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Property 13 FEBRUARY – 18 MARCH 2012

Winner of 10 publishing awards

LINGER LONGER Mauritius’ Long Beach

For sale


Est. 2004, Issue 253


decor, trends, luxury, design & real estate

DECOR PIECES for every room

EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS Dining at the Mount Grace


Guest Editor Rael Levitt, CEO of Auction Alliance, on the growing status of the auctioneering industry

RSA R34.95 (incl. VAT) Other countries R21.90 (excl. Tax) Show house, Uvongo

A GREEN MAKEOVER Unique garden designs




Contents DECOR





Insight from a landscape

Gorgeous surrounds, an

designer, outdoor furniture,

award-winning spa and

Polo homeware, and a

food, glorious food at the

showroom with a smile

inimitable Mount Grace



The men behind Mixology

on the arty side, and fashion

SA, and treats for you and

boutiques with a difference

HOT REVIEW/ WHAT’S ON Patricia Cornwell’s latest page-turner, and plenty of entertainment options


TURNING A SHADE OF GREEN A peek at the latest garden trends – from vertical to edible to designer


gardens – plus a tribute

a fab idea


BLOCK BOOKING Rael Levitt on the growing status of auctioneering


AFRICA Sudan’s mixed-use monolith,

arts festival




East Rand appeal, Midrand

In the pink at the new Life

the active over-50s, and

Day Spa Rosebank

Sandy Geffen’s upbeat

retirement options for

outlook for homebuyers

NATURE’S BOUNTY The advantages of eco- friendly decor



garden accessories

Why living in Bedfordview is

Morocco’s trilingual


Unique and wonderful


Beach Mauritius

botanical gardens

Turn to page 34 for details.


Botswana’s bush, and

to SA’s stunning national


penthouse in Uvongo

Digging the vibe at Long


Uvongo, KwaZulu-Natal.

A luxurious beachfront

modern architecture in

Designer home with amazing views for sale in





Shades from Carrol Boyes, Moët’s and Hennessy’s walk

of love




your partner for the month





GAUTENG: COMMERCIAL Saving for a rainy day, recycling Joburg’s CBD, and transformation plans


for Randburg

A hot mandate on an Upper Constantia home

February 2012 | 1

Maya (2 division leather from R15 995, in fabric from R8 995) Terms and Conditions Apply.

Photograph Grant Difford


Tickled pink A history lesson …

This issue could only be a pink issue, what with February being the month of lurve! And pink works it. Pink flowers, pink cupcakes, cards, chocolates … It’s everywhere – even Moët has a pink version! Never has a colour had such a strong significance or following. And all this for a shade not even on the original colour wheel. Interestingly enough, pink as a colour was first recorded in the late 17th century, and has since played an important role in several sectors. In financial circles, pink is associated with London’s Financial Times, founded in 1893. The distinctive salmon-pink colour of its newsprint was used mainly as a way for the newspaper to distinguish itself from its competitors. In health circles, ‘in the pink’ is an expression denoting ‘in good condition’ or in ‘good health’, while in political circles, the word ‘pinko’, a watered-down Red, is a derogatory term used to describe a person with mild communist or socialist beliefs. And you thought pink was just a colour! In colour psychology, pink is thought to have a calming effect. One shade, known as ‘drunk-tank pink’ is sometimes used in prisons to calm inmates, while sports teams are known to paint their opponents’ locker rooms pink to keep the players passive and less energetic. Good to know! Pink has its place in architecture too. One of the most famous examples is the city of Jaipur in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Certainly a sight to behold (I speak from experience). It was given the name Pink City in 1876, after the entire city was painted pink in honour of the Prince of Wales’ visit. Today the Old City (known as the Four-Wall City) is still painted and maintained in pink. Another pink historical building is the government house in Buenos Aires,

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Argentina. Known as La Casa Rosada (‘The Pink House’), it’s the seat of the executive power. It was painted pink in the 1800s during the reign of President Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, as the colour combines the red of the Federales and white for the Unitarios, the two main political parties of that era. Another city tinged with pink is Marrakech, referred to as the Rose City. Its salmon-pink-coloured buildings are the result of the red clay of its surrounding terrain. And lastly we have our own pink contributions – the Westcliff in Joburg, and Cape Town’s Mount Nelson Hotel. James B Sherwood, the former chairman of the Westcliff , kept the colour of the original cluster homes that were to become the hotel’s rooms, and retained its Tuscan style, thanks to his own love affair with Northern Italy. The Nellie is said to have been originally painted a cheerful pink to celebrate the end of World War One. Pink, then, if you’ll excuse the pun, has a colourful history. This month we allow our blushing issue to take on a tinge of green too in our gorgeous Gardens feature, which looks at new trends for today’s busy urban dweller who faces space and time constraints, plus we reveal designer garden accessories. (My green-thumb expertise is more wishful thinking than anything else. In fact, my thumb is more of a light shade of yellow, if the leaves of my pot plants are anything to go by.) But whatever colour tickles your fancy this month, make sure it’s bold, beautiful and more to the point, alive! SUBSCRIBE Call 0860 100 203 to learn more about our special subscription offer. +27 (0)87 230 0101

Nicky Manson, Editor

This month I would love to splurge on these garden beauts …

This gorgeous Eva Solo bird feeder takes avian fine

The Bench for Two is a playful interpretation of an

The Meteor, by Italian outdoor furniture company,

dining to a new level. Made from handblown glass, the

original park bench, and completely zhoosh! Made

Serralunga, serves as both seating and storage

feeder ball will keep your local birdlife quite chirpy

from wood and aluminium, the legs are fashioned

solution. Use it to store your swimming towels or fill

while adding an interesting visual element to your

according to Carrol Boyes’ traditional designs. It

it with ice to keep your sundowners chilled. Available

garden. It is also designed to withstand all weather

would be a chic addition to any outdoor living space.

from the Modern Garden Company in standard or

conditions. Get it at Yuppiechef.

illuminated options.

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I was very interested in your article on Japan. But I must disagree with you on the onsen. Etiquette demands that one is spotlessly clean when entering the onsen – you state that the washing is done afterwards. Quoting from my travel friend, Denise Scarrott’s, travelogue: ‘There is strict etiquette which must be observed when using an onsen. The most important thing is that the baths are for soaking in only and not for washing in. There is an anteroom with shelves and baskets in which to put your clothes and anything else you may have brought along, and as this is Japan, everything can safely be left there, even jewellery, watches, etc. Then you enter the bathroom itself, which is usually very humid as the bath is filled with hot natural spring water. Along the wall of the room you find taps or showers on flexible hoses together with soap and shampoo and small wooden stools. You may sit on the stools, facing the wall for the sake of decorum, and must not sit directly on the floor. You are expected to wash yourself and your hair thoroughly first. If you do not wash your hair, it must be pinned up, and under no circumstances must it touch the water. Once you have rinsed off all traces of soap or shampoo, you may enter the hot bath. The temperature is usually between 38 ºC and 42 ºC and deep enough for an adult to sit submerged up to the neck. No towels are allowed in the water, and you can only use a very small towel to cover yourself as you approach the bath or to wrap around your head. Men generally sit with the towel folded on top of their heads. If the towel falls into the water it must be wrung out outside the bath.’ Jo Meintjes, Parkhurst Many thanks for your letter. Our journalist wrote from what he observed while sitting in the onsen, but it’s great to get more insight into this wonderful tradition.

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Exceeding expectations Gorgeous surrounds, relaxing spa treatments and food, glorious food, make the Mount Grace Country House & Spa an unforgettable place 10 | February 2012



HOT space





ituated in the rolling hills of the Magaliesberg on 10 acres of

voted as one of the Top 10 Hotel Restaurants in South Africa by Eat Out

& Spa, home to pure style, luxury and good old-fashioned

magazine. Decadent decor greets you at the door as you are invited

service. Exuding country style and natural elegance, this

into the romantic and intimate setting. Luxury fabrics rein free, from the

award-winning getaway oozes old-world charm. Throw off your

upholstery to the heavy drapes, and there is a clear sense of East meets

dusty city coat and be enveloped in the peace and quiet of the hotel.

West, thanks to engraved wooden room dividers and lanterns that

Spectacular mountain views, the sounds of nature and the pervading

mingle with crystal chandeliers and antique furniture. We love the bright

calm all contribute to your escape from the hustle and bustle of life.

pink oversized armchairs, which are reminiscent of ancient thrones.

Despite describing itself as a ‘country hideaway’, this hotel is anything but rural. Instead you will discover a combination of old and new architecture infused with sophisticated interiors, where bright

White linen tablecloths, dinner by candlelight, a glass of sherry on arrival and wonderful staff complete the scene. On our visit we found the cuisine to be sensational, a kaleidoscope

colours, such as fuchsia and lime, are juxtaposed with one another and

of flavours well paired with wine by our talented sommelier, Lerato.

complemented by a variety of textures. The result is a real blend of

We enjoyed salmon pastrami and blue cheese Stilton soufflé for

old- school glamour and stylish modern touches.

starters. Mains included kingklip on vanilla risotto (the strangest and

Within the sprawling grounds is a melange of facilities, including a tennis court, several swimming pools (one heated), a gym, a bar and games room, two restaurants and the renowned Mount Grace Spa.

most delicious thing we have ever tasted) and melt-in-your-mouth Karoo lamb shank. Once you are completely relaxed and indulgently full, the final step

Steam rooms, Jacuzzis, a flotation tank and relaxing treatments make

is to retreat to your gorgeous room or villa, by chauffeured golf cart, of

this one spa stopover you have to make! There are 18 treatment rooms

course, for some private downtime.

where qualified therapists attend to your every need to ensure you

The Mount Grace has 121 rooms and suites to cater for different

unwind in body and mind. Pure relaxation in beautiful surrounds adds to

tastes and budgets. Enjoy lush English garden views, dam views and, of

the experience, and it’s no wonder the spa was declared the winner of

course, the Magaliesberg mountain range. For an indulgent experience,

the 2011 World Luxury Spa Awards in the Day Spa Country category.

treat yourself to a villa, which boasts its own mini sitting room, wooden

With all this relaxation you’re sure to work up an appetite, and Mount

Words Nicky Manson

The Rambling Vine is the à la carte dining option and has been

lush grounds is the charming Mount Grace Country House

balcony and plunge pool.

