Hid­den gem uncovered

Business Day - Home Front - - FRONT PAGE - Michelle Funke michelle@vel­vetsquare.co.za

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

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