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CONTENTS

Amangiri is a remote hideaway in Utah, perfect for an adrenalinefuelled adventure or a peaceful desert retreat (page 76)

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Designers are stepping out to bring fearless colours, graphic designs and plenty of flair to the trendsetting brave; but there’s more than enough for traditionalists too.

NOTA BENE – NEWS Utterly random and occasionally tactical trivia.

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Biosimilars could save the healthcare system millions, and they may save your life one day.

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Creative direction: Kimberley Reid Photography: Cameron McDonald Styling: Robynne Kahn Hair and make-up: Sjani Grobbelaar Model: Gabriela (D&A Model Management) Post-production: Jean-Pierre Gouws Earrings: Etincelle de Cartier white gold and diamond earrings

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While physical preparation is vitally important, preparing the mind for battle at the Mongol Derby is how winners are made.

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MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE Fragrance has a rich history, and so too do the striking glass flacons the juices rest in. New scents invite sculptured bottles as exquisite as the fragrances themselves.

MIND GAMES Of THE MONGOL DERBy

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NOTA BENE – fRAGRANCE Notes on the latest fragrance releases designed by modern alchemists.

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PRIDE Of PLACE The new Louis Vuitton flagship store returns home to the Place Vendôme in Paris.

Property investors are smitten with Paphos on the west coast of Cyprus, the ‘Island of Love’. And EU citizenship is a bonus.

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NOTA BENE – JEWELLERy Notes on the classic beauties, audacious moderns and singular spoils in the world of jewellery.


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One of marine biologist, photographer and explorer Laurent Ballesta’s many astounding Antarctica’s photos (page 62)

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The enigmatic emerald is having a moment in the spotlight.

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How photographer Laurent Ballesta plumbed the depths to produce an award-winning image of a submerged iceberg in Antartica.

NOTA BENE – WATCHES Notes on the most innovative timepieces on the planet.

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An escape to the Karoo bush promises luxury as well as a glimpse of one of South Africa’s most unique ecosystems.

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Notes on modern classics and super performers to inform your choice of wheels.

NOTA BENE – DÉCOR Notes on décor and design news to spark direction and creativity.

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From a sleek spot in nature to state-of-the-art suites kitted out with every fine accessory imaginable, spaces fit for a king are being created as an escape from the rest of the home.

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Can it really be all in the data, or is there something ephemeral and instinctive that only a human can bring to evaluating a work of art?

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AfLOAT THE RHINE RIvER Traversing Europe’s waterways on a low, cool, luxury river boat is like a long, languorous dream.

LIvING LABORATORy Restoring native European oyster populations in the Dornoch Firth in Scotland... with a little help from Glenmorangie.

NOTA BENE – DEPARTURES Notes on far-flung places and exotic spaces for your next escape.

QUANTITATIvE ART INvESTING: REPLACING PASSION WITH SCIENCE?

fLORA IN fOOD Edible flowers are a trend you can expect to see and taste everywhere – on the high-tea table as well as in your gin.

A SINGLE SERvING Of DIESEL Being amenable to putting a little rubber to road, our motoring journalist escapes along the Garden Route in a Jaguar F-Pace, on his own terms.

NOTA BENE – TASTINGS Notes on dining out, special tastes and brilliance in a bottle.

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cREaTIvE DIREcTOR kIMbERLEy REID cOpy EDITOR wENDy MARITz bUSINESS DEvElOpMENT MaNaGER NIC MORkEL 021 488 5926, 082 468 6490 nmorkel@tppsa.co.za pRINT aDvERTISING MaNaGER SAMEEghA wOLhuTER 021 488 5938, 078 356 9521 swolhuter@tppsa.co.za aDvERTISING ExEcUTIvES NICk LuMb 021 488 3518, 060 736 4386 nlumb@tppsa.co.za MADELEINE STOLTz 021 488 9530, 083 299 6841 mstoltz@tppsa.co.za aDvERTISING SalES cOORDINaTOR LESLEy gREEN 021 488 5944 lgreen@tppsa.co.za ExEcUTIvE DIREcTOR MARk bEARE pRODUcTION DIREcTOR jOhN MORkEL HUMaN RESOURcES MaNaGER jOLINDA kEMP FINaNcIal MaNaGER NAEEMA AbRAhAMS accOUNTS LAETITIA bOThMA REcEpTIONIST FAgMIEDA wILLEMSE

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It’s been more than a rollercoaster year, with demands from every sphere of life. stress, pressure, time-poverty... And the what-went-wrong-in-sA questions read like a shopping list – it’s tempting to ask what didn’t go wrong? Isn’t it time for a break? Isn’t it time to reward yourself? We think so. so we’ve made sure we’re weaving a thread of glamour and wonder through the end-ofyear issue of Private Edition. think of it as the break you deserve; a little holiday sparkle on the side of indulgence. And who can resist the glamour of fast cars, glittering jewellery, haute horlogerie, mesmerising art, fine wine and dining, and indulgent travel? We’ve got all that covered. And more, of course, because part of taking time out is settling into a plush armchair and losing yourself in a well-written narrative. Private Edition is the best way to begin your festivities and end them with a flourish. the features in this issue cover fascinating trends – buying art based on an algorithm, investing offshore and getting a little piece of island paradise, and breakthrough medical treatments that make you wonder at the genius of scientists. You may also wonder at south African horseback adventurer barry Armitage who won the ninth edition of the gruelling mongol Derby. the race recreates Genghis Khan’s ancient horse-messenger system in epic fashion. Victory in this inspiring race brings no financial reward, simply the kudos of winning what the New York Times rates as one of the top-10 toughest endurance races on the planet. In an underwater version of a story of endurance and passion, look open-mouthed at Laurent ballesta’s award-winning photograph of the entire submerged section of an iceberg. It’s a photography first and, supported by watchmakers Blancpain, brings into relief Antarctica’s deep-sea ecosystems. being year-end, we also help you discover the best bubbly – well, where would any celebration be without a bit of champagne? And having done so, raise a glass to wish you all season’s greetings and a very happy new Year.


darrEl BrISToW-BoVEy is a columnist, author, travel writer, public speaker and screenwriter. His first stage play, Priest With Balloons, won the 2017 Scribe Playwriting Competition and will be staged in early 2018. In 2014 Darrel tried to swim from Europe to Asia, and wrote about it in his bestseller, One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo. One travel story he has never told concerns the time he fell off a moving cruise boat into the Danube River, swam to shore, hitchhiked to Passau and reboarded the ship that afternoon, still a little damp but without anyone noticing. He lives in Sea Point, Cape Town.

VanESSa Clark has been writing about the internet and digital world since the last century. Her career has spanned journalism, PR and marketing; the UK and South Africa; start-ups and big business. Today she’s a freelance technology journalist, based in Cape Town. Vanessa is also working on a Master’s degree at the University of Cape Town, researching fake news. She is currently obsessed with how innovation and digital disruption are changing all our lives, and is convinced that by cutting out the gobbledegook and telling the story of our new digital reality in peoplespeak, she can make sure technology is used for good.

rIChard WEBB Richard is a luxury lifestyle and automotive journalist. His stories appear in magazines as diverse as Gentleman’s Quarterly (GQ), Sunday Times, Sawubona, House & Garden, Destiny, and other global luxury publications and in-flight titles, as well as on high-end digital platforms. Married and a father to five, he divides his time between London and Cape Town, travelling widely in the process. He attends the world’s most exclusive events and car launches, creating original, luxury content.

anISa SaBET is an Australian blogger, freelance photographer (mostly food) and stylist. Aside from writing for popular food, recipe and travel blog The Macadames, she hosts creative retreats, long-table dinner parties and shoots for clients around Australia and abroad. Fanatical about travel, cooking, the great outdoors and breaking bread with friends, Anisa loves to capture unique moments through photography.

A freelance writer and editor, Graham Wood regularly contributes to a range of magazines and newspapers on topics relating to architecture, design, art, and whatever else catches his interest. He is the editor of Leading Architecture & Design, a local magazine for architects. His writing has been published in international magazines including Dwell, Elle Decoration Country in the UK, and various editions of Architectural Digest. He lives in Johannesburg with his wife and daughter, and their bulldog.

JUlIa FrEEmanTlE With an unashamed affinity for the finer things in life, Julia’s school career as a bona fide English nerd and Vogue magazine hoarder led her down a path of lifestyle journalism. As part of a family whose ranks include a number of chefs, creatives and artists, she feels most at home when sitting around a table with inspiring people sharing good food and even better conversation. Now a freelance agent after 12 years behind a desk, she’s relishing the chance to dip her toe into different topics in the lifestyle spectrum.

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Elegance Jewellers’ Creative Director Oresti Mavrodaris’ with Love Teddy’s masterful, passionate and glamorous co-founder Danyell Nestadt

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Glamour. Even the word itself has an elegant appeal. Working in a creative, fashion-conscious industry, glamour is an integral part of my life. It’s an often intangible concept, sometimes constructed with smoke and mirrors, and one which drives a number of industries – from jewellery, magazines, art and fashion to transportation, film and music. What’s most interesting about glamour is that it’s a relatively new concept. Until its popular reinterpretation, driven by the rise of the Hollywood film industry during the 1920s and 1930s, the word itself meant a magic spell, as cast by witches or gypsies. Hollywood changed that – the bewitchment now cast by the magic created through its glamour machine. Think high-contrast black and white portraits, silky gowns, furs, dramatic lighting, cigarettes and sparkling jewellery – the perfect antidote to the Great Depression. Glamour was redefined by the likes of Greta Garbo, Katharine Hepburn, rita Hayworth, and the ever-feuding Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. The latter two are the subject of a much talked-about american TV series, Feud, starring Jessica lange as Crawford and Susan Sarandon as Davis. (By the way, Sarandon is known to be a fan of Elegance’s in-house brand, Nom Nom. Turns out she was sitting next to Elegance client Cape Town glamour mommy Heidi Wilder on a flight and admired Heidi’s Nom Nom necklace. Sarandon then popped into Elegance to buy her own.) Quite often, the magic of glamour is also elusive, almost an ether – the frisson created by the contrast between accessibility and distance. So, while Hollywood stars became a part of one’s life, through magazines at the nearest news agent or brought to life at cinemas like The Colosseum Theatre in Commissioner Street, they also remained somewhat distant, on a page or on a screen. Fast forward 75 years to a world that’s decidedly unglamorous. Too much accessibility for far too many: reality TV, social media, fake crocodile-skin bags, oversized plastic sunglasses, trainers and sweats worn in public – no mystique, no magic, no desirability. Balance, and a sense of mystery, are key. So, when I think of Johannesburg glamour, I think Somizi, Pearl Thusi, mother-to-be Tamara Dey and, with great fondness, the flame-haired and much-missed style siren, Jenny Andrew. all share a certain je ne sais quoi that sets them apart from others. Each is a celebration of sophisticated individuality. Many of our clients at Elegance are no different. Five can choose the same item, and each one will wear it differently. Of course, the very conscious decisions we make in crafting our carefully curated collections help. Take, for example, the Italian range of cult jewellery, Nanis, to which we have exclusive South african rights. Designed by style icon laura Bicego, who was born into a multigenerational family of jewellers and has been surrounded by and creating beautiful things since childhood, the inspired range has been flying off our shelves – and rightfully so. likewise, our in-house collection love Teddy is passionately and masterfully created by an equally glamorous energy, Danyell Nestadt. above all, glamour is inspiring – not inspired. as we close 2017, which marks Elegance’s golden anniversary, we look forward to next year – and beyond to the next 50 years. From our family to yours, here’s to an inspiring and glamorous 2018. live life elegantly!

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MUSEUM In thE SEa the much-anticipated Louvre abu Dhabi has finally opened its doors – and what an architectural feat it is! Inspired by the traditional architecture of the United arab Emirates, French architect Jean nouvel has created a striking new addition to the abu Dhabi cityscape. Located on Saadiyat Island close to the city centre, the museum is the first of its kind in the arab world. the space houses over 600 acquisitions, ranging from prehistoric artefacts to contemporary artworks, with about 300 loans from various French museums, including the Musée du Louvre in Paris. the museum’s most remarkable feature is the large central dome that appears to float above the rest of the buildings. the design was inspired by the cupola, a distinctive feature of arabian architecture, and comprises around 8 000 metal stars, which are repeated at different angles and layers to create a 'rain of light' effect inside the building, much like dappling through palm trees. Geometry and light are central to the design. the museum’s permanent pieces include the funeral set of Princess henuttawy, a remnant of ancient Egypt dating back to the 10th century BC, while the loan collection will boast Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘La Belle Ferronnière’ and a self-portrait by Vincent Van Gogh.

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BIG-SCrEEn IMPaCt sony is on a mission to bring big-screen experiences to places where they otherwise couldn’t go, and in that respect there’s nothing else like the 4K Ultra short Throw projector. It’s capable of producing immense images while placed mere centimetres from your wall. And as if this physics-defying headline trick wasn’t already cool enough, a combination of a high 2 000 lumens maximum light output and a laser projection engine enables the projector to deliver images punchy enough to be enjoyed in ambient light. you can also turn your wall into a life-size window, or project artworks or inspiring scenery. you may just forget you’re at home. sony.com

LUGGaGE Q woULD Crow aBoUt It was only a matter of time before the ‘smart’ label would finds its way to luggage brands. Plevo has taken lead on this one by combining a fashion-forward vertical design with serious smart technology that includes a personalised digital bio-lock, built-in GPs, a built-in digital scale, a wireless charging station, Usb battery pack and companion mobile apps (Android and iOs). It wouldn't go amiss in a bond film. The packaging is impressive too – sleek, nifty, eminently userfriendly (there is a natty garment hanger inside), and available in a number of colours. plevo.co

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When hannibal’s generals warned him that it would be impossible to cross the Alps on the back of an elephant, he said, ‘Aut viam inveniam aut faciam’ – ‘I will either find a way, or make one.’ limited to just one piece worldwide as a tribute to this fearless commander and with a price of €1.5 million, the high Artistry homage to hannibal barca limited Edition 1 features a dazzling combination of white gold and diamonds contrasting with a full pavé of blue sapphires. The elephant trunk clip is said to be one of the most sophisticated ever conceived by montblanc with all the stones individually cut and set by hand – a feat requiring months of meticulous work. crowning the fountain pen, a magnificent 6.03ct brilliantcut Dfl diamond is displayed on a stone-holding table, set with diamonds. The art of writing has never been more luxurious. montblanc.com

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SEnSItIVE tranSForMatIon The 1980’s postmodern tower located at 550 madison Avenue is about to be reimagined by architects snøhetta. The renovation is the first major project to be announced for New york city’s East midtown since its revitalisation plan was approved earlier this year. While the recognisable top of the tower will remain a fixture of the New york city skyline, the base will be transformed into an inviting street front, extending the lively activity of madison Avenue further south to 55th street. The adjacent public area will nearly double in size to create a lush outdoor garden.

a nEw GEoMEtry oF SoUnD When is a speaker so much more than just a speaker? When architect sir David Adjaye has had a hand in designing it. master & Dynamic partnered with Adjaye to design a bold and immersive new wireless speaker for homes. made of a proprietary concrete composite – the first of its kind – the piece has a rich, sculptural quality, with a robust, tactile heft that is balanced with gentle curves. The mA770 Wireless speaker launched at the momA Design store in New york earlier this year.

a SErIoUS GEnt Travellers who appreciate the cool elegance of aluminium have for 60 years admired the distinctive, pressed-metal cases of the German luxury luggage company Rimowa. Now your cigars can travel in the same style. Rimowa’s Travel humidor is lined with high-quality cedar and, thanks to this wood’s ability to absorb and regulate humidity, a constant climate within the humidor is guaranteed. cedar wood also positively affects the flavour and supports gestation of the cigars. rimowa.com

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Similar, not the Same Biosimilars could save the healthcare system millions, and they may save your life one day. Words kathy MalhErBE

The RISe OF non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is creating a burden on healthcare systems, not only in South Africa but also internationally. NCDs, which include cancers and certain chronic conditions, account for approximately 38 million deaths annually worldwide, with up to 80% occurring in developing countries. however, the recent patent expiry on many biological medicines used in their treatment is opening the door to more affordable, lifesaving ‘biosimilars’. So what is a biosimilar? In order to understand why they are considered the ‘new champions’ in the pharmaceutical industry, one needs to explain what they are. A biosimilar is the close equivalent of a biotechnological (biological or biologic) medicine that is manufactured after the patent for the biological drug ends. Biological drugs consist of large, complicated molecules

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that are manufactured from living organisms. The term is used to describe a wide range of products, including the latest cancer therapies, vaccines and blood treatments. Because biosimilars are close copies of biological medicines, the molecules making up the drug are many times larger and more complex than conventional, small-molecule generic medicines. The reason biological copies are called biosimilars is that, unlike generic medicines, the active ingredients are not exactly the same as the original but ‘similar.’ The processes associated with translating biological molecules from living cells in the laboratory to mass-produced molecules make it impossible to create identical copies. Very importantly, even though biosimilars are not a direct copy, the therapeutic effect is the same as the original biological product. Biological products have been on the market for more than 30 years and vaccines have an even longer track record. There are about 300 biological medicines that have already been used to treat 350 million people globally. One in three medicines currently in development is a biological medicine. It is unlikely that a patient could obtain a modern biological or biosimilar medicine from a retail pharmacy as they are usually administered in a hospital or oncology setting under the supervision of suitably qualified healthcare professionals. They are most commonly used to treat diabetes (by substituting the body’s own insulin production), complex skin and joint diseases, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, cancers, including melanomas and leukaemia, and rheumatic conditions.

