Historic Herbert Baker home for sale

Located on the border of Wynberg and Constantia, the Cape Dutch homestead dates back to 1908, and occupies an erf of over 4300sqm.  Sensitively modernised without compromising its heritage value, the home is now on the market at R9.95 million.

PGP’s area manager for the Southern Suburbs, Howard Markham, says the land on which the homestead stands once formed part of the Alphen estate - one of the earlier farms in the Constantia Valley, granted to Theunis van Schalkwyk in 1714.  By 1838 the extensive property had been divided into three portions, including the farms Alphen and Zonnestraal, as well as the Chart Farm.  This last was later sold to the Garlick family, founders of the prestigious national chain of Garlicks department stores.  “It was the philanthropist John Garlick who commissioned the building of two homes and a stable building on the Chart Farm property,” says Markham, “appointing leading architect Sir Herbert Baker to the task.  The buildings were erected in 1908, and the property which we are now marketing began its life as the stables and coach house of the farm.  It was designed in the traditional Cape Dutch style, following a U-shaped pattern.  The bottom section of the U housed the farm’s horses, while the two sides provided accommodation for the coachmen as well as garaging for the horse-drawn carriages.”

The stable section was cut off from the main Chart Farm homestead when the M3 highway was built in the 1960’s, and was converted into a family home during this period.  The property then changed hands several times before being purchased by its current owners.  They oversaw the renovation and modernisation of home during the 1990’s.  The main section of the Chart Farm has remained in the hands of the Garlick family, and now includes a popular coffee shop and gardens where Capetonians can pick their own roses.

Today, the converted homestead is accessed via a quiet lane surrounded by forest everglades, creating a sense of privacy and tranquillity.  The home’s modern layout as a family residence includes access via a pretty central courtyard into the main reception wing.  A formal lounge with fireplace opens onto a 125sqm terrace overlooking the pool, while a second lounge is open plan to the formal dining area.  The third lounge/family room contains a more informal dining area and is open-plan to the farmhouse-style kitchen with separate scullery and laundry.  Also connecting to the kitchen is a self-contained guest suite with an en-suite bedroom and sitting room.
The home’s main accommodation wing contains four bedrooms, with the master suite having its own private bathroom and dressing room.  There are also an additional two family bathrooms.  Upstairs from these bedrooms is an enormous loft/attic area which could easily be converted for additional accommodation, or for use as a home office or art studio.  Some of the bathrooms as well as the kitchen have under-floor heating installed.

One of the main draw-cards of the property, besides the beautiful homestead, is its magical fairy-like garden, an idyllic place for children to explore, and big enough to house several horses should the new owner so desire.  The large salt-water chlorinated pool has an adjacent pool-house which was once part of the original farm’s outbuildings.  A freshwater and grey water catchment system supplies water for the magnificent garden, which has computerised irrigation and includes an organic vegetable garden as well as a jungle gym.  Garaging is provided for three vehicles, and there is ample off-street parking for visitors, as well as a staff cottage with its own dining and kitchen facilities.

The home’s security system includes an alarm and double-fenced perimeter fencing on three sides of the property, with palisade and electric fencing on the front perimeter. Other modern conveniences include ADSL connectivity and a PABX system with multiple phone lines.
PGP’s MD for the Western Cape metro region, Laurie Wener, says the property offers a sense of country living in the heart of the city.  “This is an extensive property, tucked away down a shady lane beneath large trees,” she says.  “There is very little sense of living in a city at all – no encroaching neighbours, but only magnificent mountain views and a deep sense of history.  The location is well-placed for leading government and private schools, and provides easy access into the central business district via the nearby M3 highway.  It is the ideal environment in which to raise a family.”

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