Grace’s two restaurants, under the careful tutelage of Executive Chef

So if you ever find yourself on the winding roads leading into

Franc Lubbe, don’t disappoint. Twist restaurant offers fun, summery,

the Magaliesberg, pop in at the Mount Grace Country House & Spa.

light meals and buffets throughout the day. Its breakfasts and Sunday

Whether it’s for the afternoon or the weekend, it is a truly memorable

lunches are legendary and are worth the one-hour drive from Joburg.


+27 (0)14 577 5600,

The Mount Grace Spa’s flotation chamber. 2The property extends over 10 acres of lush gardens


Visit for other

and bush. 3A dining sensation, the Rambling Vine restaurant. 4All the rooms boast lovely garden

decadent getaway destinations.

or mountain views. 5The luxury villa opens up onto its own private terrace with plunge pool.

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Romance your significant other with teas, sweet treats, hotspots and home-baked cutie pies


Bars and

from the Bar Academy have united to launch the ground-breaking mobile molecular bar service, Mixology SA.

Q What inspired the concept of molecular mixology?

Molecular cocktails are a progression from molecular gastronomy, the application of scientific processes to the enhancement of food. For us it came

With molecular mixology, drinks don’t

Invite an old favourite to tea

need to follow the conventional methods

Explore the collection of over 70 teas, including exotic flavours, such as coconut snow,

any more, which makes for a new and

tropical breeze, apricot brandy, masala chai and flower green, and indulge in a range of

exciting drinks revolution.

gourmet delicacies. The tea tasting in particular is a unique experience for the uninitiated,

about through our frustration with the lack of innovation in the bar industry.

Q Describe your signature molecular cocktail.

Contessa Tea Connoisseur in Rivonia is still the perfect place for a tea tasting and cake.

stimulating the drinker’s sense of sight, smell and taste. Customers are served a sample from each of the different tea categories – classic black tea, flavoured black tea, oolong, green tea, white tea and tisane or herbal tea infusions. Each tea is presented on a place mat with corresponding information and served in a specially imported teacup with a built-

We come up with new cocktail ideas

in infuser that allows for the full appreciation of colour and texture. +27 (0)11 234 6641,

every day, but it all started with our most

famous molecular cocktail, the Orange and Sage Martini, served on a plate with alcoholic vanilla panna cottas and mandarin apricot spheres (encapsulated liquid cocktails).

Q Molecular cocktails play on all the senses. How is this possible? The idea of breathing in your drink isn’t as foreign as you may think. Concepts such as dry ice mist and essential flavours allow us to add a significant twist to the generic drink. Your sense of smell enables your taste receptors to interpret the flavours in your mouth.

Q How do cocktails link in with team building? Mixology SA offers a number of team-

team building, as well as our exclusive

Death by chocolate

Directors whisky-tasting experience. We

watering range of all things heavenly. Discover its huge range of gorgeous gateaux and

offer our clients a range of specialised

desserts, including mousse, truffles and cheesecakes, and enjoy the authentic French

beverage options. +27 (0)11 884 2441,

pastries, hot and steamed puddings, Mississippi mud pies, tiramisu, and gourmet sarmies.

building activities, such as Cocktail, Barista, Molecular and Winemaking

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Chateaux Gateau Patisserie has opened in the Thrupps Illovo Centre and offers a mouth-

+27 (0)11 268 2211,



Pastry passion

Keep your loved one sweet on you this month of romance with some delicious treats from Belle’s Patisserie, where you can choose from a host of red and pink delights. We love the impressive macaroon tower. To place an order, contact the owner, Linda Lipschitz, or order online. +27 (0)82 944 4018,

New to the family

A new addition to the ever-expanding Le Creuset family is its premium wine accessories. Covering all wines tools for opening, serving and preserving, Le Creuset’s wine accessories feature sleek and colourful designs, including Flame, Cherry, Teal and Black, and are made from durable materials. Available nationwide and from Le Creuset Boutique, Sandton. +27 (0)11 784 0301,

Spreading its wings

After its successful opening in Parkhurst, the eatery Volvo Telo has opened up shop in Cresta Shopping Centre. It’s situated in a large space extending from the inside out, where you will find more delicious treats that have made the eatery famous. Its breakfasts are our fave, but Volvo Telo also serves delicious, popular pissaladière (thin-crust pizzas) with many toppings, and great coffee. The good news is that there will soon be a Volvo Telo in Illovo Square and on Grayston Drive too. +27 (0)83 442 2207,

Ravishing read

Barista and businesswoman, Dani Cone, has spent the better part of her life in search of the perfect pie. In her beautiful book, Cutie Pies – 40 Sweet, Savoury and Adorable Recipes, she shares her hard-earned experience and passion in 40 delicious recipes. Her signature handmade, all-natural miniature pies are a delight to behold and an absolute pleasure to indulge in. There are full-sized pies, ‘cutie pies’, ‘pie jars’, ‘flipsides’, ‘pie pops’ and ‘petits fives’ with fillings as savoury as garlic, potato and chive and as sweet as black raspberry or banana cream. Available from leading bookstores, including Exclusive Books Hyde Park, and online. +27 (0)11 325 4298,;

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Summery homeware, kitchenware, adaptable furniture, and something to smile about

Adjusted glamour

Decorative meets functional in the new range by Ego Paris. The Kube collection comprises outdoor furniture made from a lacquered aluminium, which is accompanied by foam cushions. Created by designer and decorator Emmanuelle Legavre, the furniture is adjustable and can be transformed into an armchair, a pouf, a coffee table or a sun lounger. Available exclusively from

MARK STEER of Green Green

Canetime in Kramerville. +27 (0)11 262 2752,;

Aloe is an expert in indigenous gardens and design. We chat to him about his passion.

Q When did you first discover your green fingers?

It was at an early age: I spent my youth at my grandparents’ farm on the Vaal River and received a first-class horticultural education from my little English granny! Gardening has always been second nature to me and nature has always fascinated me. It is truly food for the soul.

Q Tell us about your design background.

I began as an apprentice at an industrial design company. I love to use my hands and really enjoy the creative aspect of design. There is no greater joy than to look at something I have created with my own hands. Landscaping design appeals to me, as the product continues to develop and grow after we are long gone.

Q You were involved in moving trees for the Gautrain …

Saving over 100 large trees from certain destruction during the construction of the Gautrain is without a doubt one of my fondest memories. The trees were relocated to various parks around Gauteng and are now providing shade and oxygen, rather than firewood and carbon dioxide.

Q Why is an indigenous garden so beneficial?

Indigenous plants generally require less care, less water and can better tolerate local conditions. They are also less harmful to the local species of a particular area and attract local wildlife. This benefits and gives balance to your garden and the surrounding environment. +27 (0)78 368 6336,

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Horse sense

Kick off 2012 with the new Polo homeware ranges, Nautical, Poolside, Tailored Stripes and Summertime, available from February. The Nautical range is ideal for summer – think holiday house, beach, and cool white sheets after a day in the sun. The bedding is made from crisp white Egyptian cotton with a blue trim embroidered with the Polo pony, while the large scatter cushions and reversible throw are a linen/cotton blend in a natural-and-blue colour scheme. The Poolside range comes in gorgeous, bright colours with a matching satin stitch. Fluffy towels featuring the same colours are also available in this range. In the Tailored Stripes series, the Egyptian cotton’s trim is a classic men’s cotton shirting stripe in charcoal and white. The Summertime set is also in Egyptian cotton, with a white trim, stone-coloured scroll embroidery and delicate picot edging. Available from Stuttafords Sandton City. +27 (0)11 783 5212;



Simplifying design

Miele has taken the next step into the future of design by launching a website specifically for architects and designers. The site has a large library dedicated to architectural drawings and 3D models of Miele’s product range that are easy to download and use in architectural drawings, renders and fly-throughs. This website will make designing and planning kitchen and laundry spaces easier than ever and aims to assist architects, specifiers, builders and interior designers with their design processes as well as reduce project timelines and free up human resources. The website’s search function engine lets users browse previous Miele projects for inspiration.

The expert has arrived

Tub trendsetter

Izóla explores the creative possibilities of shower curtains and bathroom accessories with a collection of fresh and sophisticated designs that feature photo-quality prints of world-famous landmarks,

Smileys at Home set sail from Cape Town to land in Sandton

iconic maps, whimsical patterns and the works of groundbreaking

with a fabulous showroom housing its designer chandelier

artists. These machine-washable shower curtains are made from

and decor collections. Creating custom-made chandeliers, Smileys is considered by many to be the go-to company

high-quality, heavy-duty materials in the standard 72” x 72” size. Popular designs include the Destination Series, which features

in interiors and works closely with leading interior

photographs of Paris, Venice, London, Las Vegas and the Brooklyn

decorators, designers and architects. Decor items available

Bridge. The Subway Map designs are also bestsellers, with prints

include furniture, ceramics, silverware, glassware and

including maps of the London Underground and New York City’s

ironware as well as candle and home fragrance scents.

MTA Subway. Available from Loom in Parkhurst.

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Cutting-edge genius

We love the new Index Advance chopping board set. Designed by Joseph Joseph, the board aims to reduce the cross contamination of different food types through its clever design of multiple boards. Its silicone feet make it non-slip, and the boards are easy to clean and dishwasher safe. Available online from Yuppiechef. +27 (0)21 702 4969,

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Indulgent gifts for the month of love FASHIONISTA HEAVEN Imagine shopping at your leisure in a private home. No crowds, no queues. Imagine no more … The House of Fashion is now in Joburg and offers a shopping experience like none other. Enter a private villa in Atholl and peruse a variety of luxury fashion items and lifestyle products in absolute comfort. Each room has been dramatically decked out with a different collection, and everything is for sale, from the art on the walls to the furniture. The fashion is displayed according to a colour-coded system and there is an on-site stylist. Delight in designer wear from Columbian swimwear brand, Maaji, Cango & Rinaldi accessories, Miss Me jeans, Berry G, Yuka knitwear, Donna Vinci, and local designers, such as Kobus Dippenaar, Elbeth Gillis, Gelieft, Anna Designs, Gruber & Whale and Danielle Margaux. +27 (0)11 784 7307,

SHERMAN THINK TANK Mod Chic, the retro look that’s all the rage in Europe, has appeared in the form of the Ben Sherman concept store in Sandton City’s Protea Court. Commissioned by the holding company, the Scottish Knitwear


Group SA, the store is a faithful re-creation of the ’60s London shopping experience, complete with glazed Tube station tiles, steel cottage pane

Carrol Boyes has added a range of stylish sunglasses

reed windows and parquet flooring. And don’t get us started on the fashion!

to her product mix. Adorning the temples of these

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LOVE & BUBBLES Pink and gorgeous, this limited-edition bubbly is perfect for wooing your loved one. Moët & Chandon Graffiti Love includes a bottle of Moët & Chandon Rosé, dressed in bright pink for the month of love, and comes with a gold marker pen for you to add your very own graffiti message. Available from leading liquor merchants nationwide, from R499,95.

