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literally came along the road less travelled on my way to Gondwana Game Reserve last month. Linking Ladismith with Mossel Bay, the R327 is a dirt road that starts off in the sparse Karoo and then winds its way into the lusher valleys close to Calitzdorp and Herbertsdale before ending at PetroSA just outside Mossel Bay. I couldn’t help but equate it to the year that’s been – starting off fairly barren and sparse, then becoming rich and green (World Cup time!) before becoming rocky once again. Full of surprise twists and turns, around steep mountain passes and dipping into the most beautiful valleys, at times the road was terrifying; at others it was straight and predictable. We sometimes thought we might fall off the edge, or come across a low-lying bridge we couldn’t cross. But we made it to the other side – and it was one of the most unforgettable roads I’ve ever travelled. And that’s where the comparison to this year has to end, because I doubt that many in the real-estate industry will remember 2010 with overt fondness (World Cup aside, of course). It has been a weird year. Banks have continued to show an unwillingness to lend, sellers have remained unrealistic about their prices, overseas investors have felt the brunt of the recession and have been more reluctant to buy SA property than in the past. The market’s been difficult to read, with price growth rising in the first half of the year and then slowing in the third quarter. And yet, in between all that, there have been pockets of hope. Gauteng estate agents, for example, reported an increase in sales in the past few months, and a 35% increase in bond applications for the year. Those who have been in

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I refer to the latest issue of Property, which I always enjoy reading, and in particular I refer to the article by Jackie Gray. Firstly, as an architect with many years experience (having qualified at Wits in 1967!), I always wonder why our profession is ignored, and particularly so in this article. Architects have the experience to advise clients on all the design, structural, legal and practical issues facing a person wishing to build their home. I find it strange that this point was forgotten or ignored. Secondly, a quantity surveyor does not ensure that ‘… the boundaries of the property are clearly marked’. It is the responsibility etc. of the land surveyor to attend to such matters. Hanns Bergs, Hentrich Bergs & Associates, Johannesburg Ed: The main reason we chose to focus purely on builders was because this seems to be the area where most people have problems when it comes to renovations and new homes (for some reason we never seem to hear people complaining about their architect).The information about the QS was supplied to us directly by our source – thanks for putting it right.

I was so thrilled to read your ‘Model Construction’ article on Brett Shuttleworth. As a proudly South African woman, it was wonderful to see how one of our best-looking exports also has depth of character. That little black-and-white photograph from a few years back is the Brett I always enjoyed ogling, and even though he’s aged, he is somehow timeless. I believed he was just your regular jock with a pretty face when it turns out the man can do more with his hands than throw a rugby ball! It is also good to see how down to earth this wonderful man is. Susan Taylor, Somerset West

Just the cutest I have lived in Cape Town my whole life and yet I didn’t really know about the Fresnaye area. It is really quaint, as you wrote in your Neighbourhood Watch, and the feature encouraged me to explore more areas within the Mother City. I went to see Fresnaye first, took a drive through the little suburb and it

We started a bit of a Facebook debate with our recent comment as to whether house sellers were currently being unrealistic in their expectations. Ayo Doc Shugz Mkize Yes, it’s a recession, for Pete’s sake! Darryn Rex I find lending impossible.You can’t come close to what you want, even for a one-bedroom flat. At R800 000 who’s having a laugh? You can buy better property overseas! Lebakeng Mokhema Yes, they are, and I think buyers need to start negotiating better. Remember, you can always offer to buy at any price, as long as it’s not zero. Do proper price comparisons in the area you plan to buy in – location plays a vital role in pricing, but I’ve seen some properties currently on offer in my neighbourhood that are close to 20% above their fair value.

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It was a real joy to read your article on the two Gregs in architecture. Greg Wright and Greg Scott come across as really down-to-earth guys who are passionate about their work but also incredibly professional. I love what they said when asked if one would recognise a GWA building:‘Our intention is to have people admire our work without being able to place it as an obvious or specific style.’ Modesty right there! They seem to be fun, creative individuals who have come together to bring us something special in the architecture world. Thanks Greg and Greg. Courtney Paterson, Cape Town


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The people’s cook Celebrity cook Justin Bonello’s family home in Breda Street, Gardens, was where he discovered the most important ingredient when it comes to cooking a successful meal – being surrounded by people.

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freedom he harboured in his early years. This is evident in his road-tripping antics in Cooked. Their relaxed way, fun antics and colloquial charm made Justin and his entourage accessible and more enchanting – you felt as if they were your friends, all the while watching some delectable culinary alchemy happening on the screen, in the most unusual of settings and contexts. Even though his parents later went their separate ways, what Justin misses most about No. 30 Breda Street is the sense of family that was nurtured there. It’s something he has recreated for his own family in their house in Noordhoek, where he lives with his wife Eugenie and his son Dan. ‘The house I live in now, in Noordhoek, is much smaller. But unlike in the City Bowl today, here I get all the good stuff: I have a view out over Fishhoek and the mountains, a massive garden, peace and quiet. In many respects, it reminds me of what Gardens used to be like, 20 to 30 years ago,’ he says. Justin is a very busy man these days, what with the launch of his latest book, Out of the Frying Pan, and his featuring in Woolworths’ latest food campaign, The Good Food Journey, with his Australian contemporary, Bill Granger. He says that working with Bill and meeting his family was inspiring. ‘I made a lamb-neck potjie with gnocchi for Bill and his family, who were all so laid back and down to earth. Meeting them made me

realise that something was wrong in my own life. I was working 20-hour days and losing touch with the important aspects of life – family and friends. The experience of meeting them helped me to calm down. I was also privileged enough to be the first South African to introduce Bill to the potjie,’ he says. In his new book, Justin visits 13 professional kitchens and gets to cook with some of South Africa’s most renowned chefs. He admits that writing it was his hardest project yet. ‘From the first rough chapter to the final proof took only six months, and the pressure to create a book better than the previous ones, Cooked in Africa and Cooked Weekends Away, was hardcore.’ A couple of his favourite dishes from the new book are Michael Broughton’s scallop dish – ‘for those who are brave’ – and for an easier option, he recommends the crudo from Magica Roma’s Franco and Ezio. Neither of these dishes, however, would be on Justin’s menu if he could choose his last meal. When asked this question, Justin’s answer is, well, unexpected from a celebrity cook. ‘For my last meal on earth, I think the food wouldn’t be as important as the company. Let’s just say there would definitely be oysters and champagne … and every one of my friends and family.’ Why are we not surprised? +27 (0)21 409 2221, cookedinafrica.com

WHAT THE AGENTS SAY Heather van der Spuy, principal agent at Chas Everitt City Bowl, says Gardens is an inner-city suburb located in the higher elevations of the City Bowl, directly beneath Table Mountain and Lion’s Head. It is an affluent neighbourhood populated mostly by young professionals and contains numerous chic restaurants, hotels, boutique shops and loft apartments. The suburb is also a hub for Cape Town’s creative industry and contains many modelling agencies, production houses and headquarters of associated industries. It is also home to the world-famous, five-star Mount Nelson Hotel. ‘There is presently a six-bedroom guest house being operated from 30 Breda Street, Gardens. The value of the above-mentioned property would be between R3,75-million and R3,9-million. There are many gracious homes in this historic part of Cape Town. An unrenovated family home in the same vicinity sold for R2,7-million last year. Even though these properties are in close proximity to the centre of the city, there is a quiet calmness in the area, which is huddled between shady trees, wide streets and many open green spaces for children and pets to enjoy outdoor activities.’ +27 (0)21 422 1488, everitt-citybowl.co.za

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hen Justin Bonello thinks back to his childhood home in Gardens, it isn’t so much the actual house he remembers as much as the sense of neighbourliness and the people that coloured his life during those years.‘The characters who influenced me are many,’ says Justin. ‘From “Pete the Greek” and his two daughters who owned the local café across the road to a motley crew of friends who used to bunk school together and hang out in the parks.’ His fondest food memories are of his mother’s weekly Sunday pea-soup-and-movie nights. ‘I think those Sunday nights were responsible for me eventually filming a series that involved friends and food,’ Justin says, referring, of course, to the TV series, Cooked, which rocketed him to fame and kept us enthralled as he rounded up a group of 20-odd friends and went on a road trip through southern Africa, cooking, drinking, eating and, most importantly, laughing. ‘On those Sunday evenings we used to hire a 35mm film projector and a couple of movies. About 20 or so family friends would arrive and Mom would serve a Dutch pea soup, complete with smoked sausage and baguettes from Zerbans. I remember smearing butter onto the bread and dunking it into the soup,’ he says. Another thing that Justin accredits to the neighbourhood he grew up in, in terms of shaping his career, is the sense of


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orget everything you think you know about South African game-viewing experiences. Gondwana Game Reserve, the world’s only fynbos reserve, offers something truly unique. Located just outside Mossel Bay, on the Garden Route, the scenery is spectacular: rolling hills and valleys stretch out as far as you can see, the ericas and proteas forming a flower carpet in places, the Langeberg Mountains purple in the distance. Game is indigenous to the area, and herds of eland, black wildebeest, mountain zebra and springbok (among others) can be seen grazing peacefully. Owner Mark Rutherfoord’s dream when establishing the 11 000ha reserve was to provide an authentic Big 5 game-viewing experience in the Western Cape, so you can also view lion, buffalo, elephant, rhino and the occasional leopard. They have also just introduced their first hippos, and have recently released cheetah.

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What a cracker! AVOOVA’s new range of side tables, coffee tables and cow horns, skilfully wrapped in AVOOVA’s signature ostrich eggshell mantle, has the decor world aflutter. See what all the excitement is about at AVOOVA’s new flagship store in Franschhoek. +27 (0)21 876 3503, avoova.com

Jacket required Veuve Clicquot Rosé’s new Sakura blossom ice jacket, designed by Paris-based studio Ateliers LZC, is an interpretation of the Japanese cherry blossom motif. This limited-edition ice jacket will keep your bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rosé at the ideal temperature for up to two hours. Distributed by The Really Great Brands Company. +27 (0)21 506 2629; veuve-clicquot.com

Nice and spicy Spicy Villa Guest House is the perfect hideaway for a romantic weekend in the Mother City. Situated in Oranjezicht, the luxurious, four-star guest house has four large en- suite bedrooms, each named and themed after spices used in Cape Malay cuisine: cardamom, cinnamon, clove and saffron. Spicy Villa also has high-tech business facilities. +27 (0)21 461 6287, spicyvilla.com

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Marlanteak tweaked Marlanteak, the specialist importer and manufacturer of exclusive outdoor furniture, has found a new home at the vibrant Cape Quarter. If you’re looking for that show- stopping outdoor piece, you’ll find it here. +27 (0)21 425 3817, marlanteak.com

Sophisticated Don Julio Don Julio Reposado Tequila can be best described as ‘suave’. Handmade according to traditional, painstaking methods, this luxury tequila is distinctive. It is produced in small quantities and nurtured throughout the production process to ensure that quality is maintained. Most importantly, each blue agave plant is carefully cut, slow-cooked and delicately pressed to avoid any bitterness in the final spirit, which is then aged for eight months. +27 (0)82 889 3001, brandhouse.co.za; donjulio.com

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HOTPROPE RTY ChiCho chic Decor and interior enthusiasts in the Southern Suburbs now have a new haven for all things bespoke, exclusive and vintage. Recently opened in Constantia, ChiCho Bello stocks locally made and imported furniture and decor pieces inspired by nature and organic materials. +27 (0)21 761 9034, chichobello.co.za

Crystal comfort This striking Crystal Chiavari Chair from Robert Thomson’s Translucence collection is made from moulded acrylic. Its classic shape makes it a perfect addition to any dinner table. We love the sorbet colours it comes in too! +27 (0)87 150 4749,robert-thomson.com

Dear Diary … Summer Elegance at The House of Krone The Krone family celebrates the tercentenary birthday of their Tulbagh estate, Twee Jonge Gezellen, on 11 December. Expect delicious food, the estate’s famed Méthode Cap Classique sparkling wines, a fashion show and a live performance by CODA. Entry: adults, R120; children, R80. +27 (0)23 230 0680, houseofkrone.co.za

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Get intimate with Elle Elle Macpherson’s Intimates range has arrived in SA. Known the world over as ‘The Body’, it is no wonder the supermodel has her own lingerie line. The range is renowned for the superb fit of the garments and its use of durable yet luxurious fabrics. Available at selected Edgars stores. 0860 692 274; ellemacphersonintimates.com

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New Year’s at the Cape Quarter To celebrate New Year’s, Cape Quarter brings you DJ Mood Swing on The Piazza, a live band on The Square, and Miss Lola Lou & Spinsista Mitzi at Lazari on Jarvis Street. Book at your favourite restaurant. From R395/person. +27 (0)21 421 0737, capequarter.co.za

Kirstenbosch New Year’s Eve Concert The band Loading Zone and SA music legend Jonny Clegg perform live on 31 December at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Tickets: R240. +27 (0)21 799 8783; webtickets.co.za

L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate The 150th running of the prestigious horse racing and social event takes place on 8 January 2011 at Kenilworth Racecourse, including a Style Lounge, a temporary Café Caprice and a host of local live entertainment. Dress code: formal – blue and white. Tickets: R250. +27 (0)21 481 1834; computicket.com

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Home and garden The Modern Home Company’s new showroom in Cape Town houses a collection of furniture and decor items by established Italian brands as well as ranges by local artisans. Its sister brand is The Modern Garden Company, and the new showroom promises the same distinctive styling for your interiors. +27 (0)21 434 0611, modernhome.co.za

Perfect 10 Acclaimed jeweller Yair Shimansky has revealed his (patented) Brilliant 10 diamond. Each facet is shaped to show a perfect 10-arrow pattern when viewed from above and a perfect 10-heart pattern when viewed from below. +27 (0)21 421 2788, shimansky.co.za

Merry Marigold New to Tamboerskloof is Marigold, your one-stop neighbourhood gift shop, stocking beautiful home decor pieces created by local artisans. You’re sure to find a unique gift for that special person here. +27 (0)21 422 5451

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An African Christmas Earthchild, a local organic fashion brand, has brought out this eco-friendly, Africa-inspired Christmas tree. The fact that it’s made from biodegradable cardboard is testament to Earthchild’s commitment to protecting the earth and its resources. +27 (0)21 551 3010, earthchild.co.za

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Just in time for the party season, Pongrácz has launched its renowned Pongrácz Rosé in a 1,5ℓ magnum, complete with an exquisitely designed gift tin. Composed of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes, this dry rosé has an enchanting salmon hue and will add a touch of glam to any cocktail party. +27 (0)21 809 7000, pongracz.co.za

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The team who brought us Royale Eatery in Long Street has created the Mexican food wonderland, El Burro, on Green Point’s Main Road. The emphasis is on the freshest of produce, and El Burro also stocks an alarming assortment of imported tequila. +27 (0)21 433 2364

Walking into Long Street’s newest bar, Fatback Soul, you feel like you’re entering a stylish 1970s’ lounge. Mood lighting, exquisite interiors and soulful tunes are the formula that makes this the place to hang out. +27 (0)21 422 4086

Hemelhuijs is the newest project by renowned chef and artist, Jacques Erasmus. Situated along the Fan Walk in the CBD, this quaint, beautifully appointed eatery delights patrons not only with its food offering but also with Jacques’s own homeware range. +27 (0)21 461 5573

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Chef Reuben Riffel has taken over where Gordon Ramsay left off at One&Only Cape Town, bringing his brand of uniquely South African cuisine to the exclusive hotel. His existing restaurants are firm favourites, and we expect nothing less from this venture. +27 (0)21 431 5222

Oodles of noodles and other goodies Kloof Street just got cooler with the recent opening of the Japanese-themed Oishii Noodle and Sandwich Café and clothing boutique Pure Solid, both owned by Marco Helfer. +27 (0)82 471 1571

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Greek spearhead Spiro’s in Hout Bay is the real deal when it comes to all things Greek. Whitewashed interiors with blue accents provide the perfect backdrop to a scrumptious kleftiko or youvetsi. With a dedicated kids’ entertainment area, Spiro’s is ideal for a family day out. +27 (0)21 791 3897

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at Naicker lives at No. 15 Hickory Hollow, Hawaan Forest Estate, Umhlanga, KZN, but her connection with the estate runs far deeper than mere homeowner, for she’s also the visionary developer. Given that the first seed of the idea was planted in early 2003, Pat can barely remember a time when she wasn’t thinking/talking/consulting around her vision for this protected piece of the planet. Nothing here has been left to chance; much has been left to nature. Those who choose the Hawaan lifestyle only do so if they’re wholly committed to fostering the natural environment, for that’s the premise on which the estate is founded and grounded. Ring Pat’s doorbell, and you’ll be greeted by a cacophony of barking dogs. Somewhat ironic, given dogs’ incompatibility with the estate’s ethos around fauna and flora. But Pat’s not breaking her own rules about ‘No Dogs’; on the contrary, she delayed her move onto the estate for many years because she owned a dog.

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The sound that greets you is a riotous recording, one that gives visitors an entertaining glimpse at the flip side of Pat Naicker. ‘Barking mad,’ says acclaimed international landscaper Diarmuid Gavin with a laugh, in dry admiration of Pat’s tenacity and drive in pursuit of her goals here. Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects (SAOTA) not only devised the estate’s architectural code but also designed a customised range of architectural models for each plot. Patrick Ferguson, who heads SAOTA Durban, explains, ‘The  estate slopes down towards the forest, so effectively, the plots are arranged on three levels. Each stratum has its own height imperative, so, without crushing innovation in design, the rights of each homeowner to a green outlook are protected, and all properties are compelled to utilise either timber or green roofs to a minimum of 50% of the roof area. Roof gardens and terraces significantly soften the built environment.’ The focus is, essentially, on the magnificent forest. Creeping up from that dense, treed expanse, green fingers of the forest are

pulled up into the estate. Eventually the homes will abdicate their dominance to that of the forest. All planting, public and private, must be of flora endemic to the forest (leading horticulturist, Geoff Nichols, was the consultant on the project). Pat’s home straddles three plots, a stretch which once spilled over Forest Edge’s site to that of Avenue. The significance of that for the architects were the varying height restrictions – half at 7,6m, the other 4,2m. A clear line runs along the base of the building where it steps down to the lower height specified – effectively single storey – and all structures that side of the line are on the lower scale. It may have presented a design challenge, but the architects believe it was a contributing element in the scaling down of what is a fairly monumental building. ‘The peripheral elements and devices like the pergolas and screens contributed to that objective, creating a human scale and human interest element to the structure,’ says Patrick. An admiring grin from Patrick. ‘She’s the only client I know who came to every single site meeting,’ he says.‘She knew exactly

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Opening page The sun protection provided by the wooden slats was given further interest by the irregularity of the design, allowing filtered light to trickle into the home. OPPOSITE, clockwise from top left The swimming pool is bedded into the landscape, in keeping with the ethos of an unobtrusive garden; the softer approach of the garden fronting the forest wasn’t necessary here at the entrance; the subterranean chill and entertainment space which Diarmuid designed. This page Moved aside, the vast glass doors of this central, double- volume living area are well concealed, removing any barrier between inside and out, while clever choice of materials ensures continuity.

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Top The large gas fireplace is a central design element, allowing a dramatic line of flame to illuminate and warm the room. Bottom The spacious indoors-out en-suite bathroom was given glamour status with a marble feature wall. Opposite, left to right A striking black gloss Poggenpohl kitchen; sandblasted doors partially conceal the main-en-suite bathroom; loo with a view, as the water flows intriguingly beneath the glass floor.

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PROPE RTYOFTH E MONTH what she wanted in terms of layout and arrangement of space. In fact, she gave us a sketch not unlike the final layout. Certainly, we took those ideas, worked and developed them, and the synergy resulted in a dramatic and memorable structure.’ ‘The house works around the double-volume living room space, and all the ancillary spaces work off that,’ Patrick adds. ‘It became the main nodal point for the entire design. In essence, it’s quite a symmetrical layout – with some asymmetrical play as well – but there’s the central living space, then the building is split two ways. The home presents a very symmetrical facade to the forest edge.’ Pat’s house was one of the first projects that Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects developed at Hawaan and the practice was determined to explore and play with all those criteria they’d set for the estate. The primary one was the integration of nature, and fostering that, the use of natural materials and elements. Water plays a central role, as a guide into and through the building: flowing outdoors, even beneath glass, indoors – finally picking up on the axial vista with a pond coming in at right angles to the main swimming pool. The engagement with the environment was one of the important design criteria. The architects wanted to ensure each room was not purely internalised, but related to the external spaces as well. The result – a powerful internal/external relationship. Patrick describes the numerous devices which aid that relationship in terms of continuity of material: ‘The living room space was almost conceptualised as a garden pavilion, so once you fold the doors back into their cavity sliders, the whole room becomes a big garden space, which opens up onto the terrace area. No discernible division between the two.’

