Restored Art Deco classic for sale in Camps Bay

When it comes to architectural and design styles, there can be few more eye-catching than the Art Deco period, known for its eclectic mix of bold shapes, rich colours and lavish decoration.

The style first appeared in France in the years following World War One, and flourished internationally between the 1920’s and 1940’s. Here in South Africa, it enjoyed its heyday in the 1940’s, and the city of Cape Town still boasts many fine examples scattered across the peninsula. One of these, a stylish and well-located home in Camps Bay, has been fully modernised and remodelled, without losing the unique charm of its original Art Deco features. The property is now available for purchase exclusively through Pam Golding Properties (PGP), priced at R16.995 million.
PGP agent Barbara Rogers says the home was originally built by a Dutch national in 1947. “Its second owner was the renowned British historical novelist, Mary Renault,” she says, “who lived here with her partner Julie Mullard from the early 1950’s. They painted the home’s exterior salmon pink in deference to their love of that other Cape Town grande dame, the Mount Nelson Hotel.”

The combination of pink exterior and royal blue carpeting inside was not to everyone’s taste; nor was the interior layout, which featured a veritable rabbit warren of rooms. So it was that the current owners embarked upon a substantial remodelling and redesign of the home when they purchased it in 2001. Architect Sean Mahoney of StudioMAS was tasked with opening up the spaces and modernising the living areas, while at the same time preserving the timeless Art Deco design features which gave the home its unique character. It was a project that spanned six months of hard work, and the end result in a seamless blend of old and new, stylish design and modern comfort and functionality.
The salmon pink has made way for a pristine white exterior, while the blue carpets were lifted to reveal original Rhodesian teak parquet flooring. Other well-preserved Art Deco features include several porthole windows and the original painted wrought iron staircase with panga wood bannister.
The home occupies three levels, all offering around 100sqm of living space. The main entrance is on the second floor, via a drawbridge which spans a running water feature and leads into the main living area. This open-plan space includes a five metre window span offering panoramic views from Camps Bay all the way to Clifton. There is seamless flow from the welcoming kitchen into the dining and lounge areas and out onto a balcony which spans the entire level. The kitchen features a Miele hob and Iroko wood island, with colourful accents of a teal blue wall and aqua tiles echoing the ocean views.

The ground floor was originally reconfigured as a home office with its own reception area, but this has since been converted a second time into a guest suite with its own kitchenette, and an adjacent pool room and braai area. The 12m long swimming pool is enclosed in a Balau deck, providing an ideal space for both exercise and relaxation.
The home’s upper floor includes a main bedroom suite with his and hers bathroom, leading onto its own ample balcony. There are another two bedrooms on this level, with additional bathrooms.
Rogers says the home is a perfect combination of elegance and comfort; an ideal space for both intimate family living and entertaining. “It will appeal not only to those with a love of the Art Deco era,” she says, “but to anyone seeking a warm family home with matchless views and modern luxury.”

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