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So why are biosimilars in the news? ‘The recent patent expiry on many biological meds will pave the way for more affordable, lifesaving biosimilars,’ says Vivian Frittelli, CEO of Generic and Biosimilar Medicines of Southern Africa (GBM). ‘In South Africa, generic medicines have allowed our country to have the most robust and accessible hIV programme in the world.’ The cost of manufacturing biological medicines is more expensive than conventional chemically produced medicines. ‘Biological entities are very expensive,’ says Madelein Bester, an executive of Mediscor pharmacy benefit managers, ‘The average cost per patient is around R70 000 per year, sparking a definite demand for biosimilars to curb the exorbitant costs associated with treating illnesses like cancer.’ While these medicines have revolutionised treatments for many diseases, the research and development expenses, including the costs of highly skilled scientists, clinical trials and the specialised equipment needed, are the main cost drivers. Companies are required to fund these costs, often in excess of 10 years, before registration for use by patients. The reduction of costs for biosimilars can be ascribed to a few factors:  Fewer patients are required for the clinical trials.  The original biological medicine would have been manufactured at least 20 years ago. New manufacturing methods are more efficient.  The molecule and its effects have already been discovered and identified by the originator.

(This origination process is what makes them unaffordable to many developing markets and contributes to unsustainable healthcare costs in developed markets.) ‘The cost-efficiencies, which generic and biosimilar medicines provide, are going to assume greater importance for state and private healthcare funders as populations age and the prevalence of cancers and other NCDs increases. however, the recent expiry of the patent protection on many biological medicines has paved the way for more affordable “copies” or “follow-on medicines” to be produced,’ says Bester. Because the efficacy of the medicine has already been established by the originator, a less onerous clinical examination process and cost-effective development enable these medicines to be introduced to the market at as much as 50% less than their originator counterparts, thereby providing greater access to these lifesaving treatments. The Medicines Control Council (MCC) will speed up the registration process because the original medicine can be used as a blueprint for evaluating the biosimilar. And many of the questions about efficacy and safety would have been resolved in the original evaluation. South Africa’s already stretched healthcare budget is coming under increasing pressure to fund the high cost of pharmaceuticals, especially biological medicines. While biosimilars may not be a panacea, they will go a long way towards offering a cost-effective treatment for a large range of diseases, and these breakthrough treatments can halt progression and sometimes even prevent recurrence by acting on proteins that affect the genome or the immune system.

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PROPERTY INVESTMENT

Offshore, in a Harbour Town Property investors are smitten with Paphos on the west coast of the ‘Island of Love’, not least because investment can confer EU citizenship. Words CATHERINE DAVIS Whether you know it as the country that joined the eU as a de facto divided island or ‘Aphrodite’s Isle’, as touted in the tourist brochures, Cyprus both confirms and confounds stereotypes. The small mountainous island country situated in the eastern Mediterranean is a blend of Western European cultural influences and more than a hint of the East, thanks to its geographic proximity to both Asia and Africa. ‘The Cypriot property market has seen a boom over the last two years, especially from foreign buyers,’ says Yael Geffen, chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty South Africa. In the second quarter of 2017, house and apartment prices were up 3.1% from the first quarter of the year, according to the Cyprus Statistical Service (CYSTAT). In October 2017, the Cyprus house Price Index also reported that residential property prices had risen by 3.6% on an annual basis, and that there had been a 50% worldwide increase in online searches for Cypriot real estate. ‘The unprecedented interest has been largely encouraged by the introduction of residence and citizenship programmes, a bid by the government of Cyprus to attract wealthy and talented individuals to the island’s pristine shores.’ Not that much encouragement is needed to visit Cyprus, where 300 days of sunshine a year is the norm, English is widely spoken and both the crime rate and cost of living are comfortingly low. In addition, the country has a modern, free-market, service-based economy with an effective and transparent regulatory and legal framework, giving international investors and businesses the confidence to invest, grow and prosper. In a story of remarkable resilience, Cyprus turned around its economy from near bankruptcy to continued sustained growth in a few years – it ranked 65th out of 144 countries on the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016 and steady economic growth is predicted for at least the next three years. A recent overhaul of the country’s banking sector is further stimulating this growth.

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The lively, richly romantic holiday-resort region of Paphos on Cyprus’s west coast, which runs from Polis on the island’s northwestern tip down to Limassol in the south, receives the lion’s share of visitors. And once you’ve seen the Blue Flag beaches flanked by limestone cliffs and accessorised with tilting palm trees, you’ll understand why. The old part of Paphos showcases yesteryear Greece with its temples and forts, while Limassol has an atmospheric old town. The Paphos region showcases a relaxed Mediterranean existence. Peaceful village squares dominate tiny villages like Pomos and Latchi, and the countryside is characterised by pine-covered hills and olive groves. ‘Everyone speaks English in Paphos,’ says Geffen. ‘There are a number of high-quality private schools and the city is very cosmopolitan. There are many South African expats living there – the terrain is quite similar. Investing in Paphos is a savvy insurance policy for your family as it’s your guaranteed gateway to Europe. With political and economic uncertainty weighing in heavily, South Africans are looking for a safe haven should they decide to leave. Aside from investing in a wonderful holiday home in idyllic Paphos, it serves that purpose.’ Tasia Savas of Medousa Developers in Cyprus, is an ex-South African and has been in the property business for the last 15 years, and chose to work with Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty to market their Paphos developments because of the premium clients they offer. ‘From apartments to freestanding homes, be it fronting the ocean or beside the fairway, the real estate options available in Paphos cater to all category of buyer, including new residents, second-home owners and holidaymakers,’ says Savas. ‘The region’s holiday-destination status also makes purchasing property here for tourism rental a worthwhile investment.’ According to the rICS Cyprus Property Price Index, the average price of an apartment in Paphos now stands at €97 341, with a monthly rent of €293 (or €3.47 per m2) – that’s an average annual rental yield of 3.6%.

Launched in 2009, the Cypriot Permanent Residence Program was specifically designed to boost the local property market, its main requirement being the purchase of residential or commercial property (or both) for a minimum amount of €300 000. A fast-track application procedure and a high approval rate if all criteria are satisfied are among the key advantages of the programme, as is the fact that dependants can be enrolled at top-quality private schools that use both Europe’s and the US’s schooling systems. Recently lowered capital requirements (which are 100% investment-based) and the fast-track approval make Cyprus’s Citizenship-by-Investment Program one of the most attractive in the EU. The programme, which was launched just four years ago, requires a minimum capital requirement of €2 million, which can be spread across real estate, land development or infrastructure projects, and grants successful applicants lifetime citizenship to an EU member state. This capital requirement can be reduced after three years to €500 000. Citizenship is transferrable by descent to future generations and a Cypriot passport confers visa-free access to no fewer than 157 countries, including Canada, Hong Kong and the UK. It also allows the passport holder to live and work in the EU. So, while mainland Greece and Turkey have long coveted this small island set adrift the European Mediterranean, investors too are quickly cottoning on to its countless attractions.

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A contemporary Medousa Developers property like this one available in the Alto Montagne development in Cyprus will buy you magnificent Mediterranean sea and mountain views, and EU access. The two-storey, four-bedroomed contempory home really does have all the mod cons


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PUSHING BOUNDARIES

Mind Games of the Mongol Derby

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While physical preparation is vitally important, preparing the mind for battle at the Mongol Derby is how winners are made. Words DavID MoSElEy

In 1224 GenGhIs Khan established the world’s first longdistance postal system. By creating a extensive network of horse stations – known as morin urtuus in Mongolian – his robust messengers were able to gallop from Kharkhorin to the Caspian sea in a matter of days. For 10 days each august, the Mongol Derby recreates this legendary system across the Mongolian steppes with a network of urtuus placed at 40km intervals along the entire 1 000 kilometre course. The Mongol Derby is the longest and toughest endurance horse race in the world. Barry armitage’s ride at this year’s race ended as a hunt. however, unlike previous years when he had been chased down in the closing kilometres, this time it was armitage doing the chasing. ‘In 2012, another rider and I lead the race for six days,’ recalls armitage. ‘In a race like this, everyone wobbles at some stage; my wobble came on the second-last day. I felt hunted, constantly looking over my shoulder. Ultimately, I was just too worried that the chasers were going to catch me and I cracked. They caught me and that was the end of it.’ Forty-one riders participated in this year’s Mongol Derby. But the men and women capable of winning number around 10. From the minute the race starts, a small group will break away, separating the riders from the racers. Tackling the race on semi-wild Mongolian horses adds extra elements of tension and drama. Choose the wrong

horse at the start or at the vet check – riders change horses every 40km – and your race is as good as done. armitage’s advantage was his mental strength and his intimate knowledge of horse-handling. ‘I have always loved horse riding,’ he says. ‘For as long as I can remember, I’ve been riding horses.’ after a career as a professional sailor based in spain, armitage returned to south Africa. He bought his first horse in 2004, but it was only when he was presented with a former endurance horse named Pepsi that he realised the potential of long-distance horse riding. ‘In the foothills of the Drakensberg, on a 3 000-hectare plot, she showed me what was possible on the back of a horse.’ success at Derby comes back to the head, though. The horse is integral to the mission, but the mission is only as good as the rider’s mental state. ‘Preparing your head is essential. If your head goes, you’re buggered. Thankfully, I like riding alone, so that doesn’t wear me down.’

‘The aim was always to go and win; not just to ride. so I was better prepared, more mindful of my surroundings, doing everything to gain an advantage by putting my experience to good use. and, when you are not leading, you have nothing to lose. You can roll the dice.’

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(left) Riders change horses every 40km. Here they choose their mounts during day two of the 2017 Monghol Derby. (Previous page) Restless, curious and daring, armitage is always looking to push the limits of what is possible

Armitage has the experience and the know-how; that’s how he came to ride in his first Mongol Derby in 2011. While doing research for his television show The Ride, which retraces the hoofprints of epic horse rides from history, armitage took note of the Mongol Derby, the recreation of Genghis Khan’s ancient horse messenger system. Armitage’s first Derby then became the second season of his show. after a bleak end to his debut, he returned in 2012, crossing the line first but receiving a twohour time penalty for overworking his horse. This time he was wiser and wilier. ‘at 1 000km, the most important aspect of it is to break it down into chunks; if you look at the 1 000km as a total you will go mad. I break it down into sections. When you choose a horse, you simply focus on getting on that horse and staying on that horse. The first 5km goes by, then another 5km and you deal with the horse like that; you know you have to get it to the end safely, so you work within those parameters.’ Reading the horse is equally important. ‘When you have some experience you know that a horse will bolt at the beginning of a ride. The experienced rider will hold that energy, rein it in, gauge how much energy is there and use it appropriately.’ after the earlier disappointments at the Mongol Derby, that’s exactly what armitage did. With a strong body and a stronger mind, he slowly crept up on the race leader; an insidious creep as armitage calls it. ‘The aim was always to go and win; not just to ride. so I was better prepared, more mindful of my surroundings, doing everything to gain an advantage by putting my experience to good use. and, when you are not leading, you have nothing to lose. You can roll the dice. and that’s what I did.’ all the traditional elements of stage racing come into play at the Mongol Derby: illness, fatigue, equipment failure (in this case, an overworked horse). and, in the end, the person with the mental staying power reaps the reward. ‘There’s an imaginary elastic band when chasing someone. If you can just see that person; there is always the chance you might catch them.’ armitage rode to the line alongside australian rider ed Fernon, this after race leader – and fellow south african – Jakkie Mellet failed the penultimate vet check. In blistering heat, the two came to an agreement that it was best not to race to the finish, preserving the health of their horses and taking a shared victory home. ‘It’s mind games, a lot of mind games,’ says armitage. ‘But also having the mental capacity after 1 000km of tough riding to make big decisions. That’s how you handle something that’s this extreme.’

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FASHION FAshION

Notes on wardrobe classics and tempting accessories to signal a fashion refresh

The MIchAEL Michael Kors holiday collection 2017 is all about high-impact glamour, and very definitely signals the countdown to the holiday season. The clothes and accessories, with their effortless silhouettes and luxe fabrics, celebrate the lights and excitement of the party season. This metallic, asymmetrical, jacquard jumpsuit with its oversized black suede belt could become a soiree staple, and a perfect complement to the champagne toasts at midnight. michaelkors.com

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PaRty hEEl step into a pair of striking heels for an instant outfit update. Rupert sanderson’s skyscrapers attest to his design philosophy of ‘less is more’. sanderson is known for his meticulous attention to detail and his dedication to his craft. his desire to create stylish shoes for women is derived not only from a deep feeling for fashion, but also a love of making beautiful, luxurious objects. Rupert sanderson is available exclusively at D’Oré in sandton city. dorefashion.co.za

REtRo cool Bomber jackets were developed for American pilots during World War II and considering they’re still appearing on the catwalks today, it’s safe to say they’re entrenched in popular culture. Invest wisely in a navy or black style and it’ll be a mainstay in your wardrobe for years to come. This modern hugo Boss straight-fit bomber jacket creates a laid-back evening look that’s warm without being stuffy. It features quilted lining, a two-way front zip and the signature tonal paisley jacquard. hugoboss.com

a REflEctIon of StylE geometric and sophisticated lines with generous volumes is how the latest christian Dior sunglasses collection can be described. The Diorcomposit1.0 for men is the ultimate in summer cool with the ultraflat gold-tone mirrored lenses (that ensure 100% UV protection) and the luxurious frame finish in a two-tone styling. Openwork temples show the emblematic Dior homme cut. dior.com

a cIty-chIc RIdE Dear Me. Merry christmas. Love Me... For the person who has it all, the Le Flaneur d’hermes bicycle is a gift nobody needs but anybody would be thrilled to receive. This elegantly crafted two-wheeler sports a clean and reliable belt drive, rear hub gears, hydraulic disc brakes for maximum safety, and an ergonomic handlebar, saddle and carry handle wrapped in hermès premium leather. hermes.com

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Best Footwear Forward Designers are stepping out to bring fearless colours, graphic designs and plenty of flair to the trendsetting brave; but there’s more than enough for traditionalists too. Words HELEN CLEMSON

You maY not actually want to wear Kanye West’s transparent Yeezy Season 2 sandals but, believe it or not, many women – very stylish women at that – are doing so right now. What else are they wearing? Couture sneakers (men, too, of course) for any occasion, creations from white-hot designers who are making big names for themselves globally, and anything with a celebrity following (think the new crop of Jimmy Choos and Manolo Blahniks). Africa has a proud import in the form of Liam Fahy, a designer hailing from Zimbabwe, who has set up shop in London and now designs shoes. Some reflect a distinct African style – his Elle Java Print made from canvas cotton is straight from this continent’s heritage. For men, traditional footwear such as loafers still feature strongly, but they’ve been modernised with colour updates like Louis Vuitton’s soft red loafers – seek out the house’s Monte Carlo moccasins in Rouge.

SNEAkER CulTuRE Last year an exhibition entitled ‘The Rise of Sneaker Culture’ was held at the High Museum of Art in atlanta, Georgia, in the uS. on display were 155 sneakers and viewers could follow the evolution of the shoe from its origins in the mid-19th century to its role in the present day as a status symbol

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FASHION SERVICE Alexander McQueen’s SS17 menswear collection would be incomplete without the ubiquitous sneaker (Opposite) Sophia Webster’s creations transcend reality with charming detail and magical flourishes. Here, her Lilico-suede ankle boot with 3D flower


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(Right) Since its debut, the Ace sneaker by Gucci has become a mainstay of Gucci collections. The retro-looking design is inspired by a Gucci sneaker from the 1970s. Alessandro Michele presents this low-top silhouette with embroided applique and a head-turning twist: the right shoe features red trim at the heel and the left shoe has blue (Below) Hugo Boss’s tailored Oxford range in burnished leather crosses the T in sartorial elegance

of urban culture. Originating at the Bata Shoe Museum (a footwear museum in Toronto, Canada), the exhibition examined the sneaker’s complex social history and immense cultural significance. And it wasn’t just all running shoes; sneakers by Prada and other major fashion design houses as well as collaborations with artists like Damien Hirst were there to be seen. These days you can wear yours with anything – sports luxe is the look. Fling on a camel cashmere coat and a pair of Alexander McQueen’s oversized sneakers made from calf’s leather and trust us, it’s a polished style. For men, Dolce & Gabbana’s handsome black canvas sneakers with Patches of the Designers are extremely versatile in a classic wardrobe. Ditto Gucci’s Ace Sneaker collection. Although the addition of the tiger applique certainly makes them more sartorial-statement than staid. But maybe that’s a good thing.

