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Property JUNE/JULY 2011

Winner of 10 publishing awards

Est. 2004, Issue 220


decor, trends, luxury, design & real estate






Hollywood meets shared ownership



RE/MAX’s Peter Gilmour on why the South African property market is looking up for homebuyers and property investors

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RSA R34.95 (incl. VAT) Other countries R21.90 (excl. Tax) Desert Star, +264 61 401 536,




Contents DECOR


different zones in our ideal, on-trend home.


jewellery designers converge on Reuben’s at One&Only

areas with advice from the

Cape Town.

JEN SHUI Socialite and media star


TRENDS HOT PLATE Oriental tastes at Greenpoint’s


Tsuyo, the Baxter Theatre’s new culinary offering, Towerbosch’s heartwarming soups and bredies, a boutique wine shop at the Biscuit Mill and Kitchen Cowboys’ culinary forays for men.

Shiny trinkets, fab fashion and smooth tequila to pique your interest this month.

Desert Star, Namibia. Turn to page 44 for more details.



buy in the Southern Suburbs, and Blaauwberg’s newest luxury apartments.


COMMERCIAL The V & A’s Clocktower Shopping Centre and the country’s oldest inn, Ouwe Werf in Stellenbosch,

Atlantic Seaboard.

get revamped, and Africa’s own World Trade Centre comes to the

SOCIETY On the town with Cape Town’s

Crystal Towers.



OFFSHORE Chalets on the Austrian Alps, and a revamped colonial gem on Lamu Island.


Trendy yet functional home


A legal first-aid kit, an unusual

and modern design on the

pretty pack.



Blending natural materials

office furniture.




Dainfern hideaway.


Estate agents, architects and

Add some colour to your living

Jen Su invites us into her




fabric experts.


We take you on a tour of the

Dear Me, the new eatery in body and soul.




Loop Street, satisfies mind,





UNTAMED WILDERNESS We uncover Namibia’s best-kept



Peter Gilmour, chairman of

We take a bite out of Sandton.

why you should feel confident

Africa’s own Big Apple.

about buying real estate in SA.

RE/MAX of Southern Africa, on

secret, GocheGanas Game Lodge, or ‘place of camel thorns’.


The Hilton Windhoek opens for business, and Namibia’s marine diamond mining industry glitters.

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Going out on a high note Photograph Ruvan Boshoff

It’s a bittersweet editorial for me this month, because it will be my last with The Property Magazine. It’s been an incredible journey, and I’ve met the most amazing people across a range of disciplines, from real estate, decor and design to those in the leisure and entertainment field. I was completely new to the real estate industry, but have found it fascinating, and to all the people who helped and supported me with information and insight over the past year, I have to say a big ‘thank you’. I’m delighted to announce that The Property Magazine has been awarded the Sapoa Publishing Award for ‘Best Property Magazine of the Year 2011’. It’s just another accolade in a long line of awards, but one that we are truly proud of. A lot has to do with the amazing team that puts the magazine together, especially our incredibly talented art director, Warren Uytenbogaardt, who worked endless hours to ensure the redesign of the magazine went according to plan. The award was given at the annual Sapoa conference, where one of the highlights was the address by Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale. Tokyo’s message to property owners was clear: while property ownership for all is essential, and everyone has a right to own property, the principles of the Constitution of the country are sound, and this extends to property ownership. ‘No law can just allow arbitrary deprivation of property,’ he said. ‘Our Constitution cannot be treated as a piece of toilet paper. It is a formidable law that comes with the dreams and hopes of the people.’ At the same time, he encouraged Sapoa members to assist him in his mission to deracialise property ownership in South Africa, and to reunite the townships of South Africa with its cities. ‘We need to reverse the legacy of apartheid to unite Johannesburg and Soweto, Umlazi and Durban. We need to close that gap and unite the people,’ he said. On a final note, it’s fitting that the guest editor of my final issue is Peter Gilmour, chairman of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, because he was one of the very first people I interviewed when I first started working at The Property Magazine, and throughout the year he and his team have been extremely supportive. Nicky Manson, currently deputy editor of Sandton magazine, will be taking over as editor of The Property Magazine from next month. I’m sure she’ll get as much joy out of it as I have.

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the Corner, this quirky, fun installation, which so perfectly

creation. It’s a limited-edition whisky, so it is packaged in

Dash Restaurant at the new Queen Victoria Hotel at the

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EDITORIAL Editor Sandy Welch Deputy Editor Nicky Manson Gauteng Bureau Chief Jackie Gray KwaZulu-Natal Bureau Chief Anne Schauffer Senior Subeditor Yaron Blecher Subeditor Mariola FouchĂŠ Features Writers Genevieve Fisher, Andrea Firth (Western Cape) AndrĂŠ Fiore (KwaZulu-Natal)

Western Cape Sales Tharien Nel, Michèle Jones, Justin Lyons KwaZulu-Natal Regional Sales Manager Jenni McCallum KwaZulu-Natal Sales Charles Roets

art Art Director Warren Uytenbogaardt Senior Designer Trudine Scannell Senior Retoucher Tim Lake

marketing Circulation Director Vanessa Marks Senior Events Manager Mariska Neethling

Gauteng Sales Anine Ehlers, Marc Lahoud, Mavashini Naidoo, Obed Sealetsa Mozambique Sales Phil Baker Namibia Sales Mynard Slabbert Traffic Controller Liesl Dodgen

CONTRIBUTORS Dave Mullany, Peter Gilmour, Lisa Witepski Photographers Val Adamson, Ruvan Boshoff, Angela Buckland, Sally Chance, Adriaan Louw, Graham Mitchell, Sam Norval, Grant Pitcher, Karl Rogers, Paul Shiakallis, Brenda Veldtman PRINTING Paarl Media ADVERTISING Group Sales Director Shanee Smart

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KITTING OUT YOUR OFFICE RE/MAX’s Peter Gilmour on why the South African property market is looking up for homebuyers and property investors

RE/MAX’s Peter Gilmour on why the South African property market is looking up for homebuyers and property investors

RE/MAX’s Peter Gilmour on why the South African property market is looking up for homebuyers and property investors

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Property involves us all. What’s your view? Email CHILLING IN STYLE The Property Magazine was in our room on our arrival at the Erinvale Estate Hotel & Spa, where my daughter and I spent four nights in the Damask Suite being well taken care of. (One morning, standing at the doors leading onto our private patio and the garden beyond was a pair of Egyptian geese having their breakfast while we enjoyed ours. My daughter placed a rose behind my ear as we planned our day of spa treatments and tours.) We loved the Lacoon chair in the article about Espresso Design, as well as the outdoor furniture shown in the Cane Time ad. The article on home heating solutions was also interesting – I’d love to have a stylish fireplace in my home. Thank you for the inspiring ideas, and thanks to Erinvale for the great rest! Karen Leigh, via email

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Go on, reward yourself !

The logo of Dear Me is a medal – a fitting symbol for an establishment that serves up the freshest, most delicious ethically farmed fare for body, mind and soul.


ust over a year ago, Ilze Koekemoer and

don’t have an ounce of dairy in them,’ says Vanessa.

bar with tapas. ‘We’ve created a unique space that a

chef Vanessa Marx met and realised they

‘Even customers who don’t have dietary restrictions

year ago you wouldn’t have believed was possible,’

shared a dream – to open an eatery that

will order the dairy- or gluten-free options because

says Ilze. She and Vanessa enlisted architect Mario

prioritises quality food while catering for

they taste just as good and none of the quality of

Bonadei to salvage what he could from the original

people with special dietary needs. This focus has

the ingredients has been compromised.’ Another

‘abused and battered’ building and create the rest of

given Dear Me the edge in the saturated daytime

benefit of lunching at Dear Me is that all the produce

the space, while interior designer Francois du Plessis

restaurant scene in and around the City Bowl.

is ethically farmed. But Dear Me is a whole lot more

was brought on board to create the look for all three

than just a daytime lunch venue.

floors. ‘The name for the Tjing-Tjing Bar came first,

Words Genevieve Fisher Photographs Adriaan Louw

Vanessa’s menu changes daily and on it are

The restaurant occupies the first floor of a

lactose-free, sugar-free and gluten-free variations

as in the clinking sound of glasses when toasting.

of all items. ‘I am diabetic and know all too well the

heritage building in Longmarket Street. On the

Francois initially wanted to have a traditional pub

awful feeling of eating something you know won’t

second floor is a private-function venue with clear

aesthetic, but he painted the bar red and the Asian

agree with you for lack of other options,’ she explains.

Perspex dining chairs, chandeliers and whitewashed

theme seemed to take over,’ explains Ilze.

Even if one table’s order requires vegetarian,

walls and floors, and a cosy lounge area with quirky

lactose- free and ‘as is’ versions of the same dish,

eclectic pieces and the chef’s table. Go up another

Dear Me’s becoming one of the top lunchtime spots

Vanessa’s team delivers with flying colours.

level and you enter the Tjing-Tjing Bar, a sexy

in Cape Town. We think its niche service will make it

‘Customers are amazed that things like our ice cream or yoghurt, which are so creamy and smooth,

Ilze and Vanessa are setting their hopes on

late-night venue with courtyard. Vanessa and her

a cherished medal above the CBD’s mantelpiece.

team service the function venue and provide the

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A fresh green decor palette echoes the organic theme. 3, 6Eclectic interiors by Francois du Plessis. 4–5Coffee

Visit for more hot new


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and sarmies to go, and one of Vanessa’s delicious creations. 7Ching, ching – raise a glass to Dear Me.

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Be daring, and try something different, from Oriental tastes and a high-culture hotspot to hearty soups, boutique wines and kitchen forays for men.

FLORENT HAMEAU, head chef at Cassia Restaurant at Nitída Wine Farm in the heart of the Durbanville Wine Valley in Cape Town, hails from Normandy, France. He reveals what brought him to South Africa, and shares the secret of perfectly prepared lamb.

Q How did you end up living in Cape Town and working as head chef at Cassia? I met my wife, Safura, in the UK while I was working as a chef in a restaurant in London. She is from Cape Town and we decided to move back to South Africa and the Cape, where her family is from. I had heard about Cassia and in April 2008 I applied for the position of chef de partie, got it, and am still here.

Q What is your favourite winter ingredient?

Edible performance art

Teppanyaki cooking can now be enjoyed at Tsuyo Japanese Restaurant on Main Road, Green Point. Other Japanese favourites, such as sushi and various traditional noodle and tempura dishes, are also on offer, but it is the ‘performance art’ involved in preparing teppanyaki dishes that keeps patrons coming back for more. +27 (0)21 439 4918

It would have to be mushrooms – I love their different textures and flavours. One of my favourites is an old French classic, coq au vin, which to me is home-style cooking at its best.

Q Who would be your dream guests to cook for?

Gordon Ramsay, to show him what real food should taste like! On a more serious note, cooking for Nelson Mandela, who is a national and international icon, would be the biggest honour that I could imagine.

Q Lamb is your favourite dish. Any tips to getting it right? Q What do you like most about South African cuisine?

The simplicity and honesty of the food. Traditional dishes, such as potjies, with their versatility, are really great. There are also the different ingredients that we have available here and are not found anywhere else. +27 (0)21 976 0640,

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Class act

The Baxter Theatre Centre’s restaurant, bar and catering facilities have been made over by The Forum food and events management company. The transformation of the Baxter was done to enhance the theatre and culinary experience of theatre-goers, who can now look forward to a fresh look and taste in a space pulsating with cultural activity. The new restaurant, Act, is open for pre-show dinner bookings. +27 (0)21 685 3888,;

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Good-quality free-range lamb is essential, as is time, patience and the right seasoning.



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Winter one-pot wonders

Towerbosch restaurant at Knorhoek Wine Estate in Stellenbosch will be serving


up hearty one-pot fare as part of its new Winter Soup & Bredie Menu. The

Jewellery designer Philippa Green’s

comforting country soup and bredie lunch will be available Wednesdays to

new range of unisex cufflinks fuses

Saturdays, in addition to the restaurant’s standard à la carte menu. Chefs Westley

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Men in the kitchen

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Kitchen Cowboys is a regular cooking seminar aimed at the alpha male. Fronted;

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WHAT’S ON Rendezvous: Back from Paris, 12 June – 7 July The Gallery at Grande Provence will be hosting a collaborative exhibition of lithographs by renowned South African and young French artists together with The Rendezvous Art Project. The show, titled Back From Paris, features work by South African artists Johann Louw, Musha Neluheni, Pontsho Sikhosana, Hanneke Benade, Molefe Thwala and Lehlohonolo Mashaba. +27 (0)21 876 8630,

Calitzdorp Port & Wine Festival, 16–18 June Visitors to South Africa’s port capital in the Klein Karoo will be treated to a variety of ports and port cultivars from festival hosts Axe Hill, Boplaas, Calitzdorp Cellar, De Krans, Du’SwaRoo, Peter Bayly, TTT and Withoek. Day pass: R40 (one day) to R90 (three days). Premier events, including olive oil and olive tasting, chocolate and wine pairings, dinner/dance and more: from R30 to R150. Bookings via Computicket. +27 (0)44 213 3137,;

Out and about in June Just for Dad

The Shadow of Brel, 29 June – 9 July The acclaimed Godfrey Johnson returns to Kalk Bay Theatre to perform The Shadow of Brel, every Wednesday through to

Celebrate Father’s Day on 19 June at The Square Restaurant at The Vineyard Hotel & Spa,

Saturday. The award-winning musician, composer, actor, director

where you and Dad will get to experience chef Alex Jenkinson’s specially designed

and singer will be performing the master Jacques Brel’s greatest

gourmet menu. Pea and ham soup, roast leg of lamb, and white and milk chocolate crème

works, from the classics to a couple of lesser-known songs.

brûlée will melt Dad’s heart. +27 (0)21 657 4500,

Tickets: R110. +27 (0)73 220 5430,

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‘The homeowner wanted a residence that focuses on modern simplicity.’