The weathering, untreated timber screens and pergolas aren’t simply there to provide a scaling or design element; they’re highly functional, and placed in areas where solar and wind control are strong requirements.The home employs a great deal of glass, a material viewed by the architects in an abstract – rather than conventional – way. ‘We consider them as big openings or abstract arrangements or expressions, rather than simply doors and windows,’ says Patrick. He adds, ‘There’s also a lot of structural gymnastics going on in this building. From the word go, as you arrive, you have this incredible cantilever, which comes right over the entrance, and appears completely unsupported on the edge. That, together with the use of lengths of glass, means you’re also looking at these very long spans, and you’re left asking the question, How does this stand up? That’s always an interesting one …’ Endorsing the architect’s commitment to smudging the lines between indoors and out was a commitment to an extraordinary garden. Pat can’t think small, and set her sights on the charismatic celebrity Irishman, Diarmuid Gavin, renowned for avoiding obvious landscaping solutions. ‘I’d always been a fan of Diarmuid’s work, and had been tracking him and his extraordinary gardens for years,’ she says. ‘I knew he was the right person, unafraid to push boundaries.’ Pat wrote to him. Within weeks, Diarmuid’s office responded: he was intrigued, and soon thereafter, on his way to South Africa. No, he didn’t know much about indigenous South African plants but, undaunted, he spent time with leaders in the field: Chris Dalziel, of Durban Botanic Gardens, and Geoff Nichols. Diarmuid was captivated with Pat’s vision that, in time, when the fingers of forest crept up and filled in, the homes would end up peeping out of this magical landscape. For him, ‘the architecture

was the wow factor, so it wasn’t competition which was called for, but subtlety and simplicity. The garden would always be the forest, so between house and forest, a certain quiet clarity.’ Diarmuid shot one line from the house straight off towards the forest on a kind of catwalk. Then he created movement left and right, with stripes and strips of lawn at different levels. Was he trying to mirror something in the building? He responds, ‘When you’re reacting to the forest, you know for sure you can’t control it, so you want to step down gently and create a bit of subtle fun with different levels.’ And he has. But, as Pat expected, Diarmuid found it imperative ‘to have a flourish’ among the subtlety. ‘I’m a good listener,’ he says. He has absorbed Pat’s lifestyle – how she’s as happy to be sociable as she is to be solitary. He has created a subterranean outdoor space, a safe and secure sunken room in which Pat can entertain as comfortably as she can spend time there alone with music and a book. Grinning, Diarmuid says, ‘I think this space is like an antidote to the big scary forest, and the very large house, a bit hobbit-like, under the ground.’ Clearly, Pat chose Diarmuid for the inevitable twist for which he’s renowned, although he’s quick to offer a different take on his reputation for quirkiness: ‘I never set out to look for the unusual, but when you explore a place properly, you think, There must be something else. There always is. Here, the subterranean room was the response to that.’ For the architects, although they took a conscious approach to keep everything very neutral and calm internally, the building is about a layering and unfolding of experience as you walk through it. A bit of mystery comes about every time you turn a corner or go through another space – it reveals itself gradually. Eliciting a sense of excitement and the unexpected were important parts of the concept, and they work. Wonderfully.

“She gave us a sketch not unlike the final layout. Certainly, we took those ideas, worked and developed them, and the synergy resulted in a dramatic and memorable structure.”

WITH THANKS Diarmuid Gavin Designs, Diarmuid Gavin, diarmuidgavindesigns.co.uk Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects, Patrick Ferguson, +27 (0)31 566 4893, saota.com Hawaan Investments, Pat Naicker, +27 (0)82 785 1155, hawaan.com

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is that it is durable and has visual appeal,’ she adds. The lifespan of bamboo flooring is equivalent to – or even better than – that of hardwood, as it is one of the hardest natural materials available for flooring, with a higher fibre rating than hardwood. Bamboo is exceptionally hard- wearing and available in several attractive finishes. Bamboo Cobam decking comes from a truly sustainable source and features a convenient clip system with concealed clips for a smooth and uninterrupted finish, which means there are no unsightly screws visible on the surface. This product is sourced from Elephant Bamboo, a company that’s based in Germany. ‘We are proud to have linked up with Elephant Bamboo to bring outstanding bamboo products to the South African market,’ says Helen. As a warm, soft, comfortable and convenient flooring option, carpets remain a popular choice for rooms such as the bedroom and lounge. Floors Direct supplies locally manufactured Belgotex, Nouwens, Crossley and Van Dyck

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Fransch-hooked Words and photographs Ed Suter

Franschhoek’s reputation for world-class food and wine continues to grow in its postcard-pretty setting.

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elcome to Franschhoek! Wherever you look, on the maps of the town, on each of the signs pointing to another exquisite vineyard, is the town’s motto, ‘Eat, Sleep, Drink’. Not, you might notice, ‘Work, Clean Behind the Fridge, Rake the Leaves’, but three simple commands to do three of the most pleasurable things in life. This, in a nutshell, is the Franschhoek way – a town where people come looking for what Lew Geffen Principal Estate Agent Bev Malan calls ‘lifestyle properties.’ Bev knows of what she speaks. She relocated here from Johannesburg a year ago and, when asked how she finds the adjustment, she doesn’t miss a beat before answering, ‘I’m still living the dream.’ A dream it may be, albeit one that lulls even the most resistant into believing that when a complex is called the ‘Village Centre’ and houses not much more than a curio shop with a king- size teddy bear and a few boutiques, you may find yourself wondering why any village centre needs more than that. Wander down the main road and everyone does seem to be obeying the command to eat and drink – one appealing restaurant in the shade after the next, another bottle of local wine being uncorked, another plate of frantically creative cuisine placed before your eyes. Franschhoek has surfed a wave of culinary creativity to become the epitome of the indulgent weekend away, where the restaurants are matched in quality by the wine estates and the fabulous places to stay. Less than 200 years ago, elephants wandered the mountain slopes of Franschhoek; today you might find one served at one of the highly rated restaurants, drizzled with a jus on a bed of rocket. Once the French Huguenots arrived in the area in 1694, after fleeing persecution at home and then complaining about the soil quality of their first allotted farms in the Cape, the area’s name was changed from Oliphantshoek to De France Hoek. I assume it wasn’t long before the Dutch settlers, tired of the daily grind of hoeing and tilling, began heading over the mountains for a weekend getaway to De France Hoek for a taste of  ‘Eat, Sleep, Drink’. Franschhoek still finds favour with foreigners, although, Bev points out, with the strength of the rand, many of them are choosing to take out long-term rentals on properties rather than buy. The real buyers are those who can afford the luxury of taking their time, thinking about their options and choosing either a property with the easy appeal of lock-up-and-go on one of the new gated estates or the charming dream cottage, complete with picket fence and rambling roses, on Cabriere Street in town. As Bev says, ‘If it is lifestyle properties people are after, it’s more than have-to-have.The decision is slower in coming because someone does not have to start a job. There is no real rush to purchase, so it’s a much slower market and takes longer for a deal to materialise.’

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Nor is Franschhoek a cheap place to buy: the least expensive homes in La Petit Provence estate are priced between R2,5-million and R5- million, while in the more expensive Domaine Des Anges estate, there is nothing under R5-million. Rawson Properties Stellenbosch and Franschhoek franchisee Ivor Johnstone says, ‘Although the price of entry-level properties is high and the investment yield can be low, investors have made good equity returns on their investments because, in the past, prices tended to increase above the norm.’

We have met so many wonderful people who have turned to us again for selling or simply upgrading. After all, why would anyone want to leave the gourmet capital of South Africa?’ Fifteen years ago Chris Hoffman trained as a chef in Franschhoek under local legend Topsi Venter at her restaurant,Topsi’s.Two months ago he moved back to the village after working as a chef at Kalk Bay’s Olympia Café. Only this time he has returned to Topsi’s as the new owner. He has changed the restaurant’s name to Café des Arts, but still kept the familiar, unpretentious style of the decor and the food.

Chris’s food skips the fiddling and fussing of some chefs (‘It’s straight out of the pan onto the plate’), but he can take credit for bringing some serious joe to town. ‘I know for a fact we have the best coffee in town,’ he says.‘I can’t live without my barista. People here concentrated so much on food, the coffee was a joke, so at least there’s a place where people can drink a decent cup of coffee.’ One person who is not surprised at the newer, glitzier Franschhoek is local estate agent and property developer Peter Hager, as he takes credit for some of that sparkle himself.

“People go all over the world to experience what we have on our own doorstep.” Those who move here are on the lookout for a chance to change the pace of their lives. Bev says buyers are ‘after a different lifestyle, something more sedate, not the mad scramble of Johannesburg. There, it’s busy all the time. You are chasing something all the time. You think,“Where is life going? Why don’t we live in a beautiful place like Franschhoek?”’ Peter Wagenaar, manager of Seeff Franschhoek, says, ‘The beauty of such a small town is that you get to know your clientele’s needs to a T, and can find them the perfect match, be it a family home or a neat breakaway lifestyle property on the slopes of the mountains.

Chris has noticed huge changes in the village. ‘The glitz has totally taken over,’ he says. ‘Fifteen years ago it was old farmhouses down the main drag, not all this glass from floor to ceiling. People must be quite wealthy who live here; they don’t seem to work a lot. God knows what they do, as there is nothing but restaurants.’ Fifteen years ago Chris rented a farm cottage for R350/month. The biggest obstacle he faced moving back to the village was finding affordable rental accommodation. ‘For two weeks I slept in the storeroom. There is not much on the market. A two-bedroom place goes for R7 000/month.’

‘That’s what makes Franschhoek exciting. It’s all here, but it took someone from outside to come and change it,’ he says. Seventeen years ago, Peter left a career in fashion in Johannesburg and began what sounds like his own personal makeover of Franschhoek, bringing some pizzazz to what he says was a ‘country village with three or four restaurants.’ He adds, ‘I came from a glamorous life where everything was done properly.’ Recalling the town as it was 17 years ago, Peter says, ‘On a Friday afternoon I would stand outside on the main road at 6  p.m., and there was nobody. Then, over the years, it

OPENING PAGE The Huguenot Memorial commemorates those French Huguenots who fled to the Netherlands to avoid persecution in France. They were recruited by the Dutch East India Company to settle the Cape in 1694. This page, above Restaurants line Huguenot Street. Opposite, clockwise from top left One way to explore the village is on a bicycle for hire; the view of Franschhoek’s town hall; a coffee shop at Place Vendôme, a new shopping development in Franschhoek; Chef Glen Ferris at Allée Bleue Estate; Bistro Allée Bleue; Fizz Affair, a new champagne bar at Place Vendôme; a beautiful Franschhoek cottage.

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IT’S TWINS! Franschhoek has twinned with

Knysna. The tourist towns will be sharing info, ideas and training on cultural tourism (festivals, events and trade shows), wellness tourism and eco-tourism.

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changed. I think it changed for the better, but a lot of Franschhoekers didn’t like it. But it was too good a secret, one of the most beautiful places in the world. People go all over the world to experience what we have on our own doorstep.’ Today Peter runs Jager Estates with three partners, and has recently developed a smart retail precinct called Place Vendôme, where he runs an interior decor shop, Pistachios. It brings a V & A-type appeal to Franschhoek. ‘This was an ugly little farmhouse. Look at it today – it’s a lovely little shopping centre. It was built to be the most beautiful thing you’d see when you arrived in Franschhoek,’ says Peter. ‘You can shop at the deli or have a glass of bubbly at the champagne bar. It creates a really superb vibe.’ So don’t mistake Franschhoek for a dorp. These days this is the countryside more at home in Jimmy Choos than veldskoene. ‘Franschhoek is called the “Bishopscourt of the Boland”. It has the most sought-after real estate. It’s the food and wine capital of the country. It’s magnificent,’ Peter adds enthusiastically. While downsizing to Franschhoek might mean never having to say goodbye to a taste of Sandton, it does mean adapting to the size of the village. It is not a big place, although the prices of its properties and its culinary fame belie its size. It does not take long to travel the full distance from A to B; that is from Allée Bleue Estate at one end of Franschhoek to Boekenhoutskloof at the other. The alley of bluegum trees that lead down to the old homestead at Allée Bleue gives the estate its name. It is being refurbished and will be relaunched next year as a boutique hotel. Chef Glen Ferris (who once worked under Marco Pierre White in London and, more recently, for Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammed) has revamped Bistro Allée Bleue, making it somewhere you want to linger. ‘When you think “bistro”, you think “quick in, quick out”,’ he says. ‘Here, we want to be different and have a

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fine-dining touch.’ Meals prepared with olive oil, seasonal fruit and fresh herbs grown on the estate are served under the bluegums. Guests can stay in a converted Herbert Baker- designed cottage, order a picnic on the lawn, see a concert in the palm garden and listen to live music outdoors on Sundays. After wine tasting, they may relax in the courtyard with some flammkuchen and a bottle of Chenin blanc. The fame of Boekenhoutskloof ’s Chocolate Block wine has spread through endorsements from some of the world’s top restaurants.Tasting and Sales Manager Innocent Mpahleni says The Chocolate Block accounts for 90% of the farm’s wine sales.‘It put us on the map,’ he points out. ‘We are happy to see our wines on the lists of some of the top restaurants in the world, such as elBulli and The Fat Duck. That says more to us than having a gold medal on the label.’ Franschhoek, along with everywhere else, has been hit by the recession. ‘The property market is almost dormant,’ Peter Hager says. Rawson’s Ivor Johnstone says, ‘Admittedly, during the economic downturn sales decreased, but prices remained solid, with an increase of about 5% to 6% last year. Sales have been increasing since the end of 2009, with renewed demand from foreign buyers.’ But what Franschhoek offers, romance and a fantasy of the good life, will always endure. There are currently two new shopping precincts being built on Huguenot Street, despite a number of ‘To Let’ signs in the shop windows. Everything is being readied for the start of the tourist season and the return of the ‘swallows’, when the show begins in earnest. In the mid afternoon, when the kitchen staff and waiters are out on Huguenot Street in their kitchen whites and aprons, like actors resting between the matinee and the evening show, you can sense a lull in the town. Then the restaurants reopen for dinner and the Franschhoek performance starts up again. The village will always remain a fantasy of ‘Eat, Sleep, Drink’ for city folk looking for respite from more mundane matters, and there are more than enough people setting up their stalls in this small town to help bring that fantasy to life. I leave Peter Hager contemplating his philosophy for realising the more adventurous hopes and ambitions of visitors to the village he calls home. ‘What do I have to do to make it come true?’ he formulates out loud. ‘That’s actually quite a good question,’ he says, as he repeats it to himself before adding, ‘Do you want to buy a house here? I’ve got a fab buy!’

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Boekenhoutkloof ’s Innocent Mpahleni with life-size cutouts of characters from a graphic novel promoting its wines; a Franschhoek cottage – the village is not for entry-level homebuyers; learners return home; roses in bloom.

WITH THANKS Allée Bleue, Desmond Spannenberg, +27 (0)21 874 1021, alleebleue.com Boekenhoutskloof Winery, Innocent Mpahleni, +27 (0)21 876 3320, boekenhoutskloof.co.za Café des Arts, Chris Hoffman, +27 (0)21 876 2952 Jager Estates, Peter Hager, +27 (0)21 876 3147, jagerestates.co.za Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty, Bev Malan, +27 (0)21 876 8480, sothebysrealty.co.za Seeff Franschhoek, Peter Wagenaar, +27 (0)21 876 4592, seeff.com Rawson Properties Stellenbosch, Ivor Johnstone, +27 (0)21 876 4968, rawson.co.za

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Stay and play Linger a little longer in the valley and overnight at one of these incredible guest houses and boutique hotels.

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For a taste of history, look no further than Residence Klein Oliphants Hoek, a 19th- century home that has been converted into an elegant boutique hotel. What was once a mission station is now a dynamic combination of old meets new, with traditional architecture married with modern fittings and 18th-century daybeds sitting comfortably next to flat-screen TVs. Some rooms have their own plunge pool, and there are two en-suite loft rooms available with incredible views of the surrounding mountains. The hotel offers sumptuous breakfasts as well as afternoon teas – also open to the public – in the lavender and rose garden. It’s the perfect place for a romantic getaway. +27 (0)21 876 2566, kleinoliphantshoek.co.za

The Last Word Franschhoek has had a makeover just in time for summer. The overall theme is ‘The Garden’, so the focus is on native flora incorporated into the landscaped gardens and interior finishes. The Last Word is a member of Mantis Preferred Boutique Hotels, and in keeping with the high standard offered by the rest of the collection of award- winning hotels, game reserves and eco-destinations, expect the utmost in quality. Mantis Central Reservations, +27 (0)41 407 1000, mantiscollection.com; The Last Word Franschhoek, +27 (0)21 876 4723, thelastword.co.za

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TAKE NOTE The fifth Franschhoek Magic of Bubbles Cap Classique and Champagne Festival takes place on 3 – 5 December on the lawns of the Huguenot Monument. +27 (0)21 876 2861, franschhoek.org.za

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yourself and your loved one for the Couple’s Yoga Weekend at Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa. This five-star boutique hotel is the perfect setting in which to embark on the seven-hour hatha yoga sessions, presented by Tracey Rohan-Irwin among the hotel’s idyllic gardens as well as in the romantic wine cellar. By Sunday morning, you and your relationship will be detoxed, revitalised and ready for whatever challenges life throws at you. Aum! +27 (0)21 876 8900, lefranschhoek.co.za; shadesofyoga.com

4 Return to elegance Looking out over 180° views as the sun rises over the Franschhoek Valley, the vineyards in their summer finery, the lavender purple, it’s hard to imagine a more beautiful setting. This is the main suite at Mont Rochelle, where

attention to detail includes underfloor heating in the bathroom, a spa bath, double shower and Molton Brown products. Decor is all about old-school opulence, and no corner has been ignored – there seem to be small surprises in every enclave. Accommodation ranges from suites to more intimate rooms, but it’s the gourmet side that deserves special mention. The award-winning Mange Tout, under the auspices of new Executive Chef Leigh Trout, focuses on the finest of dining, with twinkling night views across the valley as a grand piano plays gently in the background. For a more rustic atmosphere, have lunch at The Country Kitchen on the other side of the estate and enjoy its Mediterranean menu. End your stay by organising a private wine tasting with the resident winemaker. +27 (0)21 876 2770, montrochelle.co.za

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His determination and smart marketing techniques have powered PE’s Jaco Rademeyer from real-estate upstart to the 2010 Nedbank Property Professional of the Year.

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an integral part of every aspect of the home,’ he explains. ‘It also created a unique way for people to start thinking in my box and making use of JRE’s full spectrum of in-house services, which range from private, commercial and industrial properties to new developments, conveyancing, property-related legal advice and so much more. Just open the box and we’re there!’ Jaco is passionate about giving back to his community. The Jaco Rademeyer Training Academy educates high-school children on careers in real estate. He has also acquired shares in the Eastern Cape satellite campus of the Development Institute and Training Academy of Southern Africa (Ditasa), which offers courses in real estate. He has a weekly slot on community radio, in which he gives property advice, in addition to which he regularly hosts talks for the public and new estate agents, and sponsors a range of local charities, schools and sports programmes in PE and the Eastern Cape. Jaco is backed up by a staff of 12, though he admits that even with this support, success doesn’t come easily in this cutthroat industry, which takes massive commitment and perseverance. ‘This is an almost round-the-clock, seven-days-a-week job, and I work flat out most days, from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. When I eventually get to bed, I’m planning my schedule for the day ahead. It’s more than a job – it’s a lifestyle. And you need to be extremely well organised!’ His demanding routine leaves Jaco with little downtime, so he relishes the time he spends socialising with friends and family. And what of the future? Jaco believes that the market is rapidly swinging back to positive territory, and although the National Credit Act has resulted in proportionally fewer deals being approved, the signs are all there for very exciting times ahead. ‘There are great opportunities within the Coega area outside Port Elizabeth, and I’m involved with a broad-based black-empowerment group that will be developing low-tomiddle-income housing as part of the government’s integration plan,’ says Jaco. He has opened the JRE Ibhayi branch to service the area, and is training new black estate agents to assist first-time buyers and sellers in this segment (many potential clients are listed with the credit bureau, posing additional challenges). While Jaco is the face of the company, and key to its success, he is slowly, very selectively, expanding his team with a view to opening and overseeing new branches and franchises in other centres. One thing’s for sure – with one of South Africa’s most dynamic and innovative property professionals at the helm, they +27 (0)41 367 1151, jre-properties.co.za will flourish.

