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Homes of distinctive design and historical value in high demand

Homes that are architecturally distinctive or which have a rich history are always in demand in Johannesburg’s sought after northern suburbs.

This is according to Jonathan Davies, Pam Golding Properties’ joint area manager, who is based at the company’s Hyde Park office. Davies says many buyers particularly at the higher end of the market are specifically looking for homes with which they can identify and that suit their own individual lifestyles.


“While we sell properties across all price ranges, in this area we deal with many buyers in the price range from R10 million upwards, who wish to express their individuality and their own personal tastes through their homes,” observes Davies. “Furthermore, we find that a residence of exceptional design or historic value is always sought after and therefore represents a sound investment.”

Davies says Pam Golding Properties has a prestigious portfolio of iconic properties that are currently on the market. One such exceptional home is situated in Westcliff and is more than 100 years old. Built in 1902, this Johannesburg heritage home is steeped in history. It is best described as an eclectic mix of styles and is designed by architectural firm Aburrow and Treeby, with later additions by Sir Herbert Baker. The home was built for Mr John Jolly, a highly successful Grahamstown merchant and the founding director of Premier Diamond Mine.

Davies says when visiting this grand old home you may find yourself transported back to a gracious time of croquet, masked balls and horse drawn carriages. This ambience becomes evident upon entering the home through the triple volume entrance hall with its magnificent wooden staircase. Stained glass windows, wood panelling and distinctive parquet floors complete the picture. The house, which is being marketed by Pam Golding Properties for R16 million, is set among rolling lawns and old Cape ash, jacaranda, peach and fig trees.

The home has six bedrooms, all of which have fireplaces, and four bathrooms - two of which are en suite. It has five reception rooms, including a ballroom that has hosted many a celebration through the years, and three large garages.

For those who prefer something more modern with every possible amenity, there is a contemporary Sandhurst home designed by award winning architect Johann Slee, and which is also marketed by Pam Golding Properties, priced at R45 million. “This is an appealing home for someone who seeks open, clean spaces, an abundance of natural light and who revels in outdoor living,” says Rupert Finnemore, joint area manager of Pam Golding Properties’ Hyde Park office. “With hi-tech security features including CCTV cameras and security beams, this home offers residents peace of mind.”

Ideal for entertaining friends and family, among the home’s more unusual features is an air-conditioned cellar, a tasting room for the discerning wine connoisseur and an art gallery complete with skylights, making it highly suitable for displaying prized artworks. Added features include a sizeable games room and a cinema/family room with built-in HD projector, large HD screen and scenic views over a koi pond. The main house has two separate ‘his and hers’ bedrooms each with en suite bathrooms. In addition, there is a complete bedroom wing with four en suite rooms. The kitchen, with its Gaggenau steam oven and other impressive fixtures, is a gastronome’s dream.

Outdoors is an outside terrace with built-in pizza oven and griller. A covered Jacuzzi with skylight and steam shower room completes a luxurious lifestyle. The outside terrace overlooks a heated infinity salt-water pool and tennis court with floodlights.

The home is set on a 7533m2 erf in a lush, largely indigenous, landscaped garden designed by Tim Conradie, and which includes a man-made river and pond. A borehole irrigation system provides water for the vegetable and rose gardens, and the rest of this lush property.

Another fine older home currently marketed by Pam Golding Properties is a property in Moodie Hill in Sandton, which was built during the mid- 1940s. Priced at R16.5 million, it is situated on two acres of prime land within minutes of Sandton’s CBD. Finnemore says this property offers outstanding value. “It is not just the location that makes this an attractive proposition for a would-be homebuyer - this is a spacious thatched homestead with a colonial and tranquil ambiance,” he notes. “As you drive down the avenue of trees to the main house you feel you have trulyarrived home.”

The house, one of the original properties in the area, overlooks a floodlit tennis court, swimming pool, change room and sauna and is nestled in an English country garden amongst tall, mature trees, rolling lawns, flowering shrubs, plus water features and a pond.

The large entrance hall leads to a gracious lounge with wood fireplace, stately dining room and a private cinema with shutters. A downstairs games room is situated adjacent to a substantial wine cellar, while a conservatory, which opens onto the garden, is perfect for hosting garden parties. For Finnemore, this is another classic South African home with an abundance of attractive outdoor and indoor living spaces.

The main bedroom of this Sandton home has a beautiful fireplace and en suite bathroom. There are a further four bedrooms that share two full bathrooms, two studies that offer a retreat from family life, as well as a dressing room or nursery. The farm style kitchen, fitted with yellowwood units, offer every modern amenity as well as a pantry, scullery and outside laundry. Near the kitchen is an informal breakfast area that leads onto a courtyard.

“In the current market there are a number of beautiful properties available which offer real value,” adds Finnemore. “I would advise purchasers with the means to do so to view various properties on offer and find a distinctive home that reflects their personality and own individual lifestyle - no matter whether it is a modern masterpiece or an old classic.”



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