Western views of ocean edge
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’.