ThE COllECTOR’S COuTuRE In the ’90s and noughties, women were Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik-mad. They still are, but fortunately they’ve ditched the tired notion that these labels are the only ones that count. Fresh names are becoming collector’s dreams; their designs works of exquisite art. One such label belongs to British shoe and accessories designer Sophia Webster; her almost ethereal creations with their delicate laser-cut angel and butterfly wings have become a recognisable trademark. If too much detail isn’t your aesthetic, turn to another Brit to dress your feet. Paul Andrew’s sleek, graphic-like designs feature strong outlines as seen in his Bagutta sandals (in lipstick-red suede) and two-toned Brera slingbacks. For winter, invest in his pointed-toe Matteotti boot, triple-dyed in black suede. You won’t be disappointed.

There’s a perception, perhaps among the more mature set, that a man’s footwear wardrobe is confined to dress shoes, loafers, sneakers (now de rigueur) and a pair of perfectly polished black cap-toes ideal to wear with a tux. A few years ago a Time magazine poll revealed that the average man owns 12 pairs of shoes. But what if you need to branch out? As men tend to be creatures of habit, why not slip into a pair of something you’ve never worn before like Hugo Boss’s formal Chelsea boots in leather. For summer, the house has leather Derby shoes with ombre uppers (choose brown for the warmer weather). Brogues maketh a modern man too; if you’re feeling adventurous, try a statement pair like Prada’s leather studded brogues in black.

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real watches for real people

Oris Aquis Small Second, Date Automatic mechanical movement Stainless steel case with crown protection Unidirectional, revolving top ring Water resistant to 50 bar/500 m Available at: Bellagio Jewellers Montres du Monde Official Distributor +27(0) 11783 8813 info@montresdumonde.co.za


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FASHION SERVICE

Pride of Place The new Louis Vuitton flagship store returns home to the Place Vendôme in Paris.

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Words JUlIA FREEmANTlE

Many of those who tote a Louis think the maison is a handbag company firmly rooted in fashion. But the luxury brand’s origin story goes much further back and is much more interesting. It’s one of fine craft and entrepreneurship, heritage and family. Maybe a foreshadowing of its future as a global brand, Louis Vuitton embarked in 1854 on a path designing travel trunks. Over time, of course, this offering evolved into the multifaceted and iconic empire it is today, but all the while carrying through the thread of commitment to craftsmanship, whether diversifying into clothing, watchmaking or fragrance lines. Honouring heritage and staying relevant are two things Louis Vuitton does well – and never more visibly so than in its new flagship store. A nod to its roots as well as an opportunity to display its ability to stay on the pulse, the Maison Louis Vuitton Vendôme takes up residence in a location steeped in heritage but one that’s also fresh and exciting. The site is two hôtels particuliers (Parisian townhouses) with façades that run along both the Place Vendôme and the rue du Faubourg St Honoré. What’s special about this particular address is that it was on the Place Vendôme where Louis Vuitton opened his first store 160 years ago. Designed and built in 1714 by Jules Hardouin-Mansart whose legacy includes the Château of Versailles, the space has been subjected to many alterations over the years, not all of them good. And so, as part of his Louis Vuitton mandate, architect Peter Marino has restored them as close to their original state as possible – even going as far as raising ceilings to their original grandeur. A friend of maison Louis Vuitton for over two decades, Marino has designed a number of the brand’s stores globally and was a fitting choice for their flagship, his edgy approach and rockstar profile making him the ideal candidate to create a retail experience for the 21st century. While the exterior of the building and the architectural bones themselves have been respected and restored (with the addition of a showstopping decorative sunburst installation across the façade dreamt up by visual creative director Faye Mcleod), Marino has introduced contemporary elements like glass balustrading suspended by steel cables on a stone staircase in a physical expression of the marriage of old and new. It’s in these details that the design serves to create a superlative shopping experience – something that, despite the explosion of online shopping, hasn’t

lost its appeal in the luxury space. With objects of great beauty and a high price tag, you’re buying the intangible as well as the physical. And Marino has created a visual, sensory and emotional journey through the maison’s different métiers that tell the brand’s story. It’s a literal journey too, of the floors and sections – leather goods and accessories, leading on to menswear and then ladieswear and, finally and fittingly, a travel section with luggage, Louis Vuitton City Guides, Objets Nomades (a range of travel and home pieces), and two special archival trunks. In addition, to drive home the tradition of craft, there are two working ateliers: Atelier Rare & Exceptionnel for elite clients looking for red-carpet garb, and an haute joaillerie space. But as devotees and insiders will know, Louis Vuitton’s commitment to the arts goes well beyond fashion and travel, and this facet of the brand will be expressed via a collection of contemporary artworks to complete the visual experience. The 33 pieces by artists from six continents, including Laurent Grasso, Yan Pei-Ming, Stephen Sprouse, Serge Alain Nitegeka and Paul Nabulumo Namarinjmak, will live alongside the retail offerings and layer the experience still further, a fitting complement to a space dedicated to the beauty of creation and the idea of building a legacy.

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FRAGRANCES WORDS: HELEN CLEMSON. PHOTOGRAPHY: CAMERON MCDONALD. CREDITS: LA PERLA LA MIA PERLA EDP; STELLA MCCARTNEY POP BLuEBELL EDP; KENzO WORLD EDP; BuLGARI GOLDEA THE ROMAN NIGHT; DIPTYquE PHILOSYKOS; ISSEY MIYAKE D’ISSEY L’EAu MAjEuRE.

Notes on the latest fragrance releases designed by modern alchemists

ThE ScEnT of now Hit all the right notes with fine fragrances that can extend your scent wardrobe in a thoroughly modern way. If you have only one beloved fragrance, scent marketers might feel they haven’t done their jobs. For the reluctant-at-heart, consider exploring new fragrance launches; they are the perfect olfactory manifestations, not only of the houses they represent, but also of perfume as an art form. So, what to hunt and gather this season? Modern women’s scents are dosed with a surge of florals, made contemporary with ingredients such as Ambroxan (an ambery note that is known to amplify the florals in the heart of a fragrance). Find it in the exquisitely presented Kenzo World. For men, our pick is Issey Miyake’s L’Eau Majeure d’Issey. Essentially an aquatic fragrance, its woody, salty and mineral notes lend interest and depth.

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DESIGN

Message in a Bottle ‘A perfume is a work of art, and the object that contains it must be a masterpiece,’ said Robert Ricci, son of Maria ‘Nina’ Ricci with whom he started the iconic label that bore her name. No truer words have been spoken, certainly not as far as fragrances and the flacons that house them are concerned. Ancient vessels had humble beginnings: early Egyptians used containers made from wood and clay, and for their scented concoctions, the Palestinians preferred beautifully coloured glass bottles. The ancient Greeks made handpainted vases often crafted into the shape of animals, and the Romans hollowed out precious stones to hold their equally precious scented contents. Fast forward to the 21st century, and we’re living in a fine-looking era in terms of flacon design, but it’s also an innovative one. Take Chanel’s creative approach to the lightweight yet clean-lined Gabrielle Chanel EDP flacon. It’s almost a whisper of a bottle (the house’s intent), as they wanted the fragrance itself to be the hero by allowing the simple flacon to radiate the liquid’s hue through exceptionally fine glasswork. The stopper is neither silver

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nor gold, rather matte lamé, once again to avoid a big-bottle statement. Chanel cleverly turned around the concept that a luxury fragrance must be housed in a heavy, opulent bottle, and instead used delicacy to turn attention to what’s inside. Another design worthy of attention is La Perla La Mia Perla EDP as it plays with geometry and 3-D effects. Celebrated perfume-bottle designer Pierre Dinand was enlisted to create a bottle with a sensuously curving shape that would showcase ‘my pearl’ in an arresting way. South African designers have something to crow about too. Renowned fashion designer Mark Eisen (who hails from SA) teamed up with Dunhill, and his vision for the design conceptualisation of their male fragrance Icon (he designed the full range) was awarded a Fifi D’Or in 2016 in Paris for exceptional design and packaging. Sponsored by The Fragrance Foundation in France, and renowned throughout the fragrance industry as the most prestigious awards, this ‘Oscar’ only goes to one men’s and one women’s fragrance each year. Eisen also received a FiFi award in the same year for Best New Design and Packaging in London. His work on fragrance-bottle design also saw him create the stylised diamond-inspired flacon, with its soft curves and rounded form, for Montblanc Lady Emblem EDP. There is also much to behold in the beauty of flacons past. While the fragrance vessels of yesteryear have been updated, the heritage of their beauty is still wonderfully captured. None more so than Shalimar. The fragrance, created by Guerlain in 1925 (the first oriental fragrance in history), has been the source of much applause since its launch nearly a century ago. Ernest Beaux (the Russian-born French perfumer who created Chanel No. 5) famously quipped, ‘When I do vanilla, I get crème anglaise; when Guerlain does it, he gets Shalimar.’ Juice aside, the now updated bottle (it’s not a giant departure from the original) is described as modern sculpture that also ‘recalls the fine engraving of precious jewellery’. And isn’t that the epitome of truly displayworthy stuff?

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Fragrance has a rich history, and so too do the striking glass flacons the juices rest in. New scents invite sculptured bottles as exquisite as the fragrances themselves. Words HELEN CLEMSON


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JEWELLERY

Notes on the classic beauties, audacious moderns and singular spoils in the world of jewellery

UndErStatEd cool A striking geometrical design that’s utterly wearable. Chopard’s Ice Cube collection first launched in the ’90s and is back with a bang – a delightfully unaffected and subtle one at that. At the heart of this collection of gold and silver classics is the cube – the building block and focal point of each piece – whether in a curved cuff or making up a simple row of precious metal and diamond cubes on a pendant. The other element is the commitment to fair mining, so pieces feature diamonds with traceable pedigrees, reflecting a level of consciousness many 21st-century consumers seek. The new Ice Cube collection is cool and casual and its very luxury lies in its understatedness. chopard.com


SopHIStIcatEd craFtSmanSHIp We know that fashion has a big influence on interiors but the reverse isn’t always true. That said, marble finishes are making their way into the sartorial space and german jewellery house hemmerle is embracing the notion. Inspired by 19th-century Berlin iron jewellery, these marble, silver and gold earrings are a striking reflection of geo- and monochromatic-minimalism trends – and, of course, reflect an upswing in marble appreciation. hemmerle is known for their penchant for unusual stones and textured metals and these beauties are perfect reflections of this design focus. hemmerle.com

a dIVa’S drEam Throughout the decades, Bulgari has been synonymous with the most beautiful celebrities in the world. With this admiration for the divas, Bulgari has created a shimmering collection that captures the glamour, exalts the grace and reflects the radiance of today’s leading ladies. This sophisticated necklace in the Bulgari Divas’ Dream collection is crafted in 18ct rose gold with mother-of-pearl and pavé diamonds. The Baths of Caracalla in Rome were the inspiration behind the fan-shaped mosaic, and the colour of its ancient marble is captured in the combination of the precious metals, elements and stones used in the neckpiece. bulgari.com

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cHaInS oF loVE The Chaîne d’Ancre, literally translated as ‘anchor chain’, is one of the most instantly recogniseable collections in the hermès brand. since its introduction to the world in 1938, this practical but oh-so-pretty jewellery line has evolved many times, and always to an ever-appreciative audience. ‘Punk’ is the latest reimagining of this classic and features a range of gold and silver classics in the making – pendants, bracelets, rings and earrings. It’s an undeniably edgy collection. hermes.com

FIrSt-claSS FElInES For the man about town who is looking to shine, these enormously collectable Panthère de Cartier cufflinks might do the trick. This remarkable duo of felines is crafted from 18ct solid gold, clad with a pavé diamond finish and features two sparkling emerald eyes and a black onyx nose. The panther has long been an iconic element particular to the Cartier brand and 2017 brought a new focus on this motif – these magnificent cufflinks reflect the undeniable fact that haute joaillerie is on the up. cartier.com

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Rock Star The enigmatic emerald is having a moment in the spotlight. WORDs Julia FREEmantlE

DiamonDs always seem to take the limelight, the assumed star of the show where gems are concerned. But when it comes to actual value, emeralds can outprice them per carat. surprising, until you realise that it’s their rarity that makes them so precious. as one of the big three ‘precious gems’ (alongside rubies and sapphires), they’re considered timeless, impervious to changes in fashion (despite being particularly in demand at the moment). as a result they hold their value, and have done so since their first recorded history. Believed to hold properties of healing, immortality, eloquence and even protection against evil in some cultures, the Jewel of Kings has a longstanding love affair with royalty. The first known mines were in Egypt dating back to 330BC, and Cleopatra herself was believed to have a passion for the green genie. Later on, in the 16th century, invaders of the new World from spain discovered the riches of Colombia, where the incas had been adorning themselves with emeralds for centuries. They in turn traded the stones for precious metal, having more use for the latter, ensuring the spread of emeralds across the globe and into the hands of European and asian royalty. most royal collections over time – from the Greek and Danish to swedish and French dynasties – have included a showstopper emerald piece. many were lost (or almost lost, like the Cambridge Emeralds when Queen mary’s brother almost bequeathed them to his mistress), sold or reset, but a few remain in their original glory. some in palace vaults, like Queen mary’s art Deco Emerald Choker, which was given to Princess Diana as a wedding gift; and some available to view, like the emerald tiara, made in 1820 for the

the Duchess of angoulême’s (Princess marie-Thérèse, the daughter of marie antoinette and King Louis XVi), which now resides in The Louvre. Royalty of stage and screen too have sported the stone – from Jackie Kennedy, the epitome of good taste and flawless style, whose diamond and emerald engagement ring cost husband John F Kennedy a million dollars, no small sum at the time, and Liz Taylor who was given a diamond and emerald necklace in 1962 by her then husband Richard Burton. Back to their present-day appeal, Baselworld, always a good barometer for trends in the gemstone and timepiece arena, showed a distinct leaning towards the ‘classic’ gems, which garnered the most attention. a sign of the times perhaps, as when world markets are unstable, the classic safe buys win out. at the moment, emeralds really are riding a trend, in addition to their safety as an investment, courtesy of their hue. Colour experts and forecasters Pantone chose Greenery as its 2017 colour of the year, picking up on the global gravitation towards a need to connect with the environment. The vibrant, fresh shade that reflects nature symbolises new beginnings – the spirit of reinvigoration rejuvenation and regeneration. This vote of confidence and the general mood in design triggered the inevitable trickle down into the décor and fashion worlds, and runways and rooms awash with varying shades of green. Graff Diamonds, the luxury jewel atelier, is known for acquiring and setting remarkable stones, and founder and CEO Laurence Graff believes the appeal of emeralds goes beyond the bottom line or the current fashions. ‘There is something wonderfully enigmatic about emeralds and the secrets they hold within their rich colour, and the unique character of each stone,’ he says. something the ancients would have agreed with.

