West­ern views of ocean edge

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WATER’s Edge has proved to be the most pres­ti­gious and lux­u­ri­ous devel­op­ment yet in the Cape Town West­ern Seaboard sub­urb of Big Bay. Sit­u­ated ap­prox­i­mately 20 min­utes drive north from the Cape Town CBD and the V&A Waterfront, Big Bay is a pop­u­lar res­i­den­tial area and hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion, and is favoured by surf­ing, wind surf­ing and kite surf­ing en­thu­si­asts.

The un­par­al­leled views across the bay and long stretches of white sandy beach adds to the ap­peal of the area.

Sit­u­ated at the north­ern end of Big Bay’s devel­oped area and bor­der­ing onto a na­ture re­serve, Water’s Edge of­fers its res­i­dents panoramic views that take in the At­lantic Ocean, Robben Is­land and Ta­ble Moun­tain — and it has di­rect ac­cess, through a small se­cu­rity gate, to the beach.

The com­plex of­fers ex­cel­lent se­cu­rity with only one main en­trance which is manned 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.

With 62 sin­gle res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties, the Water’s Edge res­i­den­tial devel­op­ment falls within the Big Bay Beach Es­tate devel­op­ment, which in­cludes shops, restau­rants, cafés, stu­dio of­fices and more.

Fig­ures, com­piled by CMA in­for­ma­tion and the Raw­son Prop­er­ties Blaauw­berg fran­chise, in­di­cate that the av­er­age price for a typ­i­cal 330m² to 480m² beach­front plot with­out any im­prove­ments at Water’s Edge has been close to R3.5m. The av­er­age build­ing cost at this up­mar­ket es­tate is R11,500p/m². The av­er­age value of homes is well over R10m.

“As one would ex­pect,” said Mike Abra­hamse, fran­chise prin­ci­pal for Raw­son Prop­er­ties Blaauw­berg, “the stan­dard of de­sign and build­ing at Water’s Edge, both gov­erned by strict ar­chi­tec­tural and other guide­lines, has been ex­cep­tional. It is quite pos­si­ble that no other West­ern Cape devel­op­ment has quite so many well-de­signed, up­mar­ket homes.”

Th­ese com­ments by Abra­hamse were made at an in­tro­duc­tion to a home which his agency and his agent, Michèle Pecorelli, are sell­ing at Water’s Edge.

The home was de­signed, devel­oped and built by Bob Bun­ning and his daugh­ter Kirsty Carmichael. Bun­ning is a me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer by pro­fes­sion, while Carmichael is a qual­i­fied in­te­rior de­signer and builder who has pre­vi­ously taken the num­ber one spot in SA’s Builder of the Year com­pe­ti­tion. To­gether they have com-

The home is wired for air­con­di­tion­ing and will be in­stalled if spec­i­fied by the buyer

pleted more than 40 houses over the years, in­clud­ing the two in which they live.

“Our aim from the start, no mat­ter what price bracket we were op­er­at­ing in,” said Bun­ning, “was to al­ways achieve ex­cep­tion­ally high stan­dards. At the same time we dis­like and avoid any form of os­ten­ta­tion: we ap­pre­ci­ate un­der­stated el­e­gance and be­lieve that this is best achieved by sim­ple de­signs and by us­ing only qual­ity ma­te­ri­als and fin­ishes.”

This is very ev­i­dent in the three-level, 460m² home that they have now com­pleted and put up for sale. Ex­ten­sive use has been made of lam­i­nated bam­boo claddings, English Oak coun­ter­tops and nat­u­ral light grey slate and porce­lain tiled floors. The front door is solid bam­boo. The in­te­ri­ors are all ei­ther cool white or grey. The kitchen cup­boards are beau­ti­fully lac­quered, with the kitchen ap­pli­ances fin­ished in light grey or white.

No ex­pense has been spared: for ex­am­ple, the slow burn­ing solid fuel glass-fronted fire­places are all by Saey from Bel­gium and the largest of th­ese cost R27,000. So­lar heat­ing has been in­stalled for the gey­sers and low wattage LED low-level light­ing il­lu­mi­nates stair­cases. The home is wired for air­con­di­tion­ing and will be in­stalled if spec­i­fied by the buyer.

The en­trance level of the build­ing con­sists of an ex­tra-large dou­ble garage, a store­room and a self­con­tained flat with its own kitch­enette, shower and its own off­street en­trance. In this space, too, is a small study area with an oak work top, suit­able for both writ­ing and com­puter work.

The first floor is given over to a long open-plan liv­ing, din­ing and kitchen area, which fronts onto an en­ter­tain­ment deck and a plunge pool on the north­ern side. One of four large en-suite bed­rooms is on this level. This floor also has an in­door braai room, which flanks onto the pool deck which has been kept un­clut­tered so that it can be used for en­ter­tain­ment.

Two of the large en-suite bed­rooms are on the third floor, again of­fer­ing ex­ten­sive views. Here too there is an Astro-Turf deck, from which to en­joy th­ese views. Pric­ing: R8.995m Con­tact: Raw­son Prop­er­ties Michèle Pecorelli 084 250 1693

KEEP­ING IT SIM­PLE: The owner-builders of this West Coast Big Bay home ap­pre­ci­ate un­der­stated elegance and be­lieve that this is best achieved ‘by sim­ple de­signs and by us­ing only qual­ity ma­te­ri­als and fin­ishes’.

Michelle Funke

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