DESIGNER DRINKING New York-based artist/designer and graffiti phenomenon, Kaws, has lent his talent to creating this special Hennessy VS bottle. Emblazoned with bold colours, the Kaws Hennessy VS bottle carries his philosophy in his own hand: ‘Friends work music art, it’s important to find the right blend …’ Available from selected liquor retailers nationwide for R269.

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RED MIST Patricia Cornwell is the queen of crime fiction, and her newest novel does not disappoint. A fat read of almost 500 pages, the new story is a page-turner and one you will not easily be able to put down. Patricia steers away from her usual modus operandi of introducing a crime and then examining the body for clues. This time there is no body for medical examiner Kay Scarpetta to inspect. Instead, she is drawn into the sordid underground world of a woman’s prison in Georgia, after being summoned to meet a woman incarcerated for being a sex offender. This prisoner also happens to be the mother of a vicious and brilliant killer, the love child of her abuse. What follows is a suspenseful tale of intrigue and conspiracy in which you encounter one stunning twist after the other. It will have you reading through the night. Published by Little, Brown. Available online at;

There are too many coincidences for them to be random and meaningless. They add up to something, but I really can’t imagine what …

Madame Zingara’s Theatre of Dreams, From March Since 2001, this magical show has dazzled audiences across the country. The travelling dinner cirque returns to Jozi with a spectacular line-up of amazing artists who will make you laugh, sing along and drop your jaw in awe during a sensational evening of delightful and unusual entertainment at Montecasino. Tickets: R410, including a mouth-watering four-course meal. 0861 623 263,

The Hollies 50th Anniversary World Tour, 25–26 February

by the award-winning US R & B singer, Usher.

Elvis, Bryan Adams and Michael Bolton.

The festival also features a number of SA’s

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Known for hits such as Air That I Breathe,

top urban music stars. This event is for over-

He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother and Bus

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Stop, the legendary English pop and rock

group, the Hollies, will be performing at

The Decor & Design Morning, 14 March

their 50th Anniversary World Tour.

American Anthems, 21 February – 11 March

Tickets: R160–R460. 0861 915 8000,

Don’t miss this spectacular rock musical

Sandhurst. Topics include interior design tips,

at the Joburg Theatre. The show tells the

how to prepare and present inspirational

story of the search for a legendary rock

food, and garden maintenance. Be treated

star who disappeared in the early ’90s at

to a scrumptious lunch and take home

the height of his fame, and features the

exciting goodie bags. Funds raised will go

Hansa Pilsener’s Festival of Legends tour

music of iconic American artists, including

to Joburg Child Welfare. Tickets: R450.

kicks off at the Orlando Stadium, headlined

Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, the Eagles,

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The Hansa Festival of Legends, 10 March

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he quality of this Upper Constantia home is uncommon anywhere in the world, remarks Lanice Steward, MD of Anne Porter Knight Frank. Sited on a 4 500m2 erf just off Price Drive, the home has 1 000m2 of floor space, making it almost five times the size of most other properties in the suburb, says Lanice. Set in a partially landscaped garden styled in the Provençal tradition, the double-storey home is ideal for the entertainer, with six reception/dining rooms, four large bedrooms, gym, library/study, home cinema and central vacuum system. Each room in the home is air-conditioned and many have underfloor heating. The bedrooms are all en suite, and there is a quartet of large balconies with views that extend across the grounds to Klein Constantia, the Steenberg vineyards, Tokai Forest, False Bay, V   lakkenberg and Constantiaberg.

For the homeowner, entertaining is a breeze, thanks to the massive, 150m2 farm-style kitchen, temperature-controlled wine cellar, scullery, servants’ quarters, separate private garden flat, four garages and ample additional parking space. The home security system also impresses, with electric fencing, CCTV cameras and burglar alarm. The property’s grounds, with their olive trees, lavender and herb gardens, four water features, koi pond and sparkling swimming pool, enhance the Mediterranean feel of the home. The garden is kept lush by an automatic irrigation system fed by its own borehole and by a mountain stream that tumbles through the property. ‘One hesitates these days to describe any home as really beautiful, but that would be justified in the case of this superior residence,’ Lanice says. +27 (0)21 671 9120,

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Turning a shade of Words Genevieve Fisher and Nicky Manson

Whether they are vertical, edible or public, gardens of all shapes and sizes are an important feature of life in sunny South Africa We South Africans have a lot to be grateful for. Not only do we have an enviable climate that allows for an idyllic outdoor lifestyle, but we also have some unique flora that’s endemic to this part of the world. As South Africans of all descriptions become more appreciative of our flora, the need for its conservation and the benefits of sustainable gardening, we look at the current gardening trends that are shaping our cities.

Nature stands tall

A garden good enough to eat

Move outdoors

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GARDENS The Vertical Garden

Nature stands tall

Lateral thinking goes vertical with the advent of trendy vertical gardens The vertical garden is the brainchild

immediately, whereas a conventional

and private spaces. Tractor Outdoor’s

of French botanist, Patrick Blanc, who

garden is experienced through a horizontal

Simon Wall says, ‘In cities where space is

transformed the faces of many of

vista and needs to be traversed in order

at a premium, initial briefs to landscapers

downtown Paris’ buildings with his green

to experience it. Vertical gardens offer a

are often to make the most of a limited

wonder walls. South Africa is following this

completely different experience of time

space, to screen off unsightly walls or

trend and we are seeing vertical gardens in

and space.’ But how does one look after

add another texture. Vertical gardens

commercial spaces and homes alike.

this type of garden? Images of standing

respond to these challenges beautifully.’

Vertical gardens recycle the air in an office

on a ladder with a hosepipe dripping onto

Tractor Outdoor used a hybrid succulent

space, and because plants absorb noise

a Persian rug come to mind, but Brendon

of the Graptoveria variety for its aqua

pollution, vertical garden walls also act

explains that the plants employed are

colour, to represent the sea, as well as for

as noise buffers. (Central One restaurant

generally low maintenance and don’t

its hardiness and impressive growth rate,

in the Radisson Blu Gautrain hotel in

require soil. ‘A frame is built on the wall

while the continents are represented by

Sandton has a unique example of this type

over which a waterproof membrane is

Aptenia cordifolia. The plants are grown

of garden, designed by Sava Spasojevic

fixed. Over this is an inert matrix that acts

in a biodynamic felt specially imported

of Succulent Art.) And in the home, it

as the soil into which the chosen plants are

from Germany. It has a fully integrated

makes sense with regards to today’s

bedded and through which a micro drip

hydroponic drip irrigation system that

lifestyle, where living spaces are smaller

irrigation system is woven. This never has

waters and fertilizes the 12m x 6m garden.

and gardens have become a luxury. It is an

to been cleaned.’

According to Nicholas Whitehorn, Tractor

ideal way to include the ‘outdoors’ in your

Tractor Outdoor, an independent outdoor

Outdoor’s landscaping consultant, a

living space with little fuss.

media company, has taken this type of

vertical garden can take on any theme or

According to Brendon Edwards of Brendon

garden to another level by using it as an

design: ‘Using an abundance of fynbos

Edwards Landscapes in KwaZulu-Natal,

innovative advertising hook for Emirates

and indigenous varieties would translate

vertical gardens have become popular

Airlines. The unique creation in Cape

into a natural tapestry. Using less planting

because ‘you can create 120m2 of garden

Town’s Kloof Street cleverly updates

varieties in shapes and patterns, one could

in a 20m2 space.’ He adds, ‘Aesthetically

old cement facades and supports Cape

achieve a more contemporary design.

they provide a very powerful image

Town’s World Design Capital 2014 win

‘Walls can also be planted with beautiful

because you experience the whole garden

by actively integrating art with public

yet functional herbs and vegetables.’

A vertical garden by Brendon Edwards Landscapes. 3Central One restaurant in Sandton. 4–6Tractor Outdoor’s living advert for Emirates Airlines in Cape Town. 1–2

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GARDENS The Vertical Garden GARDENS


4 2 5

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Photograph Tim Lake

GARDENS The Edible Garden

The Hoetses’ container edible garden on the deck overlooking Cape Town’s City Bowl.

A garden good enough to eat

Despite their limited space, you’d be amazed at how fruitful city-slicker gardens can be. Here’s how you can go from soil to plate with a simple pluck-and-wash What looks like a small duplex at the edge

much looking after, apart from basic pruning

allow for the creative use of space, as the

of Cape Town’s City Bowl is in fact the

and watering. Ben says, ‘When I first came

different heights and levels of the pots give

beautiful and surprisingly spacious home of

to consult with Jo, an important factor for

the gardens a layered look. With regards

Jo and Bevis Hoets. Walking through to the

her was that the garden had to be very low

to functionality, container gardens are a lot

back of the house, you don’t expect to find

maintenance and able to fend for itself, as

more convenient, as you don’t have to bend

a kitchen leading onto a delightful, shady

she and her husband didn’t want to have to

down to prune or harvest as you would with

courtyard with a staircase up to a second-

fuss and worry about it.’

a lawn garden, and the produce is more

floor deck. Arriving on the timber landing is

Ben and his team set about conceptualising

accessible because you can walk around

like emerging into the fairy-tale kingdom at

what he calls a ‘container garden’, using

the container. The produce that Jo wanted

the top of Jack’s beanstalk – not only are you

an assortment of old pots, including wine

was herbs and vegetables that she could

met by an array of wine barrels of various

barrels, which are the perfect vessels for

use for salads, pasta sauces and fresh juice.

sizes containing an assortment of greenery

a self-sufficient, fuss-free edible garden.