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“I wanted Jaco Rademeyer Estates to be seen as an integral part of every aspect of the home. It also created a unique way for people to start thinking in my box, and start using JRE’s full spectrum of in-house services.”

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URBAN FOREST What happens if you build a modernist masterpiece, and no one comes? That’s the riddle surrounding the fate of Claremont’s Werdmuller Centre. Words and photographs Ed Suter

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FROM LEFT Views of the Werdmuller Centre; the centre as it was when it opened in 1975. OPPOSITE The Werdmuller Centre’s ramp leads off the street and up to the top floor; including the interior of Proteknik Audio Repairs, who have been there for 35 years.

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Photograph courtesy Roelof Uytenbogaardt Papers, University of Cape Town Libraries

he future of the Werdmuller Centre, the unusual shopping centre built opposite Cavendish Square in Claremont by one of South Africa’s master architects, remains unclear. Unloved by the public but adored by architects, the centre was a commercial failure, but remains a stroke of design genius. On a tour of the now almost-abandoned shopping centre, architect Ilze Wolff of Open House Architecture looks around at the graceful curves, the sharp angles and the retro fittings. ‘This is the stuff we learn at architecture school,’ she marvels. ‘We don’t learn at varsity how to make a Cavendish Square,’ she adds. ‘It would be so easy to fix it up. Everything is here – you have just got to move it forward.’ After a huge investment in the new Claremont Boulevard behind the Werdmuller Centre, and as a result of its proximity to public transport, Abdul Kerbelker, executive manager of the Claremont Improvement District Company, would like to see better use made of the site. ‘This building needs to speak to the main road and to the public transport area. At the moment it is speaking to nobody,’ he says. This debate between preservation and progress is not a new one. ‘What is happening to Cape Town? Why are you destroying it?’ City Councillor Joan Kantey railed in the local press in 1974. ‘If the whole of Cape Town is scarred by concrete monstrosities, who will want to come and spend their money here?’ she asked,as a battle raged to save a row of historic 18th-century homes on Bree Street from being laid to waste to make way for a car park. At the same time, what Councillor Kantey may have considered one of those ‘concrete monstrosities,’ The Werdmuller Centre, was about to be completed. Today the shoe is on the other foot,


PLACE WITH A PAST and the Werdmuller Centre, not old enough to be declared a national monument, is threatened with demolition. Architect Roelof Uytenbogaardt designed the Werdmuller Centre for his client, Old Mutual, in the late 1960s. Along with his designs for the UCT Sports Centre, the building represented a high point of modernism in South African architectural design, a movement defined by its emphasis on form rather than ornamentation and on man-made materials, such as concrete and metal. The building was ideally placed at the fulcrum of a bus terminus and a railway station, slap bang on Claremont Main Road – perfect to snare passing pedestrians. The design of the centre was in opposition to conventional shopping centre design: no hermetically sealed box serviced by layer upon layer of parking spaces, the Werdmuller Centre had as its basis the idea of a market, recreating the bustle of the Main Road inside the building, exposed to the elements and with a view of Table Mountain. The design also served a social function. ‘Roelof wanted to design a building that would connect the people who had been moved to the Flats, create some kind of filter building, where they walked through into the city again, connecting the station to the main road,’ Ilze says. At a cost of R4,1-million, with 7 100m2 of retail space, office space (four architectural firms, including Uytenboogaardt’s, moved in straight away) and two restaurants, the Werdmuller Centre opened in 1975. Praise from architecture critics was immediate: ‘This is no great commercial barn, but a beautiful and intriguing building. There is a certain unexpectedness, even a wackiness, about it that is truly engaging. This is a building that many people will come to love,’ wrote John Benzon in The Cape Times.

Many people, however, did not come to love the Werdmuller Centre, for whatever reason: too austere, too unusual, too noisy or maybe its lack of a vital anchor tenant. The public remained unmoved by its architectural genius and did not warm to it in the way they did to Cavendish, another Old Mutual-owned property. Or it may simply have been that it was on the wrong side of the tracks. As The Cape Times noted on the distinction between the two sides of Main Road in 1978, ‘Down near the railway line there is colour and life and jostling and noise. Above Main Road the shoppers are a little more decorous. Here you see furs and chauffeured cars.’ The Group Areas Act had declared Claremont, or, as it was clinically known to apartheid bureaucrats, Area 21, a whitesonly area in 1967, gradually moving those families who would have been the Werdmuller’s targeted passersby to the Cape Flats. At the same time, public transport was out of favour, and because the Werdmuller was aimed specifically at the pedestrian rather than the driver, it had very few parking spaces. Thirty-five years later, the building still appears to be ahead of its time. The discipline and frugality of its design were key features of visionary architect Le Corbusier’s ideas for modern living. As Alain de Botton says in his book, The Architecture of Happiness, ‘For Le Corbusier, true great architecture, meaning architecture motivated by the quest for efficiency, was more likely to be found in a 40 000kW electricity turbine.’ That might have been the Werdmuller’s problem: no matter how idealised a version of modern life it served up, few people wanted to spend their hard-earned pay cheques in an electricity turbine. Brent Wiltshire, property development executive at Old Mutual Investment Group Property Investments (OMIGPI), the building’s owners, says, ‘The very innovation of the spaces has become the buildings nemesis as criticism of its spatial

complexity, hardness of language and materials and its failure as a responsive retail space has led to a complete regeneration of the space.’ The Werdmuller struggled for years until, in 2006, Old Mutual applied for a demolition order on the centre. In 2007 a Notification of Intent to Develop (NID) was submitted by Old Mutual’s choice of architects, dhk, who were then required to submit a heritage impact assessment based on the size of the property. In their assessment they concluded that, despite the Werdmuller being a ‘sculptural tour de force, it is of limited conservation value in terms of its cultural or social historical importance or as architectural history’. In conclusion, they asked, ‘Can a building be termed “great architecture” when it does not work for the purposes for which it was intended and when it has not worked since its inception?’ OMIGPI says it has explored different options for the site and has decided upon a mixed-use replacement for the Werdmuller Centre. Brent says, ‘We have considered the history and design of the building in achieving a development that fulfils the objectives and values of a commercial and aesthetic entity. OMIGPI recognises the architectural value of the Werdmuller Centre and envisages a revitalised building retaining certain elements of the architectonics and spatial memory of the original structure.’ ‘I’m happy for the building to change and look different, with an acknowledgement that there was this modernist design, but we can’t have preservation for preservation’s sake,’ says Abdul. ‘I can see the beauty of it; I’m not blind to its obvious grace. But for us making Claremont a better place for all, it doesn’t serve that function. Design and plan a building that speaks to the 24 000 people that go through that public transport interchange every day,’ he adds. Ilze says architects don’t want to see the building simply preserved. ‘My feeling is that this building should be bought by some cultural benefactor. Claremont doesn’t have a major museum or cultural centre.There are a lot of things happening in Johannesburg, such as Arts on Main, where they are reinventing the city with cultural things.’ Meanwhile, in early August, a new tenant moved his small cellphone shop into the centre. Kashif Hussain now occupies Shop 29. As he looks out at the centre’s ramp, devoid of shoppers, he says, ‘It will take one or two months, then it will be busy.’

WITH THANKS Open House Architecture, Ilze Wolff, +27 (0)21 447 4182, oharchitecture.com Claremont Improvement District Company, Abdul Kerbelker, +27 (0)21 674 0639, claremontcentral.co.za Old Mutual Investment Group Property Investments, Brent Wiltshire, +27 (0)86 050 6070, oldmutual.co.za

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Living art Phill Mashabane’s love for his fellow citizens and for his profession reflect in the buildings he designs, which are helping to shape South Africa’s built heritage and better the lives of others. above Dream to reality – Phill Mashabane with a model of Freedom Park; views of the built monument

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architecture tops everything else, and is a love that goes back to his childhood. Phill has always been passionate about art and the physical form of things, living or non-living. ‘My upbringing was different,’ he explains. ‘My parents were simple African people and art was not something I was exposed to. I fell in love with it because I loved what my eyes came across. Every building spoke to me then, and they still do today.’ (Even a well-structured shack might catch his eye and speak to him on an emotional level.) With two of his siblings living in Paris, France (‘not exiles, but practising professionals’), Phill was curious to experience life elsewhere.‘After my parents, my siblings served as my role models too,’ he notes. He went to the City of Light to study architecture at École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts. (He’d later return to Paris to read for his LLB at the Institute of Law. Growing up under apartheid, Phill was exposed to many challenges, and sought in his higher studies a path that would enable him to put to rights the sorts of wrongs he had witnessed. ‘Not that I

was ignorant, but I felt it would be better to fight matters at a different level,’ he observes.) After graduating, he worked, unpaid, for Pierre Andrault. Three months later he was made a permanent (and salaried) employee. ‘The experience of working as an architect for the first time was exciting,’ recalls Phill. ‘But just like anything else that’s new, it was full of surprises. It’s just like putting on your first pair of shoes. You like it. And then there are things about it that you don’t like. But, you make it work, especially if it’s something that you are passionate about,’ he observes. In the mid 90s, Phill came back to live permanently in South Africa, where he worked for several firms before setting up practice with Jeremy Rose in 1995. According to Phill, when architects conceptualise and create the best building possible, they not only shape the landscape of a city or country, but also provide the people who use the building with an environment in which they can flourish, personally and professionally.

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The ability to take someone’s needs and dreams and create a structure that will embody all of their requirements, as well as sit comfortably within its environment, is not a simple task, but it’s one that Phill thoroughly enjoys. ‘A building needs to be well designed and well built. It should assume the landscape. It must serve the people long after the original tenants or clients have left it,’ observes Phill. With 30 years’ architectural experience behind him, Phill notes that humility and flexibility are two essential qualities for anyone planning on succeeding in this competitive field. His hard work, determination and faith brought him to where he is today, he adds. ‘Money wasn’t a factor in my career path. It was a passion for art and design, and the belief that through my art I would be able to bring about change, that inspired me.’ Phill says that in his capacity as Principal Architect and President of the South African Council for the Architecture Profession, he meets architecture students who seem to be motivated more by money than by passion, but he hopes that mindset will change. He adds that the economic recession has resulted in fewer projects and fewer employment opportunities for graduates. Planning in economically challenging times means more competition, but that’s healthy and necessary, as a project must be won, says Phil. ‘Integrity is part and parcel of this industry’s longevity, and that is what we are focusing on: by offering to deliver the best, we hope to earn the job.’ Phill takes pride in his profession. ‘Architecture is a science that influences people’s conduct and behaviour. It says how well we can live together as people,’ he comments. ‘Whenever Mashabane Rose Associates gets involved in a project, we always take into consideration the community in which the building will reside.We’re a competition practice, so when we put forward our ideas and services, we take everything into account, including the people who will make use of it and the community who will interact with it.’ Mashabane Rose Associates has won several prestigious projects, including the restoration of Mandela House in Soweto, the design and construction of UJ’s Art & Culture Centre and the Hector Pieterson Museum. The practice’s fine architectural

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creations have garnered international interest. The developments are contemporary in design, but sit harmoniously within their surroundings and deliver a local influence. ‘What’s important is that our clients are happy with the end product; after all, it was their dream that we got to interpret from paper to reality,’ he observes. One satisfied client is entertainment mogul Oprah Winfrey. The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, in Henley-on-Klip, was a collaborative effort, insists Phill, but one which Mashabane Rose Associates was involved in. ‘The client had a lot of input in the project, and what mattered most was that we’d deliver an environment that is nurturing, safe and welcoming. Whether a school or an office building, this is where you spend most of your day – it needs to be comfortable.’ As for their design philosophy, Phill says it is hard to put his finger on it, but in general, a building needs to be functional, and should speak to the people. If its original function changes, does that mean the building is no longer useful and should be demolished? ‘No. If a building is well designed and built, it should remain standing and with occupants. It’s about longevity,’ he says. ‘We’re involved in a number of projects, but our biggest ongoing one is Freedom Park,’ he says. Although a collaborative effort that merges the creative input of several professionals and companies, Freedom Park is headlined by Mashabane Rose Associates. Situated in Salvokop, Pretoria, the 52ha park ‘tells the stories of both the famous and anonymous individuals whose actions helped shape South Africa’s path to reconciliation,’ says Phill. In his opinion, no two structures or buildings are ever alike (just like people), even if they are designed by the same individual. He is inspired by the notion that people derive joy from Mashabane Rose Associates’ creations. Phill is fluent in French, English and most of South Africa’s 11 official languages. Apart from playing golf, in his spare time the 52-year-old architect enjoys spending time with his five children, driving fast cars and cooking. ‘Fish is my specialty,’ he says with a smile. One day he might just build that dream golf course. ‘Designing a race track would be an amazing experience +27 (0)11 486 1057, mashabanerose.co.za too …’

THIS SPREAD, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, in Henley-on-Klip, opened in 2007; Mandela House Museum at 8115 Vilikazi Street, Orlando West, Soweto; red face brick was used for the new walls and paving of Mandela House to match the red brick of the original building; rich rosewood clads the internal exhibition space of the Hapo Museum at Freedom Park; angles of interest at Hapo Museum; rendering of the Majestic building in Newtown, Johanneburg – some of the current buildings facing the entrance to the market will be demolished (excluding the Heritage Buildings) to make way for the new commercial building.

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d n a l e th Thinking about revamping your garden? Landscape designer Carrie Latimer gives her views on where local landscaping is heading.

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hat excites me greatly about current landscaping trends is the radically changing slant on the concept of innovation. At the moment, landscape design is far more about simple, intelligent methods of design and production than about new materials, hybrid plants and novel technologies. Tapping into broader socio-economic trends, I anticipate that the landscape industry will experience a rising demand for quality and a tempered approach to design.

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Luxe will still exist, but will be personalised and discrete; and with our focus narrowed to our local environment, gardens will reflect their owners’ growing desire to blend in rather than stick out. Am I calling on you to play it safe? Absolutely not. As a landscape designer, I can confidently say that the industry is hotting up. And there is no getting away with being all-coat-and-no-knickers in this climate. It’s about solid fundamentals, about finding that element of surprise and about creating a garden that reflects the very best of its owners.

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Shag-turf chic Untamed modern Photo courtesy Wesley de Wit

While ornamental grasses have been the rage for some time, the more common turf grasses are receiving increasing recognition for their natural beauty. Left unmown, turf grasses can be used to define spaces within the landscape in an attractive and cost-effective way. On a couple of occasions in the past year, I have been faced with the task of designing a domestic garden so large that to intensively landscape the entire property would have been both a maintenance and budgetary nightmare. Seeding large areas with grasses such as perennial rye, All Seasons Evergreen or Paspalum notatum, which can all be left unmown for many months, is easy on both the pocket and eye – not to mention the mower blades! Though you can achieve a slick effect by contrasting unmown turf with more manicured lawns, I have great fun experimenting with seasonal bulbs, such as snowdrops and oxalis, which can push through a turf carpet to give a charming display of flowers as the seasons roll over. Perhaps because of their connection to the grassveld, the Jo’burg-based designers I have met are far ahead on this trend, applying the principles to gracious old stands and tight urban spaces alike.

Say a sweet goodbye to the idea that for a landscape to sit comfortably with contemporary architecture it must mimic it by using hard lines, static sculptural forms and terribly controlled planting. The most sophisticated architects I’ve encountered prefer to set their minimal creations in a landscape that celebrates the informal beauty of the natural world. Creating a successful ‘wild’ garden requires a delicate understanding not only of the plant species native to the region, but of how the planting will develop over time. As ecologist Marijke Honig points out when talking about her fynbos gardens, ‘The more diverse an ecosystem is, the more resilient it will be, so one can include a lot of plant diversity in a fynbos garden. To make it look authentic, avoid large drifts of single species and rather plant in a mixed “Persian carpet” style, which mimics natural plant populations. Fynbos plants are sensitive, so you can expect a few plants to die; but in this natural style of planting, it doesn’t matter: there will be others to fill their place.’ I would strongly recommend seeking an expert from your region, who can design a planting scheme inspired by your local surrounds to create a natural, ultra-contemporary context for your home.

Any scepticism that going green is a fad is long out the window. Responsible design is now a lasting trend that, through necessity alone, will radically shape the world of landscaping to come. While there are many facets to this topic, the most pressing is probably water conservation. For her wisdom, experience and style, I place great value in the views of designer Franchesca Watson on complex matters such as these. As she points out, ‘Water constraints affect our choice in plants, and while it is important to understand how this will affect the aesthetic of your garden, choosing water-wise plants is not enough to turn the situation around. We need to think more deeply about the issue, about giving water a chance to seep back into the water table and not simply find its way to the storm-water system.’ Franchesca encourages people to find a comfortable balance between responsible and beautiful design. For example, she suggests inhibiting water run-off by choosing permeable driveway surfaces, such as grass blocks or middle mannetjies, which, when designed skilfully, can add greatly to the beauty of a garden.

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The urban refuge

As a Capetonian designer, I hadn’t quite appreciated the growing interest in courtyard gardens, until a recent trip to Johannesburg brought me to some of the most exciting downtown dwellings I had seen in a long time. Enclosed by buildings and open to the sky, courtyard gardens have formed an integral part of residential architecture for almost as long as humans have built homes. Yet for landscape architect Sonja Swanepoel, of African Environmental Design, they offer a solution to some very contemporary needs. ‘In cities across the world where security is an issue, people prefer the refuge of enclosed courtyard spaces,’ she says. ‘In Mexico City, for example, architects are building houses with very few exterior openings, and focusing great attention on internal courtyards. These gardens also moderate the extreme effects of the hot summers by cooling the air which enters a building.’ The courtyards Sonja designs are uncomplicated, offering a usable, compact outdoor space suitable for urban living. While Sonja’s metropolitan gardens appear simple, creating beauty in a small space requires attention to detail, and a fundamental understanding of the needs of the building’s inhabitants.

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A new modesty

ABOUT THE WRITER Carrie Latimer has been a practising landscape designer in Cape Town for the past four years. Coming from a fine-arts background, Carrie fell in love with the world of garden design while living in rural South East England. With her family being based largely in Hong Kong, and with her passion for travel, Carrie’s been exposed to a diverse range of gardens, resulting in a portfolio that ranges from classic Bishopscourt gardens to ultra-contemporary landscapes on the Atlantic Seaboard. You can contact her on +27 (0)79 871 5572.

If Karl Lagerfeld can say it, then so can we, and with a great sigh of relief – bling is dead. Every discipline of design is contending with a backlash to the lavish materialism of the past two decades. For landscape design, like so many others, it’s back to solid, straightforward, gimmick-free design. One designer whose work has always impressed me as remarkably ego free is Capetonian Mary Maurel. Coming from a background in architecture, Mary says, ‘I was never interested in trophy architecture – excess and ornamentation for the sake of it. Today, as a garden designer, I see my role in a project as site responsive – to create a symbiotic relationship between the architecture and the landscape. The framework is key, and the planting should reinforce it. Often, in this way, you can create something extraordinary out of the seemingly ordinary.’ Mary’s gardens are deceptively simple and restrained, her understanding of proportion, form and plant materials, clear. Her knowledge results in landscapes that are comfortable and quietly eye-catching. A garden does add significantly to the cash value of a property; perhaps that’s why, despite the stringent economic climate, people are still willing to invest in their gardens. Attitudes, however, are certainly changing. People are showing far more reserve in their spending, and much greater interest in design that adds to quality of life rather than status.