This page The circulation spine runs across the home and terminates stylishly in the enticing lap pool. Opposite The design of the home takes full advantage of natural light.

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Words Sandy Welch Photographs courtesy Aquacor

MASTERPIECE Natural materials and contemporary design perfectly define this Atlantic Seaboard home.

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Clockwise from top left The living area is bright and airy; the kitchen is designed for entertaining; first-class finishes; hardwood elements contrast warmly with the concrete.


imple, refined elegance is what this magnificent Camps Bay home is all about. Situated on a corner site, the house has been carefully designed to take full advantage of the incredible 180º sea vistas. The brief to Darryl Croome of Arthur Quinton Darryl Croome Architects was straightforward – the homeowner wanted a residence that focuses on modern simplicity. ‘With this in mind, we concentrated on the fluidity of spaces, the maximum use of north light, and using sea views to their full potential,’ says Darryl. These views perfectly amalgamate with the dominant ‘water’ theme that brings together the various elements of the home. From the pond that extends from the entrance gate to the front door to the

koi pond at the kitchen’s breakfast courtyard to the large lap pool that extends the entire length of the site, it all comes together in graceful motion. For project architect Diana Grobler, the most interesting aspects of the home are the central circulation spine, emphasised by a timber flooring ‘band’ that extends from the entrance to the terrace, and the horizontal concrete and glass element that runs across the entire building, drawing in north light. ‘I also love the slate feature wall, which makes a dramatic statement at the entrance,’ she says. The living spaces are airy and bright, with a gentle flow created by uniform, seamless tiling and hardwood floors. The main living space features a built-in fireplace with floating shelf that reaches beneath the

TV, and it’s this type of detail that makes the home intriguing. The raw finish of the off-shutter concrete wall contrasts with the richness of the floating, walnut-clad stair treads, the various lowered and raised ceiling and cornices and the random ‘light balls’ over the counter in the kitchen, which fill the double-volume space and illuminate the entire area. Interior designer Cori Quinton’s design for the kitchen itself is almost industrial, with raw concrete on some of the walls, steel finishings and a double-volume ceiling. Glass splashbacks and walnut cabinets complete the modern feel, while a central island lends itself to making the area a key point of socialising in the home. Bar area and dining room combine, and lead out through glass doors onto the

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covered patio on one side of the home, making the most of the gorgeous views and outdoor entertaining potential. Taking this further, the one side of the home, which is fronted entirely by glass, features an overhang, providing a covered patio alongside the lap pool.  Throughout the house, the decor reflects the homeowner’s love of contemporary European design. All plumbing was done by Pipeline Plumbers. The construction work was done by Linden Projects, which met the challenge of working on a sloping site with uneven adjacent erven with thoroughness and perfection. ‘The aspect of the home that appeals to me most is the clever use of space and the striking, contemporary lines,’ says Enrica van der Linden.

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There are many advantages to choosing Linden Projects as your building partner, not least of which is enjoying the benefits that come from working with a team of confident, dynamic and highly qualified tradespeople. For this property in Camps Bay, the sloping site and the varied levels from the adjacent erven presented their own construction challenges. However, working with their hallmark thoroughness and drive for perfection, Linden Projects enabled their client to obtain a remarkable home of superior workmanship.

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Africa’s new South Africa’s very own golden core Sandton, version of the Big Apple, is ripening Words Lisa Witepski Photographs Brenda Veldtman


ars whiz past the group of pedestrians standing bemused, bewildered and anxious as they seek a gap in the traffic to cross the road. Alongside them, a suited office worker in a rush to get back to her desk glances between the traffic light and her wristwatch, while the sizzle and smoke from a street vendor’s wagon reminds others that lunch is just starting. No, this isn’t New York or London. It’s Sandton, South Africa’s answer to both. Observing the city today, it’s difficult to imagine how in July 1969, when the township of Sandton was formalised (the name is an amalgam of ‘Sandown’ and ‘Bryanston’), it could have been touted as the place ‘where town meets country’. Even as recently as five years

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ago, says Cara Reilly, marketing manager for the Sandton Central Management District (SCMD), surveys revealed that the office drudges comprising the precinct’s daytime population perceived it as being a concrete container that they dragged themselves to every morning and fled in the evening. Their overriding impression? Concrete hardness. But even though the Sandton of today isn’t the ‘garden city’ it was once purported to be, and the mink and manure that were its hallmark are long gone, ‘Africa’s richest mile’ isn’t a corporate cage, either. So how was Sandton transformed from a place of stables and saddles into the domain of high-flying financiers? The first glimpse of Sandton as a destination of choice came with the opening of Sandton City in 1974. (Back then the shopping centre had 120 stores and its office component was

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the NEIGHBOURHOOD legally restricted to 200 000m2. Today it is one of the largest shopping destinations in the southern hemisphere and has over 1  000  000m2 under management.) Sandton’s growing popularity as a business and residential node might also have been a consequence of the existing Johannesburg CBD’s insidious backsliding, as Sandton had better infrastructure, more affordable land and, most importantly, the allure of owning a home with rolling lawn just a short drive away from the office. That was in the ’90s and, sadly, those rolling lawns no longer exist. Replacing them, observes Herschel Jawitz of Jawitz Properties, is a rash of townhouses and soaring apartment blocks. As the city strives to accommodate its mushrooming population, it seems the only way is up. But, as befits a city known for its affluence, these are no ordinary apartments. True, the townhouses remain of the garden variety – typically 120m2 in size with two bedrooms and two bathrooms and priced from R1,6 million to R1,8 million – and are ideal for the yuppies working at large corporations, such as Investec, RMB and Discovery. These are people who are more concerned with enjoying a lock-up-and-go lifestyle than having a garden and pool. As they move higher up the corporate ladder and grow their families, they’re likely to move into one of the suburb’s exclusive cluster developments. Herschel says the cluster market is varied, with homes sized from 300m2 to 800m2 and priced from R3 million to R15 million, depending on the finishes and the degree of luxury. Ah, luxury. If this is what Sandton dwellers want, then it’s to the new high-rises that have redefined Sandton’s skyline – The Emperor, The Raphael Penthouse Suites, The Michelangelo and the penthouses at Katherine & West – that they usually turn. These developments often incorporate a range of lifestyle amenities, from gyms to grocery stores, dry cleaners and even meeting rooms. In fact, there’s no need ever to leave the building. Naturally, the penthouse apartments in such developments are beyond compare, and are snapped up by the leaders of industry, who aren’t likely to balk at price tags of some R30 million. But, says Herschel, there are other homemakers, apart from the wealthy individuals and families, who are buying here – the elderly. Their days of a full house now over, they too seek the ease of the lock-up-and-go lifestyle, and favour an urban buzz. The big houses they once lived in might still be standing, especially in areas such as Morningside, but Herschel believes they now hold more value for property developers.  After all, he says, who wants to pay R5 million for a house if they’re neighboured on either side by high-rises? So, while the prestige of a Sandton address might no longer be what it once was, there’s no denying that living in this hub still holds a certain allure, especially for those who fancy a Carrie-Bradshaw-type existence. Isn’t there a concern, though, that the Sandton CBD will go the inevitable route of urban decay? Not if the SCMD has a say in the matter.The impact made by the organisation since its establishment in 2004 is visible in many areas.Thanks to its ‘Clean and Safe Streets’ campaigns, the Sandton CBD is now a pleasant and secure environment. And Sandtonistas are slowly overcoming their tendency to cluster indoors, preferring to while away the hours in public squares, in the way of Europe. Cara notes that in the past five years, the hub has seen a marked increase in foot traffic, to the point where Sandton’s property developers now cater for pedestrians. Sandton City’s new pedestrian entrance on Pybus Street is a case in point, and Cara says still more will be done via basic infrastructure to encourage the free flow of foot traffic, for example, ensuring pavements are level, marking pedestrian crossings clearly

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Opening page Vibrant Nelson Mandela Square. This page, clockwise from top left The dramatic towers at 15 Alice Lane; The Emperor luxury apartment building, down the road from Old Mutual’s and Investec’s headquarters in SA’s new financial heartland; Sandton Gautrain station; a sky bridge links the Sandton Convention Centre to The Michelangelo Hotel; Radisson Blu Gautrain, one of the many global hospitality brands establishing a footprint in Sandton; the iconic, recently revamped Sandton Sun. Opposite Swiftly shuttling businesspeople between the airport and Sandton Central, the Gautrain is critical to the economy.


Where to play in Sandton Sandton might well be South Africa’s business hub, but the city is hardly all work and no play. It could also rightly be called the country’s style capital, and as for fine restaurants, well, there’s no shortage. 1. Bella – The cosy interior invites confidences and conversation, and the light bites, cakes and confections are sublime. +27 (0)11 883 6665 2.

Charlotte Rhys – Best known for its exquisitely perfumed range of bath products, Charlotte Rhys now makes other special treats too. +27 (0)11 440 3870,

3. CUP, Decadently Yours – Warning! Alice has escaped from Wonderland and is making herself comfortable in Morningside Shopping Centre! CUP’s an absolute delight for tea connoisseurs. +27 (0)10 590 0162 4.

Handmade by Bev – Whether it’s something sparkly for your jewellery box or the ultimate decor accessory, you’ll find it here in this Benmore Gardens

and providing wheelchair access. Developments such as the introduction of the Gautrain have undoubtedly played a role in furthering interest in the area too, as Sandton has become that much more accessible. ‘One surprising and unanticipated spin-off is that families from other parts of Jo’burg, such as the Eastern Suburbs, have started taking the train to Sandton for day visits,’ says Cara. Mike Uphof from the Sandton Tourism Association isn’t surprised by the city’s star turn. Indeed, he notes that it has everything to offer a visitor wishing to experience a microcosm of South Africa – township tours of Alexandra are minutes away, the shopping’s unsurpassed, there’s a rich wildlife experience to be had two and a half hours’ drive away in Pilanesberg and some of the country’s best-known landmarks, including Liliesleaf, Constitution Hill and the Apartheid Museum, are within easy reach. And that’s before you take into account an all-hours’ nightlife, captivating theatre, museums and art galleries. Naturally, though, it’s the business community that the city predominantly caters for. Meetings and conferences have found an ideal home in the Sandton Convention Centre, while the city’s host of five-star hotels can accommodate over 2 000 guests a night. ‘In the ’80s, Sandton Sun was the sole five-star establishment attracting tourists to Sandton,’ Mike comments. ‘However, we now have a wide range of accommodation at all price ranges, and more than 45 of these establishments, comprising 6 800 bedrooms, are members of the Sandton Tourism Association.’ The city’s popularity as a destination is set to grow, he maintains, with some eight sites targeted for new hotels or mixed-use developments to join the likes of the InterContinental Sandton Towers, The Michelangelo, Sandton Sun, Rezidor’s Radisson Blu and Park Inn, the Holiday Inn and The Hilton. Meanwhile, existing establishments are investing heavily in upgrades. Sandton Sun recently gave its dining facilities a multimillion-rand face-lift, there are plans to overhaul

Village Walk shopping centre, and Sandton City just recently made another own contribution to the city skyline – its old pyramid-style rooftop has been guiding shoppers to the area for decades – when its south-east extension donned a futuristic roof in February. (Phase 1 of Sandton City’s redevelopment is scheduled to be completed in November this year.) As glad as she is to see tourists enjoying all that the city has to offer, Cara’s even more pleased to see how office workers are leaving their cubicles to enjoy the hum of the outdoors. Much of this positivity is thanks to SCMD initiatives, such as its street art programme, encompassing performance art, music, dance, mime and exhibitions, all of which is aimed at creating a sense of place for residents while establishing a platform for local artists. (Perhaps the most famous of the company’s interventions are the cheeky and entertaining Why Men. Distributed throughout Sandton Central, these wire sculptures are illuminated over the festive season to add a dash of cheer.) Another project is the BenchMark Commission, where artists are commissioned by the SCMD and corporate sponsors to design public benches, and softening the city’s oft-lamented cement core are Mushroom Farm and Sandton Central parks. The SCMD has also established the SCouts information kiosks to make the city more user-friendly. With a nod to the past, the SCMD has embarked on a heritage project to ensure the African essence of Sandton remains intact. Because one thing is certain: the city hasn’t ceased its rapid expansion. Cara speaks with wonder of the new buildings that have shot up like urban yellowwoods in the brief time since Sandton Central’s establishment, from office parks, such as The Place at 1 Sandton Drive, the new premises of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, the United States Embassy, the Sandton Towers and Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs, to Green Park, an eco-friendly development comprising a boutique hotel and residential apartments, and the Hydro Executive Apartments. ‘We haven’t even scratched the surface,’ says Cara.

boutique. +27 (0)11 884 4429 5. Le Papier du Nord – With its exotic handmade sheets and craft material, Le Papier du Nord proves that paper can be as artful as the stuff that’s drawn on it. +27 (0)11 784 9434, 6. Melt – Move over, Willy Wonka! Melt presents a swirl of velvety fondant, the silky kiss of Swiss chocolate and sugary finales for any meal. +27 (0)11 326 5067, 7. Lifestyle Emporium – It’s difficult to decide what’s most likely to beguile your eye – the cake-laden harvest table or the magnificent decor pieces. +27 (0)11 783 5965 8. Contessa – With tea varieties such as apricot brandy and coconut snow, don’t be surprised if your English breakfast suddenly seems a little mundane. +27 (0)11 234 6641, 9. Be-Leaf – This eatery is to salad what Chanel is to the little black dress. Here they turn lettuce from a pedestrian foodstuff crunched dutifully by dieters into the star of a flavoursome, filling and fabulous feast. +27 (0)11 023 9424, 10. Thomas Maxwell – Parkhurst isn’t the only Johannesburg neighbourhood with fine bistros to its name. Thomas Maxwell in Parkmore serves up simple meals that are bursting with bold flavours. +27 (0)11 784 1575,

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Australian born designer marc newson’s aesthetic vision and uncompromising originality have won him international acclaim. objects designed by Newson, as well as being perfectly engineered mechanisms, created with meticulous attention to detail, appear to provoke physical reactions, making you want to look, to touch. His talent is not restricted by materials, he knows how to develop any design with simple genius: from the Lockheed Lounge, the extraordinary aluminum chaise longue, an iconic piece in the history of design, to the spaceplane for EADS astrium or to the complete interiors for Qantas airway’s A380 ‘superjumbo’ Fleet. With Smeg, Newson experiments, for the First time, with the design of domestic appliances and demonstrates, once again, that his unmistakable creations are capable of speaking to everybody and that there is no object that his talent cannot shape. Smeg believe that objects of daily-use should not only Fill an environment; they should create an atmosphere. This is why technology and functionality are deeply connected to style and aesthetics. This sensitivity, which has inspired the collaboration with great architects and designers of our time, is the perfect expression of Made in Italy which combines art and industrial expertise in everyday objects. Soft lines, maximum functional intuitiveness, elegant surfaces in stainless steel or glass and colours: these are the distinctive elements of the new aesthetic line designed by Marc Newson. Because the house is a place to live, not to pass through.