‘I love eating fresh salad every day, and to

of diverse shades, dimensions and textures,

‘We’ve been doing a lot of container gardens

pick everything I need from my own garden

but also you feel as if you’re suspended

in city homes over the last few years.

is very rewarding. Because it’s so fresh, and

in mid-air. As with most double-storey

They are popular with clients who live in

literally goes from soil to plate, you can really

homes on the slopes of Signal Hill, the views

apartments or townhouses and don’t have a

taste the difference from packaged, shop-

framing the deck are captivating, with Table

lawn or much space to work with. I’m a big

bought produce,’ says Jo.

Mountain directly ahead of you, the City

fan of them as there are many benefits to

Jo says one of the most pleasurable aspects

Bowl below and the harbour beyond.

these kinds of garden,’ he says. Ben explains

of the garden is that every morning she

Jo and Bevis had always wanted a herb and

that deep pots or barrels are more conducive

awakens to the most beautiful picture

vegetable garden and so they called on the

to a healthy, self-sustaining garden because

through her bedroom’s glass doors – views

expertise of Ben Getz, MD of Urban Harvest,

they allow for a much deeper layer of

of the city, framed by her garden. And as

a company specialising in the installation and

compost, making more nutrients available

the seasons change, so too does the image,

maintenance of organic vegetable gardens,

to the plants than are accessible at ground

as new flowers and buds sprout and a new

including perennial herbs that don’t need

level. Aesthetics-wise, container gardens

harvest becomes ripe for the picking.

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GARDENS The Designer Garden



Move outdoors

Gardens – no longer simply lawns and flowerbeds …

Platinum- and overall-award winner at the Garden World Spring Festival 2011: the Lazy Days garden, designed by Craig de Necker and built by the Friendly Plant. 2The plunge pool doubles as a water feature. 3A circular braai unit with two handy work surfaces completes this tranquil outdoor living area. 1


What is a ‘designer’ outdoor living space?

weekly mowing. The Friendly Plant uses both

Each design is unique and specific to clients’

According to Craig de Necker of the Friendly

2D computer-aided design and 3D imaging,

demands, and almost anything is possible,

Plant, it is a destination or focal area that is

enabling clients to see the finished designer

the only limits being the size of the garden

tailored to the client’s lifestyle in order to

gardens even before the first stone is laid.

and the budget.

provide an outdoor space for entertaining

Craig believes these designer outdoor spaces

Craig and his team have created many

and relaxing. Such areas typically incorporate

are becoming popular additions to gardens:

designer gardens in SA and even one for

seating, a pool or water feature and a firepit

‘We have seen an increased demand for

an African president. The most popular

or braai facility that when combined lead to

our designer outdoor spaces, as people

elements requested for these spaces are

our making more use of our outdoor spaces.

realise more and more how much beauty,

custom-designed water features and firepits,

Hence the Friendly Plant’s slogan: ‘Live in

functionality and value they can add to

which add atmosphere and movement to

your garden!’

their property.

a space. However, if he had free rein, his

Designing a garden in such a way that it

‘These spaces draw people outdoors and

space would feature a spectacular swimming

becomes an extension of the home is popular

ultimately lead to their spending more time

pool with an island in the middle as the

in South Africa because of our climate –

in their gardens rather than simply sitting

living area: ‘The perfect place in the sun for

not to mention that it takes the pain out of

inside, looking out.’

relaxing or entertaining.’

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GARDENS The Public Garden

Going public

National botanical gardens play an important role in the lives of city dwellers, whether they are seeking solitude in a sanctuary of green or getting out in public with friends and family to enjoy these beautiful spaces. One thing’s for sure: South Africa’s urban centres have exceptional public gardens KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDEN The largest of South Africa’s nine national botanical gardens, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is the jewel in the crown of the South African National Biodiversity Institute’s (Sanbi) network. The grandeur of this public garden is heightened by its dramatic setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. This 36ha garden showcases over 7 000 species of plant life and is a national treasure. Alice Notten, interpretation officer at Kirstenbosch, believes that the setting is one of many defining features of the space: ‘Kirstenbosch has a spectacular location and breathtaking natural beauty. The garden is landscaped in a way that harmonises with and


enhances its surroundings and is packed full of thousands of beautiful and interesting plants.’


Kirstenbosch’s historical roots run deep. Stone tools found at the Dell site date back to the Stone Age. In 1660 Jan van Riebeeck planted his hedge, remnants of which are still alive, to mark the frontier of the European settlement. Cecil John Rhodes purchased the land in 1895 and bequeathed it to the government, which neglected it. Kirstenbosch was officially founded in 1913 by a board of trustees with the support of the Botanical Society of SA. They were faced with an overgrown site infested with alien trees, thickets of weeds, feral pigs

A sunbird perches on an Overberg pin-cushion protea in Kirstenbosch. 2The Botanical Society Conservatory. 3 Information board about the endangered golden vygie. 4 The spring vygie garden with Fernwood Buttress behind it. 1



and a ruined farm. Thanks to their interventions Kirstenbosch is today geared towards relaxation, but its awareness and conservation initiatives are what really impress. On the one hand it is a living museum of SA’s plants (ex situ conservation) and on the other it is a learning opportunity for visitors, both about our plants and the conservation issues we face. Kirstenbosch comprises many smaller gardens, some of which are designed to grow a specific plant group or type and are maintained according to the plants’ needs. The Botanical Society Conservatory, for example, is a glasshouse that imitates a desert climate and showcases the unique succulents of southern Africa. Other gardens centre around certain themes, such as the Water-wise Garden, which shows people how to utilise less water when creating their home gardens, and the Garden of Extinction, which displays some of the 1 500 plant species that will soon be extinct in the wild and teaches visitors what they can do to help save threatened plants. The themed gardens all have detailed storyboards, which is where Alice’s role is invaluable. ‘My approach as interpreter the visitor with new knowledge or skills that they can put into practice. I also put information about the plants out in the garden: I give the plant’s name, tell about its home, its pollinators, how it propagates itself, any interesting historical facts about it, and whether it is threatened and why. All of which, I hope, teaches the visitor to respect and care for plants both in gardens and in the wild,’ she says. ‘We also have the crucial Environmental Education Centre, where many schoolchildren pass through and are taught many things, the most important being biodiversity, its value to us and the need to conserve it and not just the importance of animal conservation.’

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Photographs Alice Notten, Kirstenbosch NBG

is to explain the theme as simply as possible and empower

GARDENS The Public Garden



WALTER SISULU NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDEN Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden in Joburg was established in Roodepoort in 1982 as the Witwatersrand National Botanical Garden and up until 1987 could only be visited by special arrangement. It was renamed in 2004 and today it is open to one and all. What set this park apart are its geological features and the highveld vegetation. Known as the Rocky Highveld Grassland, the park’s natural vegetation is made up of grassland and savanna, with dense bush in kloofs and along streams, and it houses over 600 naturally occurring plant species. The garden is continually being developed and today includes a succulent rockery garden, a cycad garden, a water garden, a fern trail, an arboretum, a geological garden, a people’s plant garden,


a birds and butterfly garden, a dell and a wild-flower area. There is also the Nestlé Environmental Education Centre, the Sasol Dam, a bird hide, a visitors’ information centre, a restaurant and a function venue. The park boats an abundance of wildlife, with over 220 bird species recorded. Visitors may also spot a number of reptiles and small mammals, including small antelope and jackals, especially while experiencing the JCI Geological Hiking Trail. The most majestic feature of the park is the 70m-high Witpoortjie Falls, whose cliffs are home to a breeding pair of Verreaux’s Eagles. We asked Administration Manager Sheila Head about the park’s nature conservation initiatives. ‘The park has a “trash-in trash-out” policy – Photographs courtesy South African National Biodiversity Institute

we do not provide dustbins and request visitors to take their picnic leftovers home with them,’ she explains. ‘There are also recycling bins in the car park for glass, paper and cans, and there are many information boards around the garden on various subjects. The park hosts talks and guided walks to keep the public informed.’

Harold Porter National Botanical Garden comprises 10ha of cultivated fynbos garden and 191ha of pristine natural fynbos. 6Witpoortjie Falls at Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden. 7Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden. 8Camel Koppie at Hantam National Botanical Garden.


8 National Botanical Gardens in South Africa: Free State, Bloemfontein, +27 (0)51 436 3530 Hantam, Nieuwoudtville, Northern Cape, +27 (0)27 218 1200 Harold Porter, Betty’s Bay, +27 (0)28 272 9311 Kirstenbosch, Newlands, Cape Town, +27 (0)21 799 8783

With thanks to …

Karoo Desert, Worcester, +27 (0)23 347 0785

Brendon Edwards Landscapes, +27 (0)74 103 9886,

KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, +27 (0)33 344 3585

Succulent Art, 072 034 5459

Lowveld, Nelspruit, +27 (0)13 752 5531

The Friendly Plant, +27 (0)82 805 0910,

Pretoria, +27 (0)12 843 5172

Tractor Outdoor, +27 (0)21 426 0087,

Walter Sisulu, Roodepoort, 0861 001 278

Urban Harvest Edible Gardens, +27 (0)72 475 2977,

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On Show

A life worth indulging in Life Day Spa Group is taking wellness to a whole new level with the opening of its Rosebank branch Words Candace King Photographs Nick Baleta, Q Photo and Russell Smith

A sculptural pillar of amethyst crystal creates a focal point in the Rasul chamber at Life Day Spa Cape Town. The crystals are said to have healing powers.

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On show

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he Life Day Spa Group is synonymous with luxury,  style and pure relaxation, and this family-owned business is riding a wave of pampering success across South Africa. It is part of the Spas of Distinction Collection, an umbrella group of unique, family-run day spas with 40 years’ health and beauty experience under its collective belt. The Life Day Spa Group first opened its doors in Fourways in July 2005. Thanks to its success, a Cape Town branch at Century City soon followed. Now, with the opening of the Rosebank branch, the group has raised its standards of indulgence even higher. Owner Mark Barkett explains that the third branch became a reality because of the need to establish a modern spa in an up-and-coming area such as Rosebank. He believes that the spa will also cater for residents of the surrounding areas, including Dunkeld, Houghton, Melrose and Parkhurst. All three spas are stylish and modern and set high standards in spa design. Interesting architectural elements mould with striking feature walls and sexy furniture and fittings, creating an environment that is inviting, warm and utterly gorgeous … And that’s just the reception areas! The experts behind the creative spaces are well known in the world of design. Mark chose only the best of the best to ensure that all his creative requirements were met.