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The very best of contemporary South African wine farm architecture is documented in Modern Wineries of South Africa, a new book by acclaimed photographer, Craig Fraser, and his cousin, architect Hugh Fraser. Words Sandy Welch Photographs Craig Fraser

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here was a time when South African wine farms could easily be stereotyped – Cape gables, thatch, whitewashed walls and solid beams were de rigueur, and buildings had to be hundreds of years old. Then, when the country entered a new era in 1994, for the first time wine production became accessible to more than just a few elite stakeholders.The entrepreneurs rushed in, and a mere 200 estates soon increased to more than 500. Prior to the deregulation of the industry, less than 30% of grapes harvested were used for wine production; today, that figure has risen to more than 70%. And with the reincarnation of the wine industry has come a rebirth of its architecture.The new wine estates are all about glass, unadorned concrete, stone cladding, bare face brick, high-volume ceilings and the very latest in contemporary architecture. The phenomenon had photographer Craig Fraser intrigued. Renowned for a series of local books published by his company,

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Quivertree Publications, Craig identified the need for a solid, relevant book to reflect the exciting changes in the appearances of these wine farms. To partner him on the project, he turned to his architect cousin, Hugh Fraser, and so began a year-long project that saw them traverse the length of the Cape’s wine- producing region to identify estates where architecture plays a defining role. ‘The book is by no means comprehensive, but we selected estates we believe have timeless appeal,’ Craig explains. Hugh Fraser was responsible for the text, and he says the genre of wine-estate architecture is, in most cases, no more removed from architectural development than any other type of building, barring perhaps, the strict, process-driven structure of winemaking and, in this case, the beautiful setting of the Western Cape. ‘I found that the writing needed to balance the visual impact of the photographs, which would speak for themselves. The text needed to be balanced, explanatory and objective.’

When asked about his favourite estate, Hugh’s a bit reluctant to answer. ‘Generally the design ethos of each estate reflected the ideas of the owner/manager or brief composer, and was interpreted by the architects,’ he says. ‘Architecture is subjective – full stop. So, obviously, I had estates that resonated with my own design inclinations more than others. Two wine estates had interesting departure points: one was Dornier, inspired by the art and drawings of the owner, Christoph Dornier, which resulted in a very dynamic roof form (although this probably complicated the technical requirements of the project); and Glenelly, which will come to fruition in a few years once the vines have covered the sides of the building.’ One of Craig’s favourite shoots was Waterkloof, which he says is captivating because it is so surprising. ‘You don’t know what to expect. As you approach, the road is rutted and dusty, and then you reach a beautifully paved driveway. At first, the

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OPPOSITE Waterkloof, where the design is based on honesty, transparency and authenticity. THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE from top left At Dornier, the conceptual and artistic ideas of renowned Swiss artist and owner Christoph Dornier have been incorporated into the architecture; the clean lines of the exterior of Durbanville Hills contrast with the exposed aggregate of the cellar; plasterwork, stone cladding, timber screening and glass combine with simplicity at Almenkerk; stainless-steel fermentation tanks are mounted on tall legs at Kleinood; Vergelegen’s multilevel winery combines old with new; one of the first of the new wineries, Tokara has been influential in wine- estate design in the Western Cape; the Delaire Graff Restaurant with its asymmetrical cranked roof; the sculpture garden at Grande Provence separates the centuries- old Jonkershuis from the newer wine- tasting and restaurant facility; high-volume ceilings and large windows admit the natural light to best display the art at Saronsberg.

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I N S IG HT building you see on the left looks just like a cement block, but as you turn the corner, there is this amazing entrance that includes a glass-enclosed pond mid level in the four-storey building. It’s fantastic!’ Then there are those estates that have managed to update centuries-old buildings with modern interpretations. ‘Grande Provence, for example, has its origins in 1694, so the new wine- tasting and restaurant facility somehow had to blend in with the original,’ Craig explains. Instead of copying the existing buildings, designer Virginia Fisher introduced an industrial twist, with steel doors and windows, sharper lines and a screeded floor. L’Ormarins is another intriguing estate where the charm of the old is perfectly integrated into the new design. ‘Physically, the new building is linked to the old through a series of beguiling tunnels and passages,’ says Hugh, ‘which accentuates the experience of moving from one to the other.’ Craig says the maturation tunnels, where the oak and steel vats are located, remind him of a dungeon in a medieval castle, which, when combined with the high-tech exterior of the cellar, creates an incredible contrast. The 220-ton gravity flow cellar has been conceptualised to mimic the workings of a clock, and as the wine flows, the whole wine floor rotates, with the grapes being processed over three levels. Craig is a purist when it comes to photography. Not only does he rely solely on natural light but also he’s one of the few photographers who refuse to switch to digital. ‘I just find there is so much more depth and life in film,’ he says. ‘It picks up additional detail and you see increased gradient of shadows.’ He photographed the estates in autumn and winter because he wanted the buildings to speak for themselves, without the familiar dressing of the green vines. ‘In the brochures, these estates seem to exist in an eternal summer. I loved the contrast provided by winter and autumn. I wanted to show the architecture in its natural surroundings, without anything to hide behind.’ Craig encountered a few challenges along the way, including having to wait three weeks to photograph L’Ormarins because Anton Rupert’s birthday celebrations were under way! For Hugh, the most challenging aspect was resisting drinking wine at each estate and waiting until the last one of each day. And then there was that relentless southeaster … But the end result is a striking collection of superb photography, architectural plans and in-depth analysis, with its intent perhaps best summed up by Al Stratford, president of the South African Institute of Architects, in his foreword, ‘Good architecture and good wine have much in common. Although architecture may be of a more permanent nature – wine being rather more quickly consumed – both are manifestations of science and technology, art and culture.’ +27 (0)21 461 6808, quivertreepublications.com

“He photographed the estates in autumn and winter, wanting the buildings to speak for themselves without the dressing of the vines.”

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Cyprus calling When considering offshore investment and looking into purchasing property overseas, certain criteria are always at the top of the checklist. These include a country with a stable and growing economy, a potential return on investment from rentals and holidaymakers, a great climate for your own holidays and, preferably, a place where they speak your language. The island of Cyprus ticks all these boxes and more. Situated at the point where three continents meet (Europe,  Asia and Africa), this tiny island of approximately 800  000 people has shown steady growth over the past years. English is spoken everywhere on the island and all bills, banking and property papers are produced in English. With some of the lowest tax rates in the world, your investments are protected. The country has no got inheritance tax or capital

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gains tax, and pension income tax is as little as 5%. The crime rate is extremely low – in fact, the lowest in Europe.  A member country of the EU, Cyprus also offers the unique incentive of providing residency to new owners and their family on purchasing a property. With beautiful beaches and warm weather almost year round, Cyprus has long been a hot spot for tourists and there is a wealth of holiday villas and apartments. One of the biggest development companies on the island is Leptos Estates. With over 300 developments, it can offer property buyers a variety of easy and affordable options, including seafront villas, such as Apollo Beach Villas, resort residences and hillside houses. Each development is built on the philosophy of creating a neighbourhood feeling. Leptos Estates’ property management division can maintain your property, gardens and swimming pool, or take your property onto their books, renting it to holidaymakers or long-term tenants. Owing to high demand for rental properties, the group guarantees three years of rental returns on long-lease terms. Paphos is one of the best towns to choose if you want to get the balance right between your social and work lives. Located on the western side of the island, the town is experiencing a development explosion. Leptos Estates is currently carrying out a unique mega-project in this idyllic seaside village.The Neapolis estate will cover more than

Some of the best offshore investments can be found on islands. Sun, sea, sand and solitude – what’s not to like? We look at four of the hottest islands where investment opportunities abound. 110ha and will include a university, a hospital and commercial and residential buildings. Considered to be one of the most ambitious construction projects ever to be taken on in the Mediterranean, the development is strongly supported by the government of Cyprus and looks set to turn the sleepy village into a property and investment hot spot. +27 (0)21 680 5272, cypriotrealty.com

Archipelago of wonder When thinking about idyllic beach paradises, Seychelles tops the list. This archipelago of 115 islands has all the requirements – crisp white sands, sparkling turquoise waters, waving palm trees – and some of the most coveted real estate in the world. There are many reasons why this island is an appealing investment: it has excellent infrastructure, is conveniently located between Asia and Europe, doesn’t fall within the cyclone belt and has a stable political climate and economy. The Seychelles rupee has also been realigned to major international currencies, providing increased purchasing power to investors. Foreigners who want to buy real estate here need to obtain government sanction, but most developers will assist in this regard, and it isn’t a complicated process. One of the most prominent developments in Seychelles is Eden Island (on the main island of Mahé), which consists of more than 40ha of residential development.The development offers

three main types of residential accommodation, sold on individual freehold title. The Apartments include one-bedroom to three- bedroom units, ranging in size from 88m2 to 172m2. The Maisons are spacious duplexes with either three or four bedrooms, and range from 260m2 to 1  000m2 in size. The most luxurious option is the Villas, with between two and six bedrooms and plots ranging in size from 600m2 to 1  000m2 (the actual homes range from 260m2 to 1 000m2).All of the options have their own private mooring and braai area and a buggy with which to drive around the island. The development also includes a clubhouse, gym, swimming pools and three private beaches. To date, 320 of the 550 units have been sold and some 220 units have been completed. Apartments and Maisons are priced from $395 000 (R2,73-million) for one-bedroom units to $1 395-million (R9,64million) for four-bedroom Maisons. Villas are priced from $1,86-million (R12,86-million). Like most residential offerings in Seychelles, ownership confers residency rights on you and your immediate family (given that terms and conditions are met).

The romance of Malta Malta is quickly becoming one of the most popular offshore investment islands for South Africans. Of the 3  000 permanent residencies that were taken up in Malta last year, 25% were taken up by South Africans. According to

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Villas at La Balise Marina in Mauritius have breezy indoor/outdoor flows; show villa at the award-winning Villas Valriche, where units are based on a Mauritian plantation style, with a choice of designs and sizes; beachfront swimming pool at Apollo Beach Villas; views of the marina from Portomaso, St Julians, in Malta.

Dr Jean-Philippe Chetcuti, managing partner of Chetcuti Cauchi, a law firm that assists those purchasing property in Malta, the strengthening of economic ties between South Africa and Malta and the island country’s relaxed property and taxation laws present unique benefits. He explains that it is easy for foreign nationals and companies to purchase property in Malta. ‘Malta’s business laws and practices are very standard and the work and business ethics are sound,’ he says. ‘A strong international tax treaty network is in place, which can provide competitive tax advantages.’ Crusader Rock is a company that facilitates and expedites EU residency applications for South Africans who rent or purchase property in Malta. MD James Bowling says, ‘Malta is fast becoming the destination of choice for South Africans wanting to enjoy a swift, cost- effective and relatively effortless means of gaining residency in a EU member state as well as take advantage of international investment potential, attractive tax benefits, and affordable property purchases.’ So what does Malta have to offer in terms of lifestyle? With a rich history dating back to 5 200 BCE, it is one of the few countries that was voluntarily colonised, back in 1814. When colonial reign ended in 1964, the country retained many British influences, including its legal system, and English (along with Maltese) remains one of the official languages. As part of the EU, it enjoys all of the associated benefits of being a member state, but as Dr Chetcuti explains, because it was one of the later countries to join, it never experienced the big price fluctuations that some other member countries suffered.

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But it’s the beauty of this island that investors find most alluring. Located on the warm Mediterranean Sea, its climate is moderate, the people friendly, and the location perfect to connect to Europe. Dr Chetcuti says that Malta property prices over the past decade saw a progressive increase, until being marginally affected by the recession. High-end prices have remained relatively stable, and while the low-end to middle price ranges initially dropped, the first three months of 2010 saw property prices rising for the first time in 24 months. One development currently attracting attention is Portomaso, which is being marketed by Crusader Rock. Located in St Julians on the northern coast, this upmarket waterfront residential development covers an area of 128 000m2. The meandering design of its three-basin, 110-berth yacht marina stretches along 1,6km of waterfront. The development includes the five-star Hilton Malta hotel, a beach club, a health and leisure centre, an office tower, a conference centre and a selection of shops and restaurants. The one- to four-bedroom apartments and penthouses range in size from 70m2 to 500m2. They have spacious private terraces – some with their own individual pools – and no two units are the same. In some, a split-level format offers amazing sea views as soon as you step through the front door. The complex has a relatively low density, as well as a large area of open space. As 90% of the area is free of cars, you’ll also be guaranteed a tranquil environment. Crusader Rock, +27 (0)11 883 9028, crusaderrock.com; Chetcuti Cauchi, +356 2205 6200,ccmalta.com

The magic of Mauritius Mauritius has always been a favourite holiday destination for South Africans. It is a four-hour flight from OR Tambo International, has an idyllic climate and beautiful beaches, English is widely spoken and, of course, it is a melting pot of exotic cultures, religions and food. Mauritius has one of the fastest-growing economies in sub-Saharan Africa and over the years its government has shown continued commitment to a market-driven economy, allowing free enterprise to flourish and encouraging foreign investment. As a result of this, many global companies have set up headquarters on the island. Investors are encouraged to buy property on the island too. A bonus for investors is that the tax system is uncomplicated: a flat 15% tax is imposed on individuals and companies, there is no capital gains tax or inheritance tax and the island has double-tax avoidance treaties with 30 countries. The Real Estate Scheme (RES) is an incentive strategy put in place for foreign investors looking to buy property in Mauritius. It is ideal for those who ultimately want to invest, work and live in Mauritius or who want a second or holiday home there. Under this scheme, buying property at a minimum price of $500 000 (R3,46-million) allows the purchaser to apply for a residence permit. One of the most talked about residential developments is La Balise Marina, where the residential units have their own moorings. It is situated on a 15ha site along Black River. Upon completion it will consist of 118 duplexes and villas. Phase one, comprising 50% of the homes and the Island Grace Hotel (built by the

original developers of the Cape Grace Hotel in Cape Town) will be completed by 2012. The development will also have a 12 000m2 commercial and retail hub, The Boulevard. Renowned South African architectural firm Boogertman & Partners is responsible for the design of La Balise Marina, while Wynand Wilsenach Architects is collaborating with a Mauritian architect in the design of the Island Grace Hotel. Environmentally friendly developments are also big news in Mauritius, with Villas Valriche being an excellent example. Situated on the southwest coast at the foot of the Valriche Nature Reserve, Villas Valriche has been designed to have as little negative impact on the surrounding environment as possible. When finished, the estate will consist of 288 plantation-style villas, set around the existing 18-hole championship Golf du Château course. It will also contain a separate nine-hole, par-three course. There are 22 variations on four villa designs to choose from with a choice of two, three and four bedrooms. Each villa will have an infinity pool, large verandas, air-conditioned bedrooms and state-of-the-art communication systems. On the green front, the estate has its own sewer-treatment plant, which reprocesses and cleans water for irrigation in common areas. All teak timber used has been sourced from a regenerated forest in Zambia, and power is controlled automatically. Prices start at around $1-million (R6,9- million) for a detached freehold villa with infinity pool and private landscaped garden. +27 (0)11 234 0400, labalisemarina.mu; +27 (0)11 880 1224, villasvalriche.com

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Kelderhof Country Village Kelderhof Country Village takes you back to a time when life was easier and less frenetic, when the simplest things brought the greatest pleasure.

Excellent Location, Easy Access Give your family the life they richly deserve at Kelderhof Country Village. Set amongst the sprawling vineyards of the picturesque Helderberg Winelands, this exclusive, secure lifestyle estate provides you with an outstanding opportunity to invest in your future. With easy access to the N2 and R102, Kelderhof Country Village is situated in close proximity to Stellenbosch, Somerset West and False Bay, and private schools, beaches, golf courses, health clinics and shopping malls are all a mere 5 to 10 minutes away.

Authentic Country Living At Kelderhof Country Village you will discover the immense beauty and charm of the country lifestyle. Tree- lined avenues wind their way round the estate, converging on the central circle, featuring the Kelder Lifestyle Centre. Home to a diverse range of quality leisure facilities comprising a function room, swimming pool, tennis courts, exclusive gym, outdoor braai area and kids’ jungle gym, the Kelder Lifestyle Centre embodies the heart and soul of this lifestyle estate. Landscaped play parks, duck ponds and meandering waterways add to the allure and charm of this exquisite lifestyle estate. Kelderhof Country Village gives new meaning to healthy living.


THREE EASY STEPS TO THE GOOD LIFE When it comes to building a life for your family in this tranquil and serene lifestyle estate, all it takes is three easy steps.

STEP 1: CHOOSE YOUR PLOT Purchasers wishing to invest now in this exclusive estate and build their dream home at a later date will understand the strategic importance of securing their ideal plot before it’s too late. With a wide range of stand sizes and locations available and a Site Development Plan on hand, you’re sure to find the plot that’s best suited to you. Consult our resident agent or visit www.kelderhof.co.za for the latest plot availability. Plot sizes: Row house plots available from 245m2 upwards. Freestanding plots available from 490m2 upwards.

STEP 2: CHOOSE YOUR HOME At Kelderhof Country Village we offer the perfect one-stop solution. To guarantee the best design for your plot, there are four exclusively designed house styles – row house, cottage, courtyard house and barn-style house – incorporating 11 plan variations, accommodating single-storey and double-storey options. These design styles enhance the unique look and feel of Kelderhof ’s country living experience, whilst catering for your every need. Designed to blend in with the lush vineyards and picturesque rustic landscapes, the distinct architecture of Kelderhof Country Village is a contemporary interpretation of traditional barn-style homes. Our architects have paid particular attention to the function and flow of design, accommodating plot size and topographic orientation. Row houses line the lower streets of the village, their design a modern take on yesteryear colonial Cape Town, whilst on larger plots, freestanding courtyard houses, barn-style houses and cottages compliment the charm and country ambience of Kelderhof. Generous glass doors lead onto private courtyards featuring vine-clad pergolas, whilst timber shutters open onto expansive views of nearby vineyards, the majestic Helderberg Mountain and mesmerising views of False Bay from the upper reaches of the estate. From start to finish, our hassle-free plot-and-plan option will ensure that your dream home becomes a reality.

STEP 3: CHOOSE YOUR FINISHES Select from our exclusive range of five customised interior themes, created especially for you by Kelderhof ’s professional interior designer, at no additional cost. Each theme is comprised of its own colour palette and unique set of finishes, from carpets to countertops. The five different palette options are Cocoa, Cinnamon, Cappuccino, Sorbet and Apple Crumble. These exquisite, distinctive themes cater for a broad variety of tastes and styles, creating the finishing touch for your dream home. COCOA

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UNPARALLELED VALUE We will hold your hand every step of the way, from plot selection, design and layout of your dream home (finalising your architectural plans) and assisting in the choice of builder and the building contract to bond approval, all submissions and on-site monitoring of construction and handover. This turnkey, value-add, hassle-free plot-and-plan option includes all the hidden extras normally associated with building, such as architect, builders, council and application fees.

This specially created value proposition allows homeowners and investors to build from under R1,15-million for a 145m2 lock-up-and-go townhouse and a three-bedroom, 162m2 dream home from under R1,35-million. INVEST IN YOUR FUTURE Start your new life at Kelderhof Country Village, where you and your family will enjoy a healthier and more rewarding lifestyle. The rare charm and natural beauty of the surrounding Helderberg Winelands, combined with exceptional leisure facilities, ensure that Kelderhof Country Village is one of the premier secure lifestyle estates in the region.