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zone We’ve roped in interior design and decor heavyweights to give us the heads-up on the hottest trends in home spaces. Words Genevieve Fisher


ake a walk with us through our ideal, on-trend home, where you will be inspired by the living room’s throwback to the ’70s, the bedroom’s Bohemian ambience, the kitchen’s monochromatic colour scheme, the bathroom’s rounded and soft finishes, the drama of the entrance area, the dining room’s sense of ease and the outdoor area’s feeling of … well, being an extension of the other rooms in the house. This concept home has been filled according to the wishlists of the top professionals in the interior decor and design industries, and captures the key trends of our time.

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Tropico Suspension Lights (Foscarini), Créma Design. 2Snap Ribbon Mirror, Box Living. 3Grey Ceramic Tile (Pergo), Barrow Flooring. 4Fractured Mirror, Okha. Concetto Range – Amethyst Display Table, Caesarstone. 6Walk Series Porcelain Tiles, Italcotto. 7Blown-Glass Vases, Red Hot Glass.


Entrance Zone Adam Court, Okha:

‘When stepping into the entrance area of a home, you should get a tangible sense of arrival, an ambience of excitement and drama that marks the moment of crossing over into a new environment. High ceilings, gallery-like spaces, elevation of the area, or different wall treatments to the rest of the interior, are good ways to evoke this. The entrance area is also the first opportunity to display individuality as well as charm in the form of artworks and captivating sculpture, as it is an area of exchanging first impressions and formalities of social decorum. It is also the ideal location to feature large-scale sculptural lighting, something powerful and unique that can be seen even when approaching the property. ‘With regards to furniture and accessories, a long and narrow server will allow you to display tabletop artworks, vases and glass collections, plus it’s the ideal key-drop area. I would suggest working with fewer, more dramatic statement items rather than cluttering the space. Mirrors are ideal accessories to make the area feel bigger, especially if they are as grandiose as possible. And, of course, everyone has one final mirror check before they step out. ‘Most entrance areas are not large, so try to create a greater sense of openness and space with light, airy colour palettes, as the last thing you want to encounter is a badly lit, dark and dingy environment. The experience should be uplifting, invigorating and sensory on every level. When it comes to finishes and flooring, hardy, durable, easy-to-clean natural materials are currently on trend, such as marble, slate, timber, and porcelain tiles.’ +27 (0)21 461 7233,

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Concetto Range – Blue Agate, Caesarstone


Synergy Interiors Celebrating our 10th year of business, Synergy Interiors is made up of a young and dynamic team based in Cape Town. We focus heavily on the retail, corporate and hospitality industries, and have a passion for delivering a quality end product and top client service punctually. Synergy Interiors confidently works according to each client’s individual needs, offering a turnkey project management service. We offer the following in-house services: · Project management and site supervision on each project. · Turnkey projects – when required · Metalwork shop · Glass UV bonding · AutoCAD drawing and detailing of fixtures · Drawing printing facilities · Fully automated workshop

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Jewelled Egg Wall Light, K. Light Import. 2Snap Diva Chair, Box Living. 3Tress Floor Lamps (Foscarini), Créma Design. 4Ostrich Shell Bowls, Ashanti Design. Stainless-Steel Tray (Bugatti), Italian Lifestyle. 6Table, Side Chairs and Armchairs (Cherner Chair Co.), Créma Design. 7Boathouse Pine Plank (Pergo), Barrow Flooring.


Dining Zone

Maira Koutsoudakis, Life Interiors & Architecture & Creative Direction: ‘Lighting is crucial to the dining zone: a feature light fitting or ceiling activation makes the area intimate and adds a sense of drama and magic through the channelling of light and mood. Over-scaled light fittings and the hidden source of light are big trends, as is the use of new lighting technology in the spirit of sustainability, such as energy-saving LED lights, which can be installed in clusters and are dimmable. ‘When it comes to on-trend furniture, the excesses of the recent past and subsequent recession have steered tastes towards more honest, authentic furniture and interiors. Less Duco-sprayed furniture, more one-off, handcrafted investment pieces that, in styling and materials, will wear well and have longevity. Chairs are tending towards lower-backs, and tables are being made out of sandblasted timbers to expose their grain and colour. ‘The colour combination greige remains a big trend, and on the material front, grainy timber and wild, eccentric, exuberant marble and stone are pertinent. Another big trend in the dining zone is more from a functionality perspective, namely, the ease of having facilities close at hand. For example a well- positioned, well-designed server that has a silver tray with decanters and elegant glasses invites use by guests, freeing up the host to get on with the serious business of entertaining. Adjustable mood lighting and slipcovers on chairs allow for changing the dining space from day to night, informal to formal, making spaces flexible and alive.’ +27 (0)11 783 5965,

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Living Zone Trevyn McGowan, Source:

‘Anything retro that has a ’70s feel is currently big for interior spaces. New York’s Upper-East-Side aesthetic, inspired by the 1970s, is the source of inspiration, “antiques of the future”. Rooms have a feeling of spaciousness and non-clutter, where sofas are elevated, allowing you to see the floor, and don’t take up a lot of space. Carpets and rugs are tending towards the exotic one-offs with an Indian feel and patchwork design, which act as the focal piece of a room. Groups of interestingly shaped coffee tables, as opposed to one large one, is a growing trend, as are interesting sculptural pieces, such as vases and lamps, which are also good focal points. ‘With regards to colour palettes, washed-out ’70s sepia is the biggest influence, with muted flesh tones, greys, beige, toffee and pale pinks being derivatives. ‘This retro feel continues through to lighting, where a backdrop and ambience of warmth is achieved through the placement of bulbs in ceiling recesses and adjusted by downlighters. Added to this, strategically placed standing lamps or clusters of lamps that create nodes of light are a big trend, as are unique and off- centre chandeliers. ‘When it comes to materials and textiles, luxe fabrics are important, because of their texture and quality. Layering of various textures is another big trend, particularly with leather, sheepskin, velvet and mohair.’ +27 (0)44 877 0719,

European Oak Rustic-Grade Flooring, Bestwood Flooring. 2Tray Tables, Dokter & Misses. 3Dragon Sofa, Colonial House Design. 4Red Light Carpet, Bretz Imports. Etch Lights (Tom Dixon), Créma Design. 6Ceramic Vase, Hennie Meyer Ceramics. 7Floor Cushion, Weylandts. 8Apollo Leather Occasional Chair, Chateau d’Ax. 9 Floriana Wingback, Sarah Ord Interiors. 10Orbital Lamp (Foscarini), Créma Design. 11Leaves in Autumn Footstool, Skinny La Minx. 12Wall-mounted bookcase system (Zalf), Espresso Design. 13Future City Wall Decal, Wall Art Stickers. 14Flash Tables (Tom Dixon), Créma Design. 1


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with a restrained yet sophisticated look. Vintage furniture that not only has provenance but also hints of the future is currently on-trend – the line of thinking is,

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Cooking Zone

Wendy Grater of Alpine German Kitchens, and Andrew Hamilton Barr of Espresso Design Wendy says the 21st-century kitchen is fast becoming the social/nerve centre of the home, and its design needs to reflect this. ‘Its functionality now incorporates cooking, entertaining and socialising, as well as digital communication, stock control and home security control,’ she says. ‘It’s all about using space, accessories and finishes to make the kitchen a reflection of you and your lifestyle.’ Andrew Hamilton Barr says kitchens are becoming increasingly simplified yet beautiful, to give them a timeless element. In terms of design, he says the trend is for Italian manufacturers to team up with well-known designers so that kitchens are cutting-edge and are associated with a world-renowned name. Well-designed lighting that is functional and sets the mood is important in kitchens. The big trend here is to integrate lighting within the cabinetry. Wendy and Andrew agree that there is a move away from halogen lighting to more eco-efficient LED lighting. ‘Illuminated cabinetry with glass fronts and shelving units with glass shelves with integrated LED lighting provide great opportunities to set up accents within the kitchen design where storage meets display,’ says Wendy. In terms of kitchen cabinetry, Wendy says cabinets are going beyond the traditional depth of 600mm. ‘“Transparency”, “revealing” and “concealing” are key themes, while glass drawer sides and fronts are extremely popular. We are also seeing glass being used as a worktop material and for door fronts. Glass can come in different finishes, from gloss to sandblasted, and can also be coloured,’ she explains. Andrew says the thickness of the doors also varies – the trend is a less-chunky, 12mm door. ‘There is also a move towards handle-less cabinets,’ he adds. Monochromatic colour palettes are big in worktops, splashbacks and doors. In finishings, natural tones, wood veneers and repro-wood veneers with white still dominating are all on-trend, says Wendy. ‘Black and white glass, high-gloss or soft hydro-lacquer have never gone out of style, and white appliance ranges that can match white kitchens or provide a contrast to other neutral colours are becoming more prevalent.’ The latest trend in kitchen flooring is towards a seamless finish that allows an integrated flow from the kitchen to the rest of the open-plan living area. ‘We’re seeing oversized, high-gloss and matt porcelain tiles in neutral colours, as well as stone-laid flooring, such as Quartzcarpet,’ says Wendy. ‘Marmoleum is a popular choice right now,’ adds Andrew. ‘It’s an eco-friendly covering that offers a seamless floor.’ When it comes to being eco-sensitive, Wendy says antibacterial worktops, non-toxic glues for the cabinetry, hydro-lacquers and sustainable woods are popular. (Recycling bin systems are standard in European kitchens.) New eco-friendly products for worktops are coming onto the market, such as PaperStone by StoneTech, which is made from 100% recycled paper and petro-free phenolic resins, and is a beautifully finished, sustainable composite surface offering a New Age alternative to the commonly used natural stones. +27 (0)21 422 2373,; +27 (0)21 422 5283,


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Sleeping Zone Paul Duncan, Woolworths:

‘There’s nothing more important than the bed, of course. But what makes it really comfortable, apart from a good mattress, is an upholstered headboard. Bedrooms have become more than just sleeping zones: they’re rooms in which to lounge about and relax. Sofas and big, comfortable armchairs are becoming more apparent in the bedroom, which is now re-imagined as a sitting room in which you also sleep and that has easy access to the bathroom nearby. Dressing rooms are always great, but if you haven’t the space, there is the option of having built-in cupboards that masquerade as freestanding pieces. ‘Lighting is important in the bedroom, because of the calm and romantic ambience inherent to the space. One lamp for ambient lighting is essential – tall with a big shade – as is a smaller reading lamp or even a desk lamp that has very focused directional lighting. ‘When it comes to linen and fabric, a current trend is T-shirt bedding: it’s warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Mixing and matching bed linen is also a big trend right now: mixing pattern and print, pattern with stripes, both large and small scale – the look is slightly Bohemian, but it gives a rich visual texture to the room. There’s a move towards greater luxury and indulgence in the bedroom as people search for products which help the cocooning urge that seems to be prevalent right now, which is why 300-400-thread-count Egyptian cotton is popular. In the same breath, though, with regards to eco-sensitivity, there is also a move towards using other fabrics, including linen and cotton blends, such as bamboo and modal. Layered beds are also a favourite trend at the moment: beds layered with throws, cushions, quilts and so on are more appealing and inviting. ‘With regards to colour palettes, berries and reds are huge, though you might consider using them gently. Colours that tend to be favoured in bedding are more restful colours, such as pastels, naturals and white.’ 0860 100 987,

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1 Vicky Side Table, Frank Böhm Studio. 2Linen, Gavin Rajah Homeware Collection. 3Mahendi Red, Lula Fabrics. 4Origami Aloe Cushions and Prickly Pear Rug, The Mohair Collection. 5Wingback Chairs (Tom Dixon), Créma Design. 6Rangoli Rug (Nanimarquina), Créma Design. 7Scatter Cushions, Ashanti Design. 8Trestle Lamp, Dokter & Misses. 9 Silver Oak Vinyl Floors (Pergo), Barrow Flooring. 10 Chandwa Patchwork Bedspread, Weylandts. 11 Testa Double-Sided Headboard (Nanimarquina), Créma Design. 12Floating Boxes with Drawers, ODE DIY.


