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DECOR

LUXURY

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HOT DECOR & DESIGN

Home makeovers with vinyl, floral fabrics and velvet, and tapping into Hansgrohe’s Aquademie

TRENDS 8

HOT SPACE

HOT PLATE

WHAT’S ON If you do one thing this month, do this

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designs for modern living

LUXURY WIN A stay at Bonamanzi Game

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An amazing property in

MD Paul Henry

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SENSITIVELY SPACIOUS

walls, floors and ceilings

architecture in Camps Bay

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How Cape Town’s property market

A feat of modernist

worth R5 000

RESIDENTIAL

The sheer beauty of

for rejuvenating your home’s

Hotel & Spa, Johannesburg,

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ON THE COVER

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Rawson Developers

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A weekend stay for two

Bishopscourt

and surrounds

Private Game Reserve

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A colonial conquest in

Out and about in Cape Town

Hideaway in Welgevonden

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SOCIETY

Hout Bay’s myriad charms

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EXPERIENCE STILL REIGNS SUPREME

ABOVE AVERAGE

The experts’ quick fixes

REAL ESTATE

THE SPICE OF LIFE

Clifftop Exclusive Safari

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Grenada in the Caribbean

Authentic pizza, and a new soft centre for chocoholics

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POINT OF VIEW

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AFRICA

Smart city refurbs

Doing a roaring tourism trade in Botswana

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SOUTH AFRICA Combining luxury living

SAOTA’s masterpiece in

with nature at Hopewell

prestigious Nettleton Road

Conservation Estate

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NAMIBIA Investment opportunities

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Moving inland Joburg and Pretoria aren’t sitting on their laurels

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KwaZulu-Natal has the holiday weather and the beaches as its drawcards. Cape Town is World Design Capital 2014. You’d think it would be easy for Jozi and Pretoria to sit around and sulk, but these two cities are busy, busy, busy on some of South Africa’s greatest property developments, which are slowly but surely making headway. From Freedom Park and its Hapo Museum to the mixeduse development of Menlyn Maine, which will officially be SA’s first green city, Pretoria is taking strides in contemporary architecture and design. Looking further afield to Dinokeng Game Reserve, which opened late last year, Gauteng can now boast about having the Big Five! There’s also the new Soweto Theatre, situated in the Jabulani CBD, while work is being done on the decommissioned Orlando Power Station and there’s a vision in place for the Orlando cooling towers to be made part of a new entertainment precinct. Moving to the suburbs, there’s the development of Sandton Central Park, a peaceful space of sculpted garden areas, benches and a children’s play area. Then there are the beginnings of Melrose Arch Phase 3 and the R900-million redevelopment of the Mall of Rosebank and Rosebank Gardens. Joburg’s CBD has seen the opening of the unique Wits Art Museum in Braamfontein, the facelift of Mary Fitzgerald Square and the development of the Majestic and Newtown Junction. The construction of a new health and research facility, Hillbrow Health Precinct, begins this

year, while restoration work continues on the Old Post Office building. Hot on the heels of Jonathan Liebmann’s Arts On Main developments comes Brian Green’s 03 Desmond building in Kramerville. Brian was responsible for the super-successful 44 Stanley complex and he hopes to make 03 Desmond the go-to design hub of Joburg. Brian says, ‘Kramerville is the decorating capital of Africa. It’s becoming easier to access for domestic decorators and it’s evolved naturally; it’s not contrived. In Kramerville we saw the trend and we jumped on the bus.’ Housing brands such as Cape Town’s Tonic Design, Durban’s Egg Designs and 03 Cubed, this 300m2 space is sophisticated yet quirky and offers something you can’t get anywhere else. And it’s rumoured that Brian will be opening a rooftop bar as part of his exciting retail development. Joburgers love a new hot spot for sundowners. All we need now is a mountain.

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hristening Cape Town’s newest

occupies one of these buildings on the corner

in its opening month alone this amounted to a

hot spot ‘Orphanage’ seems

of Bree and Orphan streets, the latter named

donation of R6 000 off 400 Vicars.

like a decidedly morbid choice,

in memory of the flood of orphans who took to

Philanthropy and the inversion of a gloomy

considering it’s a swanky bar

the city streets in the early 1900s. Ray explains,

word aside, one of the things that really makes

where people come to unwind over cocktails

‘As we delved a little deeper into the history of

Orphanage unique is its quirkiness. From its

and food. It was a choice that co-owner and

the area, an amazing story started to unfold.

unusual interior features, corporate identity

‘housemaster’, Ray Endean, admits was brave

The terrible influenza epidemic that swept

and copywriting on the canapé-and-cocktail

and somewhat controversial, but when the

through Cape Town in the early 20th century

menu, one thing’s for sure: a wicked sense of

history of the bar’s location presented itself,

left many children parentless and in desperate

humour is key to the bar’s success. As are keys.

it was the only choice. ‘We debated long

need. The orphans would gather at the steps of

and hard over our controversial name, but

St Paul’s Church on Bree Street (today located

Brand Architects on the architecture and

in the end felt it was an old-fashioned word,

across from Orphanage) as the pastor took

interior design of the building, the theme of

no longer used much in modern speech, plus

pity on them and fed them. Thus it became

keys kept coming up, after the design firm

the Mother City had presented us with such a

known as Orphan Street. The reverend went

custom-made a chandelier of thousands of

rich history that it was something we felt we

on to found one of the first children’s homes

crystals and keys, symbolising a housemaster

should shout about,’ says Ray.

in South Africa and started an orphanage for

holding a large bunch of keys to all the

boys that is today known as the St Francis

dormitories in a traditional orphanage.

Orphanage is located in what has become one of the hottest nodes in Cape Town: the

Children’s Home, based in Athlone, where they

blocks of heritage buildings at the top of Bree

care for around 50 children in need.’

Street, which were originally built as workers’

Orphanage donates a percentage of the

When the owners consulted with Inhouse

‘Keys were initially suggested by Inhouse and also feature strongly in the DJ booth, which was cleverly engineered to not only

cottages in the 1800s but are now home to

cost of its signature cocktail, the ‘More Tea,

house the DJ in style, but also has working,

designer stores and restaurants. Orphanage

Vicar?’, to the St Francis Children’s Home, and

lockable drawers, each with its own embossed

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leather number plate that customers can

beautiful and a laugh a line. Ray says, ‘We had

why all our dishes have quirky names, such as

claim as their own when they store a bottle of

such fun putting together the menus. Many

“Fishy On My Dishy”, “Rabbit Food” and “Chick

unfinished spirits. So the “key” element popped

names relate to the origins of the venue in

Chick Milanese”.’

up a few times in the initial interior designs and

Orphan Street: “Innocent Orphan Annie”, “More

we decided to make it our emblem,’ says Ray.

Tea, Vicar?”, “Jammy Dodger”, and “Jonny

nibbling on some Rabbit Food and ordering

The corporate identity is a fusion of

How nice is it to know that by going out,

Ray’s Martini”, which is a nod to myself and the

a round of More Tea, Vicar? you’re not only

what looks like diagrams from centuries-old

other owner. Our whole ethos is about down-

doing something for yourself but for others

encyclopaedia fused with early 1900 theatre

to-earth humour, no nonsense, and good value.

too. Now that’s soul food if ever there was.

and circus posters. The wine labelling is

We wanted our food to reflect this, which is

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Fresh winter menus, genuine Italian pizza and a chocoholic’s hot spot keep us warm

PETE GOTTGENS, GM of Asara Wine Estate and Hotel and a Michelinrated former chef, on the slow food movement and the latest at Asara.

Q What winter produce and wine are you looking forward to this year?

I love root vegetables, slow-cooked oxtail, braised lamb’s tongues and offal. Always with a good red wine, such as Asara’s Cape Fusion or Merlot.

Q You support the slow food movement …

I believe that the important things in life are never rushed. This is especially true when it comes to food, and I maintain that it should always be sustainable, traceable and flavourful. The ideology behind the slow food movement goes deeper than simply what we eat. It supports the belief that we need to slow down a little from our fast-paced lives and simply enjoy life. Yes, it may take a little longer to achieve, but isn’t that the case with anything worthwhile?

THE ITALIAN JOB New at the Old Biscuit Mill foodie hotspot is the contemporary Italian restaurant, Burrata, where your experience of pizza is bound to change forever. The Neapolitan-style pizzas are made according to authentic southern Italian recipes and techniques. Burrata is one of the first restaurants to import Caputo Pizzeria 00 Flour and Neapolitan tomatoes from Italy. Another talking point is the choice selection of wines from South Africa, Italy and France, a contribution no doubt made by Neil Grant, the man at the helm of this Italian gem and the renowned former sommelier of the award-winning Rust en Vrede wine estate. +27 (0)21 447 6505, burrata.co.za

EATING IN, BUT OUT Hemelhuijs Restaurant’s Jacques Erasmus’ new takeaway Huijskos menu is bound to get temperatures rising this winter with its selection of wholesome dishes, such as tomato bredie, boeuf bourguignon and home-baked farm-style bread. It’s ideal if you’d rather have friends over than go out in the cold but don’t want to fuss over a stove all day. Items are freshly prepared daily and put into containers for convenient reheating at home. +27 (0)21 418 2042, hemelhuijs.co.za

Q How are you promoting this philosophy at Asara?

We have recently planted 4ha of organic vegetables and herbs. We incorporate this produce in the food we offer at Raphael’s, our signature restaurant, as well as at Sansibar and the Tasting Room. We also source our meat locally, where possible. Last year we kick-started the holiday season with the Asara Pure Food Market. Needless to say, it was a huge success, which I attribute to an increased demand for traceable, sustainable food. We followed this up with our Pure Food Harvest Market in March, which saw double the number of visitors, and we will be holding our Asara Pure Food Braai Market on National Braai Day (24 September). Guests can expect meat from local suppliers of high-quality lamb, beef, poultry and game, to name a few. +27 (0)21 888 8000, asara.co.za

ONE STOP Experience winter cuisine at One&Only Cape Town, where you’ll find it hard to choose between its two world-renowned restaurants, Nobu and Reuben’s. Indulge in Nobu’s famous bento boxes, where Japanese culinary delights are beautifully presented in traditional black lacquered compartmentalised boxes, or try chef Nobuyuki ‘Nobu’ Matsuhisa’s unique Peruvian-inspired Nobu Sashimi Jalapeño as well as his take on traditional sushi rolls and delicacies, such as tuna sashimi salad and tiger shrimp tempura. Not to be left out, Reuben’s next door has also created a warming winter feast that looks too good to eat … Almost. ‘Fine dining’ does not fully capture the Reuben’s experience, where the emphasis is on taste, texture, smell and presentation, all wrapped up in a decadent bow. We love the white mushroom and Gorgonzola velouté served with seed loaf wafers, toasted hazelnut and mushroom duxelles, and the crispy chilli salted squid. +27 (0)21 431 4511, capetown.oneandonlyresorts.com

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CHOCOHOLICS UNITE!

The Collection by Liz McGrath is bringing back its popular gourmet

The recent refurbishment and expansion of Cape Town’s Lindt

food and wine pairing dinners to two of its establishments, the

Studio has chocoholics buzzing with excitement. The Lindt

Marine and the Plettenberg. Guests will enjoy a five-course

Chocolate Studio & Boutique is now more than twice its original

gourmet dinner, during which the winemakers from participating

size and its refurbished interiors complement the Cape Quarter’s

estates will be on hand to discuss each wine. The luxury hotel

Afro-European style. The best part of the store is the new retail

group’s chefs will create the perfect dishes to complement the

pick-and-mix section, where customers can choose from an

wines. Those wanting to stay for more than just dinner can take

assortment of their favourite flavours of Lindt Lindor truffles

up the special Wine Evening Accommodation Package, including

and sip on a cup of Lindt Hot Chocolate. There is also the newly

a stay in a luxurious double room, the gourmet food and wine

launched Lindt Ice Cream, sold exclusively at the studio.

pairing dinner and a full English breakfast. +27 (0)28 313 1000,

+27 (0)21 811 1334, chocolatestudio.co.za

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A PERFECT UNION OF THE SENSES Discover a little ray of sunshine this winter at the Kleine Zalze vineyards just outside Stellenbosch. Have a tantalising wine-tasting experience, guided by the estate’s delightful winemaker, Johan Joubert, or indulge in the taste sensations at Terroir restaurant, where chef Michael Broughton will be your host. Our unforgettable dining experience included Michael’s legendary prawn risotto topped with a tempura crayfish tail and accompanied by a glass of the estate’s delicious Chenin Blanc. We also enjoyed pairing Kleine Zalze’s Cabernet Sauvignon with Michael’s grilled beef fillet with leek and truffle ragout alongside a celeriac and bacon foam and pumpkin ravioli. Visit hungry. +27 (0)21 880 0717, kleinezalze.com

WINTER GREATS AT TOKARA Richard Carstens, executive chef at Tokara Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, has a lot lined up this winter. First up is his new winter menu, featuring dishes inspired by local produce, a refined Japanese aesthetic and home-grown favourite comfort foods. Next are Richard’s ‘Culinary Greats’ themed evenings. Running until October, the evenings will take diners on a culinary journey with themes such as ‘The Nouvelle Masters’ (June), ‘The New British Wave’ (July), ‘The New World Chefs’ (August) and ‘Modernist’ (September). In October, three leading sommeliers will compete to make the perfect wine pairing for a menu prepared by Richard. +27 (0)21 885 2550, tokararestaurant.co.za

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Updating with vinyl, floral fabrics and velvet and turning the heat up with a new gas hob are top priorities this winter

One of Cape Town’s doyennes of interiors,

SALOMÉ GUNTER,

shares some tips on how to prep your living spaces for the cooler months and discusses what the most important things to consider are when renovating.