Own your piece of heaven … It doesn’t cost the earth. PROUDLY BROUGHT TO YOU BY PRESCIENT PROPERTY

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Catching some Zs In many ways, a trip to Zambia fulfils all the clichéd expectations of what an African holiday should be. In other ways, however, the sights, sounds, people and, most of all, the feelings this part of the world evokes are what dreams are made of. Words Genevieve Fisher Photographs courtesy Take Note Reputation Management

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pproximately 10km from the centre of Livingstone is a scene of such grandeur and magnificence it would make the most zealous atheist consider that something ethereal and perhaps even godly exists. The Mosi-oa-Tunya, otherwise appropriately known as ‘the smoke that thunders’ – Victoria Falls – is the stuff of African fantasies, legends and intriguing myths. It is hard to believe that Livingstone, best described as a tranquil African hamlet bordered by the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, where the Victoria Falls are situated, is a mere two-hour flight from Johannesburg. The question that comes to mind when gazing out at the Falls – especially with the various rainbows catching the water – is what David Livingstone must’ve thought and felt upon discovering this feat of natural genius while sitting in his insignificant canoe. Perhaps the marvel that lay before him was what prompted him to fall in love with the Zambezi,  Africa and, ultimately, the people who called this place home, resulted in his ardent and, at the time, radical support of the abolishment of the slave trade. The town of Livingstone and its surrounds are littered with odes to David Livingstone. Everywhere you look, there is a statue,  monument or hotel named after the intrepid explorer, and the four-star David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa is one such tribute. Situated 5km from the town of Livingstone and 7km from the Mosi-oa-Tunya, along the placid banks of the Zambezi, the lodge’s location is what gives it its edge – literally, because it is on the edge of the mainland, with the flora and fauna of the Zambezi as its garden. The lodge is managed by Three Cities Group and, according to Operations Manager Keith Rissik, it

is precisely its location that sets the David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa apart. ‘The location for any lodge is paramount – it makes or breaks the product. In order to deliver the exceptional, in order to turn the dream into a reality, the location has to be top notch. This is where David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa comes into its own,’ says Keith. I first encountered the people of Livingstone upon entering the lodge. I was immediately overcome by a sense of genuine warmth and authenticity. Every staff member who greeted me had a blinding-white smile stretching from ear to ear that was quite mesmerising. I fell in love with their unique incantation of Zambian spoken English – it was like a wonderful chant I’d never heard before. In addition, the generosity and laid-back vibe of the local people who I met in the town, in the market and in the lodge left me wonderfully and surprisingly elated. Life is simple in Zambia, and nowhere is this more evident than in Livingstone, which is set well away from the main industrial areas of the Copperbelt in the north of the country, where most of the moneyed classes live and work. Unemployment is a huge problem in Zambia and in this small town it is in the leisure and hospitality industry where most of the locals find their livelihood. The land is also very arid and unfruitful, to the point that fresh produce has to be imported. Considering all of this, I couldn’t help but wonder why everyone seemed so content and happy.  And then it hit me that the warmth and lightness of the people can perhaps be attributed to Zambia being one of the few African countries that have never endured gross human rights tragedies or civil wars. The 77 rooms of the lodge are the ultimate in luxurious abodes, with king-size beds, flat-screen TVs with satellite connections, ample bathrooms and balconies overlooking the Zambezi River in all its tranquil glory. Snuggling up on the

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ABOVE One of the standard rooms at the David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa. Each has its own balcony looking onto the Zambezi. OPPOSITE The double-volume reception area of the lodge, where guests get their first view of the Zambezi from the hotel entrance.

stage-like bed, with the hippos, crocodiles and elephants a stone’s throw away, I really felt as if I was morphing into an African queen. Afro-Arabian cuisine is the culinary experience you encounter when seated in the main restaurant, Kalai, which overlooks the grounds of the lodge and the Zambezi. There is also the Gwembe Terrace by the hotel pool, which lies adjacent to the Zambezi and where sipping the local beer, Mosi, and devouring one of the many assortments of gourmet sandwiches is an all-round sensory affair. A wide range of excursions is on offer at the lodge, which is no surprise, as the area is known as ‘Africa’s adventure capital’. Extreme sports options range from bungee jumping off one of the bridges over the Falls to white-water rafting and abseiling. There are also the more conventional activities, such as sunset cruises on the lodge’s three-tier yacht, The Lady Livingstone. And then, of course, there are Africa’s superstars, the game, which is Zambia’s major drawcard.The road from Livingstone to the border of Zimbabwe at the Victoria Falls crossing is situated within one of the many national parks. Elephants come right up to the roadside to nibble on the surrounding trees. Driving on this national road takes time, as every five minutes you are faced with a majestic elephant a mere 10m away that has decided to make its own ‘zebra crossing’ over the road. It is possibly exactly how foreign tourists perceive Africa. Getting up close and personal with these gentle giants was an experience I will never forget. Courtesy of Safari Par Excellence (Safpar), I got to interact with a herd of tame elephants as well as with lions that are part of a lion rehabilitation programme. Located near Thorntree Lodge (another property managed by

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the Three Cities Group), approximately 10km from Livingstone, Zambezi Elephant Trails has established Zambia’s first ‘elephant camp’, offering guests a once-in-a-lifetime insight into these majestic animals. Great emphasis is placed on experiencing the elephants and getting to know them, rather than just going on an elephant ride. Guests are encouraged to interact with the herd of six – Madinda, Bop, Marula, Liwa, Danny and Mashumbi. Each of these intelligent mammals has its own distinct personality and own chaperone. Recently, the herd acquired two calves, Chavaruka, born to Mashumbi, and Nandi, born to Liwa and Bopat. The calves accompany their mothers on the walk with clients, frolicking along with the herd. Interacting with the calves, feeding and patting them, melted my heart. The lion cub encounter was equally fascinating and, despite being nervous at first, I was again wooed by the charm and charisma of these infant beasts. I found myself walking alongside three feline siblings that had just been fed (luckily!), and watched them as they went to laze around in the sun. This Lion Encounter forms part of the first stage of the African Lion

and Environmental Research Trust’s four-stage programme of rehabilitating and releasing the animals into the wild. The complete first stage involves taking the cubs out into the bush, allowing them to build confidence in their natural habitat and practise their hunting techniques and then releasing them into stage two of the programme. We were told by Simba, the patriarchal guide and father figure to these cubs, that our presence was actively assisting in their pre-release training. It was a mutually beneficial experience. For me, it was the wonder of looking into the eyes and patting Africa’s ultimate beast; for the cubs it was an exercise that will ultimately benefit their survival. As I watched the sun set over the Zambezi, hippos frolicking on my left, elephants crossing on my right and a glass of Chardonnay in my hand, I felt the stresses of everyday life melting away. Replacing it was serenity and an overall feeling that this is the stuff dreams are made of – African superstar beasts, luxury accommodation, a celestial backdrop (the Falls being one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World) and, of course, ear- to-ear Colgate smiles wherever I turned.

WITH THANKS 1Time Airlines, +27 (0)11 086 8000, 1time.aero David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa, +260 21 33 24601, dlslandspa.com Safpar, +27 (0)11 794 8261, safpar.net Take Note Reputation Management, +27 (0)31 564 8390, take-note.co.za Thorntree River Lodge, +260 21 33 27480, thorntreelodge.net Three Cities Group, 086 100 0333, threecities.co.za

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nlike most CEOs, Rael Levitt likes to have his workstation located in the centre of Auction Alliance’s open plan offices. With no walls, or boundaries, (and consequently hidden agendas), he steers the ship of South Africa’s most successful auction house while his employers go about their daily tasks. Auction Alliance’s new headquarters reflect one of the core values of the organisation: transparency – one of the many attributes that has contributed to the success of the group. In terms of the creative brief to interior architect, Anthony Manas of Manas Design & Detail, transparency was the pivotal characteristic that he, his creative assistant Olga Moustakis, and their team had to interpret when taking on the project of designing the new offices. And they have done so with great success. ‘When I initially met with Rael about this project, the perception I had about him and the Auction Alliance brand was that they needed a clean, slick space with lovely flows, where the notion of transparency was important,’ says Anthony. ‘We interpreted this through the use of glass walls and panels, particularly in the entrance area, all without giving too much away and while retaining a touch of intrigue in the various meeting areas.’ Anthony and his team had just two months for the project. Considering that he had recently relocated from Johannesburg, where he and his company were already established, it was a momentous task. ‘Coming to Cape Town, fairly unknown, with little knowledge of good contractors to assist in delivering a finished, turnkey project, the task seemed mountainous, given the slight time frame,’ Anthony says. ‘One of the first things we did was create the double-volume entrance area with its large spiral staircase leading from the first to the second floor. This was very challenging, as we had to break through to the second floor and clear out the space,’ explains Anthony. The beautiful spiral staircase was conceptualised in an attempt to add some curves

to an otherwise angular space, while timber was used in an attempt introduce some warmth (another of Rael’s guiding principles). ‘It was important for us to steer away from the square, clinical and, in most cases, boring aesthetics associated with most corporate companies. We decided to bring in some curves, which allowed for a much more appealing flow of space and opened it up,’ says Anthony. Other striking features are the walls and their range of finishings, from textured wall coverings and wallpaper featuring photographs from Auction Alliance’s archives with the colours of the national flag superimposed to beautifully photographed canvases of Cape Town. Every detail has been considered. ‘The backdrop wall to the spiral staircase is arresting. It was the result of a meeting I had with Rael during the Soccer World Cup, where we were brainstorming interior ideas for the offices and wanted to capture the energy and patriotism infecting the country. We wanted to portray the flag and the people of Auction Alliance, who are proudly South African,’ says Anthony. This was important to Rael, as he believes that Auction Alliance is all about people, and wanted to create a work environment that reflected this. The Auction Café is the pinnacle of this sentiment. Rael’s ‘people’ congregate here during their downtime, whether it’s for their lunch break, caffeine fix or to unwind in front of the flat-screen TV. It is Rael’s favourite space because it is interactive, has lots of energy and no expense has been spared in the use of high- tech appliances. But again, it is the wallpaper that is the most striking feature of the room. It was specially designed using photographs of various auctions that the company has conducted over the years and presents a vibrant, visual history of the organisation. There is a quote displayed on a couple of walls in the new offices that says it all: ‘We build our business one relationship at a time’. It is an attitude permeating through Auction Alliance’s new home: that solid business relationships are what this Block is built on. +27 (0)21 443 6000, auction.co.za; +27 (0)83 652 4522, manas.co.za

OPPOSITE Images of patriotism form the backdrop to the eye-catching spiral staircase. THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT The ultra-modern, curvaceous reception area; The Auction Café, where employees can relax and socialise; a private meeting room with the defining feature of textured wallpaper.

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hen three of South Africa’s premier entertainers came together to start something new, a little magic happened along the way … Ladies and gentlemen, we’d like you to meet The Black Ties, starring Lloyd Jansen, Keeno Lee and Chad Saaiman. Entertaining, mischievous, charming, witty and – above all – fun, The Black Ties are the ultimate cover band, taking you on a lyrical journey through the music of Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, Earth, Wind & Fire, Lionel Richie, Frank Sinatra, Michael Bublé and many more! With ith a penchant for old-world charm and an eye for contemporary trends, The Black Ties bring the best of both worlds to the stage or dance floor. No venue is too big to be intimate, or too small to be fun, when the atmosphere, the energy and the music are … well … just right.

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Fine dining Fine & Country and The Property Magazine toasted to a successful 2010 in a celebratory dinner at local hot spot, Beluga.

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edia Nova MD Tony Vaughan greeted the guests at fine-dining destination Beluga on a warm Green Point evening. ‘Tonight is about fine food, fine wine, fine conversation and fine company – Fine & Country company that is,’ he quipped. As always, Beluga was buzzing with laughter and conversation, lending our gathering an air of perfect ease. A glass of bubbly in hand, we quickly settled into our seats, conversation turning to grandchildren, home renovations, cycling races and travelling. The unassuming chatter belied that I was in the company of super-agents. The evening

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before, Fine & Country had recognised the best of the best at its annual awards ceremony, and at our table were seated the top agents, performers and hot shots from Fine & Country Reality International. Beluga’s face brick walls added to the cosy setting and, under intimate lighting, we tucked into our first course. With choices of the coveted restaurant’s trademark sushi platters, the more adventurous duck liver crème brûlée and the springbok carpaccio, it was the latter that really had the table talking. Waitrons moved easily among the crowds, attentively refilling our wine glasses before we had even noticed they were empty. The hustle and bustle made it necessary for us to lean forward conspiratorially, so when

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Denise Schmidt, winner of the marketing award, lent towards me and talked about glossy brochures, high-end presentations and her method of attending to every detail in the group’s advertising, I felt certain I had just been let in on a delicious trade secret. With so many agents struggling during the past years’ economic slump, this table of achievers seemed the perfect place to pose the question on how they had weathered the storm and come out on top. I had expected Plett couple, Jan Minnie and his wife Erica, to tell me how business had been slow in the seaside town that’s famous for its holiday homes. Instead, Jan shook his head and replied that Plett was just as popular as ever. ‘Business

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in the low- and middle-market segments has slowed, but the high-end properties, worth well into the millions, are still selling like hot cakes,’ he said. He was also very excited at the return of the Plett airport, as it would further boost property sales by drawing more holidaymakers. It was during the recession that Tony Neves decided to pack up and move from the big smoke of Johannesburg to idyllic Franschhoek. A more picturesque setting for his new home and new estate agency he could not have chosen. While enjoying a growing share in the Franschhoek sales and rental industry, Tony and his partner Tom Clode had redesigned their office. It is now the envy of many of the other agents, and has earned Tony and Tom top honours. Tony leaned over, winked and let me in on their secret: ‘We stole the best ideas and design elements from Fine & Country offices worldwide and created one superb, unique office.’ With a top-up of wine and a shuffle of seats, mains were served. My personal favourite at Beluga, the soft-as-butter Norwegian salmon was my pick, but the sumptuous fillet of beef rossini served with potato rösti, spinach and roasted portobello mushrooms with a drizzle of rossini sauce sent heavenly aromas across the table and resulted in clean plates and satisfied smiles all round. Fine & Country CEO Linda Erasmus was a wealth of information; she knows each agent, their best properties, the areas that are performing and the agents’ accomplishments, and she is there to support and encourage them

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in hard times. She’s clearly the driving force behind the group’s ‘family’ feel. Linda added that she was thrilled that after Fine & Country’s being in South Africa for five years, the group had finally teamed up with The Property Magazine, and didn’t mind telling me she feels the two brands are a perfect, high- end fit. Dessert was greeted with appreciative oohing and aahing. The white-chocolate Lindt balls with butterscotch sauce were pure decadent indulgence. Just as sumptuous was the description of the technology Fine & Country will be rolling out across the country over the next few months. Richard Combellack, Fine & Country UK’s international relations manager, had me enthralled as he went through new applications for iPads, iPhones, Facebook and the various social media integration strategies Fine & Country is focusing on. He explained that the advantage of the group’s having 300 branches in 13 countries and a global network of agents is that it is able to tap into the best technology on display, globally. ‘It’s why I love coming to the annual get together – I get to meet and talk to agents from all over the world. It’s a fantastic learning experience and information-trading opportunity.’ An evening of fine food and fine company, this dinner was a celebration, a joyous acknowledgement of a year of hard work and achievement, and a hopeful look towards the new year and the creation of new goals both personal and professional. +27 (0)11 234 6545, fineandcountry.co.za

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THE MENU AMUSEBOUCHE Truffle-infused risotto balls stuffed with smoked mozzarella and truffle velouté FIRST COURSE Springbok carpaccio dressed with a red wine and chilli reduction, fresh rocket and black pepper Duck liver crème brûlée served with an apple preserve and seasoned bread wafers Pacific tasting platter – two spicy prawn bean curd nigiri, two salmon roses, two seared tuna roses Palate cleanser – lime jelly

Erica Minnie Tony Neves

Denise Schmidt

THIRD COURSE Fillet of beef rossini served with potato rösti, wilted baby spinach and roasted portobello mushrooms, drizzled with a rossini Norwegian salmon grilled and served with crushed new potatoes and a spring onion and citrus beurre blanc Wild mushroom gnocchi with truffle wild mushroom sauce Palate cleanser – a drop of white chocolate martini FOURTH COURSE White chocolate Lindt balls with butterscotch Chocolate pavé topped with hazelnut ice cream and a brandy snap BELUGA RESTAURANT The Foundry, Prestwich Street, Green Point. +27 (0)21 418 2948, beluga.co.za

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INVESTMENT matters

Words Sandy Welch Image courtesy Faircape Property Developers

GREEN LIVING

RESIDENTIAL

COMMERCIAL

AUCTION

OFFSHORE

Twice as nice

It didn’t take long for Wembley Square to entrench itself in the hearts of Cape Town’s trendsetters. Now, its sister development, Wembley Two, is promising more of the same.

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he ‘live, work and play’ concept has been taken to a whole new level with the birth of Wembley Two, in Gardens, Cape Town. A Faircape Property Developers project, the building has been constructed specifically to complement the existing Wembley Square, with the focus being on the ultimate in luxury. Built on a triangular piece of land, and designed by MLB Architects, the unusual, contemporary building incorporates a mixture of face brick and glass, taking its idyllic

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location well into account. Wembley Two offers AAA- grade commercial space, with the luxurious offices making the most of the incredible views of Table Mountain from their individual balconies. Tenant allowance is about R1 800/m2, and there are four parking bays per 100m2, as well as a visitor’s parking bay (charged at an hourly rate). Above the offices are the residential apartments, which have their own separate, secure entrance. Contemporary in appearance, the apartments have high-class finishes,

including Rational Kitchens, supplied by Alpine German Kitchens. ‘We wanted to offer the best in premium luxury finishes, and these kitchens meet the criteria all round,’ says Mike Vietri, head of the Faircape Group of Companies. ‘We also installed them in our apartments at Harbour Bridge at the V & A Waterfront, and were very impressed with the service, right from design through to installation.’ On the roof will be a pool deck and entertainment area for residents to while away the long summer evenings, and the apartments

will be protected by 24-hour manned security as well as a central electronic surveillance control room, where CCTV cameras will be monitored day and night. The complex, which is expected to be completed in April 2011, will have its own vida e coffee shop, but will also be linked to Wembley Square by way of landscaped streets, offering residents easy access to the Virgin Active gym, Wembley Spa & Wellness Centre and numerous upmarket restaurants. +27 (0)21 404 1300, faircape.co.za

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GREEN LIVING matters Lighten up

The South African wine industry is a leader when it comes to

Kidding around

environmental initiatives, and now we have two more reasons to be

In the playful corner of Chelsea Village in Wynberg, Cape

proud of our wines. In their continued efforts to lower their carbon

Town, you’ll find the child wonderland that is Kiids Boutique.

footprints and environmental impact, Obikwa (a Distell brand) and

With its wide range of local and international creative brands,

Backsberg Estate Cellars have launched eco-friendly wine bottles.

such as Bambam, Kidsonroof and Snoozebaby, the store

Obikwa, one of South Africa’s biggest wine exports (it’s available in

stocks toys that nurture the imagination and the earth.

43 countries), has launched a new ultra-lightweight bottle. Weighing

Produced predominantly from sustainable material and

only 350g, the Consol Glass bottle is lighter than the former 450g

recyclable cardboard, the toys have old-fashioned sensibility

bottle, translating into a substantial saving on carbon emissions and

and a modern twist. Totem Nature, for example, is a

energy consumption during production. Not to be outdone, Backsberg,

three- dimensional building puzzle made from recycled

SA’s first carbon-neutral wine estate, has brought out a new brand

cardboard. With 130 colourful pieces with reversible prints, it

called Tread Lightly. The Tread Lightly Merlot 2008 and Sauvignon

allows you to build four different models: a lizard, a deer, a

Blanc 2010 are the first certified wines to be sold in an innovative

church and a witch’s house. It’s a gorgeous, eco-friendly way

polyethylene terephthalate (PET) soft bottle, produced by Mondi.

to get your kids back into the playroom and back to using

Lightweight and shatterproof, the bottle is recyclable and takes 50%

their imagination. Totem Nature retails for R350. Visit Kiids

less energy to produce than its glass and metal counterparts.