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WATCHES

Notes on the most innovative, complicated and definition-defying timepieces on the planet

VISUal EnchantmEnt collector or not, who wouldn’t want one of these timepieces on their wrist? The Art-Deco design of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Duoface brings timeless elegance to a gentleman’s look. This timepiece features contrasting dials, displaying different time zones. On the front, see how the light catches the silvered grained finish of the dial, with its hand-applied hour markers and small seconds at six o’clock. For the local time display, see the reverse. The anthracite-grey dial is enhanced with a Clous de Paris guilloché around the perimeter, an opaline finish in the centre and a day/night indicator. jaeger-lecoultre.com


lEadIng lady The Tradition Dame Ref. 7038 is the first ladies’ watch in Breguet’s Tradition Collection. The dial is available in natural white or Tahitian mother-of-pearl, with a rose-gold or white-gold case respectively, and alligator leather strap. Engine-turned and offset at 12 o’clock, the dial features the hours in Breguet’s Arabic numerals as well as the trademark Breguet open-tipped hands in gold. The retrograde seconds hand is engraved on the movement face. Decorated with brilliant-cut diamonds on the bezel and pin buckle, this self-winding timepiece is individually numbered and signed Breguet. breguet.com

a fInE ItalIan hand IWC’s Portofino is a sought-after classic that channels laid-back Italian lifestyle. For this year’s launches, IWC integrated the Portofino Hand-Wound Moon Phase (Ref. 5164) into a Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days watch for the first time. The moon phase requires adjustment by only one day after 122 years. Available in an 18ct red-gold case with slate-coloured dial and solid gold appliqués or a stainless-steel case with silver-plated dial and gold-plated appliqués. Both models have gold-plated hands. The watch is finished off with a dark-brown alligator leather strap by Santoni. iwc.com

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trUly cElEStIal The gyrograff galaxy extends the gyrograff Collection with a typically astounding display of master craftsmanship. The dial is made of blue aventurine, a stone thought to enhance leadership qualities and reinforce decisiveness. There are 60 hours of work in each dial, which features a Milky Way pattern painstakingly created using a micro-painting technique. The timepiece is powered by a double-axis tourbillon calibre and features a power reserve indicator and three-dimensional moonphase – a unique combination. graffdiamonds.com

lImItEd-EdItIon maStErpIEcE What kind of watch really takes your breath away? Try Chopard’s L.U.C Perpetual Chrono. Revealed at Baselworld 2017, this is the grand complication for connoisseurs – wrapped up in platinum. Its hand-wound chronograph and finely crafted perpetual calendar, together with its Poinçon de genève certification, contribute to the spectacle of this haute horlogerie masterpiece for men. Consider yourself lucky if you can still purchase one of the 20 limited-edition pieces. chopard.com

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DÉCOR DECOR

Notes classic Notes on onthe dĂŠcor and design beauties, audacious news to spark direction moderns and singular spoils and creativity in the world of Jewellery

faShIon ShowStoppEr A rug design originally conceived for a military-style coat. This magnificent, military-inspired rug design is dressed to thrill with a raised, handcarved serpent motif reflecting the beautiful brocade more often found on uniforms. Originally conceived for an embroidered coat in 2001, military brocade has been resurrected in this floor art crafted from hand-knotted Tibetan wool and silk. And as with most The Rug Company designs, it comes with a seriously collectable pedigree too. therugcompany.com

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oUt In natUrE The humble bathroom basin is elevated into a highly covetable focal point and work of art thanks to the new Artist Editions by Kohler. Inspired by nature, each Botanical Study vessel is an exquisite and uniquely crafted piece that draws on the enormous influence of botanical art and design through the ages. Designs range from the prettiest wildflower embellishments to sinks reflecting wading pools and Ottoman-influenced patterns featuring a swathe of swirling leaves. africa.kohler.com

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Zurich-based P! galerie is an appointmentonly design destination that is all about unique finds by some of the greats such as le Corbusier, jean Prouvé and Thomas Strala. Focusing on design ‘artefacts’, it’s where serious collectors head to add to their already impressive collections of oneoff and limited-run pieces. This lean-lined modern classic in leather and aluminium by Pierre jeanneret is called Kalahari and is also signed by the designer – a rare find indeed. jeanneret-chandigarh.com

mEtal workS Designed by Pierre Dubois and Aimé Cécil for Roche Bobois, the Sanur lamp is an exercise in practical magic. With its lean lines, it sits comfortably in the 21st century, an ode to minimalism as it were. But the shade, fashioned out of a mesh of delicate, braided metal fibres, is what gives it an elegant and somewhat ethereal edge. Sanur comes in two variants, a table lamp and a floor lamp, and either is sure to cast a gorgeous glow over your space. Find it at Roche Bobois in Cape Town or visit the newly opened store in johannesburg. roche-bobois.com

DElICIoUS DESIGn fInD Designed by Pietro Russo for Italian greats gallotti & Radice, Cookies is a newly released two-in-one marble and brass masterpiece featuring inlays of Bianco Statuario and Nero Marquinia marble. Its striking black-and-white colour palette makes it a perfect addition to a monochromatic space, while the brass detailing ensures its bang on trend too. Find it locally at casarredo.co.za

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Your Room is Ready, Sir From a sleek spot in nature to state-of-the-art suites kitted out with every fine accessory imaginable, spaces fit for a king are being created as an escape from the rest of the home. Words JUStInE HEWItt

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Seventy yearS ago many an average suburban man’s garden shed was his castle. It’s where he might have retreated to after a day’s work to potter among his tools and tinker with his latest projects, perhaps check in on his seedlings for the veggie garden and even have a cheeky cigarette, even though he didn’t really smoke. But now, the He room is a phenomenon that’s growing – whether as a standalone entity on a property or taking up a significant portion of a home’s footprint. It’s not simply a place where the men can retire to for a post-prandial cigar – it’s a state-of-the-art, very carefully constructed luxury space (and not of the Hugh Hefner variety, either). and many living areas are now being designed specfically with a He Room in mind.

central remote is an essential. It goes without saying that a He room needs to be sufficiently sound-proofed and this is best discussed prior to the build phase of its development.

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Want to sort the men from the boys? aside from a temperaturecontrolled wine fridge, a kitted-out gin or whisky bar is a definite must-have in a luxury He room. Whether you choose a built-in unit or an on-trend trolley, it’s essential that it’s stocked with all the accoutrements needed to enjoy a fine tipple or a perfectly made martini. For whiskies, ensure a selection of fine single malts from some of the iconic Scottish and Irish distilleries and a handful of ‘interesting’ offerings collected over time. Good glassware and ice and water ensure you and your guests will be suitably sorted. For your gin bar, South africa now has close to 100 independent producers so you’re spoilt for a choice of local product to mix in with the big-name international brands. Don’t forget a shaker for those who like their martinis ‘not stirred’, green olives for dirty martinis, lemons, quality tonic water and vermouth.

the foundation of any successful He room is the quality of the sound. In fact, before the furnishings have been discussed, any serious He room owner or designer will have called in the expertise of a homeentertainment specialist to work with the acoustics in the space. Surround sound that’s Bluetooth- and Wi-Fi-controlled and accessible (on and off site) via a

TV LIBRARY AND STREAMING ‘Cutting the cord’ is essential to ensuring your He room is a 21st century space. this means access to the very latest in video- and tv-streaming services, with cloud movie-library maintenance a must. a smart tv is the most obvious place to start for accessing Showmax and Netflix – from there, devices like Apple TV or Google’s Chromecast throw the net wider for content. For gamers, the jury is out on whether Sony’s PlayStation 4 or Microsoft’s Xbox one is best for streaming games – either way, some form of gaming device is an essential for the en flique He Room.

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CIGAR, ANYONE? Lighting up isn’t to everyone’s taste but for those who equate their ultimate He room with cigars, make sure you have a decent extraction system in place and, of course, decent cigars. Subscribe to www.cigars.co.za and they will send you a pick of their best – they have an excellent selection of supreme cigars and all the accessories you need to enjoy them. For storage, you may want to invest in a stand-up humidor, but a table humidor will do nicely, too.

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LUXE LOCKDOWN an extension of state-of-the-art He rooms is the rise of the luxe lockdown room – often, a He room will double up as one. More and more, these ‘billionaire bunkers’ are becoming the stuff of movies – biometric key systems, ballistic-proof construction and an independent air and water supply are just some of the five-star safety features one can expect from these James Bond-esque spaces. While men used to hide behind their newspapers in a comfy chair in the corner of the living room, 21st century mores mean they can retire to a space that’s all about them.

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art InvEStmEnt

Quantitative art investing: replacing passion with science? Can it really be all in the data, or is there something ephemeral and instinctive that only a human can bring to evaluating a work of art? WOrDS vanESSa CLarK

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Last year a computer programme called alphaGo beat a 9-dan professional Go player for the first time. This was a watershed moment in the narrowing of the gap between artificial and human intelligence. Go, the ancient Chinese board game, is the benchmark, rather than chess, because it requires more intuition, sophisticated evaluation and experience to win. Score one for the machines. However, in September 2017, in another world first, a robot called yuMi conducted the Lucca Philharmonic orchestra in Pisa to a lukewarm reception. The robot consists of two disembodied arms and, according to a BBC report, the audience felt it lacked enthusiasm. Musicians said it killed improvisation. So, humans – 1, machines – 1. While it seems the machines can’t cut it in the orchestral world, yet, a Us-based start-up, arthena, is betting on the

machines being better judges of fine art than us humans. It uses machine learning, a subset of artificial intelligence, to drive the selection of art works to build art funds. In much the same ways as other industries have been disrupted by innovation recently – taxis, hotels, real estate, publishing – arthena wants to raise the veil on opaque pricing mechanisms and use digital efficiencies to lower the transaction costs. the intention is to make it possible to compare an investment in an art fund with other investment options, plus make the market more democratic. ‘We want to expand the asset class and make it more accessible for a wider audience to participate in,’ said Madelaine D’angelo, arthena’s co-founder and CEO. ‘The artwork market is extremely mysterious and hard to judge as a novice. You usually trust the opinion of experts, and

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‘A collector invests in their passions and interests, and works they connect with emotionally and aesthetically; only secondarily do they try to make a good monetary investment decision. For most collectors, it starts with the ephemeral...’ the arthena data approach has already turned up some surprises, for instance that emerging artists are not always more risky than established ones, as is commonly assumed. Overcoming these biases endemic to the traditional art world is where machine learning and quantitative investing principles come into their own, according to D’Angelo.

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NOT fOR EVERYONE If you are starting to squirm at how cold and calculating this all feels, you wouldn’t be alone. While Cape Town-based entrepreneur and contemporary collector Joshin raghubar agrees that the art market could be more transparent, he highlights the difference between investors and collectors. ‘A collector invests in their passions and interests, and works they connect with emotionally and aesthetically; only secondarily do they try to make a good monetary investment decision. For most collectors, it starts with the ephemeral and an attempt to ground that in the rational.’ so, although he sees merit in the arthena approach, raghubar would prefer a fund that allows him contact with the art. ‘For me, as a new collector, this will have more appeal than a fund that disconnects you from the work bought and sold, regardless of the strategy used to make these decisions.’ D’Angelo doesn’t disagree. ‘If you really are completely in love with the work and you have to own it, then you should buy it. But don’t expect that work to be a financial investment or give a return. the argument that investors or collectors looking for a fully-diversified or balanced art portfolio shouldn’t try achieve this themselves is compelling, but you need to be OK with the fact that the art is in storage for the duration of the fund. It’s early days yet, and with an investment horizon of at least five years, it’s too soon to say whether the machines will deliver the promised year-on-year returns of around 15% and win this one, but D’Angelo is bullish. ‘We have the most accurate pricing methodology in the marketplace; we can outprice anybody else in the market,’ she says.

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half the time the experts aren’t right. We want to provide true financial analysis for a $60 billion antiquated market.’ As well as institutional funds, Arthena offers equity crowdfunded art funds, where, with a minimum investment of $10 000, an accredited investor can participate. South Africans with liquidity in the US or EU are also eligible. What happens is that Arthena’s artificial intelligence technology scours public auction records for potential lots, or positions. Machine learning tools automatically eliminate works according to various criteria such as artists with a track record of less than five years, or those who fall outside the post-war contemporary, modern or emerging categories. then, using valuation principles similar to the real estate industry, the system considers the volatility, liquidity, true price of the asset and projected growth in order to build funds that D’Angelo says are fully diversified with a high riskreward ratio.


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On Ice A team of technical divers has gone beneath the ice in Antarctica to deliver the very first naturalist images of its deep-sea ecosystems. Team leader Laurent Ballesta’s award-winning photograph of the entire submerged section of an iceberg is breathtaking. Words catherine davis Photography LaUrent BaLLesta & sUPPLied


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the winning photograph in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year ‘earth’s environments’ category was the result of many hours of work during dives in freezing water temperature but done with the conviction that public awareness is vital to achieve the goal of preserving the world’s oceans

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Laurent BaLLesta is a marine scientist, an underwater photographer and a pioneer in the use of new diving equipment. Pursuing his childhood dream of meeting the coelacanth (or ‘Gombessa’ as the people of Comoros call it - it was thought to have become extinct 65 million years ago) in its natural environment has driven Laurent Ballesta very far. Instead of setting up hypotheses in laboratories based on recovered dead specimens or peering at footage from submergible cameras, he descended to unprecedented depths to observe the creature sometimes described as a ‘living fossil’. But exploratory trips like these don’t come cheaply, and Ballesta has had the support of watchmaker

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(above) Blancpain launched the world’s first modern diving watch, and in recognition of their diving legacy, they’re dedicated to the cause of ocean exploration and preservation (right) at the request of several research groups, the team contributed to the inventory of deep-sea fauna and gave researchers access to all their photographs for the purpose of scientific publications

Blancpain – a natural partnership because of Blancpain’s historial links with diving. their support has enabled Ballesta to capitalise on his talents and adventures, which have since developed into a series of ‘Gombessa projects’ that are part of the larger Blancpain Ocean Commitment initiative. With Gombessa III, Ballesta and Blancpain travelled to antarctica for a pioneering exploratory diving and photographic mission, in collaboration

with Luc Jacquet, director of The March of the Penguins. Ballesta’s winning photograph in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year ‘earth’s environments’ category was shot during the Gombessa III – antarctica! expedition and shows for the first time the entire submerged section of an iceberg. read in Ballesta’s own words about the day he captured the hidden scale and magnitude of one of earth’s ice giants:


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‘the Furious Fifties are behind us and the Astrolabe is approaching the antarctic continent by sailing through the calm, open waters of the polynya. We are not alone, as ice giants stud the smooth expanse to unbelievable heights. In fact, the scene has to be seen to be believed, because how can one possibly conceive that mountains can float? ‘a few kilometres from the French Dumont d’urville base, they mark the entrance to Adélie Land… We glide silently past them, feeling like tiny specks on our 65-metre long boat, while bearing in mind that we can only see 10 percent of their volume. under the surface, these gigantic ice masses are invisible. although there are plenty of ‘fakes’ on the web, along with computer-generated images and far-fetched tales, no one has ever been able to view a whole iceberg at once, much less take a picture of it. Poor visibility, darkness, freezing water, inaccessible depths – countless obstacles have managed to keep secret this submerged side, the hidden face of the planet of ice. ‘at this point, after 11 days of a difficult crossing, I have a sudden fantasy: could one possibly reveal the entire iceberg? the idea gains momentum. We have been diving for three weeks and each evening when we return we are one step closer to exhaustion. today’s dive revealed a spherical iceberg, with a circumference of around 200m, floating above the seabed. It is perfectly still because it is imprisoned by the ice floe, so there is no risk of it drifting or turning sharply. Polished by the current, it looks like a giant pebble. I present my strategy to my mates who, despite being somewhat perplexed, are all for the new idea. this is no simple task, but it’s worth a try. ‘the following day, we dive in alongside the ice slope. Once on the seabed, we implement the plan: with the halyards weighted to the sea floor and all our surface marker buoys on reels, we establish a huge grid with thread over the entire depth of the water in order to take around a hundred photographs at equal distances from the iceberg. several hours and a few frozen toes later, we are sitting in front of the computer, which is churning through and digesting the set of photographs. under the water, none of us were able to see the entire iceberg. Viewed from too close up, it extends beyond the scope of our field of view; while from too great a distance, it vanishes into the thick mists of the water. ‘after a few minutes of waiting, it finally appears on the screen: seen in its entirety for the very first time. a much-dreamt-of vision transformed into a reality. romain Gary’s words spring to mind: “nothing is worth living that is not first a figment of the imagination, or else the sea would be nothing more than salt water.”’ The Furious Fifties refers to turbulent seas in a circumpolar storm track.

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‘everybody’s heard about the hidden part of the iceberg, and we know that when we are looking at the emerged part, even if it’s huge, it’s only 10 percent of its real volume’


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‘We want to study and film species in their natural habitat and therefore we have to develop new techniques to expand our working zone. Our aim is to research marine life in their wild environment and to find new ways for others too to work safely underwater,’ says Ballesta

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ACCELERATE TakE back yoUr TImE If the measure of intelligence is the ability to change, then this Audi is the ‘brainiac’ of luxury limousines. audi is a company that knows it can’t change things by fighting reality. To change something, they build a new model that can make the existing paradigm obsolete. To wit, their 2019 a8 is the cleverest audi of all, and it claims to have the potential of reclaiming more command of our travel-time. To put these claims into context, audi cEo rupert Stadler reckons the future of premium means taking back control of our time: ‘because time is one of the most

valuable goods – downtime, when you need a break, and productive time, when you want to get things done.’ With the aI autonomous function in place, the a8 offers full independent control so the driver can engage in other tasks, and hands back control if it doesn’t recognise a road traffic situation. It literally has the potential to drive itself on clogged freeways at up to 60km/h. but not yet. The pared-down, bauhaus simplicity of this third generation a8 is elegant and imposing. Inside, I’m faced with upper and lower centre screens with haptic and audible feedback, and a virtual cockpit driver’s binnacle, which creates a button-

less but easy-to-use facia. Every function needed on the move is accessible, allowing focus on the road for longer. It's a tour-de-force, with the best air suspension system of any car I have driven lately, with all body movement properly damped and worthy of cars twice the price. The V6 diesel is the pinnacle of smooth power and economy – 5.6 litres/100km and 145g/km in emissions. It’s a technology flagship that few brands have the resources to surpass. but more important is its showcasing of audi's capability, because this engineering will find its way into a6 and a4 models in around four years. rIchard WEbb

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Notes on modern classics and super performers to inform your choice of wheels


from road To SEa When a luxury car brand authorises the development of a sport yacht, it’s going to be a one-of-a-kind creation. Earlier this year, marquis yachts partnered with Lexus to engineer and build a prototype, concept boat that applies the Lexus design language to a maritime design. It’s a sleek, speedy, carbon-fibre vessel, with a twin V-8 gasoline engine that produces a total of 950hp and enables a top speed of 79km/h. It’s also touchscreen-everything, like you’d find on a custom superyacht.

rIdE fUrThEr for longEr The Specialized Turbo Levo was created to be a pedal-assist bike. This means that effort is required in order to move. And while you can choose the amplification of your effort, this is an experience that even the fittest trail riders will enjoy without a sense of cheating. On a challenging piece of trail in Paradyskloof, Stellenbosch, I cleat in and push down gingerly on the right pedal of the Specialized Turbo Levo 2018 to have the new and improved motor feed intuitively through the remainder of my pedal stroke. The newly positioned remote control allows me to adjust power output without losing concentration on the trail ahead. The test model assigned to me was fitted with an Ohlin’s front shock absorber and it responded beautifully to some twisty roots, jagged rocks and stepped surfaces throughout the ride. We glide through the infamous G-Spot Trail and then head back to the Specialized concept store in Stellenbosch to close out the experience. specialized-stellenbosch.com ZEyD SuLAImAN

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A Single Serving of Diesel Journeys for our writers often start on a plane but we’re also amenable to putting a little rubber to road. In that spirit, motoring journalist JIm Freeman escapes along the Garden route in a Jaguar F-Pace, on his own terms.

