Bev­erly Hills-styled prop­erty to go un­der ham­mer

The Mercury - - NEWS - Jan de Beer

ADURBAN North “Hol­ly­wood man­sion”, with its own he­li­copter pad, is the lat­est res­i­dence of al­most in­cred­i­ble di­men­sions to be as­signed to Ian Wyles Auc­tion­eers.

The lofty liq­ui­dated Bev­erly Hills-styled prop­erty will, fit­tingly, be auc­tioned on July 4, which is Amer­ica’s In­de­pen­dence Day, on site at 11am at 45 St Kilda Av­enue in Athlone.

The huge house was last owned by the liq­ui­dated com­pany World African Net­work – Dur­ban North, which has Amer­i­can con­nec­tions.

Ian Wyles’ prop­erty man­ager, An­drew Giddy, says the home has “mag­nif­i­cent views of the bay” and also over­looks the Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium, about 3km away.

The two-storey 1 600m² man­sion with an­other level be­low ground – where there’s a sub­ter­ranean squash court – needs quite a lot of restoration as it has been va­cant for four years while “na­ture has taken its toll”.

Giddy says its size and spec­tac­u­lar lo­ca­tion il­lus­trate the prop­erty’s po­ten­tial to be turned into a large bou­tique ho­tel or up­mar­ket bed-and­break­fast es­tab­lish­ment. The house con­sists of:

Eight bed­rooms (five en­suite); Three lounges; Two din­ing rooms; Large kitchen; Study; Bars; Sprawl­ing ve­ran­das; Squash court; Sauna; Gym; In­door plunge pool; Two more swim­ming pools out­side; Ten­nis court; Four dou­ble garages; He­li­copter pad. There’s also a walk-in safe, a laun­dry, cloak­room, enor­mous pas­sages, a trop­i­cal gar­den, wa­ter­falls, ponds and an el­e­va­tor for ac­cess to the up­per level.

A two-bed­room lux­ury guest cot­tage with kitchen com­pletes the pic­ture of ex­trav­a­gant af­flu­ence. en­ter­tain­ment

The house is close to about 20 top schools and, for na­ture lovers, Beach­wood Mangroves Na­ture Re­serve is close by.

“This is with­out any doubt a stu­pen­dous res­i­dence,” Giddy says.

“The fact it needs some re­fur­bish­ment is likely to bring down the price to a rel­a­tively af­ford­able level for an en­ter­pris­ing en­trepreneur who could con­vert it to an ex­clu­sive bou­tique ho­tel or a top-end bed-and-break­fast oper­a­tion.

“We’ve had amaz­ing in­ter­est since news leaked out that the house, which in its empty state has fas­ci­nated lo­cals for years, is fi­nally on the mar­ket.”

Giddy says prospec­tive bid­ders are wel­come to make ap­point­ments to bring builders, ar­chi­tects, in­te­rior de­sign­ers or ren­o­va­tors to in­spect and as­sess the state of the man­sion.

“Ren­o­va­tion work is al­ways dif­fi­cult to cost as it de­pends on the new owner’s tastes and bud­get.

“In this case, ren­o­va­tion will be fairly costly, mainly be­cause of the enor­mous size of the house.

“But be­cause of its huge di­men­sions, the re­fur­bish­ment can be tack­led in sec­tions and stages to stag­ger the re­pair ex­penses.

“We will gladly as­sist all in­ter­ested par­ties look­ing for pro­fes­sional ad­vice on the ren­o­va­tion.

“All that’s needed is to ar­range an ap­point­ment to view the house,” he says.

For more de­tails, call 031 579 4403 or 082 601 9278, email an­drew@ian­ or see www.ian­

The sprawl­ing ‘Hol­ly­wood palace’ in Athlone, with its own he­li­copter pad, that will be sold on auc­tion on July 4.

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