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PROPERTY neighbourhood watch TRENDS







Rainshower Icon Hand Shower (Grohe), Bella Bathrooms. 2Sen Bath (Agape), Lavo Bathroom Concepts. 3Quadro Basin Mixer (Studio RKDO), Lavo Bathroom Concepts. 4Viega Toilet Flushers, On Tap. 5Vero Black Gloss Console (Duravit), On Tap. 6Nahho Floatation Bathtub, Duravit.

Bathing Zone

Karyn Robyn, Duravit South Africa: ‘Today, the bathroom is becoming a living room space that offers a refuge from the complex world we live in. The dominant trends are the soft bathroom with an avant-garde feel, where shapes and designs are more rounded and cosy than sharp with hard edges and corners; the green bathroom, where natural, ecologically sound materials and timeless, enduring design dominate; the fashionable bathroom that takes on the quality of a living space and becomes an indication of the user’s personal tastes; and the minimalist bathroom, which promotes modern design that makes life simpler, with a natural or poetic character. ‘The notion of a private spa is growing in appeal as wellness becomes a primary focus in the bathroom. The demand for luxury, aesthetic appeal and the cult of the body combine in a sophisticated concept that enables these experiences to be enjoyed in intimate privacy. Mood lighting, whirl-tubs, multifunctional showers, saunas and other spa equipment, such as air nozzles, jet nozzles or rotating back-and-foot-massage nozzles, help to create personal spas. ‘The benefits and beauty of water have become an inspiration, from its cascading from shower heads in interesting formations to interesting bath designs that encourage submersion. Technological trends to watch out for are electronic fittings, touch-free operation devices and convenient push-button control of showers and other bathroom features. When it comes to colours and finishes, high-quality wooden surfaces, such as ebony, bleached oak, cherry tree or rosewood, give the bathroom a lively warmth and personality and introduces a sense of the living room into the bathroom. New, eye-catching black and white high-gloss finishes and black sanitary ceramic items are on-trend.’ +27 (0)11 722 9060,

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Shop 123, The Square

Purveyor of luxury bathroom-ware in the classic style, Victorian Bathrooms welcomes you to visit its flagship store at the Cape Quarter. From the distinctive styling of its baths and ceramic-ware to the timeless appeal of its taps and shower valves, Victorian Bathrooms captivates you with its passion and desire to assist you with your bathroom styling. Listed among the top 1% of retail outlets in South Africa, this store is definitely worth a visit!

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Shop 118, The Square

The Fabric Library is a leading wholesale distributor of furnishing fabrics, with showrooms in Jo’burg, Pretoria, Durban, PE and Cape Town. Its strength lies in the variety of its collections, which range from curtaining to upholstery, from earthy to chic, serious to whimsical, smooth to textured, colourful to muted. The Fabric Library can satisfy any taste and budget. It also represents the imported ranges of Romo, Osborne & Little, Clarke & Clarke, and Fabricut. The Fabric Library has recently launched the South African Interior Designer of the Year Award. Entries close 17 July. Prizes over R1,2 million. Enter online at

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Shop D05, The Square

With its wide selection including top-end products from Scanpan, Swiss Diamond, Joseph Joseph and others, Banks Kitchen Boutique is there to indulge your every kitchen-related desire. New products arrive all the time, so you will never tire of visiting Banks. The store will be getting a facelift, and will soon stock the biggest selection of Zwilling products in Cape Town. Banks also offers gift registry services, and has an online shop.

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Shop B1, The Piazza

Inspired by nature and the world around us, each product in the Modus Vivendi Casa showroom reflects the way we want to live. Modus Vivendi Casa is stockist of the five top Italian furniture brands. The Natuzzi group leads the way with Natuzzi, Editions and Italsofa, while the Fendi Casa, Calligaris, Ego and Cattelan Italia brands are excellent companions to a life of comfort and luxury. While constantly striving to bring the buyer only the finest quality, all products in the Modus Vivendi Casa range remain affordable to the more discerning individual, making the way you want to live a reality. From mansion to bachelor pad, our range incorporates every lifestyle.

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Shop A17, The Piazza

At CHD, our ability to master wide-ranging complexities is based on our understanding of the technical requirements for delivering unique products. We apply design innovation, generating unique designer products that have never been seen before. Each piece has the potential to be reinvented and customised to the spaces or requirements, which have been as diverse as trendy metropolitan nightclubs and secluded luxury lodges in distant African lands. Our fundamental point of difference is our approach to design and the exclusive service we provide by customising design-led furniture specific to each job.

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Bean Bag, Ashanti Design. 2Barcelona Dining Table and Chairs, Bloc Outdoor. 3Lino Soft Table Set, MBM. 4Floora Standing Light and Ivy Pouffe/Luminescent Table (EMU), The Modern Garden Company 5Dedon Nestrest, Cane Time 6Havana Suspension Lamp (Foscarini), Créma Design 7Nova Desk Bowl, Styler 8White Club Sofa Set (Gloster), Marlanteak 1

Outdoor Zone

Susan Perry, The Modern Garden Company ‘By defining outdoor zones, you can add another three or even four clear outdoor “rooms” to your house, visibly adding value to your property. Outdoor zoning can be done by means of shading, heating and lighting. Solar lighting has been a trend for a while and is progressing rapidly into more aesthetically pleasing design forms. LED/rechargeable is still a significant player and is taking on some much more organic, fluid and interesting forms. Lighting is also being used to ‘The retro aesthetic is big this season, as with indoor furniture. It seems that the prevailing economic conditions have made us nostalgic. At the Milan Furniture Fair this year, it was all about new products on old themes. Many of the classical designs were reinterpreted and re-engineered in contemporary materials, giving a new look to old favourites. Fully upholstered outdoor furniture is currently the way forward – even if the furniture manufacturers were playing it safe in the designs, the fabric technologies continue to progress. Many of us love the brights that are available, but are not quite brave enough to follow through. So keep with the neutrals, and go with the on-trend palettes for accessories, such as the glamorous fuchsia, lime green and silver. ‘Outdoor carpets are becoming very popular, and shapes continue to be organic or to move towards the “new retro”. Multifunctional furniture is another big trend, such as seating that doubles as lighting, stools that open up to become lounging cushions, loungers that fold to become tables and ottomans with tray tops that double as seating or side tables.’ +27 (0)21 434 0611,

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Gail Butler, Director

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Tell us more about your products and services. Halogen International is one of SA’s leading wholesale fabric distributors and stockists to the interior decor trade, including contractors, specifiers, architects and retail shops. Halogen International represent over 30 of the world’s most exclusive fabric houses and offers a vast range of over 200 beautiful, hand-selected local fabrics to choose from. Our head office is located in Jo’burg, with a branch in Cape Town and agents in Durban and Port Elizabeth. Your criteria for imports? The interior industry in SA tends to follow the European trends. We attend trade shows around the world, ensuring that we are buying in line with the latest trends and have the best to offer the local market. Halogen International prides itself on the quality of the fabric and wallpapers that it sells and represents in SA. How globally competitive are local designers? South African designers are very globally competitive. In the last two volumes of the international Andrew Martin Interior Design Review we had eight local designers featured, with another six set to be featured in the forthcoming volume.

Tell us more about your products and services. Mavromac is the chosen distributor of some of the world’s foremost international brands, and is also home to the country’s most stylish local brand, Mavromac South. We welcome both decorators and members of the public into our showrooms nationally, and assist them with their own or their client’s brief. We carry a vast range of fabrics, and narrowing the choices down through the use of various criteria, such as function, pattern, style, colour or price, is an essential and timesaving service we offer. High-profile projects you’ve recently completed? In conjunction with leading SA decorators, we have recently been involved in supplying soft furnishings to One&Only Cape Town, Four Points hotels in Africa, private game reserves, ministerial lounges at airports, private hospitals, wine estates and Indian Ocean island resorts. Your criteria for imports? Our international editeurs launch new collections annually and some biannually, bringing us the latest global trends. Mavromac South collections are right up there with global trends!

Tell us more about your products and services. As one of the leading wholesale distributors of local and international furnishing fabrics in South Africa, our strength lies in the variety we offer, satisfying any taste and any budget. We strive to serve our customers to the highest standard. What is your latest service? Recently we proudly launched the South African Interior Designer of the Year Award. The aim is to recognise and reward outstanding contributions to interior decoration and design and to acknowledge design excellence and new ideas and techniques across SA. The awards programme is a celebration of innovation, inspiration, and lasting achievement within interior decoration and design. It is open to everyone who is involved with or has an interest in these industries: any African-based design student, novice or professional over the age of 18 may enter, including interior designers, interior decorators, interior architects and architects. Enter now! Closing date: 17 July. Prizes over R1,2 million. Visit

Tell us more about your products and services. We at Middestad Fabrics offer not only products of the highest quality, timeless design and tireless attention to detail, but also the best service in the industry. Since 1991 my parents and I have built up a stunning team of the most experienced and professional staff in the industry, and developed into one of the largest textile retailers in Africa. All of our products sell well as a result of our very strict buying regulations and tough quality control checks. Cost does not compromise the quality of our products! Exclusivity is another one of our drawcards. Even with our plain fabrics, different dyes are mixed to form new and unusual colours, and processes are tweaked to form a more unusual end product, while still keeping with the strict Middestad quality standards. Current trends in South Africa and abroad? SA, a usually conservative market, is slowly opening up to European trends, which is quite exciting! Your high-profile clients? We count celebrities, ambassadors, ministers, presidential families and even royal families among our clients!

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Colin O’Mara Davis, Brand Manager Tell us more about your products and services. St Leger & Viney is the leading supplier of decorative furnishing fabrics and wallpapers to the South African design industry’s professionals, and occupies a strong, directional presence in the contemporary design landscape. Current trends in South Africa and abroad? The ‘Global Ethnicity’ trend. It speaks to the romance and adventure of travelling abroad and collecting mementos that become talking points in the home. For inspiration we look to ethnographic design motifs, primarily from the BRICS group, so the next trend cycle is all about kelims, ikats, paisleys, arabesque, chinoiserie, kente and so forth, but, interestingly, we’re pairing them all together for a melange of culture, so to speak. Your latest, most popular products? We’ve just recently had our ‘Indent’ open day in May, where we showed brand-new editeur collections. We’re expecting ‘California Romantic’ by Ralph Lauren to do well, as well as the ’50s collection by Sanderson.


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Dauphin HumanDesign Group continues to make its mark in the competitive domestic and office seating sectors. Stylish buy Choose the innovative Shape Mesh for at-home or at-work desk time and relax into its breathable mesh backrest and patented Syncro-Activ-Balance movement. Knuckling down to work never felt so good.

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development to form part of the entertainment hub for guests and visiting celebrities. The crowning jewel of the Golf Course of The Stars is the ultra luxurious Royal Golf Estates, only one of which will be built overlooking the greens of each of the 18 holes. Desert Star will host an annual Celebrity Charity Golf Invitational, which will see international film celebrities team up with pro-golfers in pair-play format, in aid of a charitable fund focused on sport development for youth in Namibia as well as other worthy organizations. The three-day tournament will allow viewers a blow-byblow account of the fun and drama on the green, with Robin Williams, Ernie Els and Eddie Murphy as suggested commentators. 7KH*ROI&RXUVHRIWKH6WDUVLV(UQLH¡VĂ&#x20AC;UVWGHVHUWJROIFRXUVH and given its design and locale, Desert Star anticipates that the course will draw the attention of the PGA Tour.


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The resort will be a social and entertainment hub for international sporting stars, movie celebrities and the discerning holidaymaker alike.


he epitome of African luxury, the 3912 square meter 18th Royal Golf Estate is at the very center of the Desert Star Motion Picture Resort and is unrivalled in location or elegance, anywhere in Africa. It epitomizes the uniqueness, quality, class and vast array of VVIP services that have come to characterize Desert Star Resorts. Beautifully positioned against the mountainside of the hills surrounding the Golf Course of the Stars, one Royal Golf Estate will be built overlooking the greens of each of the 18 holes on the Golf Course of The Stars. Each Presidential African Villa, with 7 spacious bedrooms, en-suite bathrooms and in-room Jacuzzis is assured to captivate the imagination of the most seasoned world traveler. For the entertainer there is a large gourmet kitchen and dining area... complemented perfectly with your personal full time gourmet chef. Each estate boasts a private indoor pool, gym, sauna, SXWWLQJJUHHQDQGDPDJQLĂ&#x20AC;FHQWRXWVLGHHQWHUWDLQPHQW DUHDZLWKERPDERQĂ&#x20AC;UHSLWRXWVLGHEDWKURRPVKRZHUV and Jacuzzis. Special features include an observatory, 25 seat in-house movie theater, as well as a billiard room, games room, cigar lounge, wine cellar, study and library. Built from natural materials, the estate is the ultimate tribute to the best that Africa can offer.

The Royal Golf Estate includes luxurious private outdoor amenities form a heated pool to outside bar.

The estateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s five-car garage comes complete with a Bentley Mulsanne, Range Rover Vogue and four golf carts. Golf Estate owners share a helicopter, hot air balloon and river boat, and have access to dedicated staff, including a butler, driver, chef and maids, and share a personal trainer, masseuse, pilot, stylist, manicurist, golf pro trainer and game ranger. The Royal Golf Estate on the 18th hole overlooks the clubhouse and despite the infancy of the development has already attracted remarkable international attention through word of mouth. With an all inclusive price tag of US$ 27 million the 18 th Royal Golf Estates will set a new standard in luxury golf accommodation.

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This Crystal Towers penthouse apartment in Century City epitomises luxury living.

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Words Sandy Welch Photographs courtesy Rabie Property Group

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Opening page The simple, bold architectural forms of the Crystal Towers penthouse apartment emphasise timeless, elegant design and heightens the drama of the cityscape. This page No expense has been spared in providing this luxury penthouse apartment with fittings, furnishings and finishings of the utmost quality.


room with a view. That, without a doubt, is what this opulent penthouse apartment offers. Situated at the top of the 11-storey Crystal Towers Residences in Century City, the 429m2 unit looks out over the spectacular CBD skyline, framed by  Table Mountain, Table Bay and the harbour, with Robben Island in the distance. It’s all about attention to detail and the utmost in quality here. The double-volume entrance hall, flooded with natural light and featuring a floating steel staircase, speaks of the sleek, modern finishes so apparent throughout the rest of the home. Architect Paolo Viotti says the architecture ‘is all about design that is contemporary and sheer, with understated luxury’. Taking this concept a step further are the interiors by Magda Viotti. ‘To respond to the look and feel of

the overall Crystal Towers development, the interiors needed to be contemporary, serene and luxurious,’ she says. ‘We also needed to capture the fantastic views, and play with the incredible quality of natural light.’ Space comes at a premium in any apartment building, and was one of the major considerations in the planning of the four-bedroom, four-bathroom unit. ‘We went through many innovative planning exercises to utilise every opportunity to increase the size of rooms, sculpt space out of wall thicknesses and find storage areas and ways to maximise the unit’s footprint,’ says Paolo. The finishes were also of utmost importance. Extensive use of glazed sliding doors maximise views and natural light while increasing the feeling of space. Air conditioning and underfloor heating in the en-suite bathrooms add to the creature

With thanks to … Magda Viotti Interiors, +27 (0)83 458 3098, Rabie Property Group, +27 (0)21 550 7000, Vivid Architects, +27 (0)21 426 1500,

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comforts, while natural materials, such as the internal timber floors, balau decks and slate stone detail, bring in the warmth and texture. The fireplace, supplied by MacD, is a Wonderheat Flueless Gas Fire with a pebble effect and stainless-steel surrounds. For Magda it was vital that the apartment’s interiors adhere to the ‘less is more’ philosophy but retain a warm, playful, sexy touch: ‘I like to support the local design industry by incorporating their designs as accent items and furnishings to give rooms their own character and edge.’ The colour palette is a subdued arrangement of white, off-white and greys. ‘In the bedrooms, I layered this with strong, cheerful shades of colour presented in throws, cushions or freshly picked flowers,’ she says. ‘I also introduced natural fabrics, wallpaper accents and interesting artwork.’

Outdoor living and entertainment space was a non-negotiable part of the brief, says Paolo. Careful analysis of prevailing winds and north sun resulted in the design of a covered veranda with a glass roof light. It’s perfect for elegantly placed outdoor furniture, while the built-in stainless-steel Chad-o-Chef barbecue and Caesarstone counter bring to mind endless opportunities for entertaining. To one side of the area is a raised balau deck with Jacuzzi and sun loungers. The penthouse has been successfully designed to appeal to a broad range of buyers, be they corporates seeking investment opportunities or individuals wanting a family home or Cape Town getaway spot. Maggie Rowley from Rabie Property Group, developer of Century City, says Crystal Towers plays a pivotal role in influencing and generating future plans for Century City.






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Our recent Property Dinner at Reuben’s at One&Only Cape Town proved the old adage that in Cape Town you are never further than one degree of separation from a friend or connection.


ur group of guests gathered on a misty Tuesday evening at the exclusive One&Only Cape Town. An eclectic group, the party consisted of real estate agents, jewellery designers, architects and construction company owners. However, by the time cocktails were served and we were seated in the impressive double-volume restaurant, Reuben’s, we had all found a connection. Architect Heidi Zöllner and landscape architect Mark Saint-Pôl discovered they are both working on different sections of a large development in the Durbanville area. Mark had also been involved in the landscape design of the

Kelderhof development and had finished work just before another dinner guest, property developer Mark Tame from Prescient, took ownership. Lanice Stewart, MD of Anne Porter Properties, took a trip down memory lane with Colin Goodman, co-owner of Olga Jewellery Design Studio. She and Colin worked together many years ago, for American Swiss. So with our ‘small world’ dinner under way we were treated to celebrity chef Reuben Riffel’s signature home-made South African food. A popular starter was the bobotie samosa spring rolls, a different take on the famous traditional meal. Given the number of architects seated round

the table, it wasn’t long before conversation turned to design and the architecture industry. Bruce Kerswill, CEO of the Green Building Council of SA, said he has almost completed his own green home in Newlands. ‘We are just a few weeks away from moving in now and it has been quite a process and learning experience,’ he explained. For Bruce, sourcing green building materials and suppliers in SA was both a challenge and an educational experience: ‘I had to ensure that I was sticking to green building principles in my own home build. After all, I have a reputation to uphold!’ Heidi, who owns Zöllner Architects and works closely with Protea Hotels, said she predicts that next year will not

Guest list Andrea Firth The Property Magazine, Colin Goodman Olga Jewellery Design Studio, Olga Goodman Olga Jewellery Design Studio, Warren Goodman Olga Jewellery Design Studio, Bruce Kerswill Green Building Council of South Africa, Justin Lyons The Property Magazine, Frederic Makelberge EC Group, Claude McKirby Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty, Gavin Mitten Design360, Tharien Nel The Property Magazine, Mark Pettipher Media Nova, Mark Saint-Pôl Gibbs Saint-Pôl Landscape Architects, Shanee Smart Media Nova, Russell Smith Land Equity Investments, Lanice Stewart Anne Porter Properties, Mark Tame Prescient, Tony Vaughan Media Nova, Heidi Zöllner Zöllner Architects

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necessarily see an increase in new building projects, but rather a continued consolidation and maximisation of existing properties. ‘Although,’ she added, ‘I do think that next year we will see a trend emerging of architects and developers moving further into Africa.’ Mark and Heidi were soon deep in conversation about architects needing to know and understand the environment in which they’re working. ‘A building needs to be designed in context,’ explained Heidi. Mark interjected, ‘That is a simplified way of explaining what landscape architects do.We view a building and the site as a whole and make the design appropriate for its context.’ He said he foresees an increase in new blood joining the industry as more up-and-coming landscape architects make a name for themselves: ‘I think the next few years will bring more and more innovation to our profession, and as the developers and cities come to understand our value, the implementation of more sustainable designs will come into play.’ Gavin Mitten, owner of architectural firm, Design360, has a passion for the hotel industry. Having worked on the design of many prestigious hotels, such as the new Upper East Side hotel in Woodstock, and having just completed the Manor House at Fancourt, Gavin said he is very encouraged by the growth in South African tourism. ‘We need to take advantage of our tourism industry. We have only just scratched the surface of what South Africa can offer’ he stated. He explained that the publicity the country received during the 2010 Soccer World Cup is still paying off and that there has been a steady increase in the number of tourists. For the main course Reuben’s presented us with a mouth-watering choice of kingklip with light curry butter or peppered beef fillet in brandy pepper sauce and crisp rösti. Tucking into my butter-soft fillet, I asked Lanice and fellow property professional, Claude McKirby of Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty, about the current state of the industry. Claude remarked that the residential market has been slow in the past year and that it will take another 12 months or so to reach the same turnover rate seen in 2008. Lanice agreed, adding, ‘It’s the banks’ lending criteria and bond repayment rates that will really determine how quickly we recover.’ Richard Williamson of BL Williams Construction also had a tough year in 2010. However, he said that he is optimistic about the construction industry – work has started coming back and bigger projects are being commissioned again. ‘It’s been a challenging past year for the construction industry and the developers in particular. For a lot of them the “once bitten, twice shy” adage has played a big part in taking on new projects,’ he explained. ‘I think we will only start seeing a marked improvement in the last quarter of next year, although I’d love to be proved wrong.’ Richard agreed with Lanice that it is the interest rates and banks that will either hasten or hinder the market’s recovery. ‘But, ultimately, it is the companies that are making it through the downturn and still working that are stronger and better positioned than ever.’ I am a big believer in ending with something sweet and decadent, so over dessert I chatted with the co-owners of Olga Jewellery Design Studio, Olga and Colin and their son, Warren, and our discussion centred around – what else? – diamonds. The studio is bringing out a special range of engagement rings and Warren said they are all very excited about the accompanying marketing and adverting campaign. ‘We are launching in The Property Magazine. We’ve been advertising with you since the beginning, and there’s no

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need to break a winning combination. The new campaign focuses on the stories that surround jewellery, engagements and family heirlooms.’ Business at the studio is still very much a family affair. ‘For us the store and the jewellery is all about the personal touch,’ said Warren. ‘And the inside scoop on the diamond market is that many of the big trading companies are currently holding onto stock instead of selling, raising diamond prices all over the world. So now really is the time to buy diamonds.’ He didn’t have to tell me twice!

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Braised bobotie spring roll, masala potato samosa salad – cumin-scented tomato cucumber salad, dates, banana, mint yoghurt dressing Main Kingklip – light curry butter, puy dhal, warm kachumber Peppered beef fillet – brandy pepper sauce, crisp rösti, onion and garlic confit Dessert Classic malva pudding Jenny’s clotted cream ice cream, macerated strawberries Hazelnut crème brûlée Coffee sorbet, hot chocolate Wine De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay 2010 Hidden Valley Stellenbosch Pinotage 2009

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can tell by tonight’s turnout that the recession is over,’ said Arthur Quinton, chairman of Aquacor and head of Arthur Quinton Darryl Croome Architects. Aquacor is the developer of Cape Town’s newest, trendiest and most affordable residential development – The Factory Apartments in Observatory. The launch venue, Metropolis, Aquacor’s head office in Green Point, is the inspiration behind the new development. ‘We’ve wanted to do something like The Factory Apartments for a long time now – in fact, since Metropolis was completed – with the same industrial feel, using raw brick, concrete and aluminium,’ said Matthew Quinton, Aquacor’s director of new business. Munching canapés from Salt & Pepper Catering and sipping ‘Stoli’ martinis from Blend Eventlife, guests went about browsing storyboards of The Factory Apartments. Present to take their questions were members of the development team: Arthur, Matthew, Aquacor Financial Director Michael Morris, ooba’s Michéle Le Grange, Paul Marais from Deposit Advantage, and Elizabeth McCaul from Deneys Reitz Attorneys. The 129 units in the six-storey Factory Apartments building range from studios to the popular two- bedroom apartments, and are priced from R557 000 to R1 126 000.

The guests were amazed to learn that such high-calibre apartments can be offered for so little. Matthew explained, ‘We secured the best undeveloped site in Observatory at an exceptionally good price, and we’re passing this value on to our buyers. So, despite being so affordable, The Factory Apartments will be impeccably finished and boast luxury features, such as a gym and a rooftop swimming pool – unheard-of advantages in this part of Cape Town – and is guaranteed to appeal to the “hip student” and “young professional sectors”.’ Michael said, ‘Obs has that young, passionate energy of a student village, due to the many tertiary institutions within a 4,5km radius, and is only five minutes from the centre of town. Rental demand in the area is surging. For parents of students at UCT, CPUT or AFDA, buying in The Factory Apartments makes perfect investment sense.’ By the end of the evening, no fewer than 20 sales contracts had been signed, and Arthur and Matthew were thrilled with the result. Matthew said, ‘Back in the boom days, holding a launch event like this was nerve-racking, as investors were predatory, and within a blink of an eye most units would be sold. In today’s climate it is different – the burn is slower and investors’ decisions are more considered.These are exactly the type of buyers we value.’

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PROPERTY neighbourhood watch MY FIRST HOME

Words Genevieve Fisher

JEN SHUI The places Jen Su has called home are as diverse as the media roles she plays..

