Sandton’s best kept secret

One Johannesburg residential suburb that is not widely known about but which is very popular among residents is Morningside Ext 40 in the Riverclub area, Sandton. It is a quiet little suburb, and a “very well kept secret” in the view of Jonathan Davies, Pam Golding Properties (PGP) Hyde Park joint branch manager.

According to Davies, Morningside Ext 40 is appreciated by those who enjoy community living in a secure environment. He says the area offers homes through from the middle to the upper market and it caters to a variety of tastes.

Davies says properties in this charming suburb tend to be in demand. One of the reasons for this is that it is so central and particularly close to Sandton’s CBD, which is just minutes away. This is appreciated by those who work in the area and who enjoy the excellent shopping that is on offer in the greater Sandton area. There are also a multitude of outstanding schools within easy reach including St Stithians College, Redhill, Brescia House, The French School Lycée Jules Verne and British International College.

It is not often that a spacious, chic family home that places every amenity at your doorstep becomes available in the Morningside Ext 40 area, but such a gem has indeed been placed on the market. The five-bedroom, double storey home, complete with squash court and gym, is on sale for R19 million and is available through PGP.

With its open plan reception areas, glass stack doors and high ceilings this is a home that has been designed to take full advantage of Johannesburg’s abundant, beautiful light. The stack doors give access to the undercover patio from the large lounge and dining room while an indoor/outdoor swimming pool integrates the living areas with the entertainment space. According to PGP agents Lesley Gray and Marion Dean, this north facing home is likely to appeal to those who enjoy both outdoor living and entertaining.

The considerable lounge has a large gas fireplace that is designed to warm the entire downstairs area during winter and bring the family together. The dining room is situated alongside the open plan Italian-style kitchen with its state-of-the-art Siemens appliances. Any budding or gourmet chef will appreciate this space, which allows the chef to work with efficiency while at the same time easily interacting with dinner guests.

“For those who are active, the squash court and gym are conveniently situated and the latter has a separate shower, changing area and toilet,” observes Gray. “There is also an outside pool shower for rinsing after a swim. The garden is both compact and attractive and enjoys the benefit of a computerised irrigation system.”

Moving upstairs, we find the airy main bedroom, which opens onto a private balcony. It has a magnificent en-suite full bathroom, open shower and separate toilet. A large walk in dressing room is designed to double as a strong room and place of safety.

There are a further two generously sized north facing bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. Both open onto balconies with lovely views and are situated alongside a pyjama lounge. There is also a guest suite comprising a bedroom with private lounge and kitchenette with a convenient, separate entrance. This can double up as a home office with ample working space or as a private apartment. Everyone can enjoy the spectacular Johannesburg sunsets from the cocktail or viewing deck.

The home has a total of five bathrooms, four of which are en-suite, and four reception rooms. According to Dean, the stand size of the property is approximately 1870sqm and the size of the home 1094sqm. Additional buildings include staff accommodation consisting of two bedrooms, a kitchenette and a bathroom.

Security of the property is excellent and includes a guard house, alarm system, garden beams, electric fence, remote interior and exterior CCTV surveillance and reinforced windows across the patio and pool front.

“This property is superbly appointed and is ideal for the modern family seeking plenty of space and light,” notes Gray. “It is a home that truly lifts the spirits,” she concludes.

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