Having been raised on Second Beach Clifton, where both her mother and uncle
owned bungalows, Alison Smith, one of Rawson Properties franchisees for the
Atlantic Seaboard, considers herself an authority on property there and in
her unbiased view the latest bungalow to come on the market here, for
which she and her partner have the sole mandate, is without question the
best of the 102 that occupy Clifton's sought-after plots, the values of
which have soared in the last few years.
Almost every recent sale at Clifton has set a new benchmark: we have seen
homes going for well above R30 million and redesigns have resulted in
certain bungalows now having international status, but this home is the
market leader and epitomises absolutely everything that Clifton represents.
The home, now priced at R40 million, was built by Rustic Homes for the
current owners in 2003 after Alison and her husband Graeme had sold them the
original, far less sophisticated bungalow on the site which was then
The new home, which has three storeys, has a timber frame structure and Cape
Cod style wood panel façades. All the flooring is of reclaimed yellowwood
sourced by Pieter Silberbauer, the builder, from Country Ways in Knysna.
All rooms look across the four Clifton beaches to the Atlantic Ocean and
have large louvre shutters to hold out the afternoon sun. As building
regulations at Clifton are stringent, the beautiful views can never be
The home's top loft level houses the spacious 50m² main suite with open plan
bathroom, gas fireplace and private balcony. The middle floor has an
open-plan kitchen and dining area linked to a sophisticated living room, TV
room, study; all of which look onto the sea and lead out on to the
wraparound timber deck which has a rim-flow heated saltwater pool
overlooking the beaches. The kitchen countertops are pale granite and the
equipment and fittings are state of the art.
The lower floor has two en suite bedrooms, a small ancillary kitchen, a
laundry and a sophisticated storage area.
Throughout the home all the attractive woodwork has been painted white to
enhance the beach house feel and the décor is in soothing neutral tones with
luxurious touches, such as the front door, custom made by Pierre Cronje and
the oriental daybed tucked in a quiet corner of the deck.
Parking, which is at a premium in the area, is no problem for the owners of
this bungalow as there are two garages in a nearby complex which are
included in the marketing price.
Alison Smith believes that two factors set this bungalow apart from most at
Clifton the immediately obvious good taste of the design and the
spaciousness of the interior.
With Clifton bungalows more in demand now than at any stage in their 80
year history, this must represent one of the best buys ever on the Atlantic
Seaboard, she said.