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VehIcle manuFacturers on both sides of the atlantic have experienced great tribulations over the past few decades but, generally speaking, petrolheads reserve their sympathy for those marques that have a British heritage. While some uK brands have been led to the wall and their corpses carried away with barely a hint of regret from motorists, others have had an almost miraculous stay of execution that has resulted in their complete return to grace. rolls-royce, Bentley, aston martin and mini are brands that immediately come to mind, followed by Jaguar. Jaguar’s lowest point coincided with the company’s acquisition by american carmaker Ford (which also bought land rover) in 2000. cars built in this period were clunky and unpopular, and Jaguar never made a profit until it was resold in 2008 to India’s tata motors. It meant a remarkable revival for the iconic marque. the ‘leaping cat’, as Jaguar is popularly known, has become an incredbily strong brand in 2017 with a product range of high-performance luxury vehicles that include some of the most beautiful and desirable on the road. While the X-series of sporting, business and luxury saloons were the cars upon which the revival was based, renewed impetus has been provided by the F-series comprising the spectacular F-type sports car and the equally impressive F-Pace sports utility vehicle (suV). the F-Pace comes in two and three-litre models and it was with great glee that I received the smaller r-sport to test-drive – I took it for a week-long roadtrip up the Garden route. the plan was to test not only its all-wheel-drive capabilities in Knysna’s mystical forests but also evaluate its general driveability – which includes comfort – on the open road. My first impression was of size. The F-Pace is a bit of a beast (4.731 metres long and 2.175 metres wide) and, frankly, I wouldn’t want one if I was only driving it in the city. Despite parking-assist cameras front and back, it’s something of a nightmare to parallel park and has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier. But get it out on the road and ooooooh, mamma! Perhaps I shouldn’t say this but I’ll do so anyway; nothing, but nothing, overtook me on the N2 – bordered both sides by canola fields blossoming brilliantly yellow – between Cape Town and George. With a tank size of 60 litres and a manufacturerclaimed consumption of 5.3 litres/100km, I could almost make the whole 980km roundtrip between cape town and Knysna (as well as the subsequent hinterland expeditions) on a single serving of diesel. I usually base myself in Wilderness or Sedgefield, two towns that maintain the charm of the Garden route and have none of the urban chaos of George or Knysna. most important, the towns provide easy access to the back roads with which to explore the Wilderness lakes wetlands area as well as the famed seven Passes route. this 75km tar and gravel road was constructed by thomas Bain and his brotherin-law Adam de Smidt in 1867, crossing 10 rivers and seven gorges. The route is in its totality a national monument. If you start in George, your final pass is the Phantom Forest on the outskirts of Knysna. start fairly early and you’ll be at the Bell tavern at Belvidere manor – on the road to Brenton-on-sea – in time for lunch. If you start mid-morning, take the Rheenendal turn-off on the N2 between Knysna and Sedgefield and enjoy coffee and cake at totties Farm Kitchen. This is pretty much what a friend and I did on our first day and the F-Pace handled the various surfaces with aplomb. It rained for much of the day but, as much as I tried to get the tail to drift on some of the muddier bends, the intelligent driveline dynamics in conjunction with the dynamic stability control had it back on line almost instantly. Jaguar, of course, is all about style and elegance, and the F-Pace does not disappoint. heads turn wherever one goes and it’s such a plush and comfortable ride that you can actually beam indulgently as you flash past.

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Focus on Lexus

Why go for good or better when the best is possible? Lexus just moved the goal posts with a car that leaves an indelible impression on all your senses. Words RIchaRd WEbb

One Of my favOurite authOrs, C.s. Lewis said of superlatives, ‘Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say infinitely when you mean very; otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something truly infinite.’ The time for the infinite may not yet be upon us, but Lexus has just delivered the strongest evidence yet of their new level of design and engineering ingenuity: the 2018 LC 500. But first, some context before dusting off any superlatives. Concept cars are often jaw-dropping in design; after all, they are meant to embody the formidable creative and

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engineering potential of carmakers. But the transition from motor-show icon to the dealership forecourt often causes them to become watered down, which can be disheartening. this makes the new LC 500 all the more captivating because it’s just about indistinguishable from the brave Lf-LC concept car that was revealed in 2012. the design language is dramatic, and points to Lexus’ determined efforts to shake off any traces of the previously staid or predictable. the car seems to define what the brand intends to be, and it’s clear it’s headed in the right direction.

remember the last Lexus supercar, the Lf? it was an astonishing beast of a car but it was hard to imagine how its carbon-fibre tub or 9 000 rpm wailing v-10 engine was going to trickle down to mainstream Lexus models. Well, now we know. With the LC 500, the trickle has become a torrent. some will call it a 2+2 sports car, but it’s more of a grand touring coupé with a predilection for serious highperformance. make no mistake, this is Lexus’ new pole-position sitter and will surely influence the future line-up in ways that will win many conquest sales on its design alone.


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Lexus’ radical design language is instantly recognisable and unique, and more likely than ever to stir emotions than the many familiar and similar ‘me too’ brands available today. But it’s in the white-hot battle with an elite class of international grand touring coupés that the car is pitched. it has to be taken seriously by those who buy cars for the driving experience, and not just for its kerbside appeal – there would need to be real substance in the overall package. a good place to start is the chassis that underpins it all. it’s all new and doesn’t share components or design ideology with any of the current Lexus stable, but will serve as the blueprint for the brand’s future front-engine, rear-drive cars. Chief engineer Koji sato said that the goal was to ‘make the dynamic feedback clear, and our team spent

more than triple the usual amount of time perfecting the LC 500’s road feel’. Locally, the LC 500 is launching with its tested 5.0-litre naturally aspirated v-8, punching out 351kW, and mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission for a linear throttle response. and oh, the sound! this thing howls – a vocal bellow unfettered by any turbocharger’s plumbing. inside, the cabin has an air of highlevel, opulent material richness and styling flourishes that distinguish the LC 500 from its antagonists every bit as convincingly as the exterior does. the result is an amazing experience where traditional takumi craftsmanship fuses with modern technologies. they’re seemingly contradictory but these paradoxes make it truly cutting edge – it’s aesthetically precise and feels pleasing

to the touch – and is a genuinely moving experience. Put simply, its makes you want to drive, but i mean really drive. With this elegant and exclusive car, Lexus is convincing people to look afresh at a brand they may previously have overlooked. this isn’t simply a car that looks terrific – it has been engineered through every layer to deliver a very special driving experience. it is ambition made real – evidence of an established maturity, passion and engineering for all to see. the LC 500 is a grand touring coupé that says, ‘We have arrived!’ that’s a remarkable achievement for a brand that’s been around for less than 30 years. i wonder what C.s. Lewis would have made of it? Last word goes to him, then: ‘there are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.’

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Notes on far-flung places, exotic spaces and diary notes for your next escape

a magIcal mOOnScapE Amangiri is an ode to the mysterious rock formations of southern Utah. This achingly cool desert retreat, comprised of a razor-sharp, rectangular pavilion made from polished concrete, is a modern monument to luxury – and hard to beat in terms of style and setting too. Situated in southern Utah, Amangiri is an architectural masterpiece built from sandstone and delicately hued concrete, and lies at the heart of some of North America’s most iconic scenery – from the grand canyon to Monument Valley. With their clean lines and natural materials, the spacious suites reflect the luminous qualities of the surrounding Utah desert. Design features include white stone floors, concrete walls, natural timbers and fittings in black steel. Each suite has an outdoor lounge and fireplace with expansive desert views, and some feature a private pool or roof terrace. aman.com/resorts/amangiri


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Old-wOrld ItalIan flaIr, In dUbaI By 2020 The Floating Venice will be nestled in The heart of Europe in The World Islands, 4km off the coast of Dubai in the Arabian Sea. It’s been described as a modern interpretation of Venice, with a canal network, gondolas imported from Italy and even a replica of Piazza San Marco. The hotel will have 24 pools, 12 floating beaches and a collection of bars and restaurants as well as an underwater spa. Accommodation, restaurants and recreation facilities will be split over four decks, one of which is underwater so guests can observe the on-site coral nursery, with more than 400 000 square feet of coral and marine life. construction is set to begin in early 2018. thefloatingvenice.com

a gOOd Egg Designed by artistic duo Bigert & Bergström, the show-stopping sauna-meets-art installation sits perched on luossabacken in Kiruna, Sweden’s northernmost town. It was built for the people of Kiruna after damage caused by decades of iron-ore mining resulted in the relocation of the entire town. Standing 5-metres tall, the eye-catching ‘Solar Egg’ is comprised of a pine wood interior and highly reflective gold-plated steel panels that reflect the surrounding environment. In the centre rests a heart-shaped sauna stove cast from iron. hanging out in the actual sauna is free, but you do have to reserve your spot. And if you’re not sure what to do with the rest of your time in Northern Sweden, make sure to stop by the world’s first year-round ice hotel, in nearby Jukkasjärvi.

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Afloat the Rhine River Traversing Europe's waterways on a low, cool, luxury river boat is like a long, languorous dream. Words DARREL BRISTOW-BOVEY

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ThE biggEsT blow to the image of the cruising holiday didn’t come from Titanic, it comes from modern-day cruise ships. Any sane person would take one look at those great blaring, seething, heaving germ factories, all piled up with screaming children, sporting rows of sunstroked tourists stretched out on deckchairs like half-shaved polar bears or pork bangers under a grill, and vow they’d rather spend time in a Turkish prison on terrorism charges than set even one foot onboard. And they’d be right. who would spend time and money joining 2 000 strangers stacked up in the Caribbean, say, when they could glide as stately as a grand duke and duchess up the Rhine on the S.S. Antoinette. i tried to tell my partner this, but i was having trouble. her parents had once forced her onboard one of those ships that leave Durban, sail to nowhere in particular, bob around on the indian ocean for a bit and blare music through the PA system, while the ship's depressed crew ply the hordes with sugary cocktails and harangue them into having fun, and then bring them back again, seasick and hungover. ‘it won’t be like that,’ i promised her. ‘The first time I hear the Macarena,’ she said, ‘one of us is

we went vinegar tasting at the Doktorenhof Vinegar Farm. wearing hooded medieval robes like alchemist monks we walked through dark subterranean cellars lit with candles. The vinegar is made from riesling grapes, and apparently a spoonful is good for the health.

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going overboard.’ The Antoinette is one of Uniworld’s long, low, cool river cruise boats. other boats cover the Danube or the seine but the Antoinette sails the Rhine from Amsterdam, through the winelands of germany, and follows the border with France to basel across the swiss border. walking onboard is like stepping into an exquisite and horizontal boutique hotel during an afternoon siesta. There is a grand chandelier hung with sapphires; there is soft yellow sunlight and a smiling concierge and an air of ineffable peace. My partner looked around warily. ‘look,’ i said. ‘No hordes.’ in our suite on the upper deck was a bed half as wide as the river and a private balcony where we sipped champagne as we left Amsterdam. The evening breeze felt good on our cheeks. i pointed out a swan, and an old man walking a white dog on the riverbank, and the setting sun on the low golden horizon. ‘All right,’ she said grudgingly. ‘Fine. This is nice. but i’m not doing any excursions with other people.’ she didn’t have to do anything with other people if she didn’t want to. on a cruise ship you have to wait in vast herds to disembark, but the Antoinette holds a maximum of 157 passengers and you come and go as you please. whenever the boat docks, you can stroll down the gangplank and wander into the village nearby or take a bicycle into the countryside. All the excursions are complimentary – just like all the food and drink onboard. in Cologne there was a walking tour of the cathedral and the old town, with a Kölsch beer tasting in a brauhaus afterwards. Each passenger receives a QuietVox – your own


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(Left) The foundation stone of Cologne Cathedral was laid on 15 August 1248. It is nothing short of a miracle that, although badly damaged, the renowned Gothic landmark survived World War II in spite of extensive bombing. (Above) Basel, Switzerlad, at dusk, as beheld from the Rhine River, which divides this university city in two

individual earpieces so that you can hear the tour guide even from a distance. ‘we could take the QuietVox and be in the vicinity,’ i suggested. ‘we wouldn’t have to be part of any group. look, there are only 15 people anyway.’ i could see she was hovering. ‘Think of the beer,’ i said. ‘i don’t drink beer.’ ‘i’ll have yours.’ At Mannheim we went vinegar tasting at the Doktorenhof Vinegar Farm. wearing hooded medieval robes like alchemist monks we walked through dark subterranean cellars lit with candles. The vinegar is made from riesling grapes, and apparently a spoonful is good for the health but, i can tell you, it’s also pretty delicious. There were 160 different flavours of infused vinegars; the place was as fragrant as a perfumery. At a cruise-organised wine tasting at Castle Vollrads in Rudesheim, we met an 80-year-old man, named Tom, and his 75-year-old wife, betty, who had cycled there together from the boat. Tom stood taller than me and his handshake was firmer and he drank a full glass of every wine without even wobbling as he cycled back again. i asked him the secret to his vigour and he said it was three things: regularly swimming in cold water, taking betty dancing whenever he could, and a third thing that he couldn’t mention in front of ladies. he winked and tapped his

nose and i chuckled as though i knew what he was talking about. in strasbourg, while sitting on our balcony, i saw him swimming in the Rhine like a frisky young seal. Each night after dinner we had a cocktail in le grand Trianon lounge and watched Tom waltz Betty tirelessly around the floor; then we would all go up to the leopard bar and i would try to extract his third secret. The cruise was like a long languorous dream, a sparkle of sunshine on water. i stood on deck as we sailed through the Rhine gorge. on my right was a gothic stone castle, right from a child’s fairy story, and vineyards running green up the hillsides. Up ahead was the lorelei, a steep, slate rock where, legend has it, an auburn-haired siren sang a mournful song that lured sailors to destruction at her feet. As we approached basel i sat on deck with my partner one last time, watching other couples sitting hand-in-hand or with their arms around each other, enjoying the last of the Rhineland in the last of the orange light. ‘was it better than you feared?’ i asked her. ‘i’ve already booked to come back next year,’ she replied.

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Restoring a Wildlife Heritage An escape to the Karoo bush – such a different bush to the Kruger – promises luxury as well as a glimpse of one of South africa’s most unique ecosystems. WoRDS CAThERInE DAvIS You could hear them before you could see them; the thunderous sound of thousands and thousands of springbok hooves across the plains of camdeboo. It would take two weeks for this springbok migration to pass a given point, and two weeks for the dust to settle in Graaff-Reinet. This springbok migration was last seen in 1896, but ceased due to hunting, road-building, fences, farming and urbanisation. Samara’s history is teeming with stories, and fascinating characters made this land their home. during World War II, a German spy eked out an existence on top of Kondoa Mountain on Samara, reporting back to hQ on the movements of the British across the plains of camdeboo using a concealed

radio. olive Schreiner, author of The Story of an African Farm, lived in nearby cradock. eve Palmer, who wrote the South african classic The Plains of Camdeboo in 1966, grew up on cranemere farm that shares a boundary with Samara. It is the stories of these celebrated individuals, as well as those of the unnamed families who have endured the harsh conditions of the region for centuries, that weave such a rich tapestry of historical experience into this special part of the Karoo. and it was the stories and history – of the people and wildlife – and the endless landscape with huge skies that got under the skin of Samara Private Game reserve founders Mark and Sarah Tompkins.