Q What is the easiest and most efficient way to transform a living space for the cooler months?

The secret to an inviting winter atmosphere is heat in the form of fires, under-floor/carpet heating or heated wall panels. The best form of heat is from floor to knee-height. Another easy thing to do is to change scatter cushions to richer colours and textures. You can also bring winter throws into bedrooms and living rooms, especially cashmeres and wools, which have a warm aesthetic.

TAPPING IN The Hansgrohe Aquademie, the first Hansgrohe showroom in Africa, has opened up in the bustling design hub of De Waterkant, opposite the Cape Quarter. The globally renowned shower and mixer company’s new home is a one-stop shop for designer taps and showers. Showcased is the high-end Axor range, developed by some of the world’s leading designers and architects, but visitors to the Hansgrohe Aquademie will also find the more cost-effective Focus range, which includes eco-smart technology too. +27 (0)21 447 7144, hansgrohe.co.za

Q Which current interior trends are you most excited about?

Beautiful life-size images, especially real-life ones, projected onto vinyl and applied to a wall or glass. I also love designer bed linen in natural linens, as they give a personal touch to a bedroom.

Q What’s the most important thing to remember when starting the renovation process?

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FLORAL FANTASY Skinny laMinx has launched a new fabric range, Flower Dreams, which will keep us dreaming about summer through the colder months. A decidedly feminine palette of plums, pinks and lemons all come together in three styles: Flower Fields, Wild Flowers and Pincushion, while the popular Orla fabric has also been relaunched. The range has been screen printed on locally woven fabrics made from a cotton and linen blend. +27 (0)21 424 6290, skinnylaminx.com

Words Genevieve Fisher

First things first: appoint well-reputed contractors. Don’t underestimate an interior designer’s input on a specific ‘lifestyle’ look. Lastly, finalise as much of the decision-making before builders start and see that all necessary items, such as tiles, lighting and sanitaryware, are ordered upfront. +27 (0)21 762 9512, salomegunter.co.za


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HOT DECOR & DESIGN WAVING THE FLAG A new release by Robert Thomson is the Flag floor light, designed by Emanuele Zenere for Cattelan Italia. Its perfect balance makes it seem as if the lampshade is floating, just like a flag. The Flag floor light is available in white, black, red and chrome and its attractive sculptural design makes it a classy addition to any living room. +27 (0)87 150 4749, robert-thomson.com

THE BEST OF BOTH Miele’s new KM 3054 G hob combines the efficiency of gas cooking with the sleek designer aesthetic of a glass top. The ceramic glass top, which can withstand temperatures of up to 700ºC, was previously the domain of electric stoves, but no more, thanks to Miele. +27 (0)21 946 3148, miele.co.za

HOT VELVET For those of you wanting to make over your living spaces for winter, look no further than Home Fabrics’ new Montreaux collection. The range of velvet fabrics in 35 rich tones will add that warm, luxurious feel to any home and especially to that old armchair waiting to be reupholstered. +27 (0)21 425 8287, homefabrics.co.za

THINKING OUTSIDE THE STENCIL Vinyl stickers aren’t only good for creating interest on walls. If De Waal Art has anything to do with it, vinyl stickers can add an instant update to old furniture. How about vinyl wording on old melamine kitchen cabinets or glitzy decals on a chest of drawers? +27 (0)83 445 2301, dewaalart.com

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DECADENT TRILOGY Café Culture, is a brand of – you guessed it – coffee-flavoured wine. A new addition to the range is a sparkling wine, Café Culture Choc Mousse. The first of its kind in South Africa, this Pinotage wine offers a taste sensation where sparkling wine meets the indulgent flavours of coffee and chocolate. Available from liquor outlets nationwide. Cheers! +27 (0)21 807 3900, cafeculturewines.com

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INDULGENCE PRESENTS ITSELF Luxury does not come packaged better than at the Spa de la Veille, which is discreetly hidden behind the private walls of the Marion on Nicol Boutique Hotel in Hurlingham, Johannesburg. The French boutique-style spa offers residents and guests the finest in spa relaxation in the surrounds of a beautiful estate. The committed and highly professional team is dedicated to ensuring that every guest’s spa journey is life changing and memorable. It is the perfect haven to revive, rejuvenate and unwind. Guests can enjoy a beautiful spa setting with garden and pool, complemented by a crisp light lunch and scrumptious refreshments, while spending a few hours pampering themselves. +27 (0)11 783 9952, mariononnicol.co.za

DADDY DEAREST To celebrate Father’s Day or as we like to call it, Father’s Month, Chivas Regal, the luxury blended Scotch whisky, has a special gift on offer that would make any dad grin from ear to ear – a bottle of Chivas Regal with two elegant branded glasses. The best part, though, is that the gift pack retails at the same price as a bottle of Chivas. Go on, make him happy. Available from liquor outlets nationwide +27 (0)21 405 8800, pernod-ricard.com

BEAUTY IN A BOX Due to its popularity and success in the European and American markets, GlossyBox has come to South Africa and is set to spoil women (and men). The subscription service gives you the opportunity to try out a selection of four

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SPICE AND ALL THINGS NICE Avondale’s 2006 vintage of Syrah Samsara has been released just in time for winter. The organic wine is aged in French oak barrels for 12 to 16 months and has spicy pepper scents with flavours of cloves and cinnamon. Available from Avondale. Nationwide delivery. +27 (0)21 863 1976, avondalewine.co.za

WIN! Five lucky readers stand a chance to win one of five Glossybox hampers. To enter, email your name and surname and the word ‘GlossyBox’ in the subject line to readers@ medianova.co.za. Ts & Cs apply.

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Movie Nights at Steenberg, 19 & 26 June Steenberg Vineyards has introduced monthly wine-and-food-themed Movie Nights. The events started in April and are running on selected Fridays until the beginning of October. This June you can book for Bottle Shock on 19 June and Chocolat on 26 June. Tickets: R100, including a Movie Night meal prepared by Bistro Sixteen82, which you can enjoy while you watch the film. If you’re still peckish, gourmet popcorn topped with hand-mixed seasonings as well as handcrafted wine gums containing hints of the estate’s wines will also be available. +27 (0)21 713 2211, steenberg-vineyards.co.za

V & A Waterfront’s Master of the Trade Routes Culinary Challenge, Until 31 August Celebrate the cultural melting pot of Cape Town this winter with delicious fusion dishes from more than 20 fine-dining restaurants at the V & A Waterfront. The challenge kicked off on 1 June and since then participating restaurants have been busily creating dishes inspired by a number of South Africa’s vibrant and diverse cultural groups. Enjoy cuisine inspired by Dutch, Chinese, Indian, Portuguese, Malay, French and British cooking. Patrons judge the dishes and then vote, either at the restaurant or on the V & A Waterfront’s Facebook page. The best restaurant will win the Peoples’ Choice Award. Participating restaurants include: Den Anker, Meloncino, The Greek Fisherman, City Grill, Krugmann’s Grill, Sevruga, Reuben’s, Hildebrand, Upstairs at Quay 4, Harbour House, Jewel of India, The Grand, and Signal, to name a few. Customers who order the fusion winter specials stand to win meal vouchers from all participating restaurants at the V & A Waterfront as well as tickets to the gala event in August, where the Master of the Trade Routes will be announced. +27 (0)21 408 7500, waterfront.co.za

Delheim’s Jazz and Cheese Fondues, 24 June – 5 August Delheim Wine Estate in Stellenbosch is hosting Sunday afternoons where lashings of piping hot cheese fondue swirled to toe-tapping tunes are the order of the day. Guests are ushered into the estate’s downstairs cellar where steaming pots of Swiss fondue await them. The fondue is prepared

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to an authentic recipe and served with farm-fresh bread, crisp crudités and, to start the festivities, a glass of traditional glühwein. A popular local jazz band plays from 12.30 p.m. until 3.30 p.m. Guests are welcome to linger until the tasting room closes at 5 p.m. Tickets: R150. +27 (0)21 888 4607, delheim.com

The Franschhoek Bastille Festival, 14–15 July Celebrate the Franschhoek Wine Valley’s French Huguenot heritage. The focus of the festival is on the Food and Wine Marquee, where visitors can enjoy fine wines from some of Franschhoek’s award-winning estates and indulge in cuisine prepared by the valley’s acclaimed chefs. Other highlights include the Waiters’ Race, the Franschhoek Minstrel Parade, fencing and a barrel-rolling contest. A farmers market, craft stalls, live music and children’s activities are included in the line-up. The Screening Room at Le Quartier Français will be screening French movies throughout the weekend and Franschhoek’s award-winning restaurants will be offering menus prepared exclusively for the festival. Tickets: R150, including entry,

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marquee access, tasting glass and a booklet of tasting coupons. +27 (0)21 876 2861, franschhoek.org.za; 0861 22 55 98, webtickets.co.za

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ew to Anne Porter Knight Frank’s portfolio is an elaborate and very attractive triple-storey home located in Cape Town’s elite southern suburb of  Bishopscourt. The home is north facing and from its expansive patios and terraces it offers panoramic vistas of the eastern faces of  Table Mountain over the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden as well as views of  Devil’s Peak. In addition to four bedrooms, the home offers a dining room, reception room and study. The interiors include decadent carpeting and marble tiled flooring and lofty ceilings highlighted by beautiful chandeliers. On the market for R25 million, the home is described by the agents at  Anne Porter Knight Frank as being ‘immaculate’, and MD Lanice Steward sings its praises for combining the ultimate in luxury with an easy-going energy and feel. Lanice comments,

‘Although the home is unashamedly opulent and designed to impress, the house has comfortable, homely interiors and it would be equally suited to an embassy or a large family with several children.’ The gardens are a feature unto themselves, with lollipop trees galore, beautifully manicured lawns and gorgeous white rose bushes set alongside meticulously neat hedges. The expansive outdoor area is perfect for the entertainer and, of course, children. Large trees tower over the home and seamlessly create a sense of grandeur, especially as they contrast pleasingly with the cream exterior walls of the home and its large windows and columns. Also on site is a separate cottage that comprises a large living area and a separate bedroom. There are three garages on the property as well as four parking bays, a large swimming pool, and state-of-the-art security throughout. For further information contact Carol Bracken on +27 (0)83 226 6813.

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This colonial-style beauty in Bishopscourt is on

the market for R25 million through Anne Porter Knight Frank. 2Soaring arched ceilings, chandeliers, a cosy fireplace and cottage pane windows create a charming country ambience in the suburbs.

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Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway might just keep you indoors for longer than you anticipated Words Nicky Manson Photographs Nicky Manson and Supplied

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owering above the African bush, Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway sits atop a gorge in Welgevonden Private Game Reserve in the Waterberg Mountains. With elephants drinking water below and the African wilderness surrounding you, there is no doubt that you are experiencing one of South Africa’s prime views. But it’s not just the views that set this lodge apart, nor its five-star service, excellent cuisine and undeniably good game-watching. What distinguishes this game lodge from many others on our shores is its space. This story begins with an introduction. When a renowned interior designer meets a luxury safari lodge, you are bound to get fireworks – awardwinning fireworks.  The result of this introduction was Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway’s award for Best Hotel Interior at the 2011 African Hotel Awards, and it’s all thanks to Laurie Owen Interiors. According to Laurie Owen, owner of Laurie Owen Interiors, the criteria for the award were: outstanding quality of work; a different interior design concept; and work that is fresh and new. And these certainly hold true for Clifftop, whose interiors beautifully complement the exquisite views of its surrounds. Laurie was first commissioned in 2009. The owners were fans of her work and so the design brief was loose, allowing Laurie free rein to do what she does best. Inspiration came easy, thanks to the lodge’s surrounds. Laurie says, ‘I took inspiration from the clifftop and the location of the lodge and the river below. This all adds to a place that soothes one’s soul.’

