Unique homes available in verdant Bryanston

“For most people, the name Bryanston conjures up images of large properties and grand old houses. While such homes certainly remain a common feature of the neighbourhood, in recent years a number of Bryanston properties have been subdivided to create residential developments, offering buyers a selection of different property options in this much sought after, verdant suburb,” says Jonathan Davies, PGP joint area manager, Hyde Park office in Gauteng.

Particularly noteworthy in recent years has been the advent in Bryanston of the exclusive, high security development. Developments of this kind usually comprise up to 10 homes that are built to complement one another architecturally.  The homes share some facilities and hi-tech security to create an upmarket mini-community of like-minded individuals.

A residence in such a Bryanston development has recently come onto the market for R8.5 million through Pam Golding Properties (PGP). This property is one of eight exclusive homes that have been developed on a very large slice of land in a prime location. According to Davies, these homes have been designed for convenient, but stylish and sophisticated living that appeals to a select market.

“At 550 sqm, this property is extremely spacious, offering the best of South African outdoor living in animmaculate environment,” continues Davies. “However, with outstanding security and a highly manageable garden, the home also affords residents all the advantages of a true ‘lock up and go’ lifestyle. This special home, which is designed by architect Keith Mason, would best suit an executive couple who enjoys entertaining.”

PGP property agent Dominic Courtney says that with its corrugated tin roof and attractive wooden eaves, the design of the two-bedroomed home is best described as Transvaal Colonial. And the house certainly does have a regal atmosphere. The entrance courtyard and four large garages all create the feeling of the opulence of a bygone colonial era. The other homes in the community share a similar architectural style and seamlessly blend together.

According to Courtney this home is an entertainer’s dream. The large patio has stacked glass doors that can be opened to take advantage of the glorious Johannesburg summer weather or closed to create an additional entertainment room. The swimming pool is skilfully designed to resemble a classical era bath and fits perfectly with the overall design of the home. A soothing water feature completes a tranquil and beautifully manicured garden.

The security of this property is exceptional. An electric fence protects the perimeter of the development whilst the walled property has the added protection of an additional, wall topped by a further unobtrusive electric fence protecting the property itself. Meanwhile, garden security beams act as an early warning system to alert residents.

The home is designed for self-sufficient living and is equipped with a generator that provides electricity in case of a power outage.  Ducted air-conditioning provides a highly efficient cooling system for the entire home, which is designed to deliver excellent cross flow ventilation and ensures the house is kept airy and cool through the warmest of summers. Central vacuuming points are provided in all of the rooms throughout the house rendering cleaning effortless.

“One is greeted by an attractive African quartz stone wall at the entrance hall while the flooring downstairs is in a striking jatoba wood,” observes Courtney. “Fittings are all of the highest quality, including Mercury fitted door handles and designer taps in the bathrooms and kitchen. The kitchen also has a Kiaat wooden counter and sunny breakfast area with large sash windows as well as a scullery, walk-in pantry and laundry room.”

The kitchen, dining room and lounge area is open plan and forms part of a voluminous area, creating a feeling of light and space according to Courtney. The lounge is finished off with an eye-catching fireplace and a perfectly situated window seat, which is ideal for lounging with a book while catching the warm rays of the afternoon winter sun.

The main upstairs bedroom has large ‘his’ and ‘hers’ en suite bathrooms with underfloor heating, huge mirrors and two generous, private dressing rooms. A small study leads off the spacious main bedroom, which contains its own fireplace to warm the winter months.  The second bedroom is located downstairs and opens onto the back garden. Like the main bedroom of the house, shutters are a feature of this room, adding to its charm.

The self-contained staff flatlet has underfloor heating and the same high quality finishes as the main house. In Courtney’s view this accommodation can easily serve as a self-contained guest apartment.  

“The sale of this boutique home offers an opportunity for the discerning buyer who is in the market for a unique, stylised property which is spacious whilst offering the convenience of a lock-up-and-go home. The property is likely to attract a buyer who is pursuing a sophisticated, gentrified life in this highly central, much sought after suburb of Johannesburg,” concludes Courtney.

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