select
|

Johannesburg Gandhi house sold

 The distinctive house in Orchards, Johannesburg, where Mahatma Gandhi lived  from 1908 to 1910 and refined his Satyagraha philosophy of non-violent 
resistance, has been sold.


 The buyer is French specialist tour company Voyageurs du Monde, and the sale  was negotiated - at well above the original R2,8m asking price - by Sylvia 
Cook of Lew Geffen Sotheby's International Realty in Johannesburg.


Voyageurs du Monde, which is listed on the Paris stock exchange, intends to  preserve the Orchards house as a heritage property and use it as a "place of 
pilgrimage" for visitors specifically interested in Ghandi's life and the  Satyagraha creed that was the foundation of the Indian independence movement 
and inspired other civil-rights leaders such as Martin Luther King and  Nelson Mandela.


"We are absolutely thrilled with this outcome," say Nancy and Jarrod Ball,  who have owned the house for 28 years and were determined that it should be 
sold to a buyer that would honour and promote its Gandhi heritage, as it is  one of the few places the peace icon lived that has not been destroyed.
 
"Voyageurs du Monde is passionate about the property and this arrangement  will enable more people to share its peaceful atmosphere. In addition, the 
company has invested in other heritage sites around the world, so has the expertise as well as the means to preserve and maintain it properly. It 
would also like to establish a Gandhi museum here."
 
Built by architect Herman Kallenbach, who was Gandhi's friend and confidant,  the house is informally called "The Kraal" because of its distinctive 
thatched roofs and rondavel style. It has five bedrooms and is set in a  beautiful garden graced by large trees and many flowering shrubs.
 
When the Balls bought the house in 1981 (for R65 000) it was run down and  needed renovations to the roof and windows, and new wiring. It has also been 
enlarged since then, "but we always tried to preserve the original character of the house. We've done it with a lot of love and respect," says Nancy 
Ball, an American-born artist.
 
"Gandhi lived under this roof, he walked through these rooms... and happily now we can pass it on to people who will really cherish this connection."
 
Lew Geffen, chairman of Sotheby's International Realty in SA, says: "I'm  proud that we could obtain a premium price for this historically very 
significant property."
 
ISSUED BY SOTHEBY'S INTERNATIONAL REALTY



  Comment on this Article

  Please login to post comments

Post to my facebook wall
  
2000
Characters remaining


    Latest Property News
    • 22 Jan 2018
      Moving away from the city to a country or coastal town and a slower-paced life is a frequent new-year resolution for South Africans, but thorough research should be done before you break free from the hustle and bustle, because making the wrong move could turn out to be a very expensive mistake, and even more stressful for you and your family than staying in the “big smoke”.
    • 22 Jan 2018
      Cape Town is home to many breathtaking and historic homes, but House Invermark designed in 1969 by South African architect Gilbert Colyn, with inspiration from two modernist icons: the Glass House by Phillip Johnson and Farnsworth House by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is in a class of its own.
    • 22 Jan 2018
      2017 was a challenging year for the South African property market in general, despite small pockets of thriving activity in areas like the Western Cape. As we head into 2018, Tony Clarke, Managing Director of the Rawson Property Group, casts his eye forward to property trends and market influences that could make their impact felt in the New Year.
    • 19 Jan 2018
      Extending from Randfontein in the west to Roodepoort in the east and including the towns of Krugersdorp and Magaliesburg, the West Rand has a plethora of property available to residents who choose to make this unique area their home.
    • 19 Jan 2018
      When it comes to financial planning, doing the work to ensure you’re prepared for unexpected emergencies is just as important as ticking off your other goals and New Year’s resolutions. The beginning of the year is also the perfect time to review your various insurance policies.
    • 19 Jan 2018
      No surprises at the first Monetary Policy Committee of 2018, as Reserve Bank Governor, Lesetja Kganyago, announced that the interest rates would stay at their current levels.
    • 18 Jan 2018
      The Southern Suburbs make up some of the most popular residential areas in Cape Town, comprising charming groups of suburbs which lie to the south-east of the slopes of Table Mountain. It is seen as the city's most expensive residential neighbourhoods with a choice of various private schools, upmarket eateries, wine estates, beautiful homes and trendy apartments.
    • 18 Jan 2018
      New year, new goals! If you’ve resolved to purchase your first property in 2018, then this 6-step guide from the Rawson Property Group is a must-read. It will help you navigate and simplify what is often be seen as a confusing process of buying your first home – right from the house-hunt to the house-warming.
        
    X
    Subscribe to the MyProperty Newsletter

    Name  
    Last Name  
    Email Address  
    Email Frequency
    select
    X
    Share this Page

       
    For Sale Property
    Rental Property
    More Options
    About
    Connect with us
    FEEDBACK