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When they first established the reserve in 1997, their aim was to restore the area to the wildlife haven it had been before species like cheetah, rhino, cape lion, springbok and elephant were eradicated by early farmers and settlers. Samara began taking down the fences, rehabilitating the land (after the overgrazing of goats and cattle of the past 200 years) and bringing the wildlife back to the cape frontier. as the largest private game reserve in the eastern cape, it acts as a crucial catalyst for protecting the delicate and diverse ecosystem of the Great Karoo, as the Tompkins work to create a system of corridors and partnerships that will result in the creation of the third-largest protected area in South

africa. Saving species from extinction is all about preserving the habitat and biodiversity. out on the vast plains of camdeboo, you can spot plenty of springbok, eland, kudu, red hartebeest, gemsbok, reedbuck, duiker, Cape mountain and Burchell’s zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, baboons, vervet monkeys, and white and black rhinos. The reserve is known for aardvark sightings, but they are elusive nocturnal creatures, as well as african wildcats, small spotted cats, serval and caracals. The reserve is also recognised for its successful cheetah rehabilitation programme. currently, one of its cheetahs is fitted with a radio collar which means it can be tracked and

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located. and because they are relatively habituated to people, they can be approached within 5 metres on foot, which makes for a magical experience. The bird life is busy too: kori bustards (you’ll find a traditional recipe for potroasted gompou in Palmer’s The Plains of Camdeboo), blue cranes, secretary birds, fiscal flycatchers and black eagles. The experienced Samara game rangers have eyes like hawks. a small herd of elephants has just been introduced to the reserve, marking a conservation milestone as these animals return to their historic range. once the herd – a small family group of six elephants – has settled, they will be joined by a mature bull. It’s a significant moment for so many reasons, not least of which is the fact that the introduction is symbolically recreating ancient elephant migratory routes from the coast. While Samara still doesn’t compete with the intensive game-viewing on offer at the ‘Big Five’ reserves, like the Kruger National Park, it does provide the luxury of seemingly unlimited spaces and a varied landscape (the reserve stretches about 280km2), and there will never be more than 30 guests at a time – something none of the others could hope to provide. Samara offers four of South africa’s seven biomes, from dense thicket to sweeping vistas of high-plateau grassland. It is from these high plateaus and mountains that you’ll experience heart-racing views across the endless, silent plains. Luxury accommodation is at the fivestar Manor House. The design and décor is a clever, modern colonial take – it has a green corrugated metal roof and deep varandas but it’s sophisticated and smart. There are four elegant en-suite rooms and all are delightfully private. The large living room is cosy in winter with a blazing fire, and light and airy in summer when patio doors are thrown open to the 21-metre long infinity pool that overlooks a natural watering hole frequented by warthogs and monkeys. all around the homestead are cool and cosy alcoves, banquettes piled high with cushions for lounging in the afternoon with a copy of The Plains of Camdeboo and a gin.

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Notes on dining out, special tastes and brilliance in a bottle – wherever you are in the world

‘TIS THE SEASON... ... to be jolly, and there’s no better reason for great jollification than the onset of weather eminently suitable for the consumption of bubbles. And the selection has grown as several of the world’s top Champagne houses have started shipping to South Africa. So, there’s really no need – especially if you live in drought-plagued Cape Town – to drink water till next winter.

For its end-of-year offering, Dom Pérignon collaborated with Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka to bring something special to the table in the form of a limited-edition tribute to Dom Pérignon Vintage 2009. Yoshioka created Prism, crafted by Baccarat and consisting of three crystal blocks that encase the champagne bottle. He believes the resulting reflections of light off the bottle echoes the ‘solar’ taste of one of Dom Perignon’s most renowned vintages. Moët & Chandon boasts that a bottle of its bubbly is opened every second around the globe (that’s 86 400 bottles a day), and suggests that this festive season’s champagne gift of choice is the Moët & Chandon Rosé Sparkles Gift Box. Bollinger is introducing its Rosé 2006, the first limited-edition vintage that the Champagne maison has dedicated exclusively to a rosé. A blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, nine of the very best Grand and Premier Crus were selected for this cuvée. According to the makers, this unique champagne ‘unveils elegance, precision and harmony. It has a gorgeous roundness on a lively palate, a silky texture and delicious wild berry flavours. It finishes fresh with lingering notes of tangerine.’ Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne (CNF), the top-selling champagne in France, and the oldest union of producers of Champagne comprising 82 cooperatives representing more than 5 000 vineyards, has released five new limited-edition year-end Champagnes, including its flagship Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d’Or Brut Vintage 2006, a CNF Brut Réserve and Brut Rosé, and the demi-sec Graphic Ice Blanc and Rosé. If you believe in drinking locally made Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) wines, you could treat yourself to the nice bubblies produced by Tokara, Graham Beck (especially the Cuvée Clive), Silverthorn (The Green Man, Jewel Box, The Genie and The Big Dog) and Le Lude. Several of these makers are MCC specialists who do not produce still wines. JIM FREEMAN


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Collaboration is all the rage. here’s one to quench the thirst and quell the hunger – which makes good sense at this time of the year. Cognac brand LOUIS XIII thinks a century ahead; each decanter is the life achievement of generations of cellar masters. Nobu Cape Town prides itself on bringing out the inherent aromas of each ingredient they use, blending them together to create new taste experiences. It’s a good partnership. Enjoy the LOUIS XIII Gourmand Experience at Nobu Cape Town with pairings of scallops, foie gras and vanilla miso, delicate langoustines with caviar, New York-style black cod with yuzu miso, Chilean sea bass with dashi ponzu, and Wagyu with truffle rice. Book now. noburestaurants.com/cape-town

OLD-FASHIONED VIRTUES IN LONDON Frederick’s is in pedestrianised Camden Passage, a cobbled street with antique stalls and continental-style cafés. But when you step into the rather plush eatery, you’re suddenly in a more sedate, enclosed world. It’s discreet, the service is smooth, there are white tablecloths and properly spaced tables. Frederick’s is family-run, a local institution of 50-odd years, where they stick to their winning formula and maintain the same waiters for decades. Three generations of the Segal family have run Frederick’s. There’s a garden for summer nights, a light-filled conservatory and a private dining room. The food is traditional, unpretentious and delicious. Nothing on the menu will wow you, but that’s not what Frederick’s is about, unless like me you fall in love with their pan-fried fillet of John Dory, crushed Jerusalem artichokes, and tomato salsa. It’s the balance and rightness of the whole dish that’s a wonderful thing. A friend’s roast guinea fowl, trompette stuffing, and potato and pancetta dauphinoise had her beaming with delight; the wine was excellent, and all around us, clients were happy. Frederick’s has resisted all the new-fangled fads, and offers up old-fashioned, classic London. ShARON FEINSTEIN fredericks.co.uk

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TASTINGS COCkTAILS AND CONVERSATIONS After a winter hiatus, The Rose Bar is once again welcoming patrons to its exqusite lounge setting at the Alphen Boutique hotel in Constantia, Cape Town. While away the hours under the shade of a 100-year-old oak tree, snacking on oysters au naturel and sipping a refreshing white. Or indulge in one of the terrace bar’s world-class cocktails – with names like ‘Above the Clouds’ and ‘The South of France’, you may be in for a surprise or two. Come evening, a DJ entertains, fairy lights sparkle, and a trendy night spot emerges from your sunny al fresco experience. alphen.co.za/the_rose_bar

ARTISANAL TEA, ANYONE? Driven by a desire to create organic and single-origin teas, Thitikarn Chongvatana assembled a team of like-minded souls to start malou Tea Atelier in Bangkok. Their mission is ‘to make tea drinking at home a daily habit’ but also, importantly, to provide clients with teas they will love. The collaboration includes the talents of wine and artisanal tea makers, who together with Chongvatana, concentrate on full-leaf organically grown varieties. Start your ritual with Ceylon Lavender Lime, Green Tea Elderflower, Oolong Lychee Lime or Rose Water. maloutea.com/home

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Flora in Food Taking off from microgreens, edible flowers are a trend you can expect to see and taste everywhere – on the high-tea table as well as in your gin. Words JUStInE HEWItt

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any gin cocktail (and frozen into ice blocks, looks spectacular); a confetti of coriander flowers over a spice-laden dish is a thing of beauty; wild garlic flowers, subtle cousins of the bulb, are delicious in a vinaigrette; while a cheese-stuffed zucchini flower makes for a delicious spring spoil. Of course, a tea table piled high with beautiful baked delicacies dressed to thrill in fresh and edible flowers will make a lasting impression too. Either way, it’s an easy-on-the-eye trend with its roots firmly in the past, and one that looks set to stay, at least for the summer.

FIVE EdIblE SoUtH AFrIcAn FloWErS And tHEIr FlAVoUrS Pickling and eating edible flowers is nothing new to South African indigenous- and heritage-food enthusiasts and, happily, this tradition is being documented and observed all over again. 1. WIld mAlVA (Pelargonium cucullatum) is brewed as a tea for digestive disorders and its pretty pink flowers ideal for decorating iced cakes. 2. PEPPErmInt-ScEntEd gErAnIUm (Pelargonium tomentosum) makes a delicious flavouring for ice cream. 3. WIld SorrEl (Oxalis pes-caprae) is a versatile, sharp-tasting plant that is delicious in salads. It was traditionally used as a salt flavouring in waterblommetjiebredie. 4. AFrIcAn WormWood (Artimesia afra) has many health benefits, and tastes especially delicious crushed and served in iced tea. 5. WIld gArlIc (Tulbaghia violacea) has distinctive purple flowers that add a tasty flavour profile to any salad; however, the whole plant is edible.

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It really Is IndIcatIve of life and times in the 21st century that if you’re trying to determine whether something is a ‘trend’ or not (this is especially true for food and fashion), you simply need to turn to social media. Before, if a food writer had caught a whiff of a movement, they would have to scour plenty of restaurant menus, eat at a myriad restaurants and, quelle horreur, actually conduct an interview or two. now, a quick scan of Instagram hashtags and you’re likely to find your answer. And since a search for #edibleflowers yields over 200 000 hits, it’s safe to say, edible flowers are a thing! Of course, they’re not a wholly new thing. Just ask the romans, Greeks, Persians and Indians, who were entirely used to incorporating edible blooms in their culinary specialities, many of which are still enjoyed day. Orange-flower water and rose water are synonymous with Middle Eastern sweets and bakes, and saffron (the stamens of crocus flowers) has always famously been worth its weight in gold and is regarded as a jewel among spices. Elderflower cordial with its Wordsworthian appeal, is a stalwart of the independent London gin-bar scene, while blue borage flowers have been used to pretty up salads for centuries. A quick trip to my local Woolies yielded edible flowers for salads or decorating cakes – who knew pansies had been leading a double life all this time? Although they had been pickled and eaten for centuries, it was during the Victorian era that edible flowers reared their pretty heads again. Back then, people used flowers as a means of communicating their affections, giving weight to certain blooms. Invariably, beautiful flower-encrusted pastries and dainties were incorporated into the language. Come the 20th century and the onset of various world wars and post-war mass industrialisation and the rather quaint notion of foraging for food and flowers fell out of fashion. It’s thanks to chefs such as skye Gyngell, owner of spring restaurant in London, who have helped bring the notion of adding subtle layers of flavour to food via floral touches back to the fore. This edible flower resurgence signifies a softening of food presentation that makes dining all the more seasonal and relevant. The rule of thumb seems to be that if a dish will benefit from the extra layer of flavour, then more’s the pleasure. Borage, with its cucumberesque flavour, brings a moreish element to


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a 6 000-year-old oyster from the Dornoch Firth. Oysters filter water as they feed, soaking up nitrogen and improving the water quality. they also create microhabitats for other marine life, which increase an area’s biodiversity

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Living Laboratory The valley of tranquillity that gives expression to an award-winning single malt is the focus of an ambitious project to restore native European oysters to the Dornoch Firth in Scotland. Words DEbbiE HatHWay

OncE SO plEnTiFul they were considered poor man’s food, the rise and fall of oysters in the consumption stakes can be traced to Roman times. natural oyster beds, such as those in the Dornoch Firth, on whose banks the Glenmorangie Distillery has stood for 170 years, flourished for 10 000 years before overfishing in the 19th century left 85 percent of them functionally extinct worldwide. That could all change thanks to a partnership initiated by Glenmorangie with the Marine conservation Society, the uK’s top charity driving the protection of its seas, shores and wildlife, and the Heriot-Watt university’s centre for Marine Biodiversity and Biotechnology. ‘We agreed to make reef restoration our priority, and with the inception of the Dornoch Environmental Enhancement project (DEEp), we are working towards reintroducing native European oysters to the Firth for the first time in more than a century,’ says Hamish Torrie, director of corporate social responsibility for The Glenmorangie company. it started with an expansion plan for the distillery and the related need to be ‘environmentally in tune’ so that its outflow into the sea wouldn’t affect the marine life or the pristine habitat of the Firth. This necessitated a €6million anaerobic digestion plant to reduce chemical oxygen demand (cOD). it has been operational since May this year. ‘Whisky is made from barley, yeast and water, so the outflow is pretty nutritious. It’s more about the oxygen load on the water which could, if it were over the top, have an effect on marine life,’ explains Torrie. implementing DEEp added an extra dimension to the distillery’s sustainability goals. Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky is distilled in the tallest malt whisky stills in Scotland for a purer

spirit, expertly matured in the finest oak casks and perfected by the Men of Tain – generations of distillery workers from a small highland community who will also benefit from the company’s long-term sustainability initiatives. Anaerobic digestion (AD) uses bacteria to break down the organic waste from the distillation process in the absence of oxygen and, in turn, produces three byproducts: water, a copper-rich sludge and biogas. The water and sludge are separated by a complex system so that high-quality, filtered water is returned to the Firth. The biogas is used to create steam that helps power the distillery, reducing Glenmorangie’s reliance on fossil fuels by 15 percent, while the sludge, which contains copper from Glenmorangie’s signature stills, is used by local barley farmers to nourish their copper-deficient land. ‘Our AD plant effectively reduces our COD by 95 percent; the oysters will do the rest. Oysters are brilliant biofiltrators – they clean up water like nothing else,’ says Torrie. Determined to succeed where others have failed, Glenmorangie is being careful not to mess up on its own doorstep. The DEEp is supported by ‘copper-bottomed research’, led by Dr Bill Sanderson, a MASTS (Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland) reader and ‘very

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Glenmorangie Single Malt Whisky originates in the Scottish Highlands. the distillery sells about half a million cases of whisky annually


‘Our anaerobic digestion plant effectively reduces our chemical oxygen demand by 95 percent; the oysters will do the rest. Oysters are brilliant biofiltrators – they clean up water like nothing else.’

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the anaerobic plant is funded by Moët Hennessy louis Vuitton (lVMH), which owns Glenmorangie

savvy scientist passionate about marine restoration’ from Heriot-Watt. ‘There are three strands of research,’ explains Torrie. ‘One is the flow of larvae across the seabeds which will propagate more oysters; another is mapping the bed of the Firth with sonar equipment to establish the best place to start the restoration (where we site the oysters), and the third is looking at the carbon storage potential of oyster reefs and how that will positively impact the environment too.’ The first phase of the project involved trawling archaeological records, ancient literature and fisheries records, then sampling shell material, to show not only that oysters had existed in the Firth but that restoring 40 hectares of oyster reef in five years was feasible. Phase two involves the careful monitoring over 18 months of 300 oysters drawn from the uK’s wild oyster population in loch Ryan and placed on two sites in the Firth to trial their survival and growth. ‘What we’re doing right now is working out how to do the restoration,’ says Torrie.

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‘We need a layer of cultch (shell) on the seabed. The oysters attach to that and grow from there. And we’ll be accelerating the growth of millions of baby oysters naturally – albeit in a modern, dynamic way – by creating spatting ponds near the distillery.’ Water warmed in the distillation process will be used to escalate the juvenile oysters’ growth cycle. These will be used both to augment the population in the Firth and to invigorate small rural oyster businesses. ‘We need public funders to come in and help us. it’s new, it’s complicated, it’s innovative. One thing it could do is transform oyster supply for the agriculture industry in Britain,’ says Torrie. But can you pair oysters with whisky? Absolutely. The salinity in the oysters will encourage you to find new depths of flavour in the brown liquid. Torrie recommends oysters with Glenmorangie Original as Original is soft and buttery on the palate with notes of creamy vanilla, orange and gentle spices.

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(Opposite) Dr bill Sanderson (right) and conservation and nature photographer George Stoyle emerge from the Dornoch Firth with oysters cultivated as a result of the collaborative initiative DEEP


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ROD ChOROmANskI: ‘ThE BEsT BUIlDINg I EVER sAW’

Asking me to nAme the best building i ever saw is a bit like asking a painter what their favourite colour is, or a sculptor what their favourite form is. i don’t have a particular style. i would say that, as a practice, we are more into conceptualism in design, and the process leading up to the final product needs to satisfy the principles of the conceptual narrative. that said, when you’re working on a project like our winning umkhumbane museum, you’re inspired by many things. We travel, attend cultural events, network, read and research, and these factors inspire and inform our work. Authentic indigenous African architecture, such as the carved stone churches of Lalibela in ethiopia (below), is an example from our travels. Visiting places in Africa allows us to absorb a certain way of thinking. there’s so much creative and diverse cultural energy in Africa, in our country, even in our province – we embrace this so that it begins to inform a new approach towards the build environment.

Lecturers on historical and contemporary architecture and travelling through various countries researching specific projects have informed our own approach to work back home. the main precedent for the umkhumbane museum was a project that was built in Spain in 2007 in Vallecas, Madrid. A team of young architects called ecosistema Urbano won the competition to redesign an existing poorly designed public boulevard. their design was informed by a desire to heal the public place by creating an urban ecosystem. their eco boulevard aimed to do two main things: create an environmental project, and create social activity and public space around it.