Photograph Mark Thomas Dress Stuttafords Hair Claire Bradford of Jeauval Hair Salon Make-up Bobbi Brown Melrose Arch


hen she’s not singing and writing music at home, Jen Su is making waves on the media circuit – sound and airwaves that is. Aside from her biweekly appearances on The African Business Report on Sky News, Jen is a familiar voice to 5FM listeners every Wednesday morning on Gareth Cliff ’s show, on which she presents The Hollywood Report with Jen Su. ‘I’ve been in South Africa for about four years and I remember, during my first interview with Gareth we just clicked and he had me come to the SABC for a demo. And the rest is history. I’ve just renewed my contract for another year and will be covering the Cannes Film Festival – it is such a wonderful opportunity and I have Gareth and the team at 5FM to thank for it.’ At the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in Dainfern, Fourways, is Jen’s light-filled home and sprawling garden, the first she’s owned in South Africa. She was attracted to its symmetry and good feng shui: ‘Unlike most homes I’d seen, where the front door opened up onto a staircase, this home’s staircase is off to the side, which allows for the easy flow of “qi” (chi, or air) – a central principle in feng shui for the home. There is a lot of natural light and excellent symmetry, with very little obstruction of space – no beams or awkward corners.’ The symmetry flows through to her garden, a favourite place in the warmer months. ‘The garden is very beautiful: the entrance, swimming pool, and fountains are all equidistant and in a straight line from the entranceway, which is very good for the air flow and considered lucky for the Chinese.’ Having had a successful career in music as an accomplished singer-songwriter, with four albums released in Taiwan and Thailand, Jen considers music an important part of her ‘me- time’. Small wonder, then, that her favourite room in the house features her well-travelled piano. ‘I love the living room area. It’s light and airy, with white leather couches and a zebra rug, along with Asian and African art and motifs on the walls. It has beautiful acoustics and the light pours in all day, which is very inspiring for songwriting, and singing at the top of my lungs!’ she enthuses. Jen is in demand on the social circuit, reserving a few nights a week for public and social appearances as a VIP guest or MC. This is testament to South Africa’s falling in love with this vivacious, glamorous and warm lady, who is equally enamoured of Mzansi and her people. ‘Living in South Africa has been an unforgettable experience and I am thankful to the beautiful, warm-hearted people of this country for opening their hearts and extending their hospitality to me in so many ways. Although I’ve lived in many countries around the world, I can honestly say that there is nothing that quite compares to the unique blend of kindness, genuine warmth and cultural diversity that is truly and proudly South African,’ she says. assuring us that she’s here to stay.

JEN’S FAVOURITES … RESTAURANTS In Cape Town: Savour Restaurant at 15 on Orange Hotel Beluga Restaurant The Grand Café & Beach in Granger Bay In Jo’burg: Ndau Lounge at Hyatt Regency Johannesburg Tashas Morningside San Restaurant at the Sandton Sun HOTELS In Cape Town: WHAT THE AGENTS SAY …

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‘Dainfern has faced the economic challenges of

In Jo’burg:

the past two years with confidence,’ says Brenda

Hyatt Regency Johannesburg

Gilbert of Pam Golding Properties. ‘Situated in close

Sandton Sun

proximity to the economic hub of Sandton, near the Cradle of Humankind and essential amenities,


including schools, hospitals, shopping centres,

‘Cape Town is spectacular! I’ve been there

entertainment centres and the airport, Dainfern’s

numerous times for events and to present on

property values have remained firm. Dainfern Golf

SABC3’s Expresso show in Sea Point, and every

Estate and Country Club is a big drawcard thanks

time I go, there is something new or unique to

to the impeccably designed golf course with the

discover and experience. Even Table Mountain

beautiful country club, that’s set among the lush

and Camps Bay look different every time I visit.

natural surrounds and includes a river. The estate

The V & A Waterfront is gorgeous and I even

attracts high-value corporate rentals, providing good

enjoy hopping on and off Citysightseeing’s

returns on property investments.’

big red bus.’

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T ES U G R O IT ED r ou ilm G ter Pe

Real estate

residential, commercial, offshore


LOOKING UP There are many reasons for homebuyers and property investors to feel confident about buying real estate in South Africa.

Main photograph Profile photograph Sam Norval


he local property market has moved firmly into a stage of recovery. The real estate market will strengthen gradually as the year continues, as there are many signs to support a measured recovery of the general economy and the local real estate market. For one, mortgage interest rates are at historically low levels, and house prices are at levels last seen in the early 2000s, and are still decreasing in real terms. These conditions give buyers a great opportunity to secure a well-priced home or investment. Historically, as lending criteria tightened, so the demand for property fell, and this, coupled with South Africa’s high ratio of debt to disposable income, substantially reduced the ability of people to buy property. The global increase in unemployment numbers and companies’ profits dropping didn’t help matters, and homeowners in SA and around the world found it difficult to meet their monthly bond commitments, and either lost their homes or fell into arrears. But now, after three years of falling property

prices and lowered demand for real estate, bank mortgage advances are back at levels of 11 years ago. And while they may take some time to recover to the levels seen in the mid 2000s, the worst of the downturn is over. Knowledgeable investors understand that it is best to purchase at the bottom end of a cycle, where they can take advantage of the favourable market conditions which create ideal investment opportunities for savvy buyers. Added to this is the fact that South Africa has one of the fastest-growing middle-class population segments in the world, which sees new buyers entering the real estate market each month. Home prices and interest rates have also opened up the property market to people who could not afford to buy a house five years ago and who have been waiting for market conditions such as the ones we have now, where purchasing real estate is a tangible possibility. On the whole, things are looking up. South Africa has been admitted to the BRICS group, a move that could significantly improve the economy in the future. Large

investment flows into the country as investor confidence in emerging economies strengthens and increased tourism numbers since the World Cup, which have resulted in an inflow of capital, have had a positive impact on the economy. The government has introduced tax proposals in an effort to attract multinational companies working to establish a base for their future African networks, and the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Business Confidence Index has increased from 86,4 in February to 88,3 in March, the highest level since September 2008. All this indicates that the economy has gathered momentum and remains resilient in the face of global events. When it comes to real estate, our local industry has been somewhat tarnished by recent events, and the latest revelation by the Estate Agency Affairs Board (EAAB) chairman as to the state of the regulatory body appointed by the DTI has not helped. While the industry has struggled with the EAAB for years, it has still largely managed to regulate itself, led by the ethos and values

of upstanding individuals, companies and real estate groups who have been around for 20 years and more. That a very small percentage of operators does not uphold this level of professionalism, and is highlighted in the media, should not imply that the industry as a whole is bad. While it is reasonable to assume that not all of the more than 100 000 property transactions that take place annually in South Africa go smoothly, my 40 years of international real estate experience leads me to believe that we have one of the best and most sophisticated real estate industries in any emerging economy across the globe.

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The South African real estate industry will look back on 2011 as a watershed year in its evolution to establishing a professional image. – Peter Gilmour,

Chairman, RE/MAX of Southern Africa

Fractional ownership still a good bet Fractional ownership has come under fire of late. But, according to Simply Perfect, a leading, self- financed fractional-ownership company, a properly managed fractionally owned home still makes for a highly appealing investment vehicle. For instance, fractional ownership enables shareholders to enjoy all the benefits of owning a holiday home sans cons, such as having to maintain the property. Over the years, Simply Perfect has earned a reputation for developing and maintaining high-end holiday homes, many of which are built along eco-friendly lines. The company has a knack for positioning homes in sought-after locations and oversees development from start to finish. Interestingly, so strongly does Conveyancing attorney Meyer de Waal

All kitted out

the company believe in its products that it invests in every property it develops. Simply Perfect also prides itself on delivering solid returns to shareholders. David Untiedt, director and co-founder of Simply Perfect, remarks on the financing structures behind each build: ‘The way we structure the investment makes it impossible for us to run into trouble with shareholders. This is because each project is held in an entirely separate legal entity and is 100% independent and fully controlled from the outset by the

The new Consumer Protection Act (CPA)

shareholders of that project. With this setup there cannot be a “leaking” of funds into any other projects.’

could land property sellers and estate agents

+27 (0)21 790 0972,

in hot water should they fail to allow buyers to scrutinise all relevant documentation prior to signing a sale agreement. Conveyancing attorney Meyer de Waal, in consultation with key industry associations and service providers, has created the Property Transaction Kit (PTK), which aims to protect all parties involved in a property transaction and allows for a structured process through which all parties can access relevant compliance material. ‘Once a seller registers for the

The houses at Fernwood Place2 average 545m and oc2cupy 1 000m plots.

service, the PTK team will access a database of accredited service providers to source all the relevant documentation and issue certificates of compliance pertaining to the property,’ says Meyer. ‘The documents are then loaded onto a virtual “property vault” on the PTK portal. There the seller, estate agent, buyer, attorney or bank can access the information securely.’ CPA, property buyers can now attempt to hold sellers and their estate agents responsible for defects or non-disclosure of property faults, even months after taking ownership. Past

Unusual find

Scheduled for completion next year, the exclusive Fernwood Place development in Newlands includes seven

property sales contracts typically included

executive homes. Most developments in the Southern Suburbs are configured as large houses on small

a voetstoots clause protecting sellers from

plots, but at Fernwood Place all the houses are large, averaging 545m2 and occupying plots of 1 000m2. The

defects that buyers could identify, but not

developer, Urban Space, has ensured that every specification is as eco-friendly as can be, using roof insulation

against defects that the seller didn’t know

and double-glazed windows, solar geysers, grey-water recycling and irrigation systems, storm-water

about and therefore could not disclose.

attenuation ponds, recycling bins in the refuse area, sustainable and hard-wearing solid bamboo flooring as well

Sellers must now ensure the inspection and

as ample space for herb gardens or wormeries. Urban Space has provided a bespoke design solution for each

evaluation of sale properties by accredited

home, including custom-built furniture, ducted vacuum systems, air conditioning, underfloor heating, piped

service providers. Buyers can agree to buy the

music and home theatre systems. Among the standard home features are electronic security shutters at the top

property as is, or they can request that the

of the staircase, a multi-point locking system with independent alarm systems (in addition to estate security),

seller repair any faults before purchase.

hardwood windows and doors, professionally landscaped garden with pools, underfloor heating in the main

bedrooms and air conditioning in the family rooms. Prices start at just under R10 million. +27 (0)21 701 6401,;

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Such a kit may prove crucial: in terms of the


The royal treatment

Your Move

Cape Royale Club Privé is launching a five-star shared-ownership product in Cape Town, incorporating existing luxury residences in the Cape Royale Luxury Hotel & Residence in Green Point. Pam Golding Hospitality CEO Joop Demes, who initiated and structured the product, says, ‘Cape Royale Club Privé belongs to an elite collection of luxury residences offering a lifestyle and property investment opportunity to people who seek a lifestyle of luxury without the hassles associated with a second residence or the inflexibility of other exchange programmes.’ He explains that each Club Privé member will be entitled to prime use of seven nights a year to be used in perpetuity at any one of the luxury apartments that form part of this global portfolio of five-star residences. There is also the option of taking part in the Preferred Residences exchange programme, which includes stays at properties in Europe, Hawaii, Mexico, the US, Canada and the Caribbean. Among the benefits of belonging to Club Privé is a 50% discount on the rack rate at the Cape Royale Luxury Hotel & Residence for extended or additional stays, as well as attractive discounts on golf at the Metropolitan Golf Club. Shared-ownership packages for Cape Royale Club Privé are currently available for R225 000, including VAT. +27 (0)21 426 4440,

Ledibeng stands in demand Stands worth more than R280 million have been sold at the massive new residential Ledibeng Eco-Estate in Limpopo. The

Chairman: Lew Geffen of Sotheby’s

estate is being developed by Cranbrook

International Realty (South Africa)

Property Projects and will ultimately cover an area measuring 636ha and encompass

A property market still struggling to come out

2 300 homes. Over 360 homes have already

of the recession now has to deal with rising

been completed, including those of Eskom

mortgage applications rejections as commercial

staff working on the Medupi power station

banks further tighten the tap on lending.

project, and buyers are continuing to snap up

Figures show that in the market in which we

stands. Ledibeng adjoins Lephalale (formerly

operate (the R2,5-million price range), mortgage

Ellisras) and its close proximity to Onverwacht lends the estate a certain country-like feel. Demand

applications rejections have increased from

for a spot on the estate is being fuelled further by its proximity to good schools, shops and a number

4,4% last year to a double-digit 10%. The banks

of mines. Stands measure from 500m2 to over 1ha and are priced from R245 000. Turnkey building

are trying not to overheat the market and have

packages priced from R870 000 are available. A number of eco-friendly building initiatives are being

adopted a conservative approach to lending.

implemented, and the estate will also incorporate green belts. To date, Cranbrook has spent R480 million

In addition, inflationary pressures are

on infrastructure for the first two phases of the development. It is envisaged that the estate will take

mounting in the economy on the back of rising

eight years to complete for a total cost of R2,2 billion. +27 (0)12 665 5308,

energy costs and food prices, while employment and consumer confidence are down in the first quarter of this year compared with the fourth quarter of last year. Household credit extension,

A walk on the beach

including mortgage advances, remained well in single-digit territory in the first three months of the year, reflecting the state of household

Rawson Properties Blaauwberg has teamed up once again with Blouberg Coastal Properties Trust,

finances and the resultant ability to take up

this time to market 11 luxury beach-side apartments in the group’s latest development, Beach

credit. Coupled with this is the expectation

Walk. The new complex is in Waves Edge, Bloubergrandt, and architect Enrica van der Linden

of inflation rising to an average of just below

has been appointed to design the units in a Cape Cod style. Seven of them are one-bedroom

6% year-on-year in the fourth quarter of this

units and the remaining four have two bedrooms. Four units will have private gardens, and six

year, with interest rates currently forecast to

garages are tucked in under the homes. Each apartment will have a secure parking bay. Prices at

remain unchanged until early 2012, when the

Beach Walk begin at R599 000 for a one-bedroom unit and R799 000 for a two-bedroom unit.

first rate hike is expected.

A north- facing ground-floor apartment with private garden is priced at R895 000. A landscaped

The banks’ prime and variable mortgage

park with jungle gym is also on the cards. Buyers will have the option of purchasing fully furnished

interest rates are forecast to rise by a

units, including televisions, refrigerators, blinds, linen and more. This will cost an additional

cumulative 250 basis points during the course

R17 000 for a single- bedroom unit or R20 000 for a two-bedroom unit. Occupation is set for early

of next year to a level of 11,5% by year end.