Boutique or order via email. +27 (0)21 762 8935, kiids.co.za

+27 (0)21 809 7000, distell.co.za; +27 (0)21 875 5141, backsberg.co.za

Green platter

Positive contributions

Funded by donations from corporates and individuals, the new environmental education centre has opened at Intaka Island, the 16ha wetland conservation

area in the heart of Century City. The new, multifunctional eco-centre will be fully operational by the beginning of 2011 and will have an educational activity centre, reception and information centre and assembly area. Designed with green principles in mind, the building

Most conventional

incorporates energy optimisation methods and it is hoped the entire building will eventually operate off the grid, thanks to a combination

supermarket pet-food brands

of wind turbines, solar power and hydro power. The Intaka Island Trust has been established as part of the fundraising initiatives for the

consist of reconstituted animal by-products, otherwise known as

centre and has been registered as a public benefit organisation. Intaka Island is home to 177 indigenous plant species and 120 bird species.

low-grade waste, from the beef and poultry industries. With

+27 (0)21 552 6889, intaka.co.za

nutrition one of the key ingredients in keeping your pet happy and healthy, an organic, natural brand is one of the best choices you can make. Vondi’s Holistic Pet Nutrition is a registered pet food that’s natural, wholesome and preservative free. Including real meat, real vegetables and freshly picked herbs, the range is a pet’s delight. Vondi’s range includes food, biscuits and treats, as well as shampoos, for cats and dogs. +27 (0)21 439 1784, vondis.co.za

Keep growing

It’s a long-standing tradition, but Christmas cards and wrapping paper are one of the worst eco-offenders over the season. To

counteract this, Growing Paper has come up with an ingenious idea. The company produces gorgeous gift cards, tags, calendars, wedding stationery and custom creations on recycled homemade paper using water-based ink. The product is biodegradable and recyclable, and the company reuses waste water from

Soulful soles

paper production. The truly ingenious twist, though, is that seeds are embedded in the

Five years ago, Grandt Mason set out to produce a boot

paper, so that after you have

that was leather free, with enormous success. Inspired,

unwrapped the present or

Grandt convinced his sister, Kate, to join his team

read the card, you can plant it,

and went into the eco-friendly shoemaking

and will soon have a beautiful

business full time. Creating beautifully crafted,

pot of flowers or herbs to

handmade shoes, g-mo footwear has quickly

enjoy. It’s a gift that keeps on

become known for its unique take on the popular

giving. +27 (0)83 456 4671,

women’s ballet pump. Currently working towards a 100%

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environmentally conscious product, their label is animal friendly materials – such as a mix of old curtains, wedding dresses, suit jackets and (potentially) even yacht sails and billboards – that

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Craft thrills

The aptly named Forgetmeknot, Creations from Cast-offs, takes discarded objects and turns them into

makes this brand so unique and cutting edge and ensures you’ll

toys, bags and pieces of art. Founder Tanielle Bell employs a team of underprivileged women to

be stepping out in style. g-mo.co.za

produce a range of gorgeous plastic handbags, crocheted toys and accessories. forgetmeknot.co.za

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and uses no synthetic materials. In fact, it’s the choice of


Luxury goes green

Mirage is a luxurious new green residential development coming to Cape Townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trendy

De Waterkant node, with completion expected by July 2012. The building is designed to use sustainable systems of climate control and lighting. It will have sun control and natural ventilation and will be finished with low-maintenance, hard-wearing natural materials. Trees form an important part of the greening of the building, both at street level and in the terraces, and will be watered through rainwater harvesting. The building itself will consist of a blend of natural stone and timber, with the residential aspect ranging from spacious studios to three-bedroom apartments, all with en-suite bathrooms. There will also be some duplex units featuring floor-to-ceiling vistas and private terraces, and state-of-the-art penthouses. A few floors will be dedicated to office space, with the offices having direct access to the rest of the facilities in the building, which include a spa, fitness room and Wi-Fi connectivity throughout, as well as undercover parking, 24-hour security and access control. The rooftop will feature a sky bar, heated pool, braai area and spectacular views across the city and ocean. +27 (0)21 939 8120, mirage-capetown.co.za

Palmyra passion

The second-largest Foodmarket to open in the Western Cape, the Woolworths store at Palmyra Junction in Claremont, has a

lot more to offer than merely a great new shopping outlet. Woolworths has introduced the new store as the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greenest yet. Automated doors help to regulate the interior temperature, and it has been equipped with CO2 refrigeration systems. A more environmentally friendly option than normal refrigeration gases, these also have zero impact on the ozone layer. The skylights are an enlightening new feature allowing for maximum natural light throughout the store. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not all about design innovation. Woolworths is also bringing its customers on board: handy recycling drop-off points for paper, glass, tin and plastic are located in the shopping centreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parking lot, while the store displays its real-time energy use on a large screen up front. Woolworths CEO Simon Susman says, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Climate change and energy efficiency are two of the very real challenges facing all of us today. Woolworths is committed to continually working to increase the energy efficiency of our operations, as well as reducing our carbon emissions in meeting our Good Business Journey goals. This store, we believe, marks an important milestone towards these goals, and we look forward to exploring and implementing more new technologies in future.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2030;0860 100 987, woolworths.co.za

Let South Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mr Green, Simon Gear, show you how to do your bit for the planet - and your purse. Each week Simon sets a typical SA family and energy-saving challenge. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be amazed at how simple changes can drastically cut electricity usage -- and save hundreds of rands. -ONPMs4UESPMs7EDAMs4HURSPM


residential matters Oaks in demand

Rawson Developers has launched Phase 2 of the successful Rondebosch Oaks development. (Phase 1,

Eden selling out

Just 30 out of 171 apartments at the award-winning, mixed-use development, Eden on the Bay, remain

comprising 150 units in three blocks of three storeys each, sold out in four days.) The development

available for purchase, says Shiraz Onia, a director with Asrin Property Developers. Situated in Big

is positioned on a 1,8ha site bounded by Albion and Rouwkoop roads in central Rondebosch.

Bay, Bloubergstrand, Eden on the Bay is ‘the last Cape project ever to be allowed direct frontage

Phase 2 will be on the northern side of the site and will comprise two- and three-storey blocks. The

onto a beach’, and most apartments have views of Table Bay and Robben Island or Table Mountain.

single- bedroom units will range from 46m² to 48m² in size (including a 6m2 or 9m2 balcony – ground

Others look down into the four internal courtyards, where many of the centre’s 13 restaurants, bistros

floor units will open onto the gardens), while prices will range from R794 990 to R950 990. The site,

and coffee shops have their premises. The 30 remaining units are priced between R1,65-million to

which belonged to the Music for Life Trust, had several mature oak, palm and yellowwood trees

R5,4- million and have floor areas of 50m2 to 130m², in either simplex and duplex configurations.

(one of these is said to be the oldest yellowwood in the Southern Suburbs), all of which have been

The apartments have their own secure parking in the lower basement of the complex, where security

protected by Rawson, although certain palms had to be transplanted into new positions. Construction

includes guards and CCTV monitors. +27 (0)21 713 3012; eden-onthebay.co.za

of Phase 2 is expected to start before March 2011 and will be completed before the end of 2011. +27 (0)21 658 7100, rondeboschoaks.co.za

Feel the burn

Woodstock up-and-comer

Seeff City Bowl is launching The Burnside, a

with their coffee shops, restaurants and bars. The

Woodstock’s mixed-use development, Upper Eastside, has seen 210 of its 230 residential units

contemporary, 10-unit development in Burnside

development is a project of Filcon Developments,

sold by joint developers Redefine Property Holdings and Swish Property Group. The R420-million

Road in the sought-after suburb of  Tamboerskloof.

which has secured a guarantee from A+ Insurance

development, which launched in 2006, features prime residential, commercial and retail space, as well

The ground and first floors each have three,

Company for full cash price and/or a completed

as the area’s first four-star luxury hotel, the Upper Eastside Hotel and Conference Centre. The success of

two- bedroom apartments and the second and

unit, if any investor wishes to pay upfront; such

these residential apartments in the heart of Cape Town’s Woodstock indicates the allure of inner- city

third floors offer four duplexes of one or two

investors will receive a 15% discount on their unit.

living, which is currently a global trend, according to Greg Beadle, head of sales at Swish. ‘People are

bedrooms. Units are priced from R1,77-million.

Seeff City Bowl agent Bernice Musikanth says, ‘This

looking to downscale and for ways to live more cost effectively. Besides an upmarket offering at a

They all have terraces and patios, with the two end

is a first for the South African property market, and

competitive starting rate of R605 950 – including a parking bay – Upper Eastside is designed as a

units each having huge terraces of 30m2 plus an

gives buyers a firm guarantee for putting their cash

contemporary space where residents can live, work and play,’ says Greg. ‘This, together with 24- hour

optional plunge pool. The Burnside’s apartments

into the project, which in turn allows the developer

security and proximity to the CBD, the international airport and major public transport routes,

are all north facing and within walking distance

to complete the project that much quicker.’

ultimately saves buyers money.’  The 230 apartments range in size from 28m² bachelors to 143m²,

of cosmopolitan Kloofnek Road and Kloof Street,

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two- bedroom penthouses, and include high-quality finishes, such as laminate wooden flooring, granite tops and stainless-steel ovens in the kitchens. Phase 2 is nearing completion and includes 16 work/live lofts. +27 (0)21 462 2046, liveworkplay-here.com

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Potchefstroom powers on

The student housing market is growing in Potchefstroom, says Engel

& Völkers Potchefstroom Managing Director Carl Venter, who also notes that record prices are being paid for property in the city. Engel & Völkers Potchefstroom is marketing Botanika, an apartment development in the city’s popular Bult area. Botanika is centrally located and within walking distance of the NWU Campus and all essential amenities, including shops, restaurants and schools. The development comprises 8 lofts (46m²), 8 one- bedroom units (33m²) and 16 two-bedroom (58m²) apartments. Prices range from R699 000 for a loft to R899 000 for a two-bedroom apartment. Each unit boasts luxurious finishes, including granite tops and aluminium window frames. Botanika also has electric fencing and remote- control access to the premises, a communal laundry, Wi-Fi hot spots, a central DStv point, undercover parking and prepaid electricity metres. +27 (0)18 297 5777, engelvoelkers.co.za/potchefstroom

Room makeover winners announced The Steyns from Fourways Gardens, Sandton, have been crowned winners of the RE/MAX R100 000 Room Makeover competition. The six-week online competition drew immense interest, with over 9 000 entries received and over 5 000 instant prizes awarded. The property giant also ran a ‘Blog to Win’ competition, in which bloggers were encouraged to drive people to enter the competition via their blogs. Five entries were randomly selected (and verified by accredited auditors), and the finalists were invited to submit a photo of the nominated room and a short motivation saying why it needed a makeover. The photos and motivations were then posted on the website and put to public vote. Gary and Diane Steyn and their two sons, Kevin and Brandon, won by a wide margin, with Kevin’s bedroom getting 26 619 out of the total 57 206 votes. ‘This competition has been extremely successful, presenting RE/MAX with a brilliant opportunity to engage with its customers in a fun yet meaningful way,’ says Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa. +27 (0)21 761 1110, remax.co.za

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commercial matters Purchaser power

Park Lane, a new, 11 000m2 office park development in Century City, will give small developers and

owner- occupiers a rare opportunity – 16 serviced erven in a park-like environment for individual purchase. This is only the second time in five years that Rabie Property Group has made serviced office-development sites available to developers or owners. Rabie Director John Chapman says Park Lane is being developed in response to market demand for smaller, zoned, subdivided land with office rights in the Century City area. Situated in the heart of Century City, adjacent to Central Park and Canal Walk with its many amenities, the office park will be developed holistically, with the emphasis on pedestrian pathways. The sites vary from 440m2 to 1 100m2, and development rights between 300m2 and 1 100m2. The development of Park Lane follows on from the success of the 35 000m2 office park, The Estuaries, where the 18 serviced commercial sites sold out within two weeks. It’s anticipated that completion and transfer of Park Lane’s serviced erven will take place in

From left Thomas Blatherwick, Edite Rodrigues, Helen Brown, Dino Gomes

April 2011. +27 (0)21 550 7000, rabie.co.za

Maitland improvements Although it took almost three years for the Maitland City Improvement District Committee to get all the necessary approvals to be established, it has only taken them six weeks to make a significant and noticeable improvement in conditions in Maitland and adjacent areas. The new CID covers Beach Road to Third Avenue, and will also focus on the long stretch of Voortrekker Road. ‘Safety and security are our primary area of concerns,’ says CID Chairperson Helen Brown. Operations have kicked off with six security staff patrolling on foot and two patrol vehicles, all of who are in constant contact with the Maitland control room and the local police. CID Manager Edite Rodrigues says one of the main aims of the committee is to create civic awareness and pride in the area. ‘We believe that, as the CID gains momentum, the whole area will gain a new look,’ she enthuses. Over 370 property owners are already contributing, through additional rates, to the CID’s cost, a testament to local support. ‘We are confident that in the foreseeable future the greater value of this location will again be widely recognised. This is, after all, one of the prime commercial areas in Cape Town,’ says Edite. +27 (0)21 510 8059, maitcid.co.za

Helping out smaller investors Louis Group Properties has been

Peter Rowell, head of Louis Group

our relationship with Louis Group

appointed as the official

Properties, says the company first

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mortgage originators for the

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South African Bank of Athens.

loan application from the bank

property industry.’ Although the

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established to help the many

business relationship has grown

criteria, such as the payment of

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market-related deposits by the

problems raising finance in the

Head of Marketing and

purchaser, it will still be a

R5-million to R20- million range,

Communications Dimitrios

welcome addition to the

with most banks not interested in

Koutakis says, ‘Our intent is to

commercial property market.

financing these small commercial

deliver bond finance to small

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property acquisitions.

commercial investors. We expect

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From left Nico van der Westhuizen, Peter Rowell, Angela Scalcoyannis, Ian George, Michael Louis, Paul de Bruyn

Three factors for success According to the South African Property Owners Association, office parks have been the best- performing office property type of the past 15 years in South Africa. With an average annual return of 16,5% during this time, the commercial property sector has continued to show resilience, even through the global economic downturn. The Broll Annual Property Market Report, published in October 2010, shows that the previous 12 months’ capitalisation rates for premium offices were between 8,25% and 8,5%, with A-grade offices at 8,75% to 9,50% and B-grade offices at 9,5% to 10,5%. David Reid, investor-broker manager for JHI, urges investors to look at three key factors that are improvements in public transport, such as the Gautrain and other upcoming initiatives; urban rehabilitation, because as public spaces have improved, so demand for office space has returned; layout and architectural design of the office building, because investors want efficient use of space and maximum value from a property’s square meterage. +27 (0)11 911 8000, jhi.co.za

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Rezidor to the fore After conversion, the existing office building on the corner of Heerengracht Street in the Foreshore precinct of Cape Town will be reopened as the new Park Inn by Radisson hotel. The renovation is spearheaded by the Rezidor Group, which aims to create an ‘affordable hotel that is warm, casual and safe, focusing on a hassle-free stay’, says Rezidor President and CEO Kurt Ritter. Kurt describes the brand as dynamic and innovative, and says he is excited by the opportunity to open in such a prime location. With 120 modern rooms, the Park Inn by Radisson on the Foreshore will feature the hotel group’s signature restaurant, RBG Restaurant & Bar, a gym, business centre,

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Blu skies over Kruger Scheduled to welcome its first guests in 2013, the new Radisson Blu Safari Resort Kruger Park will be the first internationally branded hotel within the Kruger National Park (KNP). The upscale hotel development will boast 104 rooms, 16 suites and 5 conference rooms. The hotel is looking to attract local and international families and conference groups with its contemporary offerings. The owner of the hotel is Cradle of Malelane, a consortium with 20 years’ experience in the fields of tourism consulting, wildlife-tourism development and safari- lodge development. Peter Wright, director of Cradle of Malelane, says, ‘We have successfully secured a 30-year concession with SANParks to develop the hotel in a brilliant location on the banks of the Crocodile River.’ Radisson Blu is a brand of The Rezidor Hotel Group, which will manage the new KNP hotel. In line with The Rezidor Hotel Group’s worldwide Responsible Business programme, the design and construction of the hotel will aim to reduce its ecological footprint and its impact on the natural environment. rezidor.com

Share the Retreat The exclusive, eco-friendly Stellenbosch Mountain Retreat is now selling its executive lodges on a sectional-title basis. This means that buyers will have 60 days free use a year, and then earn a return for the remaining months from the rental pool. The lodges include two

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AUCTION matters Cash is the real king

Landmark retail centre to be auctioned

American auction house, Julien’s

Bryanston landmark, Petervale Shopping Centre,

the end of December. Most of the leases escalate

Auctions, has announced an auction

on the corner of Cambridge Road and Frans

at between 9% and 10%. The centre offers a

of property from the life and career

Hals Street, is going under the Auction Alliance

gross lettable area of 3 575m² and generates a

of Johnny Cash. The auction is taking

hammer on 7 December. This recently revamped

gross rental income of R3,1-million a year, which

place on 5 December 2010 in Los

neighbourhood retail centre is fully let, with lease

makes the average rental approximately R92/m².

Angeles. Items included in this rare

agreements in place for the next three years. The

The auction takes place at 12 p.m. at Southern

auction are mementoes of Cash’s life,

most notable bonus of this property is that it has

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from his military career through to his

an Engen petrol station, whose lease expires at

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partnership with June Carter Cash, his time as a Highwayman with his friends and the end of his career. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will benefit MusiCares. Highlights of the sale include lyrics penned by Cash, many of which have never been recorded. Three guitars from different points in his career are also included in the auction, as well as much of his stage clothing. While Cash was renowned worldwide as a songwriter and performer, this auction sheds light on the lesser-known facets of his life as an actor, student, employer and writer. You can participate in real time by bidding online at julienslive.com. +310 836 1818

SA art breaking records

World-renowned English auction house Bonhams has been achieving record-breaking

bidding and sales for South African art of late. Its sales of South African art not only offer a valuable indication of the position of modern South African art internationally but also has propelled it onto the front lines of the global art market. The continuing strength of the market has produced exceptional, record-breaking prices of South African artists’ work, such as Irma Stern’s Bahora Girl, which dates back to 1945. It is a captivating image of a local Indian woman that caught Stern’s eye during her time in Zanzibar. This painting attracted sustained bidding at Bonhams in London on 27 October, achieving a staggering price of £2,4-million (about R26-million), double the previous record of R13-million. The sale of Stern’s painting surpassed expectations and made history for South African art, which can be said to have truly come of age

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in London. Giles Peppiatt, head of South African Art at Bonhams, and a wide range of other facilities. According

says, ‘Once again, Bonhams has

struggling golf and leisure estates go on the

to Auction Alliance CEO Rael Levitt, this is the

demonstrated the growing

auction block in recent months. Sequestrated

first time that a golf course development site

interest in South African art and

proposed lifestyle development, Sitari Fields,

has been sold within the Cape Town metropole.

the wisdom of selling in London

near Somerset West, is one such development.

‘Its sale is an indication that there is now

to an international audience.’

Located some 30 minutes from Cape Town,

increased activity in the development market,

The next South African art sale

the 185ha estate recently went under the

which has been dormant and depressed for

will take place on 23 March 2011

Auction Alliance hammer. Comprising two

some time. With the dark cloud of economic

at Bonhams on New Bond Street,

hotel sites and a planned 18-hole David Frost

trouble having settled over the estate, it makes

London. Bonhams is currently

signature golf course, the estate was snapped

sense that this prime development could only

consigning works for this sale

up by MSP Developments in collaboration with

be bought by a bidder with the resources and

and of particular interest are

Mvelaphanda Holdings for R63,25-million. Sitari

industry experience of MSP Developments.’ The

works by 20th-century artists,

Fields was originally planned as a development

Sitari Fields Lifestyle Estate will constitute the

including Irma Stern, Jacob

with a golf school, 14ha private nature reserve

third of three large lifestyle estate developments

Hendrik Pierneef, Gerard Sekoto,

and 1 130 residential units. It also has a section

within MSP Development’s current property

Alexis Preller, Maud Sumner and

zoned for a commercial development, offices

portfolio. +27 (0)21 443 6000, auction.co.za

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property fund matters Emira ups Oz exposure Investors looking to diversify their property exposure beyond South Africa’s borders without having to use their offshore allowance should take a fresh look at Emira Property Fund. It recently increased its international interests by investing another R117-million in Growthpoint Properties Australia (GOZ), a real-estate investment trust listed on the Australian stock exchange. In May this year, Emira made an initial investment of R117- million in GOZ, which was its first entry into offshore property. It now owns a 9,13% stake in the Australian-based trust. Emira CEO James Templeton says the initial investment has done well for shareholders, delivering a total return of 17,4% in less than six months. It therefore made sense to further increase Emira’s stake in GOZ. The fund currently owns 25 quality industrial properties, worth an estimated A$744-million (R5-billion), throughout Australia. James says GOZ is in the process of bulking up of seven additional buildings. James believes

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more institutional investors will buy the stock

widened markedly in recent months, both in terms of income (distribution) growth as well as share price

as management continues to grow its portfolio.

performance. For instance, Octodec Investments, which owns the Killarney Mall in Johannesburg and

That will create further share price upside for

smaller centres in the Pretoria CBD and surrounds, delivered income growth of a muted 1,4% for the year

Emira and other GOZ shareholders. JSE-listed

to end-August 2010. Fountainhead Property Trust hasn’t fared much better. The company, whose portfolio

property heavyweight Growthpoint Properties is

includes the likes of Centurion Mall in Pretoria, Bryanston Shopping Centre and Benmore Gardens in

the majority shareholder in GOZ.

Sandton, announced income growth of 4% for the year to end-September 2010. At the other end of the

its existing portfolio through the acquisition

The performance gap between the 18 different counters that make up the JSE’s R125-billion listed-property sector has

performance scale is Premium Properties, which owns a sizeable portfolio of rental flats in the inner cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria. The company delivered income growth of a respectable 13,1% for the six months to end-August 2010.

Historic Performance for 2010 Individual Stock Performance

year-to-date, in terms of income

Total return

YTD (Jan.–Oct.)

REIT Index

10,69%

(17,6%), Capital Property Fund

PUT Index

24,90%

(10,26%), Pangbourne Properties

PLS Index

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(10,05%) and Resilient Properties

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27,41%

(9,93%). The worst performers are

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23,38%

hotel fund Hospitality Property Fund

FORTRESS-B

56,50%

OCTODEC

47,38%

Investors climb back into CSC

PREMIUM

42,85%

VUKILE

41,94%

that the share price performance of

It appears investors have regained their appetite for UK giant, Capital Shopping Centres (CSC),

GROWTHPOINT

34,19%

different property stocks has been

formerly trading as Liberty International on both the Johannesburg and London stock exchanges. The

EMIRA

33,77%

equally varied, with total returns

company’s name change and demerger on 10 May 2010 initially prompted some shareholders to sell

SA CORPORATE

32,46%

from January to October 2010

the stock down. At the time there was uncertainty regarding the new structure of the company and

RESILIENT

30,53%

ranging from a high of 56,5% for

HOSPITALITY-A

27,36%

HYPROP

26,50%

FORTRESS-A

26,17%

has increased CSC’s overall occupancy from 98,1% on 30 June 2010 to 98,8% on 3 November 2010.

