Cou­ple hit home run af­ter ‘sac­ri­fic­ing’ seaboard

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY - NIKKI BARNARD

SE­NIOR ac­count di­rec­tor Ni­cole Wil­liams, 28 and her fi­ancé, op­er­a­tions and pur­chas­ing man­ager Rikki da Silva, 29, left their pop­u­lar Sea Point ad­dress in Fe­bru­ary and be­came the own­ers of a new home in the leafy sub­urb of New­lands.

Af­ter liv­ing on the At­lantic seaboard in a one-bed­room lock-up-and-go apart­ment for seven years, they found them­selves long­ing for more space and the free­dom that a house of­fers.

The cou­ple, along with their grow­ing brood of beloved Pomera­ni­ans, be­gan to find the lim­ited space chal­leng­ing.

“We started look­ing at prop­er­ties about four years ago within the At­lantic seaboard and City Bowl ar­eas. We just couldn’t find any­where that ticked our (many, many) boxes,” says Wil­liams.

“We had a clear vi­sion of the space we were look­ing for. We would view an amaz­ing place, but it wouldn’t have park­ing, or a beau­ti­ful home but with lim­ited outdoor space.

“In the end, ‘ sac­ri­fic­ing’ the At­lantic seaboard ad­dress for New­lands (an area we had al­ways liked) was an easy de­ci­sion, es­pe­cially af­ter we’d viewed and fallen in love with our home.

“We love entertaining, and our new home has al­lowed us to have large din­ing ar­eas both in­side and out­side.

“Hav­ing friends over for fes­tive lunches which go on well into the evening is one of our favourite things to do and some­thing we can now do reg­u­larly.”

When asked about the down­side to liv­ing in the sub­urbs, the cou­ple ad­mit­ted they find them­selves driv­ing or catch­ing an Uber count­less times in a week to visit their favourite restau­rants and bars in the CBD. How­ever, they say it is worth the has­sle as they no longer need to worry about body cor­po­rate and strict rules that ac­com­pany liv­ing in an apart­ment block.

“And go­ing away for a weekend or long over­seas trip is (still) as sim­ple as lock­ing the front door,” they say.

Rikki da Silva and Ni­cole Wil­liams looked at many homes be­fore buy­ing in New­lands.

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