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Greg Truen of Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects was responsible for the Fourways branch, which despite its age remains a striking example of design and decor. Situated in Century City, the Cape Town branch overlooks Table Mountain and the waterways of Canal Walk. Its beautiful interiors were designed by Howard Dembo of Northpoint Architects. The amazing spaces of Life Day Spa Rosebank – the baby of the bunch – were created by Cori Quinton and Kim Morgan of Cori Quinton Interiors, the interior design and decorating arm of Arthur Quinton Darryl Croome (AQDC) Architects. Mark says the Life Day Spas are more like hotels, in that each is a sweeping 1 000m2 in size. Each spa offers more than 14 treatment rooms, and every one of them has Rasul and flotation chambers, Swiss showers, steam rooms, saunas and indoor heated pools. In addition to their vast size, what sets Life Day Spas apart is the sumptuousness of their treatment rooms. Every one is fitted with a plasma screen television, and some of them even feature fish tanks and liquid fireplaces. Colour therapy is incorporated into the design of the treatment rooms, to embrace clients’ moods. Mark’s favourite space is the pool at Life Day Spa Cape Town, which is reminiscent of an island getaway. He adds that the Cape Town spa’s flotation chamber and its Rasul chamber are not to be missed either.

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Top left and centre The Cupboard People was the company responsible for the manufacture and installation of the cupboards and the marble and granite tops throughout Life Day Spa Rosebank. The company specialises in custom-made kitchen, bedroom and bathroom cupboards, in a wide variety of finishes, including Duco, veneers, solids and Niemann High Gloss laminate. The granite and marble tops were processed and fitted by its sister company, the Granite People. By utilising 3D modelling technology, the Cupboard People enables its customers to better visualise the completed product. Both companies use only the finest of raw materials, ensuring a quality finished product. The Cupboard People is a member of the Kitchen Specialists Association of SA (KSA) and the Gauteng Master Builders Association (GMBA). Top centre Cori Quinton Interiors, the interior design and decorating division of AQDC Architects, was responsible for the interior design of Life Day Spa Rosebank. In the foyer, the custom-made translucent pendants create interesting layers without detracting from the scale of the double volume. Irregular slats run up the double volume to accentuate its height and merge with the horizontal plane of the ceiling. A metallic charcoal finish adds some sparkle and texture behind the retail section. Top right The flotation chamber at Life Day Spa Cape Town.

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Meet the Artist

Top left The waiting area flanks the spiral staircase, which culminates in a dramatic textured wall created by Karen Tearnan. A sweeping bulkhead envelops a teardrop-shaped skylight that lets in natural light and is married to the curved wall behind the built-in sofa. Dark timber slats and charcoal metallic paint create a dramatic and sophisticated backdrop to the waiting area. The refreshment station was custom designed to demarcate the space without creating a visual barrier. Bottom left Blind Designs and Interiors was responsible for manufacturing and installing the basswood venetian blinds throughout the Life Day spas in Fourways. The blinds are of the finest quality, making Blind Designs the supplier of choice for many prestigious commercial and domestic contracts in Southern Africa. Top right The hydrotherapy spa pool at Life Day Spa Fourways.

The spas’ distinctive settings and soothing treatments have not gone undetected by the experts either, with the Cape Town and Fourways branches winning the coveted Les Nouvelles Esthétiques South African Spa of the Year awards. The awards are given according to the key categories of top quality and style, a world-class environment, superior treatments, highly trained staff and exceptional service with a smile – and in none of these categories do Life Day Spas disappoint! For Mark, it’s all about creating an ambience of abundance and showering clients with luxury. Importantly, the Day Life Spas Group targets the local market, and offers its plethora of facilities and treatments at reasonable prices. ‘People can come in for a back massage and spend a day using the complementary facilities, have a cappuccino, eat at the restaurant, and relax at the pool,’ Mark says. What more could you ask for?

‘If it is not poetry, I don’t want to do it.’ – Karen Tearnan A fine-art graduate and full-time practising professional artist for the past 16 years, Karen has created beautiful artworks that grace the walls of many beautiful homes and public venues. Her latest commissions were for President José Eduardo dos Santos of Angola as well as for the Spas of Distinction Collection, including the Life Day Spa in Rosebank. In addition to other artworks executed in oils for the spa, Karen designed and executed a 3D sculpture feature wall (this page, top left) finished in metallic, basing it on the reflections of water. ‘Working for the Spas of Distinction Collection has allowed an open flow of ideas and creativity, without limitation,’ Karen says. Karen founded the Singing Palette Art Co. in 1996 as a vehicle of creativity and expression, and it has become a platform for artists and ‘techniquers’ alike to execute and deliver high-quality art and finishes for the hospitality, residential and corporate markets. The Singing Palette Art Co, was recently joined by Rob Mclachlan, who brings an exciting new dimension of construction and finishes to the company’s projects. The Singing Palette Art Co. has worked on national and international projects with great success. Its clients include high-profile personalities and venues, including the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, the Saxon Boutique Hotel & Spa, Angola’s President Dos Santos, the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, Gold Reef City Casino, the Carousel Casino and, of course, the Spas of Distinction Collection. The Singing Palette Art Co.’s services include fine art commissions, intaglio etchings, murals, decorative paint finishes, venetian plasters, stucco, and screed flooring.

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For sale: views A superbly finished designer penthouse overlooking the blue-flag Uvongo Beach has come onto the market for R24-million


ne of the most private and prestigious penthouses in South Africa, and undoubtedly one of the finest pieces of real estate KwaZulu-Natal has to offer, has just recently come onto the property market. Set in one of the most sought-after complexes on the lower south coast, this stunning 950m2 model of luxury open-plan living enjoys 180º sea views as well as vistas of the river lagoon, thanks to its unrivalled location on the cliff overlooking the blue-flag Uvongo Beach, which is a mere two-minutes’ walk away. What’s more, the views of these breathtaking surroundings are virtually guaranteed, because no further building is permitted on the location. Proximity to two local shopping centres, several world-class golf courses and the Wild Coast Casino resort further enhances the appeal of this one-of-a-kind property. Thanks to the area’s superb weather conditions – warm summers, mild winters – the complex is enjoyed all year round. Amenities include a fully equipped gym with squash court, sauna and steam room, communal swimming pools, a billiards room and table-tennis facilities. Pretty koi ponds, modern landscaping design and 24-hour security are also among the benefits afforded by the complex. The penthouse offers four large bedrooms with ultra-modern finishes and gorgeous en-suite bathrooms fitted with contemporary sanitaryware, frameless glass showers and Italian marble flooring. The sublime imported designer kitchen by Poggenpohl comes equipped with top-of-the-range Miele appliances, an under-counter Left The penthouse offers unparalleled panoramas of Uvongo Beach. However, the residence is cleverly designed to afford its owner the utmost privacy.

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oven with electric/gas hob, and integrated dishwasher and coffee-maker. Imported dark wooden shutters provide absolute privacy while still allowing the warm afternoon sun to permeate throughout the penthouse. An openplan indoor living area leads from the 12-seater dining room to the formal lounge, which flows outside through glass sliding doors to an expansive entertainment area. Overlooking the blue-flag beach and the river lagoon, the penthouse’s 400m2 entertainment area puts all amenities at your fingertips, such as imported designer furniture, a stainless-steel gas barbecue and bespoke refrigerators, while the state-of-the- art

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fold-back glass wind protector allows for yearround entertaining. A private swimming pool and underground parking for four vehicles complete this entertainer’s dream. Impressively, most of the contents of the penthouse, including designer furniture, artworks by well-known artists, and state-of-the-art media equipment by Bang & Olufsen, is included in the sales price of R24 million. An elite lifestyle combining privacy, luxury and security makes this an exclusive, unique investment and provides the discerning homebuyer or property investor with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. +27 (0)82 788 9229

Above left An enchanting four-storey waterfall tumbles down into the sparkling swimming pool at the centre of the complex. Top right The view from the penthouse’s patio. This outdoor entertainment area features its own swimming pool, built-in gas braai and complete kitchen and bar. Centre right and bottom right The elegant open-plan living and dining area with its sculptural decor and finishings of the highest standard.




Family orientated or business jet-setter, the diverse property market of Bedfordview ensures there is a place for you Words Tammy Sutherns


ased on the East Rand, leafy suburban streets fringe the range of properties available in Bedfordview. Known for its sense of community, the area was originally Elandsfontein Farm. In the gold rush of the 19th century the farm was bought up by mining companies and divided up into what it is today. The name ‘Bedfordview’ was given to the area during a naming competition in the ’20s, after the old Bedford Farm, which today makes up the coveted suburb of St. Andrew’s. Like Bedford, the rest of the farms have also been transformed into property gold mines. Bedfordview became part of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality in 2000.

This page Featuring the signature bold interiors of this restaurant and bar franchise, the local branch of Rhapsody’s is one of the many dining and entertainment options available in the affluent town of Bedfordview.

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Living In … Bedfordview

Laying the foundations Ingrid Foccart from Chas Everitt International Property Group Bedfordview has been selling real estate here for 12 years, specialising in sectional title for the past 7. She paints a picture of the property landscape for those wishing to settle down or invest.

Q Why should people invest in Bedfordview?

Bedfordview is one of the most upmarket areas on the East Rand. You might pay a little bit more but you are guaranteed a good return on your investment (though in the current market it’s unlikely you’ll make a quick profit). An attractive, peaceful town, Bedfordview is surrounded by cities, such as Johannesburg, Edenvale, and Germiston, and lies in the centre of the road network linking these towns, with easy access to the airport, Pretoria and Heidelberg. Bedfordview is a very cosmopolitan town, a place where you will find young people starting out, young families, and people scaling down.

Q What types of  home are available in Bedfordview?

Sectional title units vary in size from 49m2 to 280m2. Prices start from R550 000 and reach as high as R15 million or more for the really exclusive apartments. Your entry-level home in the residential full-title market starts from approximately R1,8 million.