CAPITAL PROPERTY

24,33%

David says, ‘CSC has made good progress since our June 2010 interim results, with continuing active

PANPROP

23,54%

that investors have to become

management of our centres. The impact of the reduced supply of new, high-quality retail space in the

SYCOM

23,15%

increasingly discerning in their

UK is increasingly apparent in letting negotiations.’ He says footfall also continues to increase at most

ACUCAP

23,14%

stock selections. Keillen  Ndlovu,

of CSC’s shopping centres, with an average 3% growth recorded in third-quarter 2010, year-on- year.

REDEFINE

22,26%

head of Stanlib Property Franchise,

FOUNTAINHEAD

13,21%

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-3,83%

how long it would take for UK consumer spending to recover. However, the share price is up more than 15% since mid August this year. A recent trading update suggests that the UK retail property market has turned the corner. CSC CE David Fischel says the group has signed 104 new lettings since 30 June 2010, which will boost CSC’s rental income stream by £3,5-million/ year (R38,5-million). That

include Lakeside at Thurrock near London, Metrocentre at Gateshead, Braehead in Glasgow and The Mall at Cribbs Causeway in Bristol. CSC has been a popular rand-hedge investment among locals ever since insurance tycoon Donald Gordon founded Liberty International in the early ’80s. South Africans currently hold 48% of CSC shares, including the Gordon family’s stake of 14%.

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growth, are Redefine Properties

(B units) and SA Corporate Real Estate Fund, with a drop of -45% and -1,5% respectively. Latest figures from Catalyst Fund Managers show

Fortress Income Fund (B units) to a low of -3,83% for Hospitality (B units). That compares to 27,41% for the sector as a whole. Analysts say latest performance figures suggest

says key factors to consider include: the quality and performance of underlying portfolios, the distribution-growth track record of companies and the strength of management teams.

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Listed property a good bet Property stocks continue to beat other investment classes, such as general equities, bonds and cash. Figures from Catalyst Fund Managers show that listed property delivered a total return of 29,9% for the year-to-date (January to October 2010), ahead of the 18,31% returned by the All-share Index (Alsi) over the same time. Bonds and cash lagged at 16,77% and 7,12% respectively. Analysts believe that listed property will continue to be a good place to stash your cash. Kundayi Munzara, head of research at Investec Property, says property stocks are likely to continue to outperform general equities; however, the margin between property, bonds, cash and general equity returns is likely to narrow over the next 12 months. A key reason for this, says Kundayi, is that the earnings from property companies appear to have come under pressure of late. Catalyst Fund Managers Investment Manager Paul Duncan agrees that listed property remains a good bet for investors, particularly for income chasers. He expects income distributions to grow by an average 7% over the next 12 months. That translates into an average forward yield of 8,2%, given the sector’s current historic yield of 7,66%. Paul says that that compares favourably with a yield of less than 8% currently available on 10-year bonds and the less- than-6% offered on bank deposits. Asset Class

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YTD

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12,55%

18,31%

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1,38%

27,41%

29,90%

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1,00%

15,25%

16,77%

Cash

0,50%

5,81%

7,12%

Industrial recovery in sight Property funds with large industrial portfolios, such as Capital Property Fund, Pangbourne Properties,

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Growthpoint Properties and SA Corporate Real Estate Fund, are likely to report lower vacancies over the next 12 months, with positive signs starting to emerge for the sector. The latest SAPOA/IPD Industrial Vacancy Survey shows that the amount of warehouse and factory space standing empty across South Africa dropped to 5,7% in October 2010, down from 6,7% in December 2009. Jess Cleland, head of research at IPD South Africa, says the latest data suggests that industrial vacancies have peaked. Although current levels are still

Source: Catalyst Fund Managers, RMB Notes: 1 – SA Listed Property Index; 2 – All-share Index; 3 – All-bond Index

some way off the average 2% recorded during the boom years of 2005 to 2007, they are significantly lower than the 10%-plus seen from 2000 to 2003. No doubt, tight bank lending will help curtail future development, which will continue to place pressure on vacancies. However, Jess says it could take another 12 months before the market sees actual rental growth.

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OFFSHORE matters Mozambican marvel

Mozambique’s remote Santa Maria peninsula has become popular with South Africans

looking for a tropical holiday or investment opportunity, according to Seeff Properties. Seeff is offering a 25% to 100% share in an ultra-luxurious beach house in Santa Maria’s Nhonguane Lodge, an exclusive development with 360º views of the ocean. The complex is set 150m from the beach, is fully furnished and has high-end finishings. The main complex comprises an open-plan kitchen, dining room and lounge area. Wooden decks and boardwalks lead off the main complex to four separate, private en-suite bedrooms. Totalling 380m2 in size, the bedrooms sleep 10. There is also a second enclosed living area and swimming pool on a deck overlooking the ocean. Carien Brink of Seeff Nelspruit says, ‘An established rental pool scheme promises a positive return on investment – participation is optional for 75% or 100% shareholders, and monthly levies and all maintenance are managed by an experienced company.’ A 25% share in the property entitles the shareholder to three months’ usage a year; 50% entitles the shareholder to six months’ usage a year; a 75% share entitles the shareholder to nine months’ usage a year, all on an annual rotational system. A 100% share means unlimited usage. Buyers will have full legal ownership through a block of shares in a South African investment company. Share prices range from R1,8-million to R10-million. Carien adds, ‘This is a safe

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US development that could net you a

green card if you invest. Located in South Florida, between Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Hollywood Circle is a 25-storey, mixed-use development comprising nearly 400 residential apartments, a four-star boutique hotel and 6 317m² of retail space occupied by leading supermarket, Publix. The project falls under the US government’s approved EB-5 visa programme, whereby investors can qualify for a green card by investing in an approved commercial enterprise that benefits the US economy and assists in job creation. The developers of Hollywood Circle have allocated 40 residential units to the eLan Group to market in South Africa and Dubai. The investment costs $540 000 (about R3,8-million), which secures investors a share in the Hollywood Circle LLC Development Company. +27 (0)31 576 9600, gcfrc.co.za

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Nkumbe Eco Wildlife Estate is located 17km north of the Kosi Bay border at Ponta Malongane, southern

completed, the estate will comprise 120 houses, 25 chalets and 2 lodges, one being an upmarket development and are being marketed as plot-and-plan packages. Plots in this phase are selling for

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R255 000 and built packages start from R750 000. The estimated cost of the Phase 2 sites is R355 000.

Smuts & Taylor, Mike’s been living in London and investing in property there for the last 10 years. He’s an

Plot sizes in both phases are approximately 1 000m². The 247ha, fenced eco estate is populated with

expert in finding, securing and managing investment property in London. According to Mike, it’s the first

nyala, reedbuck, duiker, impala, zebra and spectacular bird life, with further wildlife stocking planned.

book to be written specifically for South Africans looking to invest in London property. Packed with insider

The estate has 24-hour security and is close to the beach. +27 (0)83 251 9727, nkumbe.co.za

tips and advice, it details London’s residential market and fully explains the process for buying property

tented lodge and the other a special-interest lodge. Eight sites still remain in Phase 1 of the

Buying London Property – The Essential Guide for South African Investors is the title of Mike Smuts’ new book. The MD of

there. +27 (0)11 083 6366, smutsandtaylor.com

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Th e socials Cape Quarter Square turns one! Cape Quarter Lifestyle Village recently celebrated The Square’s one-year anniversary. VIP guests attended a stylish cocktail party comprising drinks from Nederburg wines and Peroni, tasty canapés from The Square’s restaurants, Kuzina, Lazari, Vanilla and Voila!, and hip dance tunes from renowned DJ, René Tanguy.

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TH E SOCIALS Rabie Property Group celebrated the launch of Palmyra Junction Shopping Centre in Claremont.

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Barrow Flooring has revamped its Cape Town showroom in The Hudson building, in De Waterkant, and the result is a chic, artfully designed showcase for its extensive range of products.

With its reputation for supplying the widest range of flooring in South Africa, it’s only fitting that Barrow Flooring showcases its products to its customers in the best possible way. With this in mind, the Cape Town showroom was recently redesigned with the help of architect Leon Saven, who was the architect for the entire Hudson building and has intimate knowledge of the workspace.

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new solid colours of Pergo Tiles, while Magnum’s new wood Mosaic range is beautifully displayed in the office area. Pergo, for which Barrow Flooring is the exclusive distributor, has also recently had an image update, and the new, modern image of the product, which includes vinyls, is perfectly complemented by the revamped showroom in De Waterkant. Movable square blocks with drawers that can be pulled out to display different

board samples are a unique feature of the shop. In total, each block incorporates 24 boards in an area of less than 1m2. Another excellent showcase is a wall of sample boards that allows clients to compare and match products at a glance. The best aspect of the showroom is that it can easily be updated to accommodate Pergo’s ever-changing range of products. +27 (0)21 425 5300, barrowflooring.co.za

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AREA NAME

SECURE LIVING WITH VIEWS! HEADING

Associate nameKOTZÉ & contact TEAM PIETER  no RE/MAX name &021-852 number 6464 RE/MAXOffice Helderberg

TEAM PIETER  no Associate nameKOTZÉ & contact RE/MAXOffice Helderberg RE/MAX name &021-852 number 6464

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PERFECTION & DETAIL IN A PICTURE GARDEN! HEADING

R0 000 000

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R6 R0500 000000 000

DUAL LIVING – AMPLE ACCOMMODATION

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AREA NAME

R0 000 000

Freehold in small with views & sit loads of space, 3 beds Lorem ipsum dolor estate sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit,offering sed do eiusmod (2 tempor en-suite) plus studio / 4th 3 living areas with indoor braai, im ad minim veniam, quisbed, nostrud exertion dolore amet, consectetur farm-size laundry, splash pool,ipsum doubledolor garage. sed temporkitchen, incididunt ut labore et magna sit amsit adipiscing.

AREA NAME GREENWAYS

Pieter Kotzé 082 3 555 789 Web ref: Web300289320 ref: 123456

R0900 000 000 000 R3

UNIQUE UPMARKET LIFESTYLE

Tranquil setting within secure Golf Estate offering spectacular views of HEADING False Bay & beyond. Lovely entertainment flow onto balconies. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur sit adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod im tempor ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exertion dolore amet, consectetur Adri McFarlane 082ut 320 1520 sed tempor incididunt labore et magna ipsum dolor sit amsit adipiscing. RE/MAX Helderberg 021-852 6464 Web ref: 300319300 Associate name & contact no RE/MAX Office name & number Web ref: 123456

AREA NAME

R13 500 000

R0 000 000

UNIQUE PROPERTY, SUPERB POSITION!

On the slopes of the mountains, this unique, level erf contains a newly built Cape Dutch home with traditional features offering modern comfort. Luxurious accommodation for the executive family. Surrounded by majestic mountains with breathtaking views over False Bay & the surrounding wineries. Ample reception rooms, 6 bedrooms & 6 bathrooms, heated pool, thatched lapa.

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Helderberg

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AREA NAME / Cape Town HIGGOVALE

R0 000 000 R24

AREA NAME / Cape Town HIGGOVALE

R0 500 000 000 R18

THE

COLLECTION WISH LIST FOR LIVING HEADING

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www.remax.co.za AREA NAME SEA POINT

Associate name & contact no Petra Davidan 082 490 6329 RE/MAX number RE/MAXOffice Livingname 021 &422 3976

R16 900 R0 000 PLUS000 VAT R0 000 000 000

GET BUSY LIVING – INCOME PRODUCING, MAGNIFICENT GUEST HOUSE HEADING Perfectly situated on the Atlantic seaboard. 6 Bedroom suites + block of

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GREEN POINT

AREA NAME

R4 995 000

R0 000 000

LIVING WITH SUMMER SUNSETS AND SEA VIEWS

Ideal entertainer’s delight with built-in braai, Jacuzzi and view deck. 3 Bedrooms, separate laundry. Manageable garden. Double garage & staff quarters too.

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R9 R0500 000000 000

MAGNIFICENT COUNTRY ESTATE LIVING

Charming property offers tranquillity & style for discerning buyer looking HEADING for something unique & private. ±10 000m² + Tennis court, pool, guest Lorem ipsum dolor sitinto amet, consectetur sit adipisicing elit,investment. sed do eiusmod cottage. Subdivision 4 Portions possible. Excellent im tempor ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exertion dolore amet, consectetur Gerlinde Moser 082ut569 4644 sed tempor incididunt labore et magna ipsum dolor sit amsit adipiscing. RE/MAX Living 021 422 3976 Web ref: MP395795 Associate name & contact no RE/MAX Office name & number Web ref: 123456

CAPE TOWN

AREA NAME

R4 550 000

R0 000 000

EXECUTIVE LIVING ON GREENMARKET SQUARE

3 Bedroom penthouse over 2 floors. Open plan living area leading to N-facing terrace. Views of City and bay from Devil’s Peak to Robben Island. 2 Parking bays. 24 Hour security.

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Living

Web ref: 123456

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HEAVEN MEETS EARTH – EXTRAORDINARY LIVING HEADING

Experience in an artistic environment. Luxury Lorem ipsumabundance dolor sit amet, consectetur sit adipisicing elit, sed doresidence eiusmod in beautiful, landscaped garden. 5 Bedroom suites, pool & im tempor ad sheltered, minim veniam, quis nostrud exertion dolore amet, consectetur double garage. N-facing + views. Absolutely sed tempor incididunt ut labore et magna ipsumstunning!! dolor sit amsit adipiscing. Gerlinde Moser 569no 4644 Associate name &082 contact RE/MAXOffice Livingname 021 &422 3976 RE/MAX number

AREA NAME / Cape Town HIGGOVALE

Web Web ref: MP246990 ref: 123456

R0 750 000 000 000 R8

LIVING IN HIGGOVALE … SENSATIONAL!!!!

The ultimate, executive “Lock up and Go” – created for comfort and HEADING Immaculate and ready to move in. 3 Beds all en suite. entertainment. Lorem ipsum sit amet, consectetur sit adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod Private pool, dolor excellent security. im tempor ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exertion dolore amet, consectetur Petra Davidan 082 490 6329et magna ipsum dolor sit amsit adipiscing. sed tempor incididunt ut labore RE/MAX Living 021 422 3976 Web ref: MP376364 Associate name & contact no RE/MAX Office name & number Web ref: 123456

SEA POINT

AREA NAME

R1 900 000

R0 000 000

A LIVING EXPERIENCE WITH MAGNIFICENT SEA VIEWS

Stylish apartment in small exclusive block on Ocean View Drive. 2 Bedrooms, main en-suite, 2nd full bathroom. Open balcony with views. Lock up garage with direct access.

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AREA NAME BLOUBERG

R0 000 R10.9 million EXCL000 vat

AREA NAME BLOUBERGSTRAND

R0 999 000 000 000 R3

THE

COLLECTION TOTALLY FABULOUS HEADING

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Associate name &082 contact Jenny Williams 411no 8339 RE/MAX nameAssociates & number 021 521 3100 RE/MAXOffice Property

R0 000 000 R4 R0150 000000 000

SURRENDER YOUR SENSES IN THIS STYLISH HAVEN

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RIEBEEK VALLEY

AREA NAME

from

R420 000

R0 000 000

PRIME PLOTS, REALISE YOUR DREAM …

Country life in proximity to town, secure, whether scaling down, starting up or just as an investment. A selection of serviced plots with views, alongside the vines. Aaaaah, the good life!

HEADING

SUNSET BEACH  AREA NAME

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R5 R0500 000000 000

SUMPTUOUS TUSCAN

AREA NAME

Lock up and go with and mountainsitviews – 3 spacious Lorem ipsum dolor sit sea amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed bedrooms, do eiusmod gourmet luxurious bathrooms, sparkling pool, 3 car garage, im temporkitchen, ad minim2 veniam, quis nostrud exertion dolore amet, consectetur separate laundry … ut labore et magna ipsum dolor sit amsit adipiscing. sed tempor incididunt Joy Sutherland 453 no 7501 Associate name &082 contact RE/MAXOffice Property RE/MAX nameAssociates & number 021 554 9638

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AREA NAME R0 000 RIEBEEK VALLEY R1.15 million INCL000 vat

SECURE LOCK UP AND GO

Excellent address. Open-plan living, pool lounge, built-in BBQ, bar to HEADING pool Sep. flatlet or home office. Master suite with gymdo&eiusmod sauna. Loremarea. ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur sit adipisicing elit, sed im tempor ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exertion dolore amet, consectetur Warren Leslie 082 713 6624et magna ipsum dolor sit amsit adipiscing. sed tempor incididunt ut labore RE/MAX Property Associates 021 554 9638  Web ref: 300310492 Associate name & contact no RE/MAX Office name & number Web ref: 123456

DIEMERSFONTEIN

MODERN AND SECURE LIVING HEADING

R9 950 000

R0 000 000

DIEMERSFONTEIN, WELLINGTON

Character home with stunning views set in tranquil & secluded lifestyle estate. Avant-garde lifestyle, huge windows & large foldaway doors onto the courtyard or front patio. Land 2 000m². House 900m².

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Invest for retirement and rent it out. 2 beds, 2 baths, stylish finishes, HEADING full volume living. Only one hour from Cape Town, the characterful Lorem ipsum dolor amet, consectetur adipisicing elit,yourself. sed do eiusmod Riebeek Valley hassit a lifestyle to match.sitCome see for im tempor ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exertion dolore amet, consectetur Daniel Christen 082ut8204949 sed tempor incididunt labore et magna ipsum dolor sit amsit adipiscing. RE/MAX Oaktree “In The Valley” 022 4481749  Web ref: 300304159 Associate name & contact no RE/MAX Office name & number Web ref: 123456

CENTRAL PAARL 

AREA NAME

R4 500 000

R0 000 000

PANORAMIC VIEWS

Architect designed. Yellow-wood ceilings, teak doors and windows. 4 beds, 3 baths, lounge, dining room, study, family room, kitchen, scullery, laundry, large pantry, 3 garages. Erf 1 439m², house 670m²

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FRESNAYE R29,950 Million

ELEVATED CONTEMPORARY HOME! Bedrooms 5

Bathrooms 5

Garages 2

A family home boasting views as far as the eye can see, generous accommodation, all en suite bedrooms. Entertainment balcony containing a captivating rim-flow pool to mirror the horizon. .[O]

021 434 9175 LANCE COHEN 082 416 6103 WEB 210883

MOUILLE POINT R8,200 Million SANCTUARY OF STYLE Bedrooms 3

Bathrooms 2

Parking 2

Enjoy nothing less than the tranquility and beauty of uninterrupted sea views... Spacious apartment in an exclusive, highly sought after block on Mouille Pointâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Platinum Mile. Pool in the building.

[O] 021 434 9175 LIZA SNIJMAN 082 416 6103 MICHAEL BESTER 083 488 0484 WEB 214894

V&A WATERFRONT

R16,500 Million

PENRITH R16 500 000 VAT INCL Bedrooms 3

Bathrooms 3

Parking 2

Situated on the front yacht basin. Spacious ground floor apartment. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 parking bays and 1 storeroom. Beautiful views of the yacht marina. 24 Hour state of the arsecurity

[O] 021 425 5970 EMELIA VD LINDE 083 748 5148 WEB 217722


Ever dreamt of owning a wine farm? OWN YOUR PART OF DE KRANS IN CALITZDORP

This exceptional investment opportunity consists of 81 ha in total, comprising of 25 farms/plots, from 515 m² to 13.1 ha in size. Prices from R690 000 plus VAT. Country-style living, individual ownership and access to entire property. Price of a farm/plot includes a 4% share in company’s award-winning wine cellar, wine stock, cellar equipment, trademarks and farm equipment (company valued at R19.5-Million). To be managed under a Farm Owners’ Association. Situated in Calitzdorp in the Klein Karoo, with stunning views of the Swartberg Mountains.