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The difference between Clifftop and other lodges around southern Africa is that it is decidedly non- African, and proudly so. The rooms and communal areas are a breath of fresh air, open and airy, and freely flow into each other. And more importantly, there is not an African mask in sight. ‘It’s my spin on an African lodge,’ explains Laurie. ‘I detest masks and the very normal dark look of traditional lodges. I love soft, romantic, soothing colours.’ Laurie’s interiors include a mix of natural organic materials, hand-beaten silver and dip-dyed fabrics and luxurious African-inspired stonewash finishes. Ecofriendly materials have been used throughout the lodge, including wood, felt, mohair, cotton and linen, recycled glassware and handwoven recycled chairs. The effect is organic and romantic and the result is simple yet luxurious comfort. A distinguishing feature of Clifftop is its colour palette. Its cool colours whisk you away into a world of calm. Refined colours, such as white,  grey and silver, with accents of darker hues, reign. Laurie wanted a soft and cool palette and drew her colour inspiration from the surrounding Waterberg and the river, with some lighter colours being drawn from the local stone and the bark of the trees. From the rough concrete walls and ceilings to the whitewashed wooden floorboards and white weathered furniture, the effect is breathtakingly simple and understated and allows the scenic surrounds and wildlife to take centre stage … Just. Uncomplicated decor and furniture reign and the emphasis is on cool comfort. Oversized sofas and poufs

sit alongside interesting mohair chairs.Among Laurie’s personal favourite features is the mohair lounger, part of her signature collection. She imports the mohair from Swaziland and makes the loungers herself.  Despite the seeming simplicity of the layout of the rooms and furniture design, there is a lot of  hidden detail, especially in the various light installations. Designed and handcrafted by Laurie Owen Interiors’  studio, they are made from driftwood, seeds and calabashes, and the effect is dramatic, the driftwood installations especially so. These hang across the ceilings of the chill rooms and living areas and echo the light of the fireplace, which sits centre stage, washed in silver shades. Nearby, painted seeds hang like drapes and act as natural dividers as well as another interesting focal point. Hanging chairs in the upstairs zone sit alongside a huge daybed fit for royalty and together they continue to emphasise that this lodge is all about relaxation, and the decor certainly echoes this. Despite the end result, the design did not come without its challenges and a lot of hard work.The main challenge was the African rains. ‘Massive floods stopped building in its tracks for long periods at a time,’ says Laurie. But her perseverance paid off. Laurie says that, structurally, there was ‘lots of opening up and creating clear lines throughout, turning heavy dark spaces into light-filled cool,  interiors’. From the free love of the public areas and the outside pool deck to the unsurpassed views of the sky above and the gorge below, you will find it hard to tear yourself away when you retire for the evening.


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Opening page An aerial shot of Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway reveals the lodge’s stunning location. Opposite The main living areas are open plan and invite guests to linger between games drives. This page, top Your private plunge pool and deck may keep you room-bound. Bottom left Handmade wooden furniture pieces occupy cosy nooks. Bottom right The main lodge’s pool area boasts comfortable seating areas and rockeries alongside the horizon pool and Jacuzzi.

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Opposite The gigantic fireplace in the main lodge’s living area is swathed in silver shades. The wooden lighting installations were handcrafted by Laurie Owen Interiors’ studio. This page, top Every suite boasts a bathtub with amazing views. Centre left A distinctive feature of Laurie Owen’s collection, this mohair lounger rests in the reception area. Centre right The serene dining area is bathed in sunlight and overlooks the gorge. Organic beaded drapes add interest to the space.

But make no mistake: once you have been formally introduced to your suite, you may never leave its decadent folds. Clifftop has only eight suites and each one exudes luxury and its own style. A large round bed sits centre stage while the cool palette of colours continues. A small chill-out area sits next to the well-appointed bathroom, which boasts an indoor and outdoor shower and the best seat in the wilderness – the bathtub. The jet bath is enclosed with glass to keep out the winter chill, but in summer you can throw open the doors and relax with a gentle breeze on your face and the gorgeous views at your fingertips. In fact, the bathroom’s entire front wall is made of glass, on standby to invite the bush indoors. The decor continues in its simplest and most natural form. Bamboo sticks are used to create a

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relaxed headboard, and roughly carved wooden bowls hold hand towels and luxury bath and shower products. (Laurie Owen Interiors has its own manufacturing division that sources these materials and make its own beautiful decor products.) The suite’s private deck is an extension of whitewashed wooden floorboards, and there’s more comfy lounge furniture outside. Our favourite outdoor feature is the plunge pool with its 360º views over  Welgevonden. Because the lodge only accommodates 16 guests at a time in its eight suites, service is preferential treatment all the way, and feeling like a VIP is par for the course. Intimate dinners can be set up in the wine cellar below for a romantic evening or upstairs by the fireplace to ward off the chilly weather. The five-star treatment continues on the game drives.Welgevonden

Game Reserve boasts an abundance of game and stunning fauna and, despite being only three hours from Joburg, it offers a unique wildlife experience, including the Big Five.  And after an early morning or a late afternoon drive, the sumptuous interiors crafted by Laurie Owen await you. ‘My main objective is to create mood-changing spaces that have a profound effect on our minds and bodies. “Slowing the heart rate” and “taking deep breaths” is what I like to achieve.’ No mean feat for Laurie, but certainly achieved. After an afternoon of gin and tonics and chasing lions, we sit on top of the world and watch a speculator African sunset. Slowed heart rate? Check. Profound effect on mind and body? Check. +27 (0)11 516 4367, clifftoplodge.co.za; +27 (0)11 463 6942 laurieoweninteriors.co.za


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READER OFFER Visit Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway in July and August and pay only R1 800 per person sharing per night, inclusive of accommodation, three meals and two safaris. To book, call +27 (0)11 516 4367, or email res@extraordinary.co.za, and quote the reference ‘PROP’. Terms & Conditions: Rates exclude gate entry fees, beverages and items of a personal nature. Rates are subject to the availability of rooms allocated to the special. Single supplements apply. Children from 12 years are welcome and are accommodated in their own rooms at full adult rate. Minimum two-night stay required. Standard Terms & Conditions apply.

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hen you walk through this exclusive complex of five contemporary beachfront homes, Camps Bay Beach, above Victoria Road, it feels like a small seaside village. But you won’t believe how much is contained within the development site or how grand the homes are, with villas ranging from 452m2 to 552m2. ‘A lot has been done on the site, yet the design is simple and it doesn’t feel dense or overcrowded,’ says Xico Merielles, senior partner at MLB Architects, the firm that headed up the project. Pointing out the vast spaces between the homes, each of which has ocean views, he adds, ‘It was important to our client that, although part of a complex, each home retained a sense of separateness.’

The distinctiveness of each villa stems from the fact that the client bought the site with the intention of building his own free-standing home on it, and then he added four more. Xico elaborates, ‘I’ve been friends with the client for many years and worked on three previous projects for him. When the one plot on this site was up for sale, he called me to come have a look at it. At the time, the plot in front had a townhouse scheme waiting to be approved for building. Luckily, it never was. On my suggestion the client bought both plots, to build an exclusive townhouse development, of which one of the units would be his family home.’ Xico and project architect, Erik Janse van Rensburg, are putting the final touches to Camps Bay Beach. The development has taken four years to

complete because, as Xico says, ‘in its construction, it is very intricate’. Xico and Erik compare their role to that of a medical surgeon: working meticulously, they’ve made sure that everything fits and connects properly, from the more conceptual elements of flow of space to the high-tech services offered by the five homes. The feature they take most pride in is the internal street. Xico calls this the ‘backbone of the project’. ‘It is the central nervous system of this development, connecting every part,’ he explains. The parking garage below the ground floor contains three parking bays per unit. Having exited their vehicles, residents make their way to a lower mezzanine level similar to an internal pedestrian lane. The entrances to the lower three homes and

Top Chateau d’Ax and Camps Bay Beach are the perfect union of style and exclusivity. This world-renowned brand provided the lounge furniture, soft lighting, beds and side tables for this home. Chateau d’Ax has over 350 outlets worldwide and has been in existence since 1948. Its vast collections are characterised by clean, contemporary lines and are available in a choice of 1 500 fabrics, 300 shades of leather and a variety of microfibres. In-store designers will help you choose the perfect furniture for your home, and all items can be customised.

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ON SHOW

Stable Marketing, +27 (0)21 593 5540

Cori Quinton Interiors, +27 (0)21 417 4300

Ferreiras Decor World, +27 (0)11 699 3500

Sutherland Multidisciplinary Consulting Engineers, +27 (0)21 425 0065

Top left This contemporary bathroom was brought to life by Ferreiras Decor World. The Duravit Starck 3 bath has a surprisingly spacious, comfortable interior with economical water consumption. Newform Forma taps add minimalistic elegance to the rectangular concept of the space. The Duravit Vero 55cm Basin contributes impressive form, functionality and quality. Top right Sutherland Multidisciplinary Consulting Engineers optimised all the structural, civil, drainage, storm water, water reticulation, HVAC and fire aspects of this project. Challenging geotechnical conditions encountered required piling innovative top-down construction sequencing on the boundaries. All hot water generation is by means of heat exchangers, minimising electrical consumption. Left Zimbo’s Trading Co. installed 140mm x 19mm Ipe decking and cladding, using its stainless steel Ipeclip system. This system ensures that there are no visible fixings from above, and thanks to the design of the Ipeclip system, it is three times stronger than conventional clips. Zimbo’s Trading Company, +27 (0)21 511 4693

The cladding system cleverly conceals the clip through the machining process.

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MLB Architects, +27 (0)21 462 0170

Zimbos Trading Company, +27 (0)21 511 4693

Top right MLB Architects designed five villas in a unique urban-beach setting, fusing modern architecture with nature. Designed for stylish simplicity, convenience and comfort, the focus is on privacy, security and a lock- up- and-go lifestyle. Features include spacious open-plan living, with wall-to-wall ocean views and smooth flow to courtyards, timber decks, infinity pools and beach access. Above Wide board engineered American Walnut (white oiled) gives the floors and staircase a beautifully natural feel. Zimbo’s Trading Co. specialises in large projects where a combination of decking, cladding, ceilings and staircases are required. Our Loba German coatings and Wakol adhesives ensure a quality end-product.

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ON SHOW the elevators to the top units are located on this thoroughfare. But the sea is always in sight, and a combination of recessed lighting and natural light create a cool twilit space. It was imperative that the surrounds never be blocked from view.  The complex has been designed to appear as if it’s floating on air, and V   ictoria Road seems to disappear entirely. An emphasis on natural materials creates continuity throughout the five luxury homes. ‘In the vein of minimalism, and taking inspiration from the amazing natural surrounds of the area, we wanted to create something that was at the confluence of nature and design, where the natural light, the sea and the mountains are reflected in but not dominated by the design of the homes,’ says Xico.  The materials employed are few: granite, wood, stainless steel and glass. Emphasizing texture, Xico and Erik have created an effective interplay between interior and exterior. Within the homes, design elements such as recessed lighting and bulkheads, recessed joinery and handleless cabinets help create a slick minimalist look. The developer, Xico and Erik are all staunch supporters of green building principles and have incorporated these into Camps Bay Beach. ‘Passive design measures were part of the original plans and concept,’ says Xico. These include cross- ventilation and shutters, to minimise the use of heating and air conditioning, and the installation of heat pumps and energy-efficient lights, to reduce electricity consumption. Landscaping was also crucial to upping the development’s green credentials, and landscape architect Robyn Schoeman was brought on board to assist in this regard. Under Robyn’s direction, many alien plants were removed from the site before all the open spaces, timber decks, side terraces, courtyards, the internal street and the roofs of the three lower units were heavily planted with water-wise indigenous plants. Drip irrigation systems have been installed, to reduce water consumption.

Miele, +27 (0)11 875 9000

Top right Offering only the best in luxury living, all kitchens in the Camps Bay Beach apartments are fully fitted with Miele appliances. Setting the international benchmark for timeless design aesthetics, energy efficiency and functionality, Miele appliances also offer unbeatable quality in that they are manufactured and tested to last for 20 years. Left Inside Living designed the kitchens, built-in cupboards and vanities for the exclusive Camps Bay Beach apartments. Using a combination of Nobilia kitchens from Germany as well as custom joinery from its Inside Living, +27 (0)21 510 4224

factory, Inside Living was able to tie the entire project together.

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WOMAG, 08611 WOMAG (96624)

Professionals List …

Top right WOMAG, SA’s foremost

Chateau d’Ax – Furniture and Soft Lighting

distributor of natural stone tiles, supplied

+27 (0)72 440 2166, maria.lima@chateau-dax.co.za, chateau-dax.co.za

this fascinating natural tile, whose colour

Ferreiras Decor World – Bathroom Sanitaryware

range – steel-blue to grey – infuses the

+27 (0)11 699 3500, designstudio@ferreiras.co.za, ferreiras.co.za

space with a sense of movement and

Inside Living – Kitchen Design and Joinery

texture. This tile is available in many sizes,

+27 (0)21 510 4224, info@inside.co.za, inside.co.za

such as 400 x 600cm, 600 x 600cm,

Mapule Consulting Cape – Electrical Installations

1 200 x 600cm, 900 x 900cm and

+27 (0)82 579 4066, gideon@mapule.co.za, mapule.co.za

1 800 x 600cm. Priced from R299 plus

Miele – Kitchen Appliances

VAT. Bottom left Mapule Consulting Cape

+27 (0)11 875 9000, info@miele.co.za, miele.co.za

dealt with electrical installations: lighting,

MLB Architects – Architects

power distribution, smart lighting control,

+27 (0)21 462 0170, xico@mlbarch.co.za, mlbarch.co.za

security and standby power. Working

Sutherland Multidisciplinary Consulting Engineers – Structural, Civil and Mechanical Engineering

with the architect, Mapule has enhanced

+27 (0)21 425 0065, info@sutheng.co.za, sutheng.co.za

the home’s architectural features and in

WOMAG (World of Marble and Granite) – Wall and Floor Tiles

turn, its peaceful ambience. Provision to

08611 WOMAG (96624), sales@womag.co.za, womag.co.za

upgrade the smart lighting control to fully

Zimbo’s Trading Co., +27 (0)21 511 4693, info@zimbostrading.co.za, zimbostrading.co.za; ipeclip.com

fledged home automation was successfully incorporated too.