Q Are properties here gaining in value? This page, clockwise from top left Patrons dine on the deck at Rhapsody’s; Bedfordview has a growing commercial node; the vibrant piazza at the refurbished Bedford Centre.

Touch down Bedfordview is dotted with private guesthouses and B & Bs as it is one of the closest suburbs to OR Tambo International Airport and has easy access to highways and business centres, making it a convenient stopover for visitors. Travellers can also overnight at the Mercure and Nicol hotels. Nearby attractions include the Barnyard Theatre Boksburg, as well as Emperors Palace, with its hotels, casino, convention centre and entertainment facilities.

Family features Bedfordview has a welcoming and warm family environment and features many schools, including Bedfordview Primary, Bedfordview High School, St. Benedict’s Catholic School for Boys, St. Andrew’s School for Girls, Reddam House and Saheti School. The recently refurbished landmark shopping centre, Eastgate, is just around the corner for Saturday

Times have been tough, and there are mixed opinions on whether we are coming out of a recession or heading towards another one. That said, there will always be sellers and buyers. The result of successful transactions will mainly depend on the availability of home loan finance. In the past we used to have price growth of 10% to 15% a year.

Q What facilities and attractions are available?

Excellent facilities are available, from shopping malls and gyms to schools and airport connections. Private schools usually have their own transport facilities, and taxis and buses are also available. Security is constantly being upgraded as a joint effort between residents and the police forum.

splurging, while the revamped Bedford Centre offers the major banks, local coffee shops, hair salons, cosy bookshops and favourite flower spots. Pigalle, Rodizo Brazilian, Rhapsody’s

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Linger longer Words Nicky Manson Photographs courtesy Long Beach

If there were ever a book written about Long Beach resort in Mauritius, it would be titled  The Long Walk to Paradise

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Opposite This magical beach and clear ocean waters are all yours when you stay at Long Beach Resort. Above It’s a true case of aqua vitae as the water of the infinity pool appears to meld with the sea.


ituated on the east coast of the sunshine island, Long Beach sits among a number of top holiday resorts primed for romance or family fun in the sun, but despite its prestigious neighbours, there’s something about Long Beach … For starters, it’s situated on the Belle Mare Peninsula, on the longest and widest beach of the entire Mauritian coastline, offering secluded sun lounging, thanks to its size. Guests will appreciate having 109m2 of beach per ground-floor room.

There are 255 rooms to choose from, and you can rest assured that they are all designed so as to enjoy ocean views. Keith Mehner of Keith Interior Design was responsible for the interiors of the hotel, and one thing you will notice is that, thanks to his clever ‘open-air living’ design, even when you are indoors you feel as if you are outdoors. Long Beach’s architecture is definitely a talking point, as it does not follow the typical Creole design. Sun Resorts’ newest brainchild’s architecture and design and its shared relaxation spaces are unique on

the island. The project architect was Kevan Moses of Stauch Vorster Architects, a South African firm. Taking a fresh approach to resort design, Kevan has produced a striking, contemporary aesthetic softened by natural forms. The genius is in the detail, such as the adjustable windbreaks that modulate the offshore breezes. The building materials were locally sourced and include volcanic stone, Balau wood (a durable tropical hardwood) and black and earth- coloured basalt rocks from neighbouring fields. The thatched roofs, made from dried sugar cane leaves, add the

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Clockwise from top left The hotel rests in a paradisal garden that’s planted with some half a million plants; the lobby features the ingenious adjustable windbreaks designed by Kevan Moses of Stauch Vorster Architects, who also designed the rest of the resort; an exotic ambience mixes with modern aesthetic leanings at Shores cocktail bar and lounge; a 64m2 superior beachfront room.

occasional Mauritian accent. These hard building materials are juxtaposed against the soft tropical flora. The gardens feature almost 500 000 plants, with 26 varieties of endemic species.The resort is done up in shades of grey, mint green, sea blue and coral, with small accents of tropical colours to arrest the eye. The effect is strikingly urban, especially against the white beach and natural surroundings of palm trees, natural brush, and, of course, the dramatic blue backdrop of the Indian Ocean. The resort is suited to families and honeymooners, and because of its size, the two groups may never meet. In fact, even though the hotel was 80% full when I stayed over, there was never a crowd, and you would be forgiven for thinking that you were living on your own little private island. There are so many areas for relaxing that you are spoilt for choice when deciding where to spend your day. Sit by the serene freshwater horizon pool, at the large heated-pool bar, on the beach or alongside the nearby lagoon. Choose to chill out on a sun lounger, a double daybed or a hammock-style bed that’s big enough for the whole family, or while away the hours on your private balcony.

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Facilities are top class and include a climbing wall, lap pool, gym and the beautiful Sea Spa, where treatments like the Ocean de Soleil and Soufflé de Satin will have you begging to stay longer. There is also a hair and beauty salon on site. For the adventurous, activities include two daily snorkelling trips to enjoy the wonders down below, underwater walks incorporating an astronaut-type helmet, as well as sailing on catamarans, skiing and parasailing … You name it, the hotel has it. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy a round at the nearby Le Touessrok’s 18-hole golf course, designed by Bernhard Langer. For most, holiday dining is almost as important as the rest of the recreational activities, and Long Beach does not disappoint. Here the dining experience is centred on an urban-style piazza with restaurants, shops and bars. Le Marché is the traditional and international delicacy buffet. It celebrates the art of open kitchens, revealing all the cooking spaces and

creating a theatre of food. Next door is Sapori, with its delicious Italian delights, such as gnocchi and pizza. Across the courtyard is Hasu, a Japanese fine-dining restaurant, and Chopsticks, a Chinese culinary treat. So much choice and so little time … The piazza comes alive at night with live music, curios for sale and local dance entertainment. There is also Tides pool and beach bar for casual lunches and splendid high teas – indulge in the sweet sensation of traditional homemade macaroons and warm sugared crêpes – and the main cocktail bar and lounge, Shores, which is perfect for pre-dinner drinks. If you plan on leaving your little slice of paradise, then Port Louis is the place to go to experience the hustle and bustle of a Mauritian city. Mauritius has a host of beautiful sites that beg to be visited. However, should you choose to stay home, Long Beach is the perfect choice.Wrap yourself in the gentle embrace of turquoise waters, white sands, lush coconut trees and the sweet scents of bougainvillea, and just be.

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Auction Alliance turns 20 this year, and CEO Rael Levitt reflects on how the status of auctioneering has developed in South Africa and where he feels the industry is heading

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hile auction companies have been operating in South Africa since the 1700s, the last decade has seen the industry mature in the public’s perception and, particularly in recent years, we have achieved tremendous growth in market share and asset inventory. I am very proud to see Auction Alliance celebrating its 20th birthday this year. During this time I have seen how auctions have emerged from the fringes to become a preferred method of transaction for many property types. However, we are still way behind countries such as Australia, where up to 85% of residential property is traded on the auction floor, and the US, where auction companies can sell over 5 000 properties on a single day. During the turbulent 1980s and early 1990s the public perception of local auctioneers took a knock as the industry grew on the back of insolvencies and liquidations while capitalising on the four Ds: divorce, death, dissolution and distress. Today we recognise that we have achieved one of our primary goals, namely, to dispel the notion among the public that auctions are used exclusively as a channel for distressed or foreclosed properties. It is important to note that last year less than 50% of our total sales were distressed, and in the commercial property sector specifically, they only accounted for 27% of sales. Key to the success of auctions in South Africa is its inherent ability to swiftly adapt to fluctuating

market conditions. The auction method is a multicyclical sales platform that achieves results in boom or bust conditions. When the agricultural markets were performing in 2001, Auction Alliance sold over R800 million worth of farms. The next rising star we tracked was the housing sector, which started booming from 2002. After that we experienced excellent growth in the commercial property market, selling over R5 billion worth of these properties by 2011. Once the global recession took hold in 2008, we saw our distressed sales leap from R117 million in 2007 to over R1,98 billion in 2011. Auctions are a tough business, but multi-cyclical. In economic theory, an auction sale is simply the juncture where demand and supply meet, resulting in a price. In its purest form, it’s a transparent transaction between a willing buyer and a willing seller at a specific moment in time. For instance, in 2002, when demand started escalating, many agents were undervaluing and underselling properties because they were unaware that the market was rapidly growing. However, auctions reflected this turnaround virtually immediately. By 2005 we were getting phenomenal prices in the industrial, office and retail sectors, between 15% and 19% higher than ‘market value’, as the supply-demand ratio inverted. The auction method always seems to find itself on the leading edge of the price curve. Auction Alliance has always focused heavily on marketing and advertising, and I believe the market

share dominance the company enjoys today is a direct dividend from these extended efforts. A property which may only spend a few minutes on the auction floor would have already enjoyed weeks of strategic marketing on a national scale. I foresee auction advertising moving away from dedicated auction supplements in newspapers towards digital and social media, radio and television as targeted advertising becomes the mantra of the serious auctioneer. I expect to see local auction companies following the international trend of specialising in a particular asset class instead of a general offering. Ten years ago I was convinced that online auctions would all but cannibalise the traditional method, but today I realise that they should work alongside each other to achieve the best results. As society’s options for entertainment and retail increase almost exponentially, the industry’s next big shift will be towards finding creative ways to reframe the auction event as a retail-entertainment event.