December 2011 and transfer is scheduled for February next year. +27 (0)21 557 5514,

Growth in house prices may owe its improvements largely to a depressed base and not to improving market conditions. Residential property prices are set to achieve a muted growth this year in line with inflation. This is likely to be at a lower rate than the level of growth recorded last year; however, with interest rates remaining at historically low levels, homebuyers are being urged to take advantage of the current environment to secure a favourable home loan. Lew

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South Africa’s inclusion in the BRICS group has established a foundation for very proactive commercial growth. – Peter Gilmour,

Chairman, RE/MAX of Southern Africa

About time

The V & A Waterfront has recently embarked on a major refurbishment of the Clock Tower Shopping Centre in the heart of the Clock Tower Precinct. The project aims to balance the lifestyle retail offerings with the increasing demand for office space within the precinct, with a large section of the existing shopping centre now being transformed into offices, says Mike Brokenshire, development manager at the V & A Waterfront. He adds that a major benefit of the Clock Tower Precinct is its proximity to the city centre as well as to MyCiTi bus stops, which are within walking distance of the Clock Tower Centre. The refurbishment commenced in May; the retail element will open to the public on 1 August, and the offices will be opening on a phased basis from 1 August to early September 2011. +27 (0)21 408 7600,

Grand makeover The second phase of an extensive renovation project at d’Ouwe Werf, the oldest inn in the country, has just kicked off. The estimated date of completion is mid November, when this national monument in Stellenbosch

Renting in the city

will be fully restored to its former glory, though with an added modern edge. The first phase of renovations was carried out between September and December last year, resulting in a restored facade, 10 refurbished rooms and a new reception area. The second phase is a larger project in which the underground parking area is being

Ian Grant, senior leasing and investment consultant

extended, 12 new rooms are being built in an existing building and the Meiring Building is being gutted and

for Eris Property Group, says the total vacancy level

redesigned to include nine new bedrooms. ‘At the end of this phase we’ll have a total of 51 newly refurbished,

in the Cape Town CBD is 9,3%, comparing favourably

modern bedrooms,’ says Elanie Potgieter, d’Ouwe Werf’s general manager. The concept for the look and feel of

with the overall vacancy figures for Century City

the renovated hotel was developed by interior designer, Les Harbottle. ‘Les knows how important it is to retain

(10,2%) and Claremont (14,7%). Bellville has a vacancy

a property’s character. It’s been great having him on board,’ says Elanie. During the renovation period the hotel

of 6,25% because of the presence of corporate

is offering a ‘nuts and bolts’ rate of 21% off the bar rate; at the hotel’s 1802 Restaurant, however, it’s business as

giants Sanlam and Metropolitan; likewise, Pinelands

usual. +27 (0)21 887 4608,

has a modest 6,8% vacancy rate, attributed to the presence of Old Mutual. Grant says, ‘It’s important to view the 9,3% overall vacancy level of the Cape Town CBD in light of the fact that the total office area across all grades in the central city is three times higher than that of Century City and Pinelands.’ The V & A Waterfront has a low vacancy level of 1,4%, because of its location. However, its office node is still relatively small in comparison to the says the IRT network, which started running in May 2011, will alleviate some traffic and dependency on motor vehicle transport to and from the CBD and will encourage greater footfall into the city. Rob Kane, chairperson of the Central City Improvement District, says, ‘The city centre’s property outlook remains positive due to constant improvements to the urban landscape and the ongoing investment and development interest in the city, which boosts its reputation as an appealing residential, retail and business hub.’ +27 (0)21 410 1160,

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others. Cape Town Partnership CEO Andrew Boraine


Franschhoek’s finest A hotspot for weddings, Klein Kastaiing farm and the newly built Conservatory in Happy Valley, Franschhoek, present an opportunity to invest in a popular events venue and villas. The beautifully built venue, of which two sides are clad entirely in glass panels, is already attracting wedding couples, and is ready to trade, with a tentative reservation list for the coming 2011/2012 wedding season. The asking price of R21 million includes the venue, the two villas and all furnishings and equipment. There are approved plans to extend the two-bedroom villa, as well as an opportunity to create a grander entrance to the venue from the main road. +27 (0)21 794 8128,;

Century City still booming Century City has another new development, worth R11 billion, in the pipeline, says Rabie Property Group. The 250ha Century City mixed-use development was launched in 1997, and total investment to date has topped the R16 billion mark. Rabie Group acquired land rights totalling 1 250 000m2, of which they have utilised 760 000m2, with a further 93 000m2 currently under construction or in the planning phase. John Chapman, a director at Rabie Property Group, says that Century City is well-geared to take advantage of an economic upturn, which, he predicts, is ‘just around the corner’. ‘In fact we expect the pace of development to continue gaining momentum as we go forward, thanks to the central location and all the amenities on offer within the integrated precinct,’ says John. He adds that Rabie Property Group is ready to push the button on new developments as the market dictates. +27 (0)21 550 7000,

World Trade Centre comes to Africa Cape Town has become the first city in Africa to establish a World Trade Centre. Following a private sector initiative by top business executives representing 13 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, the newly established centre is ready for business. Julius Steyn, CEO of World Trade Centre Africa, says it

African dream

functions as a meeting place where business and trade activities of various

Welgevonden, a private game reserve in the Waterberg, Limpopo, presents

countries are promoted between private sector entities. It also provides

investors with the opportunity to purchase a lodge of their own. Home to the big

up-to-the-minute information about trade agreements between countries.

five and other game, and just two and a half hours’ drive from Johannesburg, the

Research indicates that the compound growth rate for sub-Saharan Africa

Waterberg region is fast becoming a popular weekend getaway destination. Loua

will amount to 4% a year between 2011 and 2020, and the World Trade Centre

Boshoff, MD of Seeff Bela Bela, says that if you are looking for a private home in

aims to facilitate 1% of this growth within five years, which will come to about

a premier reserve, a share in a syndicate lodge, a corporate investment, or if you

$70 billion (about R480 billion). ‘With the establishment of a World Trade

intend running a superb luxury game lodge commercially, then Welgevonden

Centre in Cape Town, an effort has begun to bring together private sectors with

is the place for you. The wildlife sanctuary incorporates exclusive safari lodges,

the support of their respective governments in the SADC and NEPAD regions

each secluded within its own freehold portion of this vast reserve, which owners

in a politically neutral way to establish a trade block with the rest of the world,’

and guests may freely traverse. Listed at R17,95 million is a ready-built luxury

says Julius. World Trade Centre Cape Town is headquartered at Crystal Towers,

10-bedroom lodge on 500ha of land. The lodge is fully equipped and can be

Century City. +27 (0)87 944 4072,

utilised for private, corporate or commercial purposes. +27 (0)14 736 6495,;

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OFFSHORE Real Estate

The growing stability in some southern African regions means we can look forward to investment in all real estate sectors. – Peter Gilmour, Chairman, RE/MAX of Southern Africa

East African sanctuary Siani Estate, hidden away just off the coastal path between Lamu and Shela, Kenya, is a 5ha estate brimming with coconut groves and mango plantations, and it’s there that you’ll find Siani House. Set amid gardens and orchids, the property comprises a main house with three bedrooms, of which two are en suite, a two-bedroom guest house and four-bedroom staff quarters with kitchen and laundry, and is being marketed by Acquire Africa at R29 million. Siani House is the inspired creation of renowned interior designer and magazine editor, Marie- Paule Pelle, who over several years has completely renovated, remodelled and redecorated the original colonial house with African, Indian, Arabian and European artefacts she collected during her travels. The estate has over 300m of sea frontage facing the Lamu Channel, and just in front of the property is a beach cove that’s ideal for swimming and provides safe boat anchorage. It is also just a few minutes stroll (or a few moments by speedboat) from Lamu town, fashionable Shela village and the island’s 13km beach. +27 (0)21 794 8128,

Austrian wonderland AdMakers International is marketing an exclusive ski chalet development in the Austrian Alps. The development, Am Duxer Anger, is situated in the picturesque village of Hochkrimml along the Gerlos Pass, on the border of Salzburg and Tyrol. At 1 700m above sea level, Am Duxer Anger is among the highest ski villages in Austria, making it one of the world’s prime winter sports destinations.

Interior designer , Marie-Paule Pelle, has entire ly remodelled the colonial house.

These contemporary two- or three-bedroom ski chalets, priced between ¤160 000 (R1,6 million) and ¤224 000 (R2,2 million), are all south-facing, perfect for capturing the sunlight and mountain views. The development is environmentally sensitive and has superior finishes, such as granite in the

Malawi mall mania

bathroom and kitchen areas, larch wood floors in the living room and bedrooms,

The Gateway regional retail mall in Lilongwe, Malawi, is on schedule for

and underfloor heating throughout. Owners may choose from a variety of custom

completion in mid 2012. To date, 70% of the space of the R340-million,

fittings and furnishings. Am Duxer Anger has direct access to 166km of ski slopes,

17 500m2 commercial development has been signed for or is under

and ultramodern ski lifts. In summer, residents can enjoy the lush green forests,

negotiation, and confirmed bookings are expected to increase to 80% within

which are full of birds and animals. Other attractions include the incredible Hohe

the next few months. The Gateway is located in Malawi’s fast-growing

Tauern national park and the famous Krimml Waterfalls (Europe’s highest), not to

middle-class western suburbs on the intersection of the North-South

mention the area’s sensational golf courses. +27 (0)21 448 7074,

Kaunda Road western bypass and the main East-West Mchinji Highway linking Lilongwe with Zambia. The centre has been designed to A-grade (including air conditioning) institutional investment standards and will be the most advanced mall of its kind in the greater region. The project is owned by MPICO Malls, a subsidiary of the listed Malawi Property Investment Company, which in turn is a subsidiary of Old Mutual Malawi. Of the available space, 9 000m2 will be occupied by major South African fashion and furniture retailers. At 3 500m2, Pick n Pay will be and a taxi rank will be provided. The site can accommodate a second development phase, which could include a four-star hotel, a medical centre and offices or a major standalone DIY goods retail centre, and discussions with potential tenants are already under way. +265 99 996 8855,

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the food anchor. Over 1 000 parking bays








Gracious Colonial HIGGOVALE


North-facing family home offers 3 bedrooms, study and large granny flat for the extended family or your work from home office. Set in established garden with a large rim-flow pool, double garaging, parking and staff accommodation.

Circa 1903, set in a lush indigenous garden against the slopes of Table Mountain. You will fall in love with this Old Cape Farmhouse on 3 level plots in the heart of Oranjezicht. North-facing with gracious reception rooms, conservatory, 4 large bedrooms, guest cottage and double staff accom. Pool with a fantastic entertainment area, greenhouse, enormous cellar and double garage.

R 8 750 000 JOINT MANDATE WEB REF: 102414

For an appointment to view please call Anna 072 122 9513.

R 10 900 000 SOLE MANDATE WEB REF: 104226

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

A Private Sanctuary



Set high above the hustle and bustle is an immaculate gem! Open plan for easy living and entertaining, flowing to garden with pool. Breath-taking views, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, double garage and parking. Just move in!

Deep in the heart of the avenues is a fabulous family home. Loads of character enhanced with a spectacular renovation. 4 bedrooms with 2 en-suite, plunge pool, a wine cellar, tandem garaging and custom-made security.

R 5 500 000 SOLE MANDATE WEB REF: 107723

R 7 500 000 JOINT MANDATE WEB REF: 105664

For an appointment to view please call Louise 083 351 6744.

For an appointment to view please call Louise 083 351 6744.

Best buy in the Avenues ORANJEZICHT A charming north-facing character home with city and mountain views, high ceilings, teak windows, 3 bedrooms, garden, pool, garage and parking. R 5 450 000 SOLE MANDATE WEB REF: 106648

For an appointment to view please call Anna 072 122 9513.



Treat yourself to this stylish gem with original character and feel. An oasis of love and light around a central courtyard. Garage and 2 parkings. R 5 300 000 JOINT MANDATE WEB REF: 110402

For an appointment to view please call Louise 083 351 6744.

THE KAPSTADT RENTAL DIVISION The Kapstadt Rental division was established 2½ years ago as an additional service to our clients due to the demand for quality rentals in the City Bowl. We have successfully built up an impressive stock of unfurnished and furnished properties in this time yet remain a small, exclusive agency which offers an efficient hands-on service to all our clients.

Next to Nature TAMBOERSKLOOF A gorgeous city pad with 2 bedrooms, fabulous views, secure undercover parking and the use of a private mountain pool, braai and entertainment area amidst the tall trees high up against Lions Head. R 2 395 000 WEB REF: 90250

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

True to the Kapstadt tradition of unique and distinctive properties - we offer a varied collection of houses and apartments, from charming Victorian cottages to glamorous designer homes. Please call Sue 082 824 6201.


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Bedrooms 3

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R2 600 000


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THE BAKOVEN LIFESTYLE. Magnificent double story, double volume, front line beach THREE LEVEL DESIGNER LIVING. Spend your days on the balcony with rim flow pool, LUXURY AND STYLE. With sea views from your windows you will definitely get the best of house built amongst the rocks. Created with a priceless fusion of wood, rock & glass. whilst you indulge in the panoramic views. Tasteful kitchen with granite tops and discreet everything from this spacious 123m² upmarket apartment. The Ceasar Stone kitchen is in a class of its own. The open plan lounge and dining room lead out onto a spacious balcony. Private pool nestling between the boulders with a cascading water feature. Parking. storage. Solar panelling that sustains all through winter and garaging for 4 cars.