Mapule Consulting Cape, +27 (0)82 579 4066

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For Xico and Erik, the most rewarding part of this project – in addition to their being granted creative freedom by the client – was the cooperation of everyone involved – and they’re not referring only to those who worked directly on the project. Xico says, ‘We were lucky, as the concept was strong  but respectful, and didn’t change much at all from the first plans. Over and above this, we pre-empted every possible challenge. ‘This rigorous planning and continuous consultation with everyone involved, from client and consultant team to the contractor, Council and neighbours, allowed us to address all concerns. There weren’t any compromising surprises!’ Through its work on the Camps Bay Beach development, MLB Architects has shown that architects’ sensitivity to context – social and ecological – can go a campsbaybeach.net long way.


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ON SHOW

point

of view This Clifton home, high up on Lion’s Head, opens up completely to the sun, from east to west Words Genevieve Fisher Photographs Adam Letch

N

Overlay Flooring Solutions, +27 (0)21 949 9591

ettleton Road, along the Atlantic Seaboard, has become synonymous with homes out of your wildest dreams. With arguably the best views in South Africa, this winding stretch of road running just beneath Lion’s Head and high above the point where the Atlantic Ocean meets our shores is an address as prime as they come.The homes here are like modern-day fortresses, but unlike those of old – built to keep enemies and the elements out – these contemporary versions are built to invite in select guests as well as the views. Among these bastions of style is this six-bedroom (all en suite), 1 100m2, seven-level home, completed just last year by Greg Truen, partner at SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl  Truen Architects. The clients are British and have lived in Cape Town for a couple of years now. SAOTA built their previous home and the clients liked their work, which has come to define the architectural aesthetic along the Atlantic Seaboard. Their brief to the SAOTA team was simple: create a home that makes the most of the site, the views and the mountain at the back. When the team started on the project, there was an existing structure they needed to work with, but with this complicated site and its many restrictions, this was a blessing in disguise. ‘Because there was an existing structure on the site, and because the zoning conditions are so strict, we had a very defined envelope to work with, which generated much of the form,’ Greg explains. ‘We drew inspiration from the mountain and we used very dark colours on the facade, allowing the building to visually recede into the mountain instead of sticking out like a sore thumb. Obviously, we also responded to the site by working with the views and the impact of the sun.’ The sun being both a defining and often harmful influence in this part of the world, the SAOTA team had to manipulate its rays by way of interesting shutter functions, in order to extract its best qualities for this project. ‘The western sun is a major issue on the Atlantic Seaboard. We integrated a series of shutters into the facade, which can

Above Overlay Flooring Solutions installs timber flooring products. It sands and seals floors with specialised coatings and does timber steel projects, including decks, cladding and pergolas. On this project, the company installed engineered walnut timber that was processed for various applications, such as floating and wrapped stairs and floor elements with secret joints.

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ON SHOW

Gossow & Harding Construction, +27 (0)21 511 3101

QDP Lighting & Electrical Design, +27 (0)82 567 8128

The Modern Group, +27 (0)21 551 4564

Top Gossow & Harding Construction’s involvement ensured the flawless transformation of a dated ’70s house into a stylish, modern home. Gossow & Harding constructs residential and commercial buildings, appointing only skilled subcontractors and artisans. Centre By combining its consulting, electrical engineering and lighting design experience, QDP Lighting & Electrical Design has delivered a sophisticated project that incorporates the latest in home automation technology yet retains a warm, functional and homely atmosphere. Bottom To complement the aesthetic appeal of this luxurious home, The Modern Group integrated smart home automation solutions, allowing for endless convenience through touch technology. Highlighted features are the mood setting, energy-saving control and CCTV surveillance. The convenience of remote access via a Crestron Controller makes coming home a memorable experience every time.

thepropertymag.co.za | 31 Ferreiras Decor World, +27 (0)11 699 3500>

Sutherlands Multidisciplinary Consulting Engineers, +27 (0)21 425 0065


ON SHOW Top: Alpino Woodworks was responsible for the manufacture and installation of the library joinery, bathroom cabinets, wardrobes, study joinery, wall panelling and the internal timber doors. This was one of many joinery projects done in conjunction with SAOTA, and our second project in prestigious Nettleton Road, Clifton Middle:Jaz Marine, established by Uwe Jaspersen in 2001, has over the past six years won widespread recognition for several high-performance sailing craft, including the 62ft Morrelli & Melvin cruising catamaran. Uwe also applies his racing boat technology and exceptional skills to the design of home features, such as this exquisite bar. Bottom: When it comes to natural stone products, architectural vision is achievable with Cannata Granite. Cannata Granite proudly supplied natural stone for the counter tops and extensive cladding on this project.

Alpino Woodworks, +27 (0)21 557 9052

Jaz Marine, +27 (0)21 511 7035

Cannata Granite, +27 (0)21 510 8553

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Euro Casa, +27 (0)21 421 8161

Above This kitchen, designed by Euro Casa’s George Giorgio, revisits and modernises a theme that has always been particularly dear to the unique Italian kitchen manufacturer, Rossana – the concept of the portal kitchen, which has given rise to a number of superlative quality and highly successful projects.

PROFESSIONALS LIST Alpino Woodworks – Joinery, Cabinets, Wall Panelling and Timber Doors +27 (0)21 557 9052, alpino@worldonline.co.za, alpino.co.za Euro Casa – Imported Italian Kitchens +27 (0)21 421 8161, elitza@eurocasa.co.za, eurocasa.co.za Gossow & Harding Construction +27 (0)21 511 3101, info@ghconstruction.co.za, ghconstruction.co.za Jaz Marine – Bar +27 (0)21 511 7035, jaspersen@iafrica.com Cannata Granite – Natural Stone Installation +27 (0)21 510 8553, info@cannata.co.za, cannatagranite.co.za The Modern Group – Smart Home Automation +27 (0)21 551 4564, morne@modgroup.co.za, modgroup.co.za Overlay Flooring Solutions – Timber Decking +27 (0)21 949 9591, admin@overlayflooring.co.za, overlayflooring.co.za QDP Lighting & Electrical Design – Electrical Engineering and Lighting Design +27 (0)82 567 8128, hambly@qdp.co.za, qdp.co.za

be positioned independently by the occupants of a space.  The pattern of the shutters is always different as a result, which is visually arresting,’ says Greg. Extensive use of cross-ventilation has been made, in order to offset the harshness of the sun:‘Heat build- up is often a problem in such homes, so we introduced a lot of cross ventilation, particularly in the main living area, which connects the views of the mountain at the back of the property with the sea views at the front. The living room can open completely on the west and east, so that it feels like an open pavilion.’ Intelligent principles aside, this home is as exceptional as its surrounds. It took SAOTA two years to complete this project, and the team hasn’t overlooked a single detail.

The finishes are world-class, and the wellconsidered choice of materials adds to the visual impact. ‘The exterior of the building is clad in powder- coated aluminium,’ says Greg. ‘This gave us a very robust and precise surface finish. Internally, we wanted much warmer spaces, and we achieved this by using walnut timber. To visually separate elements and make the space appear even larger, we used black marble as an accent, and black glass.’ The home is scattered with unusual design features. The circular entrance area, clad in walnut timber, can only be described as ‘wow!’ The space’s other-worldly effect is amplified by a fascinating lighting installation. ‘We used backlit slumped glass as a suspended ceiling element here,’ explains Greg. ‘The

space is quite dark, even during the day, so the effect is always quite powerful.’ And then there’s the very attractive floating timber staircase, which employs hanging stainless steel rods for a refreshing take on a balustrade. For Stefan Antoni, the defining feature of this home is the open-plan living and kitchen level that opens up from east to west. ‘The entire living space is a successful feat, thanks to its inclusion of the pool and the garden. Design features are the walnut-clad kitchen box, the cantilevered carbon fibre bar and floating staircase,  all of which connect seamlessly across the open-plan space. I also think that the granite-clad rim-flow pool is amazing,’ says Stefan. Isn’t it all? Bravo, SAOTA, bravo!.

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RENOVATING

Renovation

INVASION

The word ‘renovation’ scares the living daylights out of many people because it conjures up visions of mess, builders and never-ending deadline extensions. But things don’t have to be that way Words Genevieve Fisher Photographs Supplied

W

hether you’re renovating to sell your home or you just can’t bear that your kitchen pantry opens up onto your guest loo, we show you how renovations should be done. We’ve also roped in the experts to share their insights into renovating..

With thanks to …

KITCHEN

89 Interior Design, +27 (0)21 423 7811, 89interiordesign.co.za Caesarstone, caesarstone.co.za Cannata Granite, +27 (0)21 510 8553, cannatagranite.co.za Carpet Connection, +27 (0)21 552 3236, carpetconnection.co.za Cobra Watertech, 0861 212 121, cobra.co.za

BATHROOM

Delos, +27 (0)21 447 5739, delos.co.za Euro Appliances, +27 (0)11 463 1303, euroappliances.co.za Gass Architecture, +27 (0)11 482 2045, gass.co.za Hertex Fabrics, +27 (0)21 914 3390, hertex.co.za House of Wallpaper, +27 (0)83 488 1177,

LIVING

thehouseofwallpaper.com Kevin Bates Albert Carpets, +27 (0)21 464 320, albertcarpets.co.za Leon Saven Design, +27 (0)21 421 6688, leonsavendesign.com Maxim Property Group, +27 (0)21 439 5216, maximgroup.co.za Mint House, +27 (0)21 671 3431, minthouse.co.za

DINING

Plascon, 0860 204 060, plascon.co.za Re/Max of Southern Africa, +27 (0)21 700 2000, remax.co.za Techno Surfaces, +27 (0)21 534 0154, technosurfaces.co.za Tile Africa, 0800 002 783, tileafrica.co.za Victorian Bathrooms, +27 (0)21 704 2340, victorianbathrooms.co.za

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Modern cooking BEFORE

The extensive renovation of this home,

free-standing central block containing a

which borders the Orange Kloof Nature

scullery as well as a kitchen bar counter for

Why choose Corian?

Reserve in Hout Bay, was led by 89 Interior

informal dining. Storage space has been

Linsey Schluter, marketing director at

Design. As the heart of the home, the

created around this block and the entire

Techno Surfaces, says, ‘Unlike other

kitchen was practically done from scratch,

space is closed off by sliding doors that

surfaces, which can accumulate germs in

says Gillian Goodwin, a partner at the firm

separate the kitchen from the open-plan

visible joins, Corian is a sleek, continuous

and the interior designer on this project.

dining room, which looks out onto the

surface that remains perfectly hygienic

She says. ‘The brief was to modernise the

courtyard. Gillian says the most rewarding

year after year. From an installation

kitchen and integrate it into a free- flowing

aspect of this project was the placing of

perspective, it is a composite solid

entertainment space. The client also

a Corian countertop on the central block:

surface made up of a mix of minerals and

wanted to create a user-friendly family

‘The countertop was way too big for the

acrylic resin, so you can heat and bend

dining area at the kitchen countertop.’ The

space. But the amazing thing about Corian

it into pretty much any shape you want.

middle section of the house was completely

is that the suppliers, Techno Surfaces, could

Corian lends itself beautifully to curved

demolished and the central stairway

simply cut the top on site, glue it back

counters, splashbacks and integrated

relocated, to provide a clean slate for the

together again and buff it up, and no one is

sinks. It also has an enviable colour

layout of the new kitchen and scullery. The

the wiser. It’s a miracle product because it

palette of over 100 shades.’

kitchen now features a ‘box space’ with a

can be repaired if it chips or scratches.’

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Value add Most people know that by renovating your kitchen you can up the resale value of your home drastically. And it does not have to cost the earth. Adrian Goslett, CEO of Re/Max of Southern Africa, says, ‘The first step is to clear out the space and get rid of equipment and things you don’t use that much that may take up a lot of space on counters. All the clutter can make the kitchen appear smaller and darker than it really is. The next step would be deciding on what’s most important: re-plumbing or moving around big equipment, such as stoves, is expensive, so budget is crucial if these are part of the plan. Instead of completely replacing items or fixtures, homeowners should try to refinish them or only replace certain parts that really need it. Laminated countertops, for example, can be re-laminated and cupboard doors can be resealed and painted to give them a fresh look. And finally, the easiest and most cost-effective way to change your kitchen is by giving it a lick of paint. This can make a big change to a kitchen, especially if the current colour palette is outdated. When choosing a colour, it is best to go with neutral colours, as they will make the area appear a lot larger.’

AFTER Lighting Delos, a restorer of antique lighting and furniture, supplied the interesting globe pendant lights for this kitchen. Owner Dale Calder says, ‘Antique chandeliers give even a contemporary kitchen a personal touch. For those who are dead against anything Old World, modern pendants with some patina can be the difference between the ordinary and the extraordinary.’

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Bathroom bashing Property developer, Peter Van Wyk,

matter of installing new taps and a bathtub.

cupboards had to be considered.’ With the

MD of Maxim Property Group, completely

Peter says it was a complete gutting, from

extensive revamp came major challenges,

overhauled the main en-suite bathroom

restructuring the plumbing to the finishes.

the main one being how to incorporate

of his Green Point home. Peter wanted

He explains, ‘The whole layout of the rather

many fittings, fixtures and storage in the

to not only retain the Victorian aesthetic

ugly 1950s-style bathroom changed. The

small space. Peter began by sealing off

of the house, but also to update the look

old bathroom was ripped out and I basically

the existing doorway, to create a long wall

and feel. ‘The focus was on creating a

started from scratch. A major change was to

where the shower and cupboards were

chic, Victorian- style bathroom with all the

accommodate the bathroom as an en suite

placed, the latter clad with long mirrors to

modern comforts one expects, yet with a

to the master bedroom, which meant that

create a sense of space. ‘New Victorian-style

strong traditional aesthetic. I liked the idea

access to the room changed, as did the

taps from Cobra and bevelled subway tiles

of a monochromatic colour scheme, which

configuration of all the plumbing. I also

from Victorian Bathrooms completed the

is typical of Victorian- style bathrooms,’

wanted it to double as a dressing room,

look. And, of course, a glamorous ceiling

he says. But this renovation wasn’t just a

so the careful incorporation of built- in

chandelier was installed to add some drama.’