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this was a major inspiration to our project as we shared in the need for regenerative architecture, creating a system to transform an existing dump site and a highly polluted river, the historic umkhumbane River, into a heritage site and public cultural place. This is the first public cultural building for Cato Manor and the first new city museum in about 100 years. ecosistema Urbano began by planting the boulevard with trees to transform the public space. But the trees in the boulevard would take years to grow, so they installed what they called eco-pavilions or ‘air trees’ – three lightweight cylinders featured aspects of green technology so they generated their own energy.

they used various environmental triggers to encourage newly planted trees on the boulevard to grow in and around them. once the trees had matured, the pavilions could be dismantled and used in another project. they designed a system that created public awareness, had an environmental aspect, and brought people together in a curious way around these objects. in their case, they were creating pavilions. For the umkhumbane museum, we had to accommodate artefacts, exhibitions and galleries, so we had to use materials that fulfilled the brief of security and sustainability, which led to permanent structures while supporting a public place and the regeneration of fauna and flora within Durban’s metropolitan open space system.

rOD CHOrOMANSKI Principal and founder of Choromanski Architects that designed the remarkable uMkhumbane Cultural and Heritage Museum in Cato Manor in Durban.

WORDs: As TOlD TO gRAhAm WOOD. PhOTOgRAPhY: sUPPlIED, gETTYImAgEs.COm, BEREA mAIl

Rod Choromanski is principal and founder of Choromanski Architects who won the first Africa Architecture Awards grand Prix prize. He talks about the architectural work that most inspired him.


Pearl Valley at Val de Vie The orientation, layout and aesthetics of this Louis Phillips designed masterpiece capitalize on the position of the property and, together with the fynbos landscaping, gives an intimate connection to the surrounding lake, golf course and mountain ranges with the views of these being the focal point of the house. Breath-taking panoramic views through the floor to ceiling glass windows draw your eye through the open-plan entertainment, living room, sunken audio-visual room and spacious bedrooms to the views beyond. The home welcomes you to the luxuries within, boasting bespoke high end finishes throughout and invites you to enjoy the double volume natural light flooding into all corners of the stylish interior. Porcelain flooring highlights the clean lines of the interior with the exterior landscape giving a perfect backdrop to this. Asking R22 million. Leigh Robertson 082 882 8243, Annelize ReinmĂźller 076 788 9918 Office 021 867 0161 Web ref: X5K8LK www.sothebysrealty.com


Stellenbosch Boutique Wine Estate This unprecedented opportunity to own and experience the quintessential Stellenbosch lifestyle features a breath-taking 10Ha vineyard estate, 2 500m² of luxury living and an acclaimed and high-end winery business. This boutique wine estate property is gated and immensely private and has unparalleled and forever unobstructed 360° views, yet is remarkably close to Stellenbosch, Somerset West and a short drive to the city of Cape Town. This slice of heaven is designed to make you feel on top of the world and sits high on the magnificent Helderberg Mountain and is neighbour to many desirable Stellenbosch Vineyards. The views from this home define the term panoramic with magnificent vistas as far as Cape Town, Robben Island and False Bay. Rarely is one presented with such an opportunity to experience the verdant tranquillity, luxury, and technologic innovation that this estate provides. Price Upon Request. Contact: George Cilliers 082 496 8296 Office: 021 867 0161 Web ref: HM8K2N www.sothebysrealty.com


Boskloof Eco Estate, Somerset West Exceptional living is enjoyed in this palatial home with fully automated controlled system. Boutique guest house potential. Situated in the award winning Boskloof Eco Estate that captures the natural beauty and splendour of Cape Mountainside flora in a secure private nature reserve of 51 hectares with spectacular 180° views over False Bay toward Table Mountain, The Cape Good Hope and the Hottentots Holland mountains. This opulent home, the highest situated in the estate, a unique gem offers exquisite finishes throughout this luxurious six-bedroom home that makes it the epitome of sophisticated elegance. The warmth of this amazing property emanates from within - come in an enjoy the peace and tranquility surrounded by nature. Enter through the enticing double volume entrance with windows that optimise natural light and beauty set the standards of this impeccable spacious family home / potential Boutique accommodation. Asking R21million. Contact: Chantal Botes 083 702 5460 Office 021 851 4450 Web Ref: 586XM5 www.sothebysrealty.com


LAKESIDE, CAPE TOWN

BISHOPSCOURT, CAPE TOWN

Elegant and inviting grand Manor House in a tranquil cul-de-sac. Built in 1927, doublestorey residence, stylishly renovated and restored to its original magnificence, provides an enviable life-style for the extended family. Currently run as a successful guest house, as it is zoned GR4 with full business rights. Impressive entrance hall leads to 8 double rooms, all with bath & shower, decorated with luxury and comfort in mind. The covered patio faces a circular pool surrounded by palm trees & lush vegetation. A fully self-contained separate wing with 2 bedrooms provides for the family, if the property is managed as a guesthouse. Furniture, Goodwill & Business can be sold separately. Asking R12.95 million Contact: Dawn Bloch 072 496 9458. Lee-Ann Davis 082 412 6579 Web ref: 2240888

Entertainers' dream home in the leafy heart of Bishopscourt. Offering versatile accommodation and fabulous flow to outdoor entertainment areas and, for those with green fingers, a spectacular garden with borehole and solar heated pool. This is a once off opportunity to acquire a special, much loved and well priced family home in one of Cape Town's most sought after locations. Asking R19.9 million. Contact: Barbara Manning 083 407 3656 Office: 021 673 1240 Web ref: 2504494

HOUT BAY, CAPE TOWN

NEWLANDS, CAPE TOWN

'Cape country charming home' with unsurpassed sea & mountain views – Above & beyond! A home that has it all. With Income potential or for the extended family. A wonderful six bedroom family home with space for everyone to live and play; run a home office separate from the main house or easy conversion to lovely income generating flatlet. All this with a beautifully landscaped garden, sheltered patio, solar heated pool amongst many features.Unsurpassed sea views. Asking R10.75 million. Contact: Terri Steyn 082 777 0748, Ursula Heppner 083 457 5288 Web ref: 2408219

A contemporary interpretation of the traditional London mews. Cavendish Mews combines 24 hour security, contrasting hues and varied materials with communal streetscapes to create a warm and contemporary environment. The 12 freehold title homes offer three en-suite bedrooms and a double garage with six of the homes providing expansive roof terraces complete with pool and spectacular mountain views. Cavendish Mews is well situated with Cavendish Square just a stroll away, while an enjoyable amble takes you to the heart of Newlands Village. From R7.495 million plus vat. (No transfer duty). Contact: Nina Smith 082 774 4596, Cyndy Minnaar 082 577 7723 Office: 021 673 1240 Web ref: 2520158

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KOMMETJIE, CAPE TOWN

UPPER CONSTANTIA, CAPE TOWN

Almost on the beach with breathtaking views, this fabulous home offers 5 spacious bedrooms plus a 2 bedroomed flatlet on ground level. All bedrooms in the main home have en-suite bathrooms and enjoy access to a balcony with sea & mountain views. The upper level patio is the perfect for entertaining. The open plan kitchen has centre

Own your own sanctuary, opposite the greenbelt. Offering beautiful country charm, close to greenbelt and at one with nature. This recently refurbished home is in prime location with easy access to the beautiful greenbelt and complemented by the view of the mountain. Two large bedrooms upstairs and 3 beds downstairs plus a variety of formal and informal living spaces plus a large covered entertainment area flowing to garden for all year round use. Asking R10.995 million Contact: Jo Thomas 084 404 4120, Rouvaun McKirby 071 671 0821, Phyl McCance-Price 082 593 1624 Office: 021 701 2446 Web Ref: 2479557

island, sea views and double volume dining and living area leading out to the paved patio overlooking Long Beach, there is also a study on this level with balcony and views. Plus garaging for 6 vehicles as well as parking, excellent security features, solar geysers, dual entrance, North facing and so much more. Asking R14.85 million. Contact: Natalie Cooper 083 630 0911 Office 021 783 8260 Web ref: 1941925

CONSTANTIA RURAL, CAPE TOWN

STONEHURST MOUNTAIN ESTATE, CAPE TOWN

Modern classic home. From the double volume entrance the tone is set, clean lines & lots of light pervade this immaculate home. Expansive living areas interflow seamlessly to the entertainers patio overlooking the pool & large treed garden. Open plan designer kitchen with informal dining area. A study, home media room & gym room complete the ground floor. The first storey has a luxurious main en-suite bedroom with a wood

Enjoy a variety of elegant living areas, all leading to secluded patio, pool and level garden. This unique property offers three light and spacious bedrooms en-suite, all with sliding doors to balcony and sweeping views. Guests stay in their own wing with separate entrance. Study and staff accommodation add the final touches to the rest of the perfect family home. Asking R12.35 million. Contact: Dave Burger 083 458 3333, Brenda Pretorius 083 442 1318 Office: 021 701 2446

burning fireplace and dressing room, there are a further 4 spacious bedrooms and a cosy pyjama lounge opening to a covered balcony. Staff acc, triple auto garage and top notch security makes this a home that ticks all the boxes. Asking R15 million. Contact: Eileen O’Sullivan 082 410 7204, Peter Stingl 076 315 0014 Web ref: 2501688 To view these properties visit www.sothebysrealty.co.za. Each office is independently owned and operated.


FRANSCHHOEK, WESTERN CAPE

FRANSCHHOEK, WESTERN CAPE

Gorgeous character home in an enviable position with magnificent views, only 2 minutes from the high street. With 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, lounge with wood burning stove, recently modernised open plan kitchen and beautiful sunny patio overlooking the manicured garden. Situated on an extra large stand, with double garage, separate office and borehole, as well as with plans in place for an extension. Asking R7.95 million Contact: James Penlington 076 356 4993 Office: 021 876 8480 Web ref: 2380022

Exquisite country chateau. A private and unique home which offers unrivalled quality on an exclusive estate in the heart of Franschhoek. Exceptional accommodation includes 5 bedroom suites and wonderful entertaining areas and gourmet kitchen along with double garage, swimming pool and separate flatlet. The estate also boasts fabulous communal facilities, including clubhouse with gym, tennis court and swimming pool. Asking R19.5 million. Contact: Bev Malan 082 901 6966 Office: 021 876 8480 Web ref: 1724655

NOOITGEDACHT ESTATE DEVELOPMENT, HOUT BAY

TOKAI, CAPE TOWN

Secure living in an exclusive gated estate with magnificent mountain views. Plot & Plan of 20 contemporary homes selling off plan - 6 Sold. This open plan layout is custom built to your requirements, to encourage indoor to outdoor living. 3 Styles of Homes * Verifier Security system * 3 Boreholes on the Estate * Fibre Connectivity. Do not miss this opportunity. With the beach, equestrian trails, shopping centres, restaurants & markets of Hout Bay on your door step plus the convenience of the Hout Bay International School, Why Wait? Asking R 7 412 139 incl vat (no transfer duty) Contact: Terri Steyn 082 777 0748, Anne O’ Kelly 082 491 0029 Web ref: 2302688

Simply stunning! Stylish, North facing, gated, lock & leave Security Estate in cul-de-sac setting. Open plan living areas; 3 bedrooms - all en-suite; covered patio; double garage and private garden. Unit 1: 211,5m² R4.75 million plus vat Unit 2: 204,7m² R4.65 million plus vat. Unit 3: 204,7m² R4.75 million plus vat. Unit 4: 211,5m² R4.85 million plus vat. Contact: Herculene Visser 083 658 2686 Office: 021 701 2446 Web ref: 2094651

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SEA POINT, CAPE TOWN

BANTRY BAY, CAPE TOWN

Outstanding luxurious beachfront penthouse. Beautifully designed and appointed apartment exudes elegance and sophistication. 3 bedrooms (all luxuriously en-suite) and guest cloakroom. Combined open plan dining/living/kitchen area for an easy relaxing lifestyle. Study area. Separate scullery. Captivating views of the ocean plus a huge roof terrace which can be converted into a private sanctuary. Double parking plus storeroom. Quality features including integrated air con, state of the finishes, American shutters throughout. Ideally located. Small slick boutique complex with private pool and gym.

Ocean views from every level in this 6 bedroom, all en-suite home with 5 levels and elevator access to all floors. 2 rim-flow pools and pool bar. Triple garaging and dual living is an option too. Top Floor: Master bedroom en-suite, lounge, safe room and terrace. Second Floor: Entrance, lounge, dining room, kitchen & pool. Guest cloakroom and elevator access. Third Floor: 4 Bedrooms all en-suite. Fourth Floor: Office, TV

Asking R23 million. Contact: Malka Zinman 083 300 2111, Lauren Smith 082 853 8772 Office: 021 439 3903 Web ref: 2243985

room, steam room and guest cloakroom. Fifth Floor: Kitchen, pool room, pool and guest suite. Sixth Floor: Staff acc. Asking R90 million. Contact: Lara Kaplan 073 711 4111, Fran Segal 084 983 5278 Office: 021 439 3903 Web ref: 1986081

CLIFTON, CAPE TOWN

BANTRY BAY, CAPE TOWN

‘The Beach House’, spanning 3 levels (604m² under roof), this villa's top floor features 3 guest suites with en-suite bathrooms replete with his & hers sinks, rain showers & separate bathtubs. The master suite features a lavish sitting area & connects to another suite via an expansive ocean-view terrace, complete with a six-person jacuzzi. Both suites offer magnificent views of the azure Atlantic seaboard. The 3rd suite is back-facing with a view of Lion’s Head Mountain. The main floor comprises a spacious lounge that overlooks Clifton Beach as well as a full kitchen & private dining area. The outdoor space features a wrap-around deck with an infinity pool & outdoor fireplace. Asking R49 million. Contact: Tanya Joubert 082 553 4549, Barak Tomlin 076 750 0501 Web ref: 2473467

Beautifully renovated north facing 2 bedroom duplex apartment boasting superb sea views. 2 bedrooms, both en-suite bathroom, master bedroom leads with private open sea facing balcony. Downstairs - well designed kitchen, generous open plan living areas, entertainment balcony with uninterrupted views, ample storage space and a guest cloakroom. This block has beautifully manicured gardens and residents private pool

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and the best security measures. Complete with 2 secure basement parking bays and direct lift access to your front door. Asking R17.95 million. Contact: Jolene Alterskye 082 447 6169 Office: 021 439 3903 Web ref: 2484911


DURBANVILLE HILLS, DURBANVILLE, CAPE TOWN

MELKBOSSTRAND, CAPE TOWN

Symphony of light and glass! A lifestyle fit for the connoisseur awaits you from the moment you step into the double volume entrance hall. Spacious entertaining, a neutral palette of good quality finishes, large sliding doors and windows ensure the home is fitted with light and views, and the extended patios offer easy entertaining. 4 Bedrooms en-suite plus complete flatlet with own spacious lounge and separate entrance. 2 Studies, one leading to garden. All set in enclosed garden in well established area close to schools. Boutique guest house possibility. Asking R6.35 million. Contact: Wendy 082 688 8022 Office: 021 979 4396

An exquisite 5 bedroom beachside family home with uninterrupted views of Table Mountain and Robben Island. This home comprises 750m² of family living designed to maximise the breath taking views. Open plan reception rooms, indoor pool, entertainment lounge, 6 person lift, cherry wood gourmet kitchen, top of the range appliances, jacuzzi & sauna room are a few of the luxuries you can expect upon entering this

VALMARY PARK, DURBANVILLE, CAPE TOWN

HEERENZICHT ESTATE, EVERSDAL HEIGHTS, CAPE TOWN

Prince of position! Sundrenched 4 bedroom family home with 3 glamorous bathrooms. Durbanville schools are all a stone’s throw away. The property is a mastermind of light, space and volume. North facing open plan living areas and gourmet kitchen with opulent finishes, makes this the ideal home for entertainment end the separate studio flat is an added bonus. Doors open up to a braai patio,that overlooks the spacious garden. Attractive finishes throughout creates a stunning departure from the ordinary. The house is situated on a 2000msq plot and has a bore hole with irrigation and boast lots of extra’s: pantry, full domestic quarters, study, pool, 3 garages and much more. Asking R5.475 million. Contact Louise 072 507 1626. Web ref: 2508755

Secure your dream home in the very popular Heerenzicht Estate with 24 hour manned security in Eversdal Heights. The estate presents secure and tranquil up market living in the heart of Durbanville and is located in the established and leafy suburb of Eversdal Heights. This elite estate has shown phenomenal growth and will truly be a great investment. Accommodation: 5 bedrooms, study, open plan living areas, staff acc, 3 garages. Asking: R13.295 million. Contact Dawie 083 293 449, Louise 072 507 1626 Office: 021 910 1697

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home. Melkbosstrand is located 35km north of Cape Town and is a mere 35 minute drive from the International Airport. Asking R19.995 million. Contact: Dawie du Plessis 083 293 0449 Office: 021 910 1697 Web ref: 2089431


LANGEBAAN COUNTRY ESTATE, LANGEBAAN

AEGEAN HEIGHTS, MYKONOS, LANGEBAAN

An Entertainer’s delight. This home offers you a large entrance hall with two elegant staircases leading to four bedrooms, lounge and patio. There is cocktail lounge which leads out to a sizeable balcony. The downstairs area is a large open plan dining room, lounge and kitchen. The Gourmet kitchen consists of white Caesar Stone tops, plenty of cupboards, a gas stove and a large scullery/laundry room. The 5th bedroom is also en-suit and situated on this floor along with a study, Gym area and large Cinema room with surround sound providing you with the ultimate viewing experience. Asking R7.95 million. Contact: Louise du Plessis 079 892 6776, Louis-Ras Joubert 060 961 2391 Office: 022 772 1186 Web ref: 2486805