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ocated in central Khartoum, Sudan, just 20 minutes from Khartoum International Airport, lies the mixed-use development, Mushaireb. Situated in a prime location on the bank of the Blue Nile, it will comprise 20ha of residential, retail, commercial and leisure space. The design concept highlights Islamic architecture and blends elements from Khartoum’s past with a modern aesthetic, creating a fresh and contemporary end result. The development will ultimately include eight residential towers, the first of which, Al Bidaa, opened to residents at the end of 2011. The second tower, Al Rayyan is close to completion, and the next two towers, Al Miraq

and Al Wakra, are expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2012. In addition to the residential towers, Mushaireb will include a five-star hotel, a riverside promenade, a further 23 individual residential and commercial developments, and plenty of leisure destinations, with communal areas featuring ample garden space, coffee shops and restaurants. Underground parking will be provided, keeping the boulevard car-free, as Mushaireb’s developers aim to maintain a healthy and safe environment for pedestrians. The entire project is set to cost US$400 million (about R3,3 billion). +249 155 119 100,


Sizzling Sudan 2 The Al Noor Mosque, Khartoum. Mushaireb’s design incorporates elements of


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The Mushaireb development in Sudan is the first of its kind in the country, blending the old with the new and showing investment confidence in Africa


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communal living and dining areas as well as a gym. Sundowners are shared around a campfire, followed by an award-winning wining and dining experience. Abu Camp offers an educational safari experience, where guests get to personally interact with the camp’s elephant herd. +27 (0)11 807 1800,

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Easy visits New to Southern Sun Hotels’ portfolio is StayEasy Lusaka, situated in the multimillion-dollar development, Levy Business Park, in Zambia’s capital city. StayEasy Lusaka caters to business and leisure travellers who are looking for a convenient location and good value. The hotel offers essential business services, including a meeting room, Wi-Fi hotspots and workstations, and is situated just minutes from the CBD. Each of the 130 rooms has a flat-screen television, air conditioning and a choice of double or twin beds. The nearby Levy Business Park Mall offers plenty of options for dining and entertainment. ‘This new hotel brings the total of Southern Sun Hotels in Africa, the Middle East and Indian Ocean to 10 hotels across 7 countries,’ says Operations Director Offshore and Deluxe Hotels, Norman Wallace. +27 (0)11 461 9744,

Investment flows The World Bank says it is contributing US$70 million (about

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R567 million) towards a water resources development project in Mozambique. The aim of the project, which will be carried out over the next six years, is to improve the management of water

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resources and to plan and execute water systems in order to

edition of the Marrakech Biennale festival features international

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Your Move Sandy Geffen, Executive Director, Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty, says homebuyers can look forward to a great time ahead All indications are that this is going to be a great year for homebuyers, whether they are entering the market for the first time, upgrading, or downsizing. For a start, interest rates are at their lowest

A home in Rynfield, Benoni, with an asking price of R9,9 million.

East Rand sales track upwards

levels in more than 30 years and have been

There has been an increase in interest in homes on the East Rand, says Nelson Ferreira, Pam

that way for quite some time, making it easier

Golding Properties’ area principal, thanks to the Gautrain’s Pretoria route. The area’s reported sales

for households to pay down their debts and

turnover for the financial year of March 2010 to October 2011 increased by 57,5% to R143 million,

rebuild their credit records. Consequently, the

compared with the same period the previous year. Nelson says, ‘We are seeing a trend where

financial affairs of many consumers are now

executives are purchasing homes in the established suburbs of Glen Marais, Van Riebeeckpark and

in far better shape than they were when the

Aston Manor, and commuting to work in Sandton or Pretoria via the Gautrain links.’ He adds that

recession hit in 2009, putting them in a much

children on the East Rand are using the Gautrain to get to school, while students are using it to get

stronger position to apply for home loans.

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Secondly, home prices are the lowest they’ve been in the past six years and remain sluggish, so anyone buying now is going to get much more home for their money. This is especially important for existing homeowners who are

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contemplating an upgrade.

Midrand-based Century Property Developments (CPD) recently won the 2011 Best

Thirdly, and most importantly, banks have

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once again begun to compete in earnest for

and is now planning to launch another similar village, Waterfall Valley, in the area. Waterfall

home loan business, and their first move has

Valley will have 244 bespoke residences. CPD’s Dan Brown says, ‘There is a growing trend

been to lower the high deposit requirements

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that have been in force for the past two years.

and 90% of our buyers cite this as a major reason for choosing to live here.’ CPD’s estates

These requirements have been the biggest

offer quality amenities and have a strong green focus. +27 (0)11 300 8700,

barrier to home purchasing, because most prospective buyers have had to either save up a substantial sum of money or liquidate other investments to get their hands on cash, neither of which is easy to do in a recession. However, most lenders are now once again offering bonds of up to 100% to existing clients in good standing and bonds of 90% on average to new clients. Bond originators are already reporting increases in the volumes of approved loans. We believe that banks could be more willing to negotiate on interest rates and grant loans at less than prime, especially if the rate of inflation starts to fall again later this year, as has been predicted. However, we do not, even in the long term, foresee banks lowering their standards as regards the need for bond applicants to have excellent credit records, low debt loads and good employment prospects in order to be

Boldly Bryanston

approved – too many hard lessons have been

Glenn Norton, broker/owner of Re/Max

learnt in recent years about sub-prime lending.

Masters, which services Bryanston, says the

But, given the current bottleneck in demand,

demand for property in the area has remained

we think lower deposit requirements and rate

fairly constant, even through the recession. He

concessions will be more than enough to push

says there is higher demand at the moment

the market into full-scale recovery over the

for smaller stands in secure, boomed sections.

next two to three years, and that 2012 will be

‘There is currently a trend in the area of

the best time for those who want to ride the

young buyers purchasing older homes and

next wave to get on board.

renovating and modernising them,’ says Glenn.

There is no time like the present, so my advice

Pointing out the many shopping centres, supermarkets, sports centres, and doctors and

would be to make hay while the sun shines!

other medical facilities in the area, Glenn attributes the demand for Bryanston real estate to its investment potential. Property prices range from R450 000 for an entry-level studio

Until next month, Sandy

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apartment to R40 million for a luxury home. +27 (0)11 463 3199,


Commercial real estate is seeing another year of trophy properties being snapped up at sub-10% yields – Auction Alliance CEO, Rael Levitt

is ‘New legislationntly a likely to signif ic ess n si impact bu d to owners who nee ’ secure finance

Save for a rainy day

Indicators and surveys all point to the need for belt-tightening in 2012, says Paragon Lending Solutions CEO, Gary Palmer, who is urging business owners to do stress tests on their cash flow forecasts. ‘There is growing pressure on banks due to economic stress, and new legislation is likely to significantly impact business owners who need to secure finance for their businesses in 2012,’ says Gary. Increased tax rates and austerity packages affecting the US dollar and the euro will have a knock-on effect on South Africa too. Local interest rates are set to stay as they are for the first few months of this year, but analysts are predicting an interest rate hike in the third quarter.

Can you dig it? The student population of South Africa currently stands at 530 000, yet available housing can only accommodate 100 000 of them. One solution to this housing shortage is the current trend to convert old office blocks across the country into upmarket accommodation for university students. ‘Many universities no longer have enough space on their campuses to build new residences,’ says Richard Rubin, CEO of Aengus Property Holdings. With this in mind, Aengus has teamed up with tertiary institutions and the government to convert 10 former Gauteng offices into student digs. (In the past, such government funding was used for maintaining existing student accommodation.) Investing in office conversions creates modern, secure and functional accommodation, which costs less in the long run. This development process also helps to upgrade cities and breathes new life into SA’s urban centres. Rentals in the Aengus buildings range from R1 950 to R2 500 a month. +27 (0)11 684 2676,

Rand-saver A plot of land in Randburg is in its second year of transformation as part of a five-year Public Private Partnership plan. The triangle formed by Selkirk Road, Bram Fischer Drive and Jan Smuts Avenue will be divided into two sections: the southern section, covering 2,26ha, will be converted into social housing by the Johannesburg Social Housing Company (Joshco), which will own and manage the space, while the northern section of 6,4ha will be turned into a mixed-use property comprising social and municipal services, the Bus Rapid Transit facility, a library, a taxi rank, a licensing department and additional affordable housing. Phase 1 includes the demolition and upgrade of the bulk infrastructure and the surrounding roads. There are also plans to revamp the Hill Street Mall, while a number of streets in the office node will be made more pedestrian-friendly. +27 (0)11 688 7851,

February 2012 | 53

3 Longdon Rd, Morningside.



R3 159 000 TO R4 099 000




AVRILLE: 084 725 2883o+&/o0''*$&   *sms charged at standard sms rates, VAT incl, terms and conditions apply.

Bryanston West R5.95 million. The epitome of elegance in the most exclusive guarded road. A double-storey under slate set on ¹3000sqm manicured garden. Feature entrance hall to enclosed entertainer’s patio, 3 large reception rooms, granite and beechwood kitchen, fitted imbuia study, guest / 5th bedroom (mes), cloakroom. Upstairs: pyjama lounge, 4 double bedrooms with walk-in cupboards, 3 bathrooms (mes). 5 Auto garages, pool, staff suite, computer irrigation, good security. An elegant home worth viewing! Christine 083 632 3472 Marco 083 513 4576 (B) 011 728 7013

Bruma / Cyrildene


R2.3 million. This charming immaculate home is set in an English country garden with koi pond. Lounge, dining room, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (mes), guest cloak & well-appointed kitchen. Self-contained cottage ideal for a serious work-from-home situation or a 2nd residence which is linked to the main house by a barrel roof & entertainment area. Staff suite & work-shop. Ample off-street parking. Marianne 083 232 8082 (B) 011 728 7013 web ref. 2759422

Asking R3.1 million negotiable. Gorgeous family home in ideal location! Magnificent master bedroom with dream bathroom! 2 Additional Bedrooms (mes), separate bathroom and toilet. Study / 4th bedroom, spacious Dining room leading into an ideal family lounge. Superb outdoor entertainment area complimented by steam room and swimming pool in this HAVE TO SEE home! Close to highway and all amenities. Clive 082 823 9057 (B) 011 728 7013

Head Office 011 728 7013

The Gate House

Parktown – R27 000 000 One of the few remaining mansions that were built by the Randlords at the turn of the century and are monuments to the colourful history of Johannesburg. Boasting architectural beauty, this home is situated on a large view site property in The Valley Road. A masterpiece, it offers grand reception rooms, ďŹ ne craftsmanship, excellent accommodation, an exquisite landscaped garden and a lifestyle many dream of. An amazing opportunity to own a piece of history. Call Sheila Triegaardt 082 920 1193 or Murray Haywood 083 391 7037

H A M I LT O N ’ S P R O P E R T Y



upper R30 m’s For the Connoisseur! A sumptuous retreat in the most privileged position. Refined and utterly elegant while the impressive proportions are enhanced by uncompromised craftsmanship. Extensive accommodation including 5 suites plus guest suite, 12-seater home theatre, luxury bespoke kitchen, drawing room, library/study, and indulgent formal and informal areas. Steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi, floodlit court, garaging for 5. All set on 6007m2 with double gates, woodland walkways and water features. This is one of Sandhurst’s finest!