BEFORE

Bathroom countertops Granite countertops were used in this bathroom. Claudia Cannata King, marketing director at Cannata Granite, says, ‘Practicality paired with aesthetic appeal is a winning combination when redesigning bathrooms. As bathrooms are generally smaller spaces, it is better to use materials that are less busy, for example, natural stone, such as granite. That way, the room will not appear smaller than it is.’

The taps Cobra Watertech supplied the taps for Peter’s bathroom. Marketing Manager Shelley Galliver says, ‘Basins and taps are two items that can be changed with relative ease and affordability. Although on this project a certain style of tap was installed, the modern, minimalistic, single- lever mixers are still the most popular ranges. The main factors influencing the choice of fittings are eco-friendliness and efficiency. Bathrooms should combine aesthetics, quality and eco- friendliness. Homeowners may choose from a host of sanitary fittings and technologically advanced bathroom products that are easier on the environment. At the top end of the market there’s a trend towards electronics, such as mixers with LED displays, to indicate temperature.’

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AFTER Paint Lauren Shantall, PR manager for Plascon’s Freeworld Design Centre, says bathrooms need mould-resistant paint, because of all the moisture. ‘Plascon Velvaglo is also a good option, as it is a hard-wearing paint suitable for bathrooms and is heat-, steam-, chip- and stain-resistant,’ she says. ‘Make sure that you coordinate your wall paint and tile colours carefully. Buy a tester pot in your colour of choice and then paint a large swatch onto a primed card in order to better compare the colours. Bathrooms are usually not the biggest spaces in the home; lighter colours will make the space seem bigger. If you have a very small bathroom, consider using an extremely bold colour to make a statement.’

Wall tiles On-trend subway tiles were used for Peter’s bathroom. Margaret Goodale of Victorian Bathrooms says, ‘Metro tiles, aka subway tiles, were named after the tiles used in the Paris subway system in the early 1900s. So versatile is this little 75mm x 150mm tile that it is as at home in a vintage setting as it is in a more contemporary, sophisticated interior. Metro tiles have a clean and tailored look, creating a simple texture that is classic and appealing, year after year.’

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RENOVATING

Living large All that’s left of the original living room is

out onto a pool deck, Leon called for the

to create expansive spaces. The ceiling

the fireplace … Working purely by remote,

removal of several walls in order to create

space was previously unavailable because of

Cape Town-based Leon Saven, of Leon

an open-plan living space. To achieve

the flat ceilings, and we carefully placed an

Saven Design, pulled off the complete

this, a new floor had to be created on

additional floor over the existing structure.

refurbishment of a home in Westwood,

top of the living space, and this required

New fenestration and a complete redesign

Los Angeles. The client brief required of

a greater floor- to-ceiling height, which in

of the interior have added an entirely new

him to create an expansive living space,

turn entailed extensive engineering work.

and contemporary look, not only to the

to accommodate the client’s laid-back

‘We executed this by retaining the entire

living area, but also to the house as whole,

lifestyle. When renovating this bright and

original envelope of the house and opening

and allows for a much greater connection to

contemporary living room, which leads

up as many walls in the interior as possible,

the outdoors,’ says Leon.

How he did it

How did you come to do this project in LA?

I worked in California for 11 years and am familiar with local trends and regulations and I understand the region very well. I was able to advise the client that the fee was favourable because of the exchange rate of the US dollar to the rand.

How did it work?

We got organised and had a good communication routine with the client and contractor. We also coordinated the work with an engineer in LA. Due to our being 9 to 10 hours ahead of them, and with regular photographic updates of the site progress, we were able to address any issues or questions timeously, which resulted in no project delays. We built a 3D model that we constantly updated with proposals, so we could continuously study design issues and offer solutions. We also advised the client on how to photograph the site, environment and surrounding area to get the necessary information.

What would you have done differently?

Nothing with regard to the project as a whole. It worked out very well. It would have been a joy to see the project in person soon after its completion, but unfortunately I was only able to visit the site a year later.

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BEFORE


RENOVATING

AFTER

Wooden flooring Leon sourced flooring from Californian suppliers. But for local work in SA he recommends Kevin Bates Albert Carpets, whose Chief Operating Officer, Peter Simon, says, ‘Antiqued wide-plank oak flooring is the most popular style of wooden flooring at present. There has been a move away from the high-gloss finish and a more restrained, matt, oiled finish is mostly used. Also gaining market share is strand woven bamboo. While not exactly wood, its popularity has surged for luxury vinyl planks. They’re reasonably priced, very hard-wearing, have the appearance of wood and are considered eco-friendly.’

Caesarstone Leon recommends Caesarstone for living room fittings. PR Manager Lisa Aspeling says, ‘Caesarstone’s textured range, Motivo, is perfect for use as wall cladding in any living space or lounge. Feature walls are on-trend again and Motivo lends itself to this application, as our patterned, black or white Crocodile and Lace surfaces help to create a sophisticated look. Concetto, Caesarstone’s semi- precious stones collection, can be crafted into beautiful ottomans and centre pieces for the lounge, or even gorgeous, bespoke tables and bars. The Classico range is well suited to use as flooring. Its durability and classic appeal make tiling your living area a good investment.’

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RENOVATING

Dining in Sue Lloyd-Roberts of Mint House Designer

to living, cooking, dining and entertaining

To add to the dramatic effect, the team

Renovations, a turnkey renovation design

– and above all, to include views of the

bashed through all of the smaller rooms to

consultancy in Cape Town, took up the

mountain, if possible.’ Sue and her team

create one long, large, open-plan room, and

challenge of renovating the dining room of

began by gutting the small and dark dining

dropped the level of the entire floor area.

a Newlands’ home. It’s an older home, one

room, where the doors led off onto a

From a fittings perspective, all the pokey

of many in the area that were built to face

guest bathroom as well as a closet and a

aluminium windows and doors were replaced

north-east, and therefore it doesn’t get much

scullery that led onto the backyard. They

with new large wooden sliding doors and

natural light. The brief given to Sue and

then created a large hall leading onto the

windows, a strategy that also solved the

her team prioritised the creation of more

opened-up dining area, by incorporating and

problem of how to admit more natural light

light. Sue explains, ‘The orientation of the

enclosing the covered patio. ‘By doing so we

and mountain views. ‘In addition to this, by

original home totally ignored the magnificent

were able to include the theme of columns

opening up the entire kitchen linking to the

north-west views of the mountain and the

in this space, which not only accentuates

dining area, and by incorporating a glass

inclusion of light penetration. We had to

the height and, on a practical level, allows

roof, maximum light and mountain views are

change this as well as maximise height and

for added support, but also achieves a far

not only accessible, but have also become a

space and create an integrated approach

more dramatic and elegant finish,’ she says.

design feature,’ says Sue.

BEFORE

Wallpaper The House of Wallpaper supplied the eye-catching wallpaper used on this renovation. Company Director, Jackie Kilcullen, says, ‘Wallpaper has become a huge trend for a number of reasons: it is a simple, practical and beautiful way to transform a room, instantly adding depth, texture and character not easily achieved by alternative wallcovering. In a dining room, wallpaper offers elegance and warmth. The magnificent wallpapers now available on the market make wallpaper a good option when transforming a room.’

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RENOVATING

Reupholstering Hertex Fabrics supplied the fabric for the reupholstered dining room chairs on this project. Katrin Herrmann-Van Dyk, sales director at Hertex Fabrics, says, ‘Where you already have a chair or sofa that you love, get a quote for re-covering it rather than throwing it out. The cost is not always less than that of new furniture, but the frame of a good piece will last a long time. When selecting fabric for dining room chairs, keep in mind the type of fabric and the scale of the pattern. Dining room chairs are generally used often, so choose a fabric with high durability. Small patterns work better for the seat and back, but for a fully upholstered chair, the back of the chair could be done in a bold

AFTER

pattern or accent piece.’

Flooring Craig Maas, general manager of Carpet Connections, who installed the floors on this project, says, ‘Choose a floor covering that is suitable for the intended application. Careful consideration should be given to the grade of the flooring because of the intensity of use. Ensure that the chosen product has a technical certification of an international standard. Irrespective of the flooring chosen, the subfloor needs to be carefully inspected and, if necessary, levelled. The ‘After’ photographs Romilly de Buck

more level the surface, the better the end result. The flooring should also be installed after all other contractors have finished on site, or it should at least be covered with a suitably strong material, to prevent damage after installation. Finally, choose a reputable flooring contractor with contactable references. Quality and service are not expensive – they are priceless!’

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RENOVATING

More of the outdoors For this home in Parkmore, Sandton, the

To my mind this had the greatest impact

together by the terrace. Georg explains,

brief to Georg van Gass and his team at

on the house as a whole. The addition of

‘By simplifying and joining the spaces, we

Gass Architects was to create a light,

the steel pergola ensures that the house

were able to create a feeling of openness

open feeling, incorporating natural and

is shaded during the summer months and

within the house. Our treatment of the

rich textures, as well as to achieve an

provides the finishing touch to the facade.

facade with the large openings helped us

indoor/ outdoor living space. ‘We extended

We also created lighting features within

further achieve openness by providing

the terrace around the front of the main

the structure of the pergola, which emits

connectivity to the garden spaces. The client

living space in order to open up the house

a subtle overhead lighting, enhancing the

loves to entertain friends, and by creating

completely to the garden,’ says Georg. ‘For

entertainment space.’ What Georg and his

direct access from the kitchen/lounge to the

greater effect, we designed an 8m sliding

team have done is to completely transform

outdoor entertainment areas of the terrace

door, which was made possible by casting a

this typical old Parkmore home into a

with covered braai area, we have given the

reinforced concrete beam to carry the span.

slick, contemporary space that’s pulled

house an unrestricted, friendly atmosphere.’

Tiling

BEFORE

Your choice of tiles for your newly renovated outdoor area can make a significant difference to its overall look and ambience. Kate van Niekerk, Tile Africa’s marketing manager, elaborates.

What should people look for in outdoor tiles?

Tiling is the answer for an outdoor area because tiles are highly durable, easy to maintain and come in a wide variety of colours, textures and styles. Where a roof covers the area, such as on a patio, then any type of tile is suitable, as long as it has an abrasion resistance rating of four or more. It is often a good idea to continue the tiles used in the living area out onto the patio, especially in cases where the doors open and fold back to create an inside/outside effect. Where the area is open, such as in a courtyard, then tiles made from natural material are best. It is very important to note that natural stone, slate and marble tiles are porous and need to be sealed before use.

AFTER

What are the current trends in outdoor tiling? Ever popular are the warm African tones of slate and sandstone. These materials are being used more and more, not only on the floor, but also to clad outside braai areas, benches and walls. The beauty of natural stone is that it blends effortlessly into nature, creating a soft, harmonious backdrop to grasses, flowering climbers and shrubs.

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Outdoor cooking Bertus van der Veen, co-owner of Euro Appliances, says, ‘Fully fitted outdoor kitchens are big in the US, but in SA we’re content with braais, despite our better climate. The benefit of outdoor kitchens is convenience. Proper planning is critical for hassle-free outdoor entertainment and provision needs to be made for water (basin, icemaker), gas (braaiing and other cooking), electricity (fridge and freezer), and proper airflow. Gas braais offer clean, quick cooking, but traditional wood/charcoal products remain popular. Integrated facilities, such as rotisserie and smoker options, have recently seen a rise in popularity.’


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Living

Aboveaverage Tucked away in a valley by the sea, Hout Bay delivers a luxurious and peaceful lifestyle Words Catherine Riley Photographs Supplied

‘N

estled in a secluded enclave and guarded by the mountain peak known as the Sentinel, this sleepy hollow has a rich history and colourful ambience which cannot fail to capture the heart,’ says Lola Kramer of Lola Kramer Realty in Hout Bay.  Lola’s sentiments perfectly define just what this suburb is all about. Far from the madding crowd, Hout Bay has a rural atmosphere and a fantastic

family-orientated energy and offers a host of fun things to do. The name Hout Bay or Houtbaai means ‘Wood Bay’ and it was given to the area by the Dutch settlers in 1653 when they explored behind Table Mountain and found a densely forested valley. Hout Bay became the main source of timber for ship repairs and for the construction of the Castle of Good Hope. The fishing village in Hout Bay is thought to have been established

village life Janine Barry of Re/Max Home Hout Bay says that many people who live in the area either continue to trade up or downsize but ultimately remain in the area. Hout Bay is predominately a residential suburb, with just 1,5% of the area classified as commercial. There is a wide variety of property on offer, from small apartments to larger homes on private estates. Ray van der Merwe of Rawson Hout Bay says he has noticed a trend of couples and young families moving in from the Atlantic Seaboard and City Bowl suburbs. ‘Their preference is for two- and three-bedroom family homes with a garden and pool. With house prices in Beach Estate starting from R1,5 million, it is obvious why they are being snapped up so quickly,’ he says. Ray adds that no other suburb in Cape Town has as many outdoor amenities close to home as Hout Bay. Here you can walk to the beach, ride a horse, go sailing or take a hike in the mountains, and these activities are all five minutes away from home. According to PropStats, the average price for houses sold in Hout Bay over the last year was just under R3 million, with sectional titles at just over R1 million. The natural beauty of the suburb, the lifestyle on offer and the affordability of property are Hout Bay’s biggest drawcards. Realtor Lola Kramer describes it as ‘a rustic residential retreat with the best views of Chapman’s Peak, the Hout Bay harbour and beyond.’