 GPS: S 33°32’6.3” E 021°41’9.0”

BARRY & MOUTON PROPERTIES CC For viewing of properties, contact Reenen Barry: 082 393 4438 or 044 213 3300 | barmout@mweb.co.za

FARM OWNERS’ ASSOCIATION (FOA) RULES: 1. The unspoilt beauty of the FOA properties, and the fauna and flora thereof, must be protected as far as possible. 2. Only one dwelling will be allowed to be built on each property. 3. All new developments must be according to the Architectural Guidelines. Building plans must be drawn by Johan Smit Architects and submitted to the building committee and the relevant state departments and municipality for approval. The cost thereof will be for the Purchaser’s account. 4. Members, their friends and family will be allowed to move freely on other members’ property on condition that their right to privacy will at all times be respected. 5. All members, their family and friends will also be allowed to use the roads on the FOA properties over one another’s property, at a maximum speed of 40 km/h. (Roads that end at a home will be treated as a private road). 6. No member will be allowed to make noise pollution or to do anything that will pollute the water or environment. 7. No member will be allowed to apply for subdivision of his property. 8. No member will be allowed to run any industry or business on the property. A member will, however, be entitled to let his house when not used by such member. 9. No member will be entitled to fence in an area of more than 800m2 around his house. Storerooms and sheds outside the said 800m2 will be used by the company. (Ervens 236, 238, 282 and 283 will be excluded from this rule.) 10. All owners must install solar power heating systems. 11. No alterations to these rules will be made except by a majority vote of at least 80% of all the members at a general meeting. Any resolution requiring members to contribute toward any capital expenditure can only be taken by a 90% majority vote. 12. All owners or future owners of the following properties will be members of the Farm Owners’ Association and will have the right to vote at any meeting of the aforementioned association. Votes will be allocated at one vote per property. 13. Any disputes that may arise from these rules must be referred to arbitration according to Act 41/1965. 14. If any discrepancy exists between the Afrikaans and English versions hereof, the Afrikaans version will take precedence over the English version.


GORDON’S BAY

R2 950 000

SOMERSET WEST

R6 250 000

MELKBOSSTRAND

R2 495 000

STUNNING POSITION WITH UNOBSTRUCTED SEA VIEWS

QUALITY ARCHITECT DESIGNED HOME IN ERINVALE GOLF ESTATE

MEDITERRANEAN SPLENDOR

Lovely modern home with unobstructed sea views overlooking False Bay and Table Mountain. 5 spacious bedrooms, 4 bathrooms (3 en-suites), open plan lounge/dining room, billiard room, TV room and fully fitted kitchen. Undercover patio with a “rim flow pool” and BBQ area. 3 garages and ample parking.

Exceptional 402m² home. Spacious lounge, stunning dining room, gourmet kitchen, breakfast area, separate laundry and scullery. Glassed sun room, wine cellar, large study/ 3rd bedroom, 3 bathrooms, both the 2nd bedroom and main bedroom are en suite and have view balconies. Double garage, direct access.

There is always one isn't there? THAT stands out from the rest. This exceptional home is set in a garden surrounded by mature trees with waterways and water features and oozes tranquility. Offering 3 bedrooms (mes), separate guest suite, lounge with fire place, Pub, Jacuzzi and much more……

Kevin Wearing 082 676 0109/ 021 856 1535

LANGEBAAN

Web ref: 75358 Maddy du Toit 082 412 6863/ 021 852 9060

R2 950 000

UPPER GREEN POINT

Web ref: 80060 Petra 082 501 4977/ Stefan 083 441 0022/ 021 553 1911

R6 950 000

BLOUBERGSTRAND

Web ref: 55312

R8 995 000

ULTIMATE LUXURY – PRICED TO SELL

PRISTINE PROPERTY IN PRIME POSITION

PRISTINE PROPERTY IN PRIME POSITION

Situated high up with views over the lagoon and Atlantic Ocean. Quality home with 4 en-suite bedrooms, large entertainment areas which feature a built-in braai and solid wood built-in pub. Modern kitchen and laundry with direct access to double garage. Plus a bonus office with separate entrance.

This multi-level home comprises of, inter alia, 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms with separate guest loo's. This magnificent home can be split into 2 separate luxury townhouses with 4 large ocean facing balconies. Double lock up garage. The perfect opportunity to invest in a great property.

Spectacular views of the ocean, Table Mountain and Robben Island. House size of ±740m², 5 en-suite bedrooms, 3 reception rooms, 2 studies, sauna, cinema and garages for 4 cars. Kitchen with granite tops with a separate scullery. A wind free patio and pool complete the picture.

Jacques 082 517 9377/ Di 082 726 7378/ 022 772 0501

RIEBEEK KASTEEL

Web ref: 64386

R2 400 000

Gavin Wright 082 881 2875/ 021 421 7048

SUNSET LINKS

Web ref: 53816 Charlene Steenkamp 079 497 4179/ 021 557 6922

R4 750 000

CAMPS BAY/THE GLEN

Web ref: 72870

R17 999 000

ELEGANT THATCH WITH STYLE TO MATCH!

SUPERB NORTH FACING HOME SET IN A UNIQUE POSITION

STATELY HOME WITH UP TO DATE CONTEMPORARY INTERIOR!

3 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, open-plan living with fireplace. Magnificent views! Live your country dream under the double-volume thatch of this attractive country house oozing character and charm and with superior finishes throughout. Ample space for a pool! Erf ±1 244m².

Spacious 4 bedrooms with superior open plan family living with back-to-back fireplace. Large fitted kitchen with appliances. Laundry/scullery. Entertainment patio to heated pool with wooden deck. XL double garage, wine cellar and security. Tenanted until Feb 2011.

Colonial living for the extended family in a perfectly executed modernization of a traditional sandstone home set in lush tropical garden a stone's throw from Camps Bay beach front. This home offers 6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms a double garage and pool. Ideal for dual living or guesthouse.

Carrol Adams 082 866 7006/ 022 4481 650

Web ref: 55720

Steven Van Rooyen 083 627 2277/ 021 551 2143

Web ref: 73685 Jacques 082 828 9133/ Cathryn 072 797 2793

To view more properties visit our award winning website - www.leapfrog.co.za

Web ref: 81122


AUCTION – FLOWER FARM, STANFORD

18 DECEMBER 2010

FAVOURED WITH INSTRUCTIONS, ADEK WILL SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING FARM FOR PUBLIC AUCTION: SELLER RELOCATING – INCOME EARNING! Ideally situated just 10 minutes from Stanford and 90 minutes from Cape Town. This picturesque flower farm enjoys magnificent views of the Klein River Valley and Hermanus Lagoon beyond. Two wonderful country-style cottages set amongst fruit trees and a well-established bluegum forest offer ample accommodation. The property boasts 10 hectares of Provencal lavender under irrigation, 7 hectares of irrigated pastures for horses or cattle and 1 hectare of cultivated proteas. Potential for further development!

AUCTION DATE: 11am, Saturday 18 December 2010 VENUE: On site VIEWING: By appointment only, or 10am – 4pm, Saturday 11/12/10 TERMS: 10% deposit and auctioneer’s commission on the fall of the hammer

STANFORD ORGANIC FARM

R4 400 000

The ideal opportunity to create your very own masterpiece. The 200-hectare property is situated just minutes from Stanford and enjoys arguably the finest views and terroir in the Stanford Valley. There’s an abundant supply of mountain water, pristine fynbos and forest. Situated close to Hermanus and Stanford.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Nick Altona-de Klerk: 082 494 7620, nick@adek.co.za | Greg Altona-de Klerk: 082 410 9110, greg@adek.co.za Office: 028 312 4167 | Fax: 028 312 4534 | Email: info@adek.co.za | www.adek.co.za


Country & Coast Lindsay Knight

Address: 363 Central Road, Pringle Bay, 7196 PO Box 375, Pringle Bay, 7196 Office: 028 273 8211 | Mobile: 082 924 3215

Pringle Bay & Surrounds

Sea farmR12 500 000.00

SEA FARM PRIVATE COASTAL NATURE RESERVE – PRINGLE BAY

Just an hour away from Cape Town, this property is one of 12 built on a 642-acre coastal peninsula nature reserve World Heritage Site. With 2.5 km of sea frontage and fitting snugly against the Hangklip Mountains, the views are exquisite and the stillness is incomparable. This unique property offers 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, extra-large living areas and double garage with enough space for 4 more vehicles. The garden has a well-tended lawn overlooking the entire peninsula. The bedroom in the guest wing has enough space for a cosy sitting room/breakfast nook and a small bathroom with slipper bath next door. The main bedroom has an en-suite bathroom and walk-in closet and French doors that lead onto the wraparound veranda. The two remaining bedrooms share a full bathroom and also have French doors leading onto the veranda. The kitchen is open plan and modern. The living area with fireplace is extra large with space for a few intimate niches. The back garden looks right up the mountain and is a kid’s paradise with jungle gym and trampoline. Fynbos, birdlife and wildlife abound, creating a remarkably tranquil environment. Web ref: 359380

Pringle BayR7 000 000.00

A RARE FIND – NOT TO BE MISSED!!

A house like this very rarely becomes available. Right on the main beach. Walk from your front patio onto the beach. It offers 4 large bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (M.E.S), kitchen with pantry, dining room and large living room with fireplace, single garage and sheltered courtyard. 2 of the bedrooms have sliding doors leading to the courtyard and the main bedroom has a private sitting area with incredible views. It also has an irrigation system and alarm installed PLUS much more. VIEW IT TODAY!! Web ref: 404630

Betty’s BayR5 700 000.00

dream home right on the beach

Open-plan dining room with mountain views, stunning kitchen and sunken lounge and beautiful bar area leading onto the veranda and front garden – all leading out to the sea. The double en-suite bedrooms are on either side of the living area, the master bedroom has a walk-in closet and both bedrooms have floor-to-ceiling sliding doors accessing the veranda. Downstairs is the flatlet with separate entrance, outside shower and courtyard. Double-volume garage, laundry and temperature controlled wine cellar. Web ref: 398017

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Pringle BayR3 950 000.00

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This home has it all: immaculate finishes, sea views, only the best used. Big rooms with natural carpeting and B.I.C., 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en suite) and a guest toilet. Open-plan kitchen and huge living area with 7-metre fold-aside doors leading to big deck with beautiful sea views. Kitchen has separate scullery and living room has built-in braai. There is a double automated garage with direct access to the house. The house is 2 roads from the main beach, and the natural garden with irrigation system completes the picture. Web ref: 400645

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CAPE TOWNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S MOST DESIRED ADDRESS From spacious studios and two bedroom apartments to lofty duplex units and luxurious penthouses, Mirage has it all. Situated in De Waterkant, Cape Town, a fashion, food and entertainment nexus charged with vibrant energy and cosmopolitan charm, these units offer the ultimate in stylish living, with mesmerizing views of mountain, sea and sky. Constructed using a contemporary blend of natural stone and timber finishes, and boasting a wide range of facilities that include Rooftop bar with heated pool and barbeque facilities | Fully equipped fitness room Luxurious spa | Wi-Fi connectivity | DSTV/PVR access

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APARTMENTS FROM: R1 599 000 LOFTS / PENTHOUSES FROM: R3 487 000 Rob: +27(0)83 556 6861 | rob@sirseapoint.co.za Ursula: +27(0)83 252 0523 | ursula@sirseapoint.co.za www.mirage-capetown.co.za


CITY BOWL & SURROUNDS A Sensory Experience! TAMBOERSKLOOF Enjoy your views forever from this beautifully sculpted home around a courtyard of silver birch trees. An aesthetically pleasing home for a couple with a small lawned garden, separate studio and a 3 car garage. R 7 800 000 SOLE MANDATE WEB REF: 2579844 For an appointment to view, please call Elisabeth 083 252 4562.

The Ultimate HIGGOVALE Innovative design with lots of space and the best views of the City and Table Mountain. Divided into four pavilions with the use of natural light through huge windows, glass gables and roof light. Four en-suite bedrooms, main bedroom with walk-in dressing room. Large level garden, pool and tennis court. R 26 000 000 SOLE MANDATE WEB REF: 2565208 For an appointment to view, please call Elisabeth 083 252 4562.

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HIGGOVALE With a leafy look and dramatic views of Table Mountain. Generously proportioned with high ceilings and expansive living areas flowing onto a tranquil pool terrace and garden. Four en-suite bedrooms, double garage with secure lift access. A perfectly safe haven for the commuting businessman’s family. R 14 000 000 SOLE MANDATE WEB REF: 2553330 For an appointment to view, please call Louise 083 351 6744.

HIGGOVALE A fine home with gracious reception rooms, 4 bedrooms, study, studio, gym, media, billiard and pool room – all stylishly done. Beautifully positioned, private and secure, amongst tall trees with lovely views of the Bay.

Love at First Sight TAMBOERSKLOOF Pretty Victorian with generous reception rooms flowing onto gorgeous front and back patios with pool and charming entertainment area. Separate home office and extra large double garage with direct access.

R 12 500 000 SOLE MANDATE WEB REF: 2569213

R 4 200 000 SOLE MANDATE WEB REF: 2573482

For an appointment to view, please call Elisabeth 083 252 4562.

For an appointment to view, please call Elisabeth 083 252 4562.

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TAMBOERSKLOOF A Victorian Beauty, with 3 bedrooms, double secure parking and the sexiest kitchen in town!

A spacious renovated apartment in a secure block includes all the benefits of a cottage. Small garden with splash pool and two secure parking bays. Two separate flats, each with own separate entrance makes dual living possible. Dog and cat friendly! R 1 950 000 SOLE MANDATE WEB REF: 2520281

A Gentleman’s Residence TAMBOERSKLOOF

For an appointment to view, please call Vida 083 654 8509.

Live and work from home right at the top of Tamboerskloof with spectacular Bay views, 2 garden apartments and a double garage. R 7 900 000 SOLE MANDATE WEB REF: 2563942 For an appointment to view, please call Elisabeth 083 252 4562.

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One bedroom apartment on the top floor. Open-plan kitchen, lounge and dining room, large balcony with wonderful mountain views. Within walking distance to all amenities! One off-street parking bay. R 850 000 SOLE MANDATE WEB REF: 2558928 For an appointment to view, please call Miems 082 557 1077.

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De Werf – Final subdivision! Only a few select stands left – 2 000–5 800 sqm from R 2.2 Mill–R 3.3 Mill

Wedderwill Country Estate is a secluded residential mountain retreat in the heart of the Cape Winelands. It borders the renowned Vergelegen Wine Estate, with the historic towns of Stellenbosch, Gordon’s Bay, Somerset West and the pristine white beaches of False Bay all in close proximity. For those who love the great outdoors, the entire Estate is surrounded by natural beauty. Unfarmed fynbos areas are home to indigenous fauna and spectacular birdlife. Live your dream – 15 ha farm – enjoy “Lebensraum” – so rare these days. Magnificent manor home, 2 guest apartments, wine cellar, separate timber log guest cottage, winemaking and farming equipment included. Owner relocating. Priced to sell R 11 Mill Ref: http://www.wedderwillproperties.co.za/ lifestylefarm_meridien.htm

Ulundi – African game lodge style home on Wedderwill A game lodge surrounded by vineyards and next to the Wedderwill Game Reserve. Indoor/outdoor living at it’s best. Entertainer’s paradise. On 5 200 sqm of established indigenous garden. 3 bedrooms en suite, individually themed lounge, dining area, gourmet kitchen. R 6.5 Mill – incredible value for the right person. Ref: http://www.wedderwillproperties.co.za/ forsale_home3.htm

To get more information on the entire estate, go to: www.wedderwillproperties.co.za | www.dewerf.co.za will tell you about our final subdivision – De Werf.

Wedderwill is different – it takes 1 ½ hours to see it all – that is why I work by appointment only. Make time – it’s worth it.

www.wedderwillproperties.co.za | wolf@dewerf.co.za Sole agent: Wolf Vosse 021 858 1909 or 082 769 8788


Safe, Luxurious Living Uninterrupted panoramas of the sea, Table Mountain and Robben Island as well as a prime position on a golf estate are just a few of the attributes of this prime property on Atlantic Beach Golf Estate. •

This stylish home occupies one of the prime sites in the magnificent 170ha Atlantic Beach Golf Estate in Melkbosstrand, in Blaauwberg, just 20km from Cape Town.

Every detail blends in with the natural heritage of one of the most beautiful coastlines in South Africa.

The 851 sqm villa has five en-suite bedrooms, four large reception rooms, two rim-flow swimming pools, ample staff accommodation, two double garages and a Gaggenau applied kitchen.

Only the best finishes and fittings have been used throughout, including a slate roof, porcelain floors and state-of-the-art appliances. The property features a backup generator, under-floor heating throughout as well as air conditioning, while the Estate boasts round-the-clock security for your total peace of mind.

The Estate offers sailing, fishing and golf, while the adjacent nature reserve is home to several species of indigenous flora and fauna.

The Links Style signature golf course is an 18-hole course that winds through the dunes and fynbos.

Conveniently situated in close proximity to hospitals, schools, restaurants, shopping malls and much more.

The Villa is priced at R13,95-million.

For a secure, graceful lifestyle, contact owner: +27 (0)21 553 5410 For more images go to www.rwproperty.co.za


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The best the country has to offer As resident agents, Steve Barnard & Associates proudly presents a portfolio of superb homes in a mature country golf estate. With spectacular views of mountains, vineyards, a nature reserve and the sea, these blue chip investments are the key to an exclusive lifestyle blessed

with beauty, tranquillity and excellent security. Erinvale boasts a Gary Player-designed golf course and offers easy access to Cape Town International Airport, restaurants & medical facilities. Homes are priced from R2,5 million. We also offer long-term rentals and holiday lets.

TOP OF THE WORLD Unbelievable views of mountains, nature reserve or the sea – from every room. A magnificent multi-storey home including a lift. R22 000 000

PRESTIGIOUS A superb position with stunning views of mountains and vineyards. Excellent family home with guest suite, immaculate and private. R14 000 000

FRENCH PROVENÇAL FEEL Greatly reduced – a superior home in a prime position with glorious views. Spacious rooms and a huge enclosed patio, beautiful décor, many extras. R12 500 000

GRACIOUS LIVING Beautifully designed in pristine condition. Spacious rooms, many special fittings, a wrap-around verandah to enjoy the fantastic views and superb park- like garden. R12 000 000

F A M I LY F L A V O U R A comfortable, spacious family home. Well enclosed garden, numerous extras. Recently redecorated and available for immediate occupation. R6 900 000

CLASSIC STYLE Exceptional value – a prime position with a large garden and excellent mountain views. A well built, one level home, two patios and big pool. R6 500 000

STEVE BARNARD AND ASSOCIATES Erinvale resident estate agents for 18 years +27 21 847 1004 t +27 83 325 7891 t e-mail: sales@erinvaleproperties.co.za t www.erinvaleproperties.co.za


Bishopscourt Asking R17 950 000 An excellent investment in a prestigious location Exceptional north facing property in an elevated position, with panoramic views of the mountain and the city lights at night. The traditional Georgian-style home is set in a mature, attractive garden (4912sqm) and offers great potential for a discerning buyer. View by appointment with Property Consultant: Barbara Manning 083 407 3656.

Web 550147

Dual Mandate

Nova Constantia Asking R15 000 000 negotiable Not your average home, only for the very discerning buyer Featured in Conde Naste 'House and Garden' this elegant residence is set on over an acre of lush, mature, country garden! In an idyllic position for vineyard walks and top restaurants, style and glamour with the ambience of easy homestead living! Guest cottage and staff accommodation offer dual or triple living options. View by appointment with Property Consultant: Karen Little 083 261 8849.

Web 635032

Sole Mandate

Constantia Hills Asking R6 500 000 Amazing views from all floors Q: Am I an Ambassadorial residence? A rural retreat? A family home? A bijou hotel? Or a luxury guesthouse? A: I can be any of the above with 3 floors, 3000sqm plot, between 4-8 bedrooms & 4 bathrooms the possibilities are endless. View by appointment with Sole Property Consultants: Joanna and Steve Thomas 084 404 4120.

Web 572934

Sole Mandate

Upper Constantia Asking R5 950 000 10/10 - Position, superb accommodation, north-facing with views! Pristine, and quiet - yet centrally situated close to upmarket shopping and connecting roads. Sunny reception rooms, 2 studies and 5 bedrooms all flow out onto a gorgeous garden with pretty pool. Bonus: Includes a contemporary fully self-contained income producing guest cottage, with its own parking! Plus 4 car garaging, solar heating, rainwater catchment system, and staff suite. Property Consultants: Ingrid Hoaten 082 490 6246 and Phyl McCance-Price 082 593 1624. Web 637232

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