To view call Meg Dyker: 082 568 0863.

Web ref: 150155


mid to upper R20 m’s Perfection has been created with this new Classical masterpiece. Sequestered on almost 1,5 acres of rolling lawns, mature trees and expertly landscaped grounds, this expansive mansion caters for those with an eye for detail and who will not compromise. From the impressive winding motorcourt and volumed foyer, 4 generous receptions spill to the entertainer’s covered patio overlooking feature pool and gardenscapes. Well appointed kitchen with La Canche stove and integrated appliances open to family area with fireplace. 5 Double bedroom suites, main of indulgent proportions. Features include: Walnut panelled study, champagne lounge, cellar, gym, pyjama lounge, marble clad bathrooms. Garaging for 4 and dual staff accommodation. Dedicated guard house. One of SA’s finest homes! To view call Liz Murphy: 082 554 6524, Pauline Cribb: 082 573 6322, Aniki Buys: 082 456 3778 or Regan: 082 320 6464.

Web ref: 597109


R6.95 m BRYANSTON from R5.5 m (VAT incl) LONEHILL

Web ref: 601231

Web ref: 586567

This immaculate home in top secure/guarded address and deep within an upmarket estate, offers perfection. From the stately volumed entrance, 3 generous receptions open to the enormous entertainer’s covered patio overlooking spacious mature gardens and feature pool with extensive decking. Showstopper gourmet dine-in social kitchen with top appliances. Feature dine-in cellar, 4 spacious bedroom suites with spectacular bathrooms! Garaging for 4 and luxurious domestic suite. Absolutely perfect! To view sole agents Regan: 082 320 6464 and Christie: 082 676 4699.

NEW DEVELOPMENT. Cutting edge contemporary designs set within a secure Estate of 4 units in Bryanston East. From 450m2 to in excess of 650m2 under roof on 1301m2 (1 SOLD), these bold architectural statements comprise a fluid floor layout with a variety of options, ranging from 4-5 bedrooms en-suite, pyjama lounge, to spacious and volumed reception areas opening to enormous covered entertainment patios and feature pool. 2-3 Garages and lux staff. Top finishes and master builder. Packages sold off plan, building commenced... To view call Sole Agents Liz Murphy: 082 554 6524 or Regan: 082 320 6464.

mid R2 m’s

Web ref: 597119 Ultimate lock up and go nestled in a sought after estate offering quality finishes and wonderful views. 4 Double bedrooms, 2 en-suite, main features dressing room, balcony & study. 3 bathrooms & guest cloakroom. Granite clad solid wood kitchen with scullery and breakfast room opening out to zen garden. Spacious lounge, dining, open tiled terrace overlooking pool, double garage & domestic accommodation. To view call Gaynor: 083 258 1778.

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R6 800 000 HIGGOVALE


R8 900 000

DOUBLE VOLUME PENTHOUSE HAS IT ALL Elegant and modern. Huge spaces for living & entertaining. 4 beds en-suite, roof garden with Jacuzzi & pool. Wonderful views from every room.

R5 675 000

WHERE YOU WANT TO BE Solid private home on one level with lovely ambience. Still one original owner since built. Approved plans to add a second level . Sea & mountain views.

Gerlinde 082 569 4644 Leila 082 809 1024 Web ref: 476994


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R4 750 000 INCL VAT

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City of Cape Town

World Design Capital 2014

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082 569 4644

R5 300 000

Call me to discuss your property investments in our World Class City


FROM R1 400 000

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A SPECIAL VINTAGE Gorgeous Victorian looking for a new family. Generous accommodation, easy flow, wonderful inside and outside entertaining. A level-lawned garden double garaging and a nanny’s room. This is a lovely place to call home!

Anna Gehlhaar 072 122 9513 RE/MAX Living 021 423 4488


ENJOY LUXURY IN YOUR LIFE !! RIGHT IN THE CITY CENTRE State of the art finishes. Ultra modern apartment with spacious open plan lounge/dining and kitchen area. Undercover parking bay. 24 Hours security in complex.

Each Office Independently Owned and Operated

Hannelore Harms 082 337 6992 RE/MAX Living 021 422 3976 Web Ref 445483 + 340807

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Petra Davidan 082 490 6329 RE/MAX Living 021 422 3976

AN ABUNDANCE OF CHARM AND CHARACTER A special home situated in Loader Street Cul-de-sac. Lovely 3 bed cottage, secure garden, 2 off street parking. GR5 Zoned. Walk to Cape Quarter.


Anna Gehlhaar 072 122 9513 RE/MAX Living 021 423 4488

URBAN OASIS IN THE HEART OF HIGGOVALE Contemporary design. City & Mountain Views. Whether you are a discerning couple in search of comfort, highest standards, high-tech features or a modern cosmopolitan family with teenage kids, this is a magical place to call home.

R10 900 000

R12 950 000


Xandra Bolliger 082 646 8948 RE/MAX Living 021 423 4488

R4 650 000

UNIQUE WINERY Romantic country home with a small vineyard of 2000 Sauvignon Blanc vines. 18 m Pool. Thatched manor house has 4 beds & 3 baths. Farm kitchen, 2 reception rooms, study & 2 patios. Wine cellar & borehole.

Web Ref 485267


AT LAST A FAMILY HOME Beautiful renovated much loved double storey home in The Avenues of Higgovale. Lovely flow to level garden with heated pool. Solar heating system installed. Parquet hardwood flooring. Excellent location.

Petra Davidan 082 490 6329 RE/MAX Living 021 422 3976

R10 950 000

PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE ON KAAIMANS RIVER Two N-facing, double storey houses with open plan kitchen, dining room & lounge. 4 Beds, 2 baths,separate guest toilet. Secure parking. Store room under the stairs. Price excl. VAT.


UNCOMPROMISING SECURITY, EXCELLENT POSITION Lifestyle, Exclusivity, Sophistication. Set against Table Mountain in leafy Cul-de-sac. Direct lift entry to generous living areas, pool and garden. 4 Bedrooms en-suite. Beautiful finishes. Double garage.

Gerlinde Moser 082 569 4644 RE/MAX Living 021 422 3976

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Home Works

Dauphin HumanDesign Group puts sleek new style signature on SA homes Cutting edge international design brand Dauphin HumanDesign® Group enters South Africa’s contemporary home furniture sphere with Dauphin HOME. Known best in this country for its locally produced, style-conscious office furniture, Dauphin has now introduced a sensational range of chic furnishings for the modern home and workspace.


The new Dauphin HOME range honours modern living and aesthetics with complementary pieces that on their own make strong singular style statements. Both eye-catching and graceful, the new range features elegant furnishings, from occasional chairs to on-trend tables and modular living room furniture solutions in sleek wood, high gloss, colour and metal finishes.

The stars of this groundbreaking new collection are the award winning Perillo chair – a now iconic design made from one continuous sheet of material – and the Little Perillo, a light and bright version of this modern classic. The elegant Perillo chair with undulating SciFi lines is a plastic moulded seat that is both a practical and a sculptural addition to any space. Its walnut veneer version is undoubtedly a collector’s item. The Little Perillo follows closely in its footsteps. A recent recipient of a prestigious Red Dot Award,

the mini version has been catapulted

into the spotlight with other leading 21st century designs.

Its creator, designer Martin Ballendat,

is known for his refined and timeless style and has racked up a number of international design awards. The cheeky and stylish Little Perillo adds a splash of colour and style to any home. Light and easy


to move, it is perfect indoors or out, for any

‘Keeping it simple’ is the cosmopolitan design principle at the heart of the Dauphin HOME range. Individual modular components can be configured to meet specific needs -- like wardrobes, coffee tables, sideboards, home offices and shelving -- with easily put-together high-style solutions.

contemporary space: be it a modernist home, a chic loft or even a stylish workplace.

Contact Dauphin HumanDesign Group Johannesburg Showroom – No. 62 Hume Road, Dunkeld, 2196.


Tel. +27 (0)11 447 9888. Fax +27 (0)11 447 9889

This versatile hanger facility is functional and creates a harmonious impression in entrances, bedrooms and hallways.

Cape Town Showroom – Black River Park, Fir Street, Observatory, 7925. Tel. +27 (0)21 448 3682. Fax +27 (0)21 448 5026;;

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Property Winner of 10 publishing awards

decor, trends, luxury, design & real estate

To advertise in this space, please contact Amanda Faas on

0861 765 833 or e-mail


GNOME ALONE Going beyond the garden gnome,

these items will help you make and keep your garden pretty Hunter has upped up the traditional UK wellington boot



with an array of colours, styles and lengths, creating

Flow’s solid-wood products are the

a stylish brand of gardening footwear. Practical and

perfect gardening accessories. We

comfortable, they’re available from Nicci Boutique in

love the practical Flow harvest box.

Sandton City.

+27 (0)76 586 1715,

+27 (0)11 783 7661;

FUTURISTIC FOUNTAINS Indoor and outdoor water features company, Liquid Design, knows its H2O. One of its exquisite water features is the Harriet granite water wall, with LED strip light, float valve and water softener. Shimmering water runs down the granite slabs into the basin below while a hidden pump and filter circulate and clean the water. +27 (0)11 477 0298,



Anyone with a green thumb

Light up your garden with these solar

needs a pair of these cute

fairy lights from the Lighting Warehouse.

garden cutters by Zwilling JA

Powered by the sun, they possess an

Henckels. Perfect for cutting

illumination time of up to 10 hours and

stems or branches effortlessly

a lifespan of about 100 000 hours.

with their forged steel blades,

+27 (0)11 201 2621,

they come in a variety of

playful colours. Available from Kitchen Passion. +27 (0)11 327 5943,

DOING DONUTS The Donut takes the fun of water sports and applies it to garden table dining. The table seating combination

The 1L Consol Solar Jar stores energy during

is extremely lightweight yet sturdy and

the day and lights up at night. The nifty glass

can be moved around the garden with

gadget is fitted with solar powered LED lights

ease. The UV resistant black Donut

and features a solar-panelled lid that powers

is 1,9m in diameter and comfortably

the LED batteries for almost six hours.

seats six people. Available from

+27 (0)11 874 0000,;

Créma Design. +27 (0)21 434 0661,

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Words Candace King


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