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around 1867 when the German immigrant, Jacob Trautmann, started to fish and farm there. Between Hout Bay and Noordhoek is Chapman’s Peak, where the ruins of a British lookout point known as the Old East Fort still exist. Hout Bay has the oldest farmlands in South Africa. Massive shipwrecks can still be seen hugging the shorelines. The museum in Andrews Road is worth a visit for more insight into this historic area.


Living

What the agents say We speak to estate agents in the know about everything that Hout Bay has to offer. Janine Barry, broker/owner at Re/ Max Home Hout Bay, Ray van der Merwe, brand office manager for Rawson Hout Bay, and Lola Kramer of Lola Kramer Realty Hout Bay, share their thoughts on what it’s like to live and work in this coastal village.

Q Is Hout Bay a viable option for people who work in the city, and are there opportunities in Hout Bay itself?

RvdM: Hout Bay’s close proximity to the Cape Town city centre (a 20- to 30-minute drive) and the availability of commercial space in several shopping malls make it an ideal location for small and medium businesses. Many of the self- employed professionals in Hout Bay also work from home.

Q What does Hout Bay offer homebuyers in terms of residential options? Opposite, top The sun sets behind the Sentinel. Bottom right A couple enjoy a drink at the Lookout Deck. This page, top The scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive. Bottom Hout Bay’s landmark bronze leopard sculpture, by Ivan Mitford-Barberton, guards the harbour.

JB: There are awesome sea-view luxury apartments, luxury homes, large homes in security estates and smallholdings. Homes and apartments range from tiny studios priced at around R595 000 to two-bedroom apartments priced from R850 000. Prices of houses range from R1,5 million to R30 million, with smallholdings priced from R5 million to R30 million. You could even buy the castle for just over R30 million. Hout Bay also has a large horse-loving and horse- riding community with excellent facilities for stabling. LK: House prices range from just over R1 million, with R2 million to R3,5 million being the lower range and R4,5 million to R28 million making up the luxury range. Homes are as diverse in style as the colourful characters who reside in Hout Bay! There are numerous security estates that offer peace of mind along with breathtaking views.

Q How would you sum up the pros and cons of living and working in Hout Bay?

LK: Hout Bay has a village-like atmosphere with a personal touch. Property prices present excellent value compared with other areas along the Atlantic Seaboard. However, there is limited public schooling for high-school pupils; but there are private high schools. Work-wise, there is a relaxed working atmosphere away from the rat race.

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Living

Tourism over the mountain Rawson’s Ray van der Merwe points out Hout Bay’s multitude of tourist attractions, including Chapman’s Peak Drive, Seal Island and the World of Birds. ‘For most Capetonians, Hout Bay is a Sunday drive destination. Every weekend, thousands of visitors flock there to check out the local markets,’ he says. The Bay Harbour Market, for example, showcases a selection of art and craft, clothing and tasty treats. The seafood alone is worth a trip to Hout Bay. Fine dining can be enjoyed at Mariner’s Wharf or the Chapman’s Peak Hotel. For simpler but tasty dining for the whole family, try out Snoekies or Fish on the Rocks. Enjoy the best sushi and Thai food at Kitima Restaurant, housed in an authentic Cape homestead, book a table at the local favourite, Dunes Restaurant, on the beach, or dine right on the water at the Lookout Deck Restaurant. Hout Bay is home to Africa’s first harbour-front emporium, where activities include boat charters, shipwreck visits, and trips to Seal Island. The Red Bull Surfing Challenge also takes place close by. Suikerbossie and Hout Bay Manor Hotel are two well-loved places for special occasions, while for a good social gathering, locals lean towards La Cuccina, Casareccio Bistro and the Workshop, ‘the smallest pub in Africa’.

Above right View of Hout Bay’s yacht basin, beach and mountains. The redbrick building in the foreground is Station 8 of the National Sea Rescue Institute. Centre Panorama of Hout Bay with the Sentinel at the far left and the beach on the right. Bottom right The yacht basin.

With thanks to … Lola Kramer Realty Hout Bay, +27 (0)21 790 4439, lolakramer.com Rawson Properties Hout Bay, +27 (0)21 790 8075, rawson.co.za/hout-bay Re/Max Home Hout Bay, +27 (0)21 790 0238, houtbay.co.za

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Describe your services/products. Since 1962, Nouwens Carpets has prided itself on quality, craftsmanship, innovation and style, creating beautiful floor coverings for residential and commercial properties. Using only the best in natural and synthetic fibres, Nouwens Carpets offers discerning homeand business owners the very best in design, durability and value for money. What’s a quick way of rejuvenating a room? Carpeting can be a quick way to completely renovate a room. It can be done in a day with very little preparation, plus no chipping or fumes, and immediate use! Thanks to the luxury and insulation that carpeting offers, you can upgrade a room in a couple of hours. Tell us about a recent project you’re particularly proud of. We pride ourselves on working with many hotels in southern Africa, including the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel, where they’ve used numerous Nouwens Carpets in various rooms, dependent on the decor and theme. Your top tips for someone who wants to renovate? Do your homework and make sure that your needs are met. It is worth spending a little more time and money to gain the peace of mind that the products you’ve chosen will last for many years.

Describe your services/products. Saint-Gobain Gyproc is a leader in the manufacture of lightweight building materials and manufactures energy-conserving RhinoBoard for all interior lining applications. What’s the quickest way of rejuvenating a room? Just as sleek floors and designer walls can make a room, so too can RhinoBoard ceilings. It’s not only about creating an ambience or a new look – RhinoBoard ceilings separate spaces, light up features, focus sound and insulate rooms. RhinoBoard and RhinoLite finishing plaster are ideal for conventional flat ceilings and false ceilings, which are typically suspended a few inches below the structural ceiling on a metal framework. RhinoArt cornices are available in a range of styles, shapes and sizes. Lightweight and easy to install, our cornices can be painted to complement your decor. Tell us about a recent project you’re particularly proud of. Houghton Estate, Johannesburg. The internal walls of the entire development were constructed using our GypWall systems (RhinoBoard with UltraSteel stud and track.) Your top tips for someone who wants to renovate? Do reference checks, put contracts in place, and don’t settle until you’ve inspected the final installation.

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Reverse 100 imported carpet tiles for the high-profile Nedbank Menlyn Maine Falcon Building project in Pretoria East. These carpet tiles were selected for their stylish and distinctive design, extreme durability and environmental credentials. Your top tips for someone who wants to renovate? New paint or wallpaper is always a great starting point for any renovation process. But it is the flooring that puts that finishing touch to the room. Van Dyck Carpets add an elegant and luxurious feel to any room.


DESIGN profile

Freedom through discipline Architect Richard Townsend appreciates and abides by the values of his discipline – now more than ever since becoming his own boss Words Genevieve Fisher Portrait photograph Sue Dall Project images and photographs Supplied

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DESIGN Profile

W

hen walking into the offices of Townsend and Associate Architects (TAARCH) for my interview with Richard Townsend, and on passing the rows of symmetrically stuck fluorescent Post-it notes on neat stacks of open books and magazines sitting on the table I’m being led to, I wonder whether he’s a Virgo. ‘No, I’m a Libran,’ he replies. ‘In fact, most of my graduation class at university were Librans.’  That makes sense – a defining trait of Librans is their sense of good balance and it’s an ideal quality to have if you’re building multilevel apartment blocks and homes on challenging sites. But Richard’s balance could be out. Even during his time-outs on the beach, in a yoga class or wherever, when he’s meant to be relaxing, he’s pondering his work and the discipline: ‘I’m always reflecting on architecture and the work that we are doing. I read about guys in my industry who have their own firms and how they love doing all these “recreational things” and I think to myself, where do they get the time?’ Since establishing TAARCH two years ago, Richard’s been ‘surprisingly busy’: ‘People keep talking about a slump in the building industry that started way before 2010 and is still around. The irony for me is that that was when I decided to go it alone and I was lucky to have clients that stuck with me when I started TAARCH.’ Richard found a solid footing for his career at what has become one of South Africa’s most respectable firms in the luxury residences line: Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl  Truen Architects (SAOTA). He joined SAOTA after spending six years working in Berlin and London, completing his Part 3 at Westminster

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and doing a stint in Los Angeles. Richard describes his 12 years as a senior associate and one of three design team leaders at SAOTA as the best all-round work experience he could have gained. He says that since striking out on his own he’s had to learn the art of networking and how to put himself out there. ‘The industry is not the same,’ he says. ‘Today, every lead, contact and recommendation is followed up. Networking has almost become part of my job.’ Although his portfolio of completed work for SAOTA is extensive and impressive, Richard’s threeman team at TAARCH has had a range of exclusive and no less mind-boggling jobs on the go since he founded the business two years ago. These range from luxury residential homes, townhouses and small apartment blocks to, more recently, the promise of commercial, retail and corporate building work in South Africa and overseas. Richard whips out a series of design booklets on each project and begins paging through each one, pointing out features on each page with careful consideration and respect for the 3D renderings and hand-drawn images that he himself has sketched. ‘I really love doing sketches freehand because by doing them myself I really have to think about every line or shadow, detail and space that I’m drawing and how it will work in the completed project. I think this is a process that is slowly being lost in the discipline with the rise of new digital software programs, such as Revit. The value of architects’ using every opportunity to do sketches themselves is critical to the outcome of the project.You really get to understand your creation intimately,’ he says. But 3D renderings have raised the architectural bar, he admits:

‘Although the element of surprise has been taken out with the rise of 3D rendering software, this isn’t a bad thing, because clients expect to see built exactly what the image reflects, and for the architect this means that the concept has to be brilliant and very well thought out. The pressure on the architect is huge!’ Richard has mastered this dual approach to design and works as comfortably with new software as he does with old-school ink and pad. One of his projects, known as V   oelklip, a beach house in Hermanus, won a Cape Institute for Architecture (CIFA) merit award last year and is in the running for an SAIA award this year.  ‘It’s definitely my favourite project and a highlight of my career. I think it’s because it was a combination of an open brief and a challenging site – on the seafront, long and rectangular and with height restrictions. The setting was also spectacular – milkwood trees and fynbos lining the front of the house and framing the sea, and on the north-facing side, the Overstrand Mountains hanging over it. The volumes and forms we created for this home are all completely functional in the modern tradition that “form follows function” and were emphasised by the natural light and how it was channelled into the home,’ he says. There is a definite style to Richard’s work and when I ask him about it he gives me a crash course in architectural theory as well as his opinion on the controversial topic of whether there is such a thing as a ‘South African architectural style’. ‘“Critical Regionalism” is a theory that I deeply subscribe to,’ he says.‘It stems from modern architectural discourse that considers the contextual forces acting on a proposed site or structure and incorporates these into the final


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Opening page, clockwise from top right Richard Townsend of TAARCH; these four ultramodern townhouses in an exclusive Fresnaye development are appropriate in scale and form to the built environment (TAARCH); Voelklip, Hermanus (SAOTA); Montrose, Bishopscourt (SAOTA); a contemporary take on Cape vernacular in the Winelands region (TAARCH/SAOTA). Opposite Two strikingly modern homes on a subdivision on the slopes above Green Point with views over the stadium and Table Bay (TAARCH). This page This small block of duplexes on Bantry Bay’s seaside strip offer stylish living and a timeless contemporary architectural aesthetic (TAARCH).

design. This can inform, say, the structural references to the landscape and climate, or material, using those from the region of the proposed structure.’ The basis of this theory is to give a building a sense of place and identity, something that Richard believes is critical to modern architecture. It’s also a quality that’s more apparent in residential architecture than in commercial developments. ‘I’ve recently been approached by a patron client to consult on a shopping centre project, which is something I haven’t done a lot of in my career. The reason he has come to me is because I’ve convinced him that these projects need to have architectural merit, need to be works of art and need to have identity and a sense of place in the community in which they are being built. Too many commercial retail developments don’t have this quality and are uninspired. This is a great pity, because the spin-off is that the community will treat it as a social space, one that they relate to, interact with, are proud of and subsequently look after,’ he explains. You might not think ‘Critical Regionalism’ when you marvel at an exceptional building, but for architects who subscribe to that theory, it’s crucial, and explains Richard’s strong views on the notion of a homogenous South African architectural style.

