Liv­ing in the city need not mean any sac­ri­fices

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

CITY liv­ing can of­ten mean more compact liv­ing, but this doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily re­quire sac­ri­fice, says Jac­ques van Emb­den, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor and co­founder of property de­vel­oper, Blok, which re­cently launched a 22-unit apart­ment build­ing on High Level Road, Sea Point.

TWO16onHL is one of the big­ger projects Blok has launched, and the av­er­age size of units is smaller than the oth­ers in Blok’s port­fo­lio. How­ever, Van Emb­den is adamant that res­i­dents' stan­dard of liv- ing will in no way be com­pro­mised, and he sees this as the most ex­cit­ing part of this launch for the brand.

“Al­though price is a huge as­pect of a property pur­chase de­ci­sion, it shouldn’t mean com­pro­mise,” he says. “We’ve really pushed the de­sign bound­aries in de­mand­ing more out of the in­te­rior spa­ces at TWO16onHL as well as the shared spa­ces of the build­ing.”

He says du­al­ity is the magic word when liv­ing in the city. Rather than hav­ing one room for each func­tion, such as a liv­ing room, a din­ing room and a lounge – who has time for main­te­nance any­way? – the key is cre­at­ing spa­ces that meet more than one need. A home of­fice or a bar that can dou­ble as a den or a sleep­ing area, a lounge with a din­ing area, a kitchen with ad­di­tional stor­age that could free up space else­where, or a read­ing cor­ner or sunbed in the bed­room that dou­bles as an ex­tra loung­ing space.

He says it’s im­por­tant to max­imise all un­used space in homes. For in­stance, turn a pre­vi­ously empty cor­ner or area un­der the stairs into a read­ing, seat­ing or stor­age area.

“Ap­pre­ci­ate the ben­e­fits that liv­ing in a city has to of­fer. In­stead of miss­ing that pri­vate gar­den or pool that be­longs only to you – and whose main­te­nance only you are re­spon­si­ble for – visit pub­lic and shared spa­ces in the city and meet your neigh­bours, ex­pe­ri­ence your en­vi­ron­ment on foot or by bi­cy­cle and make the most of liv­ing in a city,” says Van Emb­den.

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