Hidden gem uncovered
Khyber Rock, which is said to offer one of the best outdoor lifestyles, is a hidden gem in Johannesburg’s northern suburbs
CONSISTING of just 15 homes, The Pass within Khyber Rock is a leafy residential estate set close to bustling greater Sandton and the suburb of Woodmead.
Situated in a little known, scenic part of Sandton which, while remote and attractive, is a very secure gated community, this exclusive estate offers its residents a clean, green living environment. It is only when you visit the area that you see the charming cobbled streets that climb into the koppies, and the giant rocks that are incorporated into each garden to make highly attractive natural features. One of the highest points in Sandton, the views from The Pass are magnificent, the vegetation lush and virtually sub-tropical.
According to Jonathan Davies, Pam Golding Properties Hyde Park joint branch manager, the residents of The Pass are a fascinating group of individuals who enjoy a strong sense of community. He says that they appreciate their beautiful homes, which are positioned among the rocks of the Khyber Rock koppies, as well as the fact that they are so centrally situated within the greater Johannesburg area.
“You would be hard pressed to find an area anywhere in SA as beautiful as The Pass and it is a great area in which to live,” agrees Pam Golding Properties agent Wendy Goodenough, who is a specialist in the area.
She points out that The Pass is not only charming, but it is also very central, as it is situated close to an intersection where four major highways meet, including the N1 Ben Schoeman, the N1 Western Bypass, the M1 and the N3 Eastern Bypass. Khyber Rock also offers easy access to Sandton, SA’s financial and business hub, while a Gautrain station is also just a few minutes away. The area also offers residents range of shopping and entertainment facilities. And for those who enjoy their golf, the area is situated on the doorstep of the Johannesburg Country Club’s 18-hole course.
Not surprisingly it is extremely rare for properties in The Pass to come onto the market. In fact, according to data sourced from Lightstone, a property data and statistics provider, only one property has sold within the estate in 2004, 2006 and in 2009. Lightstone’s data also reflects that 50% of the owners have lived within the estate for between eight and 10 years, and that most of the owners (more than 44%) are aged between 36 and 49 years old. With an average valuation of R6.325m, The Pass, measuring 34,646m² in total, offers homeowners average
It is extremely rare for properties in The Pass to come onto the market
stand sizes of around 2,310m².
Recently one of the homes in The Pass has come on to the market at R12.75m through Pam Golding Properties. Agent Pat Dempster suggests that the home is a work of art that offers outstanding value and a “once in a lifetime opportunity”.
“The double-storey home, which offers treetop views, is luxurious. It is a highly attractive, classical design that offers all the conveniences of modern living. Residents can take advantage of the view from the balcony or enjoy the large patio that overlooks the pool and the manicured garden.”
This home, which is approximately 900m² under roof, has five spacious bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms. The main bedroom has “his” and “her” dressing rooms and a bathroom that includes a steam shower set in an indigenous rock garden.
“If this property makes for a wonderful family home, it is also an entertainer’s dream,” says Dempster. There are three reception rooms, which open onto the patio that overlooks one of the two swimming pools on the property. The main pool is heated.
The kitchen is state-of-the-art with imported appliances and there is also a temperature-controlled wine cellar. A separate guest suite and gym offers accommodation for visitors and privacy for a workout.
Other features of the property include two cottages and a staff suite along with garaging for four vehicles.
“Not only is this home set in the most scenic environment, it is also full of character while at the same time being highly practical to run,” notes Dempster. “In short, it is a unique, captivating home that we do not expect to remain on the market very long.” Price: R12.75m Contact: Pam Golding Properties Pat Dempster 083 601 2475 Wendy Goodenough 082 654 0911 Office 011 380 0000