built in the 1920s, and the ini­tial de­sign in­cluded a long, pil­lared ve­ran­dah as part of its façade. This was sub­se­quently glassed in and then later par­tially bricked in. Over time, sev­eral other al­ter­ations were car­ried out which spoiled the ex­te­rior of the build­ing and ru­ined the in­te­rior flow.

The Cape Town City Coun­cil gave per­mis­sion in 2002 for the ground­floor apart­ment to be com­pletely ren­o­vated, and it was gut­ted in ad­vance of this project – only to have work grind to a halt.

The prop­erty was ac­quired by its present owner in 2004 and the lo­cal ar­chi­tec­tural prac­tice, John Mur­ray & As­so­ci­ates, was ap­pointed to re­design and re­fur­bish the land­mark build­ing.

PGP’s south­ern sub­urbs de­vel­op­ments di­rec­tor, Bev Bloch, says the ar­chi­tect has over­come the build­ing’s che­quered ar­chi­tec­tural his­tory to re­turn it to its orig­i­nal glory.

“The orig­i­nal façade has been recre­ated with the bal­anced, pil­lared ve­ran­dah and the in­te­ri­ors have also been com­pletely re­con­fig­ured.

“Whereas pre­vi­ously the ground floor apart­ment didn’t have sea views, it has now been con­verted into a du­plex with a sec­ond-floor lounge, of­fer­ing spec­tac­u­lar views.

“The two top-floor apart­ments have also been re­designed to max­imise the views and in­ter­nal flow.

“Close at­ten­tion has been paid to sourc­ing or man­u­fac­tur­ing his­tori- cally ap­pro­pri­ate doors and join­ery – for ex­am­ple to en­sure the build­ing’s orig­i­nal grace and charm have been re­cap­tured,” Bloch said.

Two of the apart­ments have three bed­rooms and three bath­rooms, and each has its own dou­ble garage.

The third du­plex unit has two bed­rooms, two bath­rooms, a sin­gle garage and an off-street park­ing bay.

PGP’s MD for the West­ern Cape metro re­gion, Lau­rie Wener, be­lieves St Vin­cent may ap­peal to buy­ers who want to down­scale from larger fam­ily homes in the south­ern sub­urbs.

“St Vin­cent is one of rel­a­tively few build­ings be­tween Kalk Bay Har­bour and Fish Hoek, on a spur of land ex­tend­ing out from the foot of the moun­tain. This means that in win­ter it en­joys sig­nif­i­cantly more sun­shine than other homes, bask­ing in the late af­ter­noon rays long af­ter most of the vil­lage is in shadow.”

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