‘I’m not really sure why people want to define a South African architectural style; it doesn’t make sense to me. If you look at Europe, for example, there isn’t a singular European architectural style. There are many, but they are referred to as specific contextual styles that not only hint at particular regions in Europe but also to their cultures, such as Mediterranean or Scandinavian architectural styles. Here in South Africa, it’s the same: it’s critically regionalist in that we have such varying landscapes and climates, such as the highveld, Cape, tropical and bushveld, each one of these with its characteristic architecture, not to mention various cultures and people. All of these are inspiring and make the case against having a singular defining South African style,’ he says conclusively. But, even though someone might have walls of tertiary institution certificates and libraries of academic theory behind him, end-users doesn’t particularly care for theory – they want to see its application. It is here that Richard comes into his own: he stays true to disciplinary theory, which allows for creative expression and, ultimately, architectural beauty. A clear example of this is a project that he has been busy with since 2008 and that his team has now joined – a Franschhoek homestead for a family

of three generations within a secure residential estate with communal vineyards. Inspired by the Cape Dutch farm homestead concept endemic to the area’s colonial wine-farming history, Richard and his team have created a super-contemporary collective of pods – kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms – that pivot on a communal living area for the whole family. ‘The estate guidelines were very restrictive, but we pushed the boundaries, the result being that the controlling estate architects who drew them up were very surprised and impressed at what we did,’ he says. ‘It’s a project due for completion next year and our clients are very excited about it.’ And rightly so.What’s amazing about this project is that Richard’s strong subscription to Critical Regionalism shines through: the homestead’s unwavering contemporariness fits comfortably into an area steeped in the historical traditions of viniculture and colonialism. If the 3D renderings of TAARCH’s current projects are anything to go by, then, upon their completion, they will make the case for life imitating art. For Richard, starting his own firm has provided him the ultimate freedom – to create works of art inspired by disciplinary theory. +27 (0)83 448 1331, taarch.com

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The spice of If the good life truly were a picture-perfect fantasy, then Prickly Bay Waterside could certainly contend Words Nicky Manson Photographs Supplied

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magine waking at dawn as the sun lazily lifts itself over a clear turquoise Caribbean sea and slowly stretches its rays over white sandy beaches and emerald manicured lawns.  The warm waters invite you to take an early morning swim as your day stretches ahead, open to opportunity and adventure. Imagine also a morning spent at leisure, the afternoon with a book as company. Perhaps a quick dip in the swimming pool as the sun’s last rays linger, reluctant to allow the moon its turn to shine.  Dinner – a Grenada delicacy of crab and callaloo, served in the comfort of your private deck beneath the sparkling stars. The day ends, and tomorrow lies ahead, full of indulgence, full of promise … Worth imagining.  Worth owning. This lifestyle and more is on offer at Prickly Bay Waterside. Situated on the water’s edge of the

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Lance- aux-Epines peninsula in the south of Grenada (less than 10 minutes from the airport) this sleek and ground-breaking development has just been released onto the market and offers paradise dished up on the finest of china. Prickly Bay Waterside comprises apartments, duplexes, Lawn Houses, and platforms that extend seaward to culminate in bespoke Marine Houses. At Prickly Bay Waterside, comfort and luxury go hand in hand. Each unit boasts only the finest in decor and finishings, while the many facilities and amenities offered by the development make living there nothing less than grand. Built on the landmark site of the Old Boatyard, Prickly Bay Waterside carries has been designed according to a strong nautical theme. Durable materials, such as Kevlar and carbon composites

(similar to those used in the construction of powerful sailing craft) have been used for its construction.These materials can withstand all of Grenada’s seasons as well as the salty seaside environment. The design of the homes also emphasises the seamless movement between outdoor and indoor living, by way of large amounts of glass, which in turn, and more importantly, take full advantage of the gorgeous views of the sea and the passage of boats, large and small. (Grenada hosts several sailing regattas annually – an explosion of colour and excitement). Phase 1 of the development is complete and consists of a selection of one-, two- and threebedroom apartments and duplexes, which rise steeply from the cliffs beyond and enjoy spectacular views. The second complete section comprises the luxurious Lawn Houses. Each Lawn House is


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Opening page In the distance, the apartment buildings and Lawn Houses overlook the turquoise Caribbean waters and moored luxury yachts. This page, top One of the many swimming pools at Prickly Bay Waterside. This one is the longest swimming pool in all of Grenada. Bottom right The double-volume living spaces exude comfort and luxury, while glass walls allow for spectacular views. Bottom left Nautical-themed Lawn Houses combine hard-wearing materials with contemporary design.

individually designed, has five to six bedrooms, and a contemporary look and feel with classic elements entwined. Miele fitted kitchens, air- conditioning units, utility rooms, cold rooms and built-in barbecues come standard. Add to these the large and opulent bedrooms, an en-suite dressing room, a study and a games room, and you truly want for nothing. Features such as white limestone flooring, mosaic walls and double-volume living spaces add a designer finish.

Landscaped gardens, tennis courts, seven swimming pools and five spas are on standby for you to enjoy at Prickly Bay Waterside. (A number of the units have their own swimming pool; one of the luxury apartments, for example, has a 40 ft pool.) Priced from US$500 000, there are currently 18 units for sale.  Alternatively, the serious investor has the option of purchasing the Prickly Bay Waterside development as a whole (there is space for the

development of a further 50 or more residential units as well as room for the development of a boutique hotel on site.) All you need now is a deckchair and an exotic Caribbean fruit cocktail to complete the picture. Private sale. Price of entire development: POA. For more information, please contact Mike Hughes on +27 (0)87 230 0101 or mike@medianova.co.za

Island style The Caribbean island of Grenada has it own story to tell. First sighted by Christopher Columbus in 1498, the country has changed hands many times. Made up of three main islands, namely Carriacou, Petite Martinique and Grenada itself, it is the southernmost of the Windward Islands. Abundant in ginger, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and turmeric (the list goes on), Grenada is also called the Spice Island, especially by the sailors of the past, who said they could often smell the island before they saw it.

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Real estate

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Experience still reigns supreme

Rawson Developers MD Paul Henry speaks frankly about property development in these tough times

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uring the first half of the first decade of this century, roughly 2000 to 2003, property development was straightforward. Some have even described it as easy. But when I look back on the numbers who failed and dropped out, even in the good times, I think it is a little glib to say that this career can be easy. There are always pitfalls. Development is like crossing a minefield: you never know when and where you will step on a mine. All you know is that they are there and can injure you seriously if you do not take precautions. Nevertheless, it is true that in the prosperous early years of this decade one had only to find a suitable site, buy it, appoint an architect, find an estate agent – and away you would go. The banks appeared only too willing to provide developers and buyers with finance and demand was always good. How things have changed since 2007. The banks are now extremely cautious about lending, overseas buyers are nowhere to be seen and, in the worst

cases, those foreigners who did buy are now selling, possibly at a loss. In addition, undeveloped or partially developed sites are available countrywide, usually at prices that have been greatly reduced. In these newer and far more difficult times, experience is not only valuable, but also essential. Rawson Developers and Rawson Construction have been developing for 20 years, and with almost 100 projects to our credit, we can proudly say that we have never had a failure (although with one or two we sailed close to the wind). The partners in this company, namely Bill Rawson, Carl Nortje and I, have worked together for 20 years and have acquired a bank of property knowledge. Equally important, we work well together and like and respect each other. Right from the outset we took a long-term view of reinvesting at least 50% of our profits in land acquisitions for new developments, and we have maintained this policy ever since. We also soon realised that we could not afford to pay independent contractors the sort of rates and prices they tried

to charge in the boom years (often without a commensurate quality standard) so we had to build for ourselves. The support and expertise we get from having our own in-house construction team of quantity surveyors, project managers and site leaders of all ranks have made a big difference in our battle to offer unit prices that are competitive and affordable. I suspect it has been the lack of such dedicated inhouse teams that has led to many other developers’ inability to operate in today’s tough conditions. By contrast, we have been able to sell and build over 400 apartments in Rondebosch in the last four years, and have more to come. This, I hope, bears witness to the basic soundness of our approach, our love for the game and the commitment of the whole team.

Paul Henry, MD, Rawson Developers

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WESTERN CAPE Residential

It is great to see investors returning to the market in tow with developers – Paul Henry, MD, Rawson Developers

The Herschel, Claremont

Looking up, down south

Pam Golding Properties (PGP) reports that property developers and buyers are showing renewed interest in the Southern Suburbs. Bev Bloch, developments manager for PGP in the Southern Suburbs, says there is a noticeable increase in the number of buyers enquiring about newly completed apartments in secure complexes. She says this market is being driven largely by parents whose children are studying medicine, law or business science at UCT, particularly students in their second year or above. ‘We anticipate that there will be a fresh surge of interest during the final quarter and even into January 2013 as the next academic year gets under way,’ says Bev. The Quadrant and the Herschel, both in Claremont, are catching the interest of buyers and investors, she adds. +27 (0)21 673 4200, pamgolding.co.za

Cape properties outpace the pack Property prices in the Western Cape are outperforming all others in SA, says Lanice Steward, MD of Anne Porter Knight Frank. Drawing on information in the most recent FNB Residential Property Barometer, Lanice says the Western Province recorded an 8,2% year-on-year growth in house sales for the first quarter of 2012. That figure compares favourably with Gauteng’s 6,8% growth, the Eastern Cape’s 5,8% and KwaZuluNatal’s 4,5%. She adds that the FNB survey also shows that the Western Cape is leading in terms of average house price, which was close on R910 000 in the first quarter. Lanice also points to the PropStats figures for the average achieved house price in the Southern Suburbs for the first quarter, which was about 2% up on the price for the comparative period of 2011. Lanice predicts that by the end of 2013, the Western Cape will see greatly increased sales activity and unit prices that may even be above inflation. +27 (0)21 671 9120, anneporter.co.za

Must love The Marina The V & A Waterfront Marina remains a top residential hub with a healthy market. The economic recession might have given upmarket residential suburbs, such as Camps Bay, Fresnaye, Clifton and the Marina, a knock, but in the Marina’s case, it was a blessing in disguise, says Nafeesa Vallie. Nafeesa, a Fine & Country broker specialising in the Marina, says prices were increasing too quickly at that stage and needed to stabilise before peaking too soon. Today, she says, the Marina represents an investment opportunity as well as the chance to buy into a wonderful waterfront lifestyle. ‘When you have a good product combined with a sought-after location, your investment is always safe,’ says Nafeesa. Fine & Country has the sole mandate for the 30 properties for sale at the Marina. The average price of an exclusive Marina apartment is between R38 000/ m2 and R50 000/m2. Penthouses are priced from R60 000/ m2 to R80 000/m2. All developer units have been snapped up and those bedroom apartments are priced at R4,5 million. Two- to three-bedroom marina-facing units are priced from R8,5 million to R21,5 million. Canalfacing apartments with one bedroom are priced at about R3,5 million. Two- to three-bedroom canal-facing units are priced from R6 million to R11 million. Prices for the exclusive penthouses range from R14,9 million to R65 million. +27 (0)76 577 6506, fineandcountry.co.za

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Western Cape Commercial

Atlantic Centre, Foreshore

To the fore JHI Properties says Cape Town is reinforcing its global status as a prime business destination and that sentiment in the Western Cape’s commercial property market is positive. JHI’s Selwyn Sharon says there are opportunities to acquire well-located B-grade office spaces and refurbish them as A-grade office spaces. This sort of activity can be seen at 2 Long Street, Triangle House and the Terraces in the CBD, says Selwyn. Investors are also purchasing large office buildings on the 2 Long Street

Foreshore with a view to extensively upgrading them, as is the case with Atlantic Centre. +27 (0)21 418 1640, jhi.co.za

Prop culture

Property development and investment company, Intaprop, has assembled a prime mixed-use development, Saxdowne Park, in Kuilsrivier. Situated at the busy intersection of Saxdowne and Stellenbosch Arterial roads, the 15ha Saxdowne Park offers office, retail, warehousing and manufacturing space as well as logistics facilities and some residential development. Phase 1 includes a retail shopping complex as well as 40 ready-to-build business stands. Sites range from 1 500m2 to 3 000m2 in size and are priced from R890/m2. There is scope to consolidate stands. Saxdowne Park is scheduled to be completed towards the end of the first quarter of 2013. +27 (0)21 913 6416, intaprop.co.za

Renovation central

The Building Centre has finally opened at its new premises in Northgate Estate, near Paarden Eiland. The permanent exhibition of building materials is a boon to people looking to build or renovate. The Building Centre moved from Rondebosch to its new premises in July 2011 but the official launch was delayed because of flooding. The damage was repaired, and the launch took place in May this year. Since then, the centre has been drawing more than four times the number of visitors than it did in Rondebosch, so the decision to move to Northgate Estate was the correct one, says Cheryl Neave, the centre’s public relations manager. The Building Centre has some 130 exhibitors and will soon be filled to capacity, says General Manager Jamie Heathcote-Marks, who hints that the centre may be expanded sometime soon. A drawcard of the Building Centre is its Eco Centre, a three-storey ‘house’ built entirely from green products, enabling visitors to see sustainable building systems and materials in action. +27 (0)21 510 4000, thebuildingcentre.co.za

The Building Centre’s PR Manager, Cheryl Neave, at an exhibition stand.