Dramatically situated on the rocks, facing the ocean, this exquisite 3 level home is designed for the panoramic sea views. The top floor contains two en-suite masters with spa baths leading out to a sundeck that stretch the length of the house. The middle floor contains a modern, spacious kitchen that looks out over the living and dining room which leads to a sundeck with an infinity pool with fitted barstools and a beautifully designed lapa. The lower floor contains two en-suite bedrooms, also a spacious study and a wine cellar with oak floors. An elevator connects all the floors. Asking R9.8 million Contact: Melanie Mouton-Creugnet 079 378 0000 Office: 022 772 1186 Web ref: 348201

FERNKLOOF GOLF ESTATE, HERMANUS, WESTERN CAPE

VOËLKLIP, HERMANUS, WESTERN CAPE

Set within the Hermanus Golf Course this stunning contemporary home takes full advantage of the position giving spectacular views across the Hermanus Mountains, Golf Course, Lagoon and the whole of Walker Bay. This home, within Hillside Village, offers the most perfect “Penthouse living” with a sun-drenched, north facing courtyard, perfect for entertaining and well protected from the elements, splash pool and built in braai. The unparalleled lifestyle and unmatched investment track record makes for a very lucrative purchase. Asking R16.9 million Contact Brent Hill 083 441 9045 Office 028 312 4970 Web Ref: 2414692

This gorgeous family home situated in lush and peaceful upper Voëlklip area offers spectacular views from every angle, with the majestic Overberg mountains right

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behind you and the breath-taking Walker Bay sea views in front, this home offers beauty and comfort from all its seven bedrooms. Set on almost three stands the property is surrounded by landscaped gardens, boule court and pool area. Definitely an entertainers dream. Asking R15 million Contact: John Quincey 082 798 0221 Office: 028 312 4970 Web ref: 2446858


PLETTENBERG BAY, GARDEN ROUTE

PLETTENBERG BAY, GARDEN ROUTE

Perfection in an ideal location. Beautifully renovated and fully furnished apartment offering 3 bedrooms (or 2 bedrooms & a study), 2 bathrooms, open-plan living areas, wellappointed kitchen (modern, state-of-the-art conveniences), spacious patio with beautiful views of the Indian Ocean and Robberg Peninsula, interior courtyard with heated plunge pool creates an alternate cosy, private entertainment area. Wheelchair friendly; spacious with no steps and secure parking bay on same level. Communal swimming pool, walking distance to beach and close to all amenities. Asking R4.65 million. Contact: Hein Pretorius 083 701 3159 Office: 044 533 2529 Web ref: 2400042

Modern 5 en-suite bedroom sea view home offering light and bright living spaces, with sweeping views over the lagoon, mountains and ocean. Fantastic indoor and outdoor entertainment spaces and a rim flow pool. Great finishes, high ceilings, exciting design, an elevator and 3 garages. Conveniently located within 2 minutes’ drive to Plett CBD, shops and restaurants. An ideal family home or B&B. Asking R5.8 million. Contact: Paul Jordaan 082 876 0577 Office: 044 533 2529 Web ref: 1116615

PLETTENBERG BAY, GARDEN ROUTE

PLETTENBERG BAY, GARDEN ROUTE

This newly renovated, modern family home is situated in the Upper Robberg area overlooking the green belt and valley. It offers 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a wellappointed, spacious kitchen that adjoins the open-plan living areas that lead to an extensive patio with built-in-braai and bar. An entertainer's delight! Established, wellmaintained garden. The property is walled and paved with single garage and carport. An ideal property for the buyer who wants to move in without having to do any further renovations. Asking R3.595 million. Contact: Hein Pretorius 083 701 3159 Carrie Maclean 082 566 1881 Office: 044 533 2529 Web ref: 2451714

Exclusive, beautiful home situated in a prime location in the private gated estate of Brackenridge. The 500m² home enjoys both sea and valley views (sunrises and sunsets are spectacular) and comprises 3 well-appointed en-suite bedrooms with the main bedroom generously proportioned with a large walk-in dressing room (there is space for a 4th bedroom), open plan living space with high ceilings, large fireplaces, bar, sunroom, large private entertainment patio, laundry, double garage, ample parking, pool, jacuzzi, and serious attention to detail. Easy living on one level. Asking R8.5 million.

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Contact: Carrie Maclean 082 566 1881 Office: 044 533 2529 Web ref: 2493663


KNYSNA, GARDEN ROUTE

LEISURE ISLE, KNYSNA, GARDEN ROUTE

A magical and private property perched high on the hill overlooking the town of Knysna with views through the Knysna Heads. This 4000m² property consists of the

This beautiful architecturally designed home is positioned right on the water’s edge. A light, double volume entrance hall leads you down towards the spacious open plan living areas from where splendid views may be enjoyed. The well appointed kitchen offers state of the art fittings and a separate laundry area. The home offers 3 large bedrooms all with full en-suite bathrooms, heated towel rails and under floor heating. The master bedroom boasts his and her dressing rooms, 2 en-suite bathrooms and an adjoining private study. Extras include art studio, double garage, tool shed, boathouse and private boat slip way. Asking R29 million. Contact: Sheena Mare 082 432 5180, Candy Mare 082 928 8507, Grant Alexander 082 676 4626 Web ref: 2515294

main house and 3 self catering cottages scattered amongst cycads and mature trees, all with magnificent views of the Knysna lagoon. Choose to add more cottages and extend the business, turn it into a peaceful retreat away from life's stresses or enjoy this unique setting with the extended family. Completely fenced with security gate, double garage and ample parking. A truly unique property! Asking R4.6 million. Contact: Ansie 072 508 5067 Office: 044 382 4700 Web ref: 2491766

MENKENKOP, MOSSEL BAY

THE HEADS, KNYSNA, GARDEN ROUTE

Located near Hartenbos, a residential home with a private full flatlet with own entrance, boasting with extraordinary street appeal and striking presidential design. This residence comes with a list of luxury features which integrates indoor and outdoor living. Recess lighting creates a warm, welcoming atmosphere while the neutral palette highlights the sheer amount of space and light. The kitchen is a culinary delight with

Recently renovated with stylish, clean lines. On 3 levels; a guest suite with own entrance, two guest rooms with views and separate shared bathroom. Stairs lead up to the main open-plan living area with vaulted ceiling. Lounge with views over the patio and pool. A vent-free gas fireplace adds winter warmth. Kitchen finishes are caesarstone, with built-in Miele oven. Dining room opens to the patio for indoor/outdoor entertaining. Stairs leads to the master suite, with full bathroom, outdoor shower, and balcony with lagoon view. The three car garage provides direct access to the home. Brand new furnishings and quality appliances included. Asking R5.7 million. Contact: Barbara Wilson 082 377 1830, Samantha Osman 072 356 9245 Web ref: 2376211

cherry wood tops and scullery hidden from sight. The 2 en-suite bedrooms with robes, private balconies with the main bedroom boosting in luxury and privacy. Asking R3.6 million. Contact: Angelique Wissekerke 060 529 1718 Office: 044 695 0919 Web ref: 2442866 To view these properties visit www.sothebysrealty.co.za. Each office is independently owned and operated.


NAHOON MOUTH, EAST LONDON

NAHOON VALLEY, EAST LONDON

Position is priceless! A 5 bedroom mansion with large open plan kitchen and high ceilings designed for executive entertainment and luxurious living with top of the range finishes. Luxurious master suite with open plan bathroom and dressing room. Spacious 5 double bedroom accommodation and private entertainment lounge with built in Jetmaster braai. Upstairs and downstairs patios with amazing sea views! Asking R6.995 million. Contact: Ann Nel 083 445 1163 Office: 043 726 0111 Web ref: 1423818

Grand home on the Nahoon River! This unique grand family home is set in a park like garden setting measuring 6764 sqm offering 5 bedrooms, 2 lounges, library / study, cocktail bar, expansive patio, pool entertainment lounge with pub and thatched gazebo. The property also boasts a large office block, flatlet, domestic quarters, storerooms and carports. The property has 45 meters of river frontage, a private slipway to launch a boat and offers the developer a unique proposition to subdivide and create a unique complex along the banks of the Nahoon River. Asking R18 million. Contact: Ann Nel 083 445 1163 Office: 043 726 0111 Web ref: 2075815

HEATHERLANDS, GEORGE, GARDEN ROUTE

WILDERNESS HEIGHTS, WILDERNESS, GARDEN ROUTE

A trickling water feature welcomes you to this secure home with north-facing, lush garden. A double-volume entrance hall, with sweeping staircase, sets the tone in this elegant home. Finished to a high standard with four spacious living areas, leading out to a covered braai patio, overlooking the pool terrace. Four bedrooms, all luxuriously en-suite, are situated on the upper level and open out to balconies, with glorious mountain views. The kitchen is finished to a high spec, featuring granite surfaces and makes for easy entertaining. Two garages, both with direct access, have been integrated into the southern elevation. Asking R3.995 million. Contact: Beatrix de Waal 072 394 8822 Office: 044 873 2519 Web ref: 2477816

Panoramic coastline and ocean views! 3 Hectare small holding with nine bedroom home. This unique residence is versatile and could be an income-producing entity for self-catering or bed & breakfast. The main house offers six bedrooms and three outside apartments. The master suite is on the upper level and features a full bathroom, large solar heated spa room, study and an enclosed sun room with amazing views. There are five garages, store rooms, a 400 000lt reservoir and a landscaped garden. One hectare is fully enclosed and the balance of the property is covered in indigenous Fynbos. Asking R7.5 million. Contact: Peter Bartrum 082 550 4808, Diedre Lagesen 082 342 3696 Office: 044 877 0767 Web ref: 1910398

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WESTBROOK BEACH, KWAZULU NATAL

UMDLOTI, KWAZULU NATAL

“This is where I should be!” – that is the inviting and warm feeling this penthouse gives you – Selling fully furnished at an incredibly affordable price. Designed with free-flowing spaces and modern architecture, it is superbly maintained with immaculate finishes and exceptional furniture that compliments it all. You have access to all the complex amenities. Come see for yourself! Asking R8.7 million. Contact: Colin Moses 082 553 7576 Office: 032 943 2008 Web ref: 2361643

From the moment you enter this house, you’ll be spellbound by the quality and glamour it exudes. Supreme architectural design and tastefully decorated. Enjoy endless sea views from all levels of the house. Feel the warmth of natural north coast weather while watching the dolphins at play or ships and yachts passing by. Selling at a generous price and fully furnished. Asking R14.9 million. Contact Colin Moses 082 553 7576, Shirley Ridings 083 499 5372 Web ref: 2224618

ZIMBALI COASTAL ESTATE, KWAZULU NATAL

ZIMBALI COASTAL ESTATE, KWAZULU NATAL

This beautiful multi-storey duplex is one of a kind. The entrance hall boasts architectural design of high levels. Downstairs consists of spacious open plan living areas; with an inviting ambience. The kitchen boasts immaculate finishes with various built-in appliances. A fully operational theatre room right in the comfort of your home. A 2nd pyjama room and all 4 spacious bedrooms are located upstairs. Across the driveway, is your entertainment area with a fully built bar, garden, lap pool, wooden sundeck. Asking R12 million. Contact: Colin Moses 082 553 7576 Office: 032 943 2008 Web ref: 2299907

Excite your senses with all the extras that this beautiful recently completed property. Built on a level site, it highlights 4 bedrooms (all en-suite), double garage, golf cart

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parking large open plan dining and lounge areas with covered outside spaces suitable for your entertainment pleasure. The fully kitted kitchen comes with a separate scullery, fabulous for the gourmet chef and has its own entrance too. A crystal-clear pool, just adds to the perfect afternoon sundowners. Affordable selling price and no transfer duty. Asking R11.250 million. Contact Colin Moses 082 553 7576 Office: 032 943 2008 Web ref: 1245994


SHEFFIELD BEACH, KWAZULU NATAL

LA LUCIA, KWAZULU NATAL

Fantastic breaker and sea views, 45m above the beach. Four bedrooms all en-suite, all with fans and aircons and all have sea views. Master bedroom upstairs and 3 downstairs. Upper floor has a kitchen, dining room, TV lounge, enclosed patio. There is also a guest loo and a large store room/ workshop. Downstairs open plan TV/ entertainment with large additional dining space and bar. Small fitted study and store room. The house has aluminium shutters on all the outdoor windows and doors. There is a selfcontained single bedroom flat let with kitchen and toilet/shower. This home has been renovated and is modern and exceptionally well maintained with its own private beach access. Asking R10.85 million. Contact: Michelle Taylor 083 653 3696 Web ref: 2127598

Elegant immaculate 6 bedroom family home in a sought after location, Three lounges, dining room and huge open plan kitchen allow for family evenings or A-list dinner parties. Stunning rock pool with large entertainment area. Property is perfect to work from home. Excellent security, double garage with secure off-street parking for lots of cars. There is a full laundry room and en-suite staff accommodation. Beautiful level completely private granny flat too! This property is a stone throw away from the beach and has magnificent sea views. Asking R8.9 million. Contact: Michelle Taylor 083 653 3696 Web ref: 2219288

LA LUCIA, KWAZULU NATAL

DURBAN NORTH, KWAZULU NATAL

The heart of the home is centred around the light, bright spacious gourmet kitchen. Entertaining areas flow from formal to informal living areas, all secured with outdoor parameter beams, 3 spacious bedroom, 1 en-suite and 1 family bathroom, large double garage with direct access. Lush garden with beautiful walkways. Asking R4.395 million.

This property has huge potential, set on 1040sqm of land with space to extend. An enchanting home for a buyer with great vision. Plenty of space for caravans, boats, jetski's... This home is in the heart of one of the most sought after and established areas in Durban North. The one home has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, lounge, dining room kitchen and veranda. The other has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, guest loo, lounge, dining room, kitchen and veranda. Double garage and servants quarters too. The fully contained granny flat is perfect as an added income generator. What more could you ask for? Call Michelle to view as soon as possible. Asking R4.85 million. Contact: Michelle Taylor 083 653 3696 Web ref: 2527227

Contact: Maurizio Dalle-Vedove 083 301 1946 Web ref: 2528765

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HERRWOOD PARK, KWAZULU NATAL

SHEFFIELD BEACH, KWAZULU NATAL

Perfectly situated on the crest of Umhlanga Ridge on Herwood Drive, this Mediterranean style home has views from Durban to Ballito that force you to take in the ocean. Sit on the covered patio whilst you sip your cocktails and enjoy the sunset views. With ample accommodation and reception rooms, this home is ideal for entertaining "gagan"style. A self-contained cottage for guests or extra income plus staff accommodation add to the splendour. Ample off-street parking, three garages for all

Situated in a idyllic location in a private road on the border of Salt Rock, Sheffield Beach stands a majestic white beach front contemporary Georgian designed home "Raglin House". This exquisite home recently featured on Top Billing was designed by the accomplished Italian Architect Marko Pellegrini well known for his Italian inspired designs. The home overlooks the Indian Ocean and is situated on a small private beach. It is built to the highest engineering standards and offers top quality finishes. Asking R20 million. Contact: Maria de Luca 060 525 0460 Office: 031 566 5150 Web ref: 2500325

those toys, plus ample work room space and unlimited potential. An ideally positioned stand with terraced garden makes this home a must on your viewing list! Asking R8.999 million Contact: Roxanne Du Plessis 081 771 0609 Web ref: 2238011

LA LUCIA, KWAZULU NATAL

LA LUCIA, KWAZULU NATAL

Enjoy the relaxed lifestyle this executive Mediterranean style home offers, with its welcoming double volume entrance hall and magnificent wrought- iron Balustrade staircase. Offering 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms (2 en-suite), study and TV lounge. There is also a large formal lounge, separate dining room, kitchen and bar, which flows onto an enormous terrace, landscaped garden and pool. Enjoy magnificent sea views from the

This magnificent home offers an enviable lifestyle, designed with sophistication and a floor plan for fabulous in and outdoor entertaining. The large double volume entrance hall introduces a grand dining room open plan lounge and bar that opens onto the outdoor patio braai and seating area. Modern kitchen with a wine cellar and scullery. Downstairs guest toilet and study. This double story home has wide inland and ocean views, a sparkling pool and jacuzzi all overlooking the classic garden. 6 Bedrooms and 5 bathrooms - main bedroom has its own indoor jacuzzi with an amazing en-suite, vast cupboard space and a wraparound balcony. Excellent security, staff acc & 3 garages. Asking R15.9 million. Contact Roxanne Du Plessis 081 771 0609 Web ref: 2380357

Jacuzzi on the upstairs balcony and large en-suite main bedroom and study. With all this space, this unique home lends itself to entertaining and now waits to welcome a new sophisticated family to call it home. Excellent security. Asking R7.5 million. Contact: Oriana Honeywill