R1 850 000


Bedrooms 4

Bathrooms 3

Garages 2

Errolene: 079 692 4420

Tracy: 083 740 1880

Henry: 082 921 2176 / Costa: 074 116 7417

R3 395 000


Web Ref: PL1345 Bedrooms 4

Bathrooms 3

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R7 700 000


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4 BEDROOM SPLENDOUR. Open plan lounge and dining room with snazzy bar. TV IN A LEAUGE OF ITS OWN. Spacious Family home with open plan kitchen, lounge, dining room TRIPLE STOREY LOCK UP AND GO. This 3 storey house with basement and 2 floors lounge leading onto indoor braai area. Loads of entertainment rooms. Sparkling rock and entertainment areas. Indoor pub area that is great for entertaining as well as an outside patio above consists of entrance foyer, family room, study, 3 en-suite bedrooms, laundry, open plan kitchen, diningroom and living room, pool, decks and balconies. pool with a separate undercover pergola. A rare gem! area. French doors leading outside to a well-established garden and sparkling swimming pool.

R6 500 000


Bedrooms 4

Bathrooms 3

Errolene: 079 692 4420

Errolene: 079 692 4420

Errolene: 079 692 4420

Garages 2

R4 450 000


Web Ref: SP1267 Bedrooms 3

Bathrooms 3

Garages 3

R6 500 000


Web Ref: SP1342 Bedrooms 5

Bathrooms 5

Garages 2

Web Ref: SP1352

NEWLY REFURBISHED. Positioned below Signal Hill, this bright and Sunny, triple vol- PRIME POSITION. Perfectly located, beautiful 3 bedroom home with 3 en-suite bathrooms, LUXURY AND STYLE. This modern secure home will satisfy your every need. All bedrooms ume Green Point house offers Sweeping Views of Table Bay. Fully fitted kitchen with stylish open plan kitchen, high ceilings, fire place and wooden floors. There is a lovely entertain- have en-suite bathrooms, under floor heating and air-conditioning. Open plan kitchen with sculseperate laundry and dining area which leads out to pool and garden area. Study. ment terrace with a plunge pool. BONUS: 3 garaging/parking. Central wind free position. lery. Living area with fireplace that opens up onto and open balcony with magnificent views. Gary: 071 683 4349 VIRTUAL TOURS POWERED BY

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R2 195 000

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Secure Schonenberg - an upmarket estate - plot & plan - 3 bedrms, 2 bathrms (mes), braai area, double garage & pool. Buy in early & don’t pay transfer duty.


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Modern 4 bedroom home with study & 3 bathrms, easy flowing o/plan HEADING lounge, dining- & TV room with fireplace that opens out onto a patio Lorem ipsum sit amet, consectetur sit adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod situated in andolor amazing garden with pool. Dble garage. im tempor ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exertion dolore amet, consectetur Elmaré Doran 083 255 3744 et magna ipsum dolor sit amsit adipiscing. sed tempor incididunt ut labore RE/MAX Helderberg 021-852 6464 Web ref: 300300658 Associate name & contact no RE/MAX Office name & number Web ref: 123456



R1 390 000

R0 000 000


Entrance hall, lounge, TV room, kitchen, four bedrooms, four bathrooms, all en-suite. Braai area, swimming pool, double garage plus separate office or flat potential.


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Amazing space – large family home situated on tranquil “forest like” 2000m² erf. Triple volume spaces and magnificent flow to heated pool completes this extra-ordinary picture. Petra Davidan 082 490 6329 RE/MAX Living 021 422 3976


R15 000 000


Imposing large Edwardian Manor House in Cape Town’s Heritage area. Irreplaceable in every way. In mint condition. Ambassadorial reception rooms, sumptuous bedrooms, multiple garaging and pool. Gerlinde Moser 082 569 4644 RE/MAX Living 021 422 3976


Web ref 247525

R4 995 000


Cosy home to live in or run a home business from. Calling all beauticians, hairdressers, photographers, chiropractors etc. Cut overheads, work and live in a prime corner position. Beautifully preserved + courtyard. Heike Gassner 082 802 2646 RE/MAX Living 021 422 3976

Web ref 437685


Cape Town June.indd 3

R27 000 000


Web ref 306606

R11 500 000


This mid-century house with a warm vibe has great potential to become a stylish modern pad. It is a tantalisingly attractive investment. Who wants to join the much sought after Higgovale neighbourhood before it’s too late? Gerlinde Moser 082 569 4644 RE/MAX Living 021 422 3976

Web ref 414065



A home of fine proportions with endless terraces for entertaining and graceful living. 3 Bedrooms. Newly rebuilt with superior fittings. Separate full sized apartment – lettable or guest suite. Pool, triple garage. Gerlinde Moser 082 569 4644 RE/MAX Living 021 422 3976


Hannelore Harms 082 337 6992 RE/MAX Living 021 422 3976



Martin Freeman 082 356 6280 RE/MAX Living 021 422 3976

Web ref 439596

R6 950 000

Victorian home, 5 beds en-suite. Lounge/Dining with fireplace. Plunge pool with sundeck. Suitable as Guest House. Private garden. Garaging and parking for 3 cars.


Look over Mouille Point, the sea and the new urban park from this top floor North facing 2 bed home with parquet flooring. Modern kitchen. Includes lock up garage and storeroom.

Web Ref 426662


R1 595 000



Web ref 418574

R7 900 000

Sought after N-facing, 2 bedroom apartment with balcony, opposite THE ONE & ONLY, offers top security and a luxurious lifestyle. Fully furnished. 2 Parking bays and storeroom. Lifestyle centre and pool . Gerlinde Moser 082 569 4644 RE/MAX Living 021 422 3976 Web ref 253407

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R1 790 000

R0 000 000


Magnificent residence – highest elevation – vistas of Table Mountain HEADING & Ocean, 5 en-suite bedrooms, cinema room, expansive O/P living Lorem&ipsum dolor sit amet, sitpool, adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod areas granite kitchen, barconsectetur & fireplace, 4 garages. im tempor ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exertion dolore amet, consectetur Warren Leslie 082 713 6624et magna ipsum dolor sit amsit adipiscing. sed tempor incididunt ut labore RE/MAX Property Associates 021 554 9638 Web ref: 300280948 Associate name & contact no RE/MAX Office name & number Web ref: 123456



R1 590 000

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Glamorous, spectacular, exclusive & secure. Open-plan double-living HEADINGA step away from the beach. Breathtaking views and flowing ambience. Lorem ipsum dolor entertainment area.sit amet, consectetur sit adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod im tempor ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exertion dolore amet, consectetur Wendy Coetzer 083 450 2255et magna ipsum Warren Kidney 082 adipiscing. 872 9980 sed tempor incididunt ut labore dolor sit amsit RE/MAX Property Associates 021 554 9638 Associate name & contact no RE/MAX Office name & number Web ref: 123456


R1 645 000


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Beautiful, spacious 3-bedroom home with 3 reception rooms, own cinema, patio with built-in braai and sparkling pool. Low-maintenance garden.



North-facing lock-up-&-go & pool & low-maintenance garden, 3 beds (2 with balcony), tiled-to-ceiling bathrooms. Single lock-up garage & secure parking bay. Extras: Bamboo flooring throughout; security.


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Western Cape


Set in a quiet, secure complex, this large, spacious 3-bedroom single-title triplex is a mere walk from the beach and amenities. Easy to rent or live in. Invest now!


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Asking R13 500 000. A superb family home in the best part of Newlands 4 Bedrooms, self contained separate suite and outstanding living area with conservatory. Air conditioning, underfloor heating plus much more. All on 1175 sqm erf in sight of security office. View with Dave Burger 083 458 3333.

Dual Mandate

Upper Constantia Asking R13 500 000. A thatched homestead, adjacent to Constantia vineyards with views to surrounding mountains A property offering spacious 5-bed family living in the main home, plus teenage flat and guest accommodation in a separate cottage all on one acre of rolling lawns and manicured gardens. Large open-plan farmhouse kitchen / family room, lounge, study, formal dining, garages, patios, borehole and much more. View with Steve Thomas 084 471 4722, Phyl 082 593 1624 or Ingrid 082 490 6246.

Web 591088

Stonehurst Mountain Estate Asking R7 500 000. Spacious home in a prime position on secure estate Large gardens, spectacular views and ample accommodation. 4 Bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 entertainment rooms, domestic quarters / teenage pad (ensuite). Estate Specialists: Rouvaun 071 671 0821 and Nancy 082 600 6207.

Web 662946

Sole Mandate

Bishopscourt Price on application. Unique Opportunity: Large Subdivisible Estate high in the Avenues. A perfect renovation opportunity th


Originally part of a larger 19 century historic estate, subdivided during the first half of the 20 century, and sold to private families and diplomatic missions, this majestically proportioned manor house ca. 1925, set on over 10 000m² of subdivisible land has large sun filled rooms, lofty ceilings and original wooden floors throughout. Extensive grounds offer sweeping views of Table Mountain and the City lights at night. View with Barbara Manning 083 407 3656.

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Dual Mandate

Rondebosch Asking R4 200 000 negotiable. Beautifully Positioned - Golden Mile North facing family home, 3 receptions, large kitchen, 4 beds (mes), 3 garages. Excellent flow to pool & decked entertainment area. Walking distance to schools. View with Lynne 083 516 5671 & Eileen 082 410 7204.

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Dual Mandate

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Sole Mandate

Upper Claremont


Priced from R5 995 000 (Incl.VAT). Brand new development

Asking R13 250 000. Stately Family Residence

Located in a prime position close to leading schools. North facing

Unique Cape-style residence with full 2-bed cottage, set on an acre, with views of the Constantiaberg. 6 Reception areas, 4 beds, Olympic sized pool,

townhouse-style homes set in a complex of 4 offering excellent security,

fabulous entertainment areas, wine cellar plus equestrian facilities. Zwaanswyk Security Estate Status Approved. Area Specialist: Dawn Bloch 072 496 9458.

accommodation, position and value. View with Elaine Dobson 082 413 7369.

Corner Main Road and Hillbrow Roads, Kenilworth, Cape Town. Tel: 021 762 1108 Westlake Lifestyle Centre, Tokai, Cape Town. Tel: 021 701 2446 â&#x20AC;˘ Each Office is Independently Owned and Operated

Anarita Valley • €108 750

Polis • €123 750

Kastalia Park • €296 000

Tremithousa Chorio • €490 000

Anthea Gardens • €96 000

Letymbou Oasis • €495 000

Kissonerga • €234 000

Tsada • From €1 380 000

Paphos Town • €238 500

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Hilton Windhoek is now fully operational, after a grand opening at the end of May. This is the 50th Hilton Hotel in the Middle East and Africa region. The 150- room hotel, located close to Freedom Square and just 20 minutes from the airport, is sure to become a favourite with business and leisure travellers. ‘It is exciting to mark our entry into a new country with an exceptional hotel,’ says Global Head, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Dave Horton. ‘Travellers place great trust in the Hilton brand, because its legacy is one of being the first major hotel brand to enter emerging markets, and Hilton Windhoek continues this tradition. Namibia is a growing market, with tourist arrivals increasing every year. It offers travellers an opportunity to explore the best of Africa with its many conservation parks, wildlife reserves and the untouched Namib Desert.’ Guests may choose from the presidential suite, 4 diplomatic suites, 4 king executive guest rooms, 8 king deluxe rooms, 22 executive rooms, 12 double rooms and 99 king rooms. Facilities include a heated lap pool with sundeck, a wellness centre, the all-day-dining Ekipa restaurant, Kalabar Bar and Terrace, Centrum Lounge and Terrace, D’vine Wine Bar and Skybar. There’s also a boardroom that can accommodate up to 250 guests. ‘We have employed more than 200 people locally to work in the hotel, and over the last few months these team members have undergone training in our Hilton service standards,’ says Area President, Middle East & Africa, Hilton Worldwide, Rudi Jagersbacher. ‘We look forward to playing an ongoing part in the development of the Namibian tourism sector.’ +264 61 296 2929,

It’s expected that over the next few years the mining of marine diamonds off the coast of Namibia will increase significantly.

The stars come out It’s all systems go for Desert Star Studios and Motion Picture Resort, a development that aims to bring a slice of Hollywood to Namibia. Already, talks have been held with various Hollywood producers – including the producers of The Messiah, a US$115-million motion picture to be shot in 3D – to film their permanent, full-scale film sets in the world, so it’s not surprising that it’s seeing interest from key players. But Desert Star isn’t just about movie-making – you can

New holding company for diamonds

also own property there on an international, fractional-vacation-ownership basis.

Namdeb and De Beers Marine Namibia are now owned by a new joint

Buyers have a wide range of housing models to choose from: the Luxury Nature

venture holding company, which also holds diamond-mining licences for

Suites are 79m2, one-bedroom units with open-plan dining areas and private decks;

land and sea mining areas. The holding company is owned equally by the

the Waterfront Chalets are 153m2, two-bedroom units made from rough-hewn logs,

Namibian government and De Beers. The new agreement ensures the

natural stone and thatch, with open-plan kitchen, dining and living area opening

government has direct and equal ownership of the country’s diamonds.

out onto a deck; and Riverside Lodge 320. The latter is a 320m2, single-storey,

According to Minister of Mines and Energy Isak Katali, the agreement has

three-bedroom unit connected to the river by a stairway. It has a private balcony,

raised the country’s diamond sector to new heights. It’s expected that over

and each bedroom has an en-suite bathroom; there are upstairs and downstairs

the next few years the mining of marine diamonds off the coast of Namibia

decks, a floating jetty, outdoor shower, and bar and braai area under a thatched

will increase significantly. Already, about 30% more marine diamonds are

lapa. All homeowners will have access to the incredible 18-hole Golf Course of the

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