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Africa

investment, real estate, news & leisure

Botswana tourism booms

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A young safari lodge on the Chobe River is benefitting from the growth in Botswana’s tourism sector

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ust over a year old, Ngoma Safari Lodge is thriving, having incorporated eco-tourism into its mandate, and has invested in a new pool deck, a game-viewing deck, a firepit and other decor elements. Botswana’s investor-friendly tourism is what Africa Albida Tourism, a hospitality group based in Zimbabwe, credits the progress to. Africa Albida Tourism Chief Executive Ross Kennedy says, ‘We invested in Botswana for its investor-friendly environment, tourism-centric economy and the synergy between Chobe and Victoria Falls, which

3 both fall within Africa’s tourism hub.’ He adds that occupancy rates have been encouraging, with the lodge reporting an average of 42% occupancy since its opening. Ross says, ‘This is very satisfying for a new build and the rest of 2012 shows 60% on the books, with more bookings flowing in steadily.’ Guests to the lodge have so far been a mix of visitors from Italy, the UK, Spain, Australia, SA, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Portugal, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway and Botswana. The lodge, situated on Botswana’s Chobe River, 135km from Victoria Falls, includes eight exclusive

4 suites, where Ross says the average amount of time spent by guests is two nights. Not only is tourism supporting the lodge but the Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO) has also facilitated its success. Ross says, ‘They have offered positive guidance and direction throughout the twoyear process of getting Ngoma Safari Lodge off the ground. This has made life a lot easier for us. Be it in Botswana, in the region or in European markets, the BTO and its colleagues have been outstanding.’ +263 13 43211, ngomasafarilodge.com

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wilderness. 3An intimate dinner setting awaits guests at Ngoma Safari Lodge. 4Game

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Constance Halaveli Resort in the Maldives is a recipe for relaxation, luxury and holiday bliss. But with the opening of the Valmont Spa, the resort now drips with exclusive treatments and pampering pleasure. Launched in May this year, the Valmont Spa offers guests its Magician of Time products and is designed for elegance and beauty, with 10 luxury cabins available to treat individuals or couples. Constance Halaveli Resort’s Valmont Spa also has Ayurvedic and Thai massage rooms as well as a yoga practice area. One of the exclusive treatments designed by the Swiss house for the Maldives’ resort is the Valmont After-Diving Treatment, which restores the skin and hair through hydration, pampering and collagen. Other exclusive Valmont spas can be found in Hazelton Hotel in Canada, Anaga Hotel in Japan and Le Meurice in Paris. +960 666 7000, halaveli.constancehotels.com

Jock gets a grooming Shamwari Group has renamed its Little Jock Lodge as Fitzpatrick’s at Jock. The intimate lodge is part of the larger Jock Safari Lodge in the southern part of the Kruger National Park. The new name was unveiled in tandem with a soft refurbishment of the lodge, which includes new outdoor furniture and a boma as well as an indoor fireplace in the main lodge. Fitzpatrick’s at Jock offers accommodation in 3 luxury rooms while the main lodge offers 12 thatched luxury rooms. Group General Manager Joe Cloete says, ‘We felt it was only appropriate to carry on the history of Jock Safari Lodge and bring in a new perspective and feel to the lodge with the new name, Fitzpatrick’s at Jock, which aims to leave guests with a feeling and hopefully knowledge of a significant part of South African history.’ Sir Percy Fitzpatrick was the author of the book, Jock of the Bushveld. The old wagon road that Fitzpatrick and his intrepid dog, Jock, travelled on runs through the Jock Safari Lodge concession. The intimate atmosphere and personal service at Fitzpatrick’s at Jock make it ideal for small parties and families. +27 (0)41 509 3000, jocksafarilodge.com

Private property pulsates Investors wanting to expand into the sub-Saharan African region would do well to aim for private equity in terms of property, according to Novare Equity Partners CEO Derrick Roper. He says that economic growth across the region as well as urbanisation and improved infrastructure mean that property is in high demand. He adds, ‘The young, affluent and urban middle class is looking for modern amenities from office space to retail complexes and housing. At present the supply of these facilities is limited, with the lack of modern shopping space in many cities in sub-Saharan Africa a good example.’ However, because investing in Africa can be challenging, Derrick urges potential to work through a private equity vehicle. He says, ‘It is advisable to partner with a company that has a track record in the countries in which it is operating.’ +27 (0)11 447 9605, novare.com

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South Africa Conserving Hope The Hopewell Conservation Estate is the ultimate in nature-reserve living

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et on 3 000ha of pristine landscape in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, Hopewell Conservation Estate is an exclusive residential development. The reserve is protected under a 30-year stewardship agreement with the Eastern Cape Parks Board and is managed by Shamwari Wildlife. It is close to shops, offices, businesses and PE International Airport. Only 41 homes will be built on the estate, where there are currently 16 stands for sale. These range in size from 2 200m2 to 4 300m2 and are priced from R1,25 million (inclusive of VAT). Building regulations allow for a maximum developable footprint of 500m2/stand. Owners

may use their own designs, provided architectural guidelines are adhered to, or choose from a selection of sketch designs. The contemporary designs of award-winning architect, Richard Stretton of Koop Design, incorporate the use of natural stone and other materials found in the area, in line with Koop’s emphasis on sustainable architecture. Other green strategies to be adopted include the use of natural ventilation, LED lighting, solar power, rainwater harvesting and grey-water systems. Construction work on the first homes is scheduled to begin in the June/July period of this year. All properties will be unfenced and landscaping will blend into the natural surroundings. Active

residents will enjoy having a choice of running, walking and mountain bike trails on their doorsteps. A bush lodge is planned as a social hub for residents, while a boutique function venue will generate income for the reserve by the hosting of private events. To ensure the land is protected for future generations and investors, statutory nature reserve status is in the process of being secured, with the stewardship agreement as a first phase. Species that have been reintroduced to the estate include eland, hartebeest, the endangered Cape mountain zebra, springbok, kudu and tortoise. +27 (0)76 941 9561, hopewellconservation.co.za

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Catching the St Francis wave St Francis Bay is without question the most upmarket coastal resort in the Eastern Cape, says Richard Arderne, area principal for Pam Golding Properties. ‘St Francis Bay has over the years been an excellent investment, but the market has turned dramatically, particularly at the top end. It is bound to recover, but in the meantime there are excellent buying opportunities,’ Richard says. Prices range from around R1 million for an entry-level home in the village to around R6 million for top-end canal homes. Prices have dropped, particularly those of plots, by about 30% to 40% from the peak of a few years ago. ‘The Marina really changed St Francis Bay from the sleepy fishing village it was in the early ’60s to the vacation destination of choice for wealthy Gautengers,’ says Richard. ‘Owners have invested, on average, about R4 million on a canal home. These properties have appreciated tremendously over the past 20 years, but like properties in the rest of the world, have flattened out now, and some excellent deals are available. We now have canal homes ranging from R2,75 million upwards.’ He adds that he is positive that an upswing is likely. ‘Coastal resorts always have bigger price drops than the metro areas, and lag on the upswing, but when their prices go up, they usually outperform metros. Seeing as the metros have been experiencing a very gradual improvement over the past three years, it would seem likely that resorts will experience a gradual climb over the coming years.’ +27 (0)42 294 1188, pamgolding.co.za/stfrancisbay

Put your feet up in the Pilanesberg New to Legacy Hotels & Resorts’ Legacy Balance portfolio is the Kwa Maritane Spa at Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge in the Pilanesberg National Park, just 10 minutes from Sun City and two hours’ drive from Johannesburg. The spa is 120m2 in size and includes four treatment rooms that cater to individuals, couples and groups. Two manicure and pedicure stations, a vitality pool and a relaxation area that can accommodate five guests are also on site, while the Kwa Maritane gym provides guests with a private and quiet environment to exercise in. +27 (0)14 552 5100, kwamaritane.co.za

History rejuvenated Hamiltons Tented Camp, part of the Mluwati private concession in the middle of the Kruger National Park, has reopened after a major refurbishment. In the wake of flooding at the camp earlier in the year, interior designer Esley Georgiou has redesigned the lodge, capturing its original feel, with an emphasis on blending luxury with the natural environment. The living and dining areas have been completely restored and now have Rhodesian teak decks. The central guest areas have received a facelift in the form of reupholstered furniture that captures the Old World charm with which Hamiltons Tented Camp is synonymous. The six tented suites have been restored and transformed too. Hamiltons Tented Camp is named after Colonel Stephenson Hamilton, who played a big role in the establishment of the Kruger National Park, and offers a stay reminiscent of the luxurious safaris of the 1900s. +27 (0)11 516 4367, hamiltonstentedcamp.co.za

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IN FULL SWING HOTEL LIVING The first batch of serviced erven at Omeya Golf Estate & Residential Oasis, near Windhoek, has been transferred A new residential development at De Duine Hotel in Henties Bay is now selling

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The apartments are bright, spacious and comfortable, fully air-conditioned, and the open-plan living areas include flat-screen televisions. The many hotel perks that residents can enjoy at De Duine include room service, cleaning and maintenance, and dining at the Dune Bar & Restaurant or the Sea View Courtyard Bar and Restaurant or grabbing a bite from the hotel’s deli. The hotel offers a swimming pool, a lawn for playing on, laundry facilities, a wellness spa and gym and conference rooms. Seeff Windhoek has sole mandate for the new De Duine development, which has 133 apartments, of which 7 have been sold. The option to rent out apartments through De Duine Hotel exists during non-holiday periods. +264 (0)81 279 1182, seeff.com; hoteldeduine.com

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n the west of Namibia, in Henties Bay, along the Benguela coastline, the well-established De Duine Hotel is now offering investors sectional title residential units for purchase. The bonus is the hotel’s comforts. Buyers may choose from one-, two- or three-bedroom units, ranging in size from 84m2 to 225m2, including sheltered basement parking and storage. One-bedroom units range in price from just under N$1 million (R1 million) to N$1,5 million and can be found on the first and second floors. Two-bedroom apartments are located on all floors and are priced from about N$2 million to N$3,3 million. Three-bedroom apartments are priced from just shy of N$2,5 million, up to N$4,3 million. For a three-bedroom unit with a sea view, add N$500 000. Also available are two sea-facing presidential suites of 145m2 available. All apartments priced from N$3 million also come with double parking and storage space.

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Life is beautiful Namibia’s President Hifikepunye Pohamba is focused on improving and beautifying the country, reports The Namibian. The president, along with the Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development, Jerry Ekandjo, has suggested improvements that include the establishment of 10ha of parks added to every new suburb in every town in the country, as well as pavements constructed to accommodate bicycles and motorcycles. They feel there should be public toilets available on every street too. To achieve these aims, towns must be designed and planned by local Namibians rather than getting outsiders in to do the work, they insist. Speaking at the inauguration of the N$70 million (R70 million) municipal office in Swakopmund, the president praised the town’s beauty, calling it ‘the most beautiful town in Namibia, a town really worth living in’. The new municipal offices’ architecture reflects the town’s German heritage and incorporates green design principles. It has a watchtower that offers tourists and locals panoramic views of Swakopmund. namibian.com.na

Touristic Namibia New Era reports that after participating in the Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) in Dubai in May, Namibia has received much investor interest. Topics on the agenda, said Trade Minister Hage Geingob, included the possibility and interest in conference facilities being held in Namibia, which in turn could bring foreigners to the country to enjoy the sights. Another point on Hage’s agenda was the possibility of launching flights on Emirates aircraft linking the Middle East with Namibia, a route

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that the airline has already established with Zimbabwe and Zambia. Coinciding with the event was the Arabian Travel Market Expo, a platform for the tourism and travel industries to meet and assess new business potential. Hotel groups, travel consultants, airlines and tourism professionals were present, adding to the value of Namibia’s participation in the event. newera.com.na

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GRACIOUS, SPACIOUS & CONVENIENT. In popular Heldervue. Cape Dutch home has 4 reception areas, 4 beds, 3 baths (2 en suite), o/plan kitchen & scullery/laundry & u/cover washstand area. Indoor braai area flowing to patio & pool with Valley & Helderberg views.Established garden & irrigation. D/garage & direct access.

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THE HOME YOUR FAMILY DESERVES The character of wooden beams, handcrafted ironwork and ‘en-suite’ garden patio add to the very special atmosphere of this home with true heart. Great mountain and sea views. With so many options, this home would suit families needing all the extra spaces, 4 bedrooms, 3 garages and guest flatlet.

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This beautifully restored Manor house nestles under mature oak trees. Spectacular views of the vineyards running down to the river with the classic mountain backdrop. The property has ample water. Extra's include 4 Guest cottages and a Manager's house. [O] 021 876 4592 DAWIE PRETORIUS 082 491 0218 WEB 203 509

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This 4.8ha smallholding is surrounded by Nature Reserve, State Forest and vineyards with breathtaking views, 2 dams, a borehole, 2 cottages and 2 rivers on the property. Fully fenced. Perfect for a weekend retreat. [O] 022 230 1414 NELIA RETIEF 082 899 2284 NIEL BRAND 072 822 2298 WEB 264 525


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The World of First Growths wine-tasting charity event, Taj Cape Town hotel: 1Romain and Rachel Virion 2Philipp G. Axt, Malene Meisner, Rene Dehn, David van Niekerk 3Mutle and Baba Mogase 4Gary Jansen, Beverly and Alistair Witten 5Wolfgang Schwarzhaupt, Suzanne Harf, Philipp G. Axt. The Unbearable Lightness of Being joint exhibition by Jo Carlin and Brendon Edwards, Muralto, Cape Quarter: 6Rene Haas, Jo Carlin 7Mehak Vieira, Kat van Duimen, Rowena Ramos 8Sue Cooper, Ed Saunders, John and Jo van Wyk 9Helena Klawikowski, Lynette Bienz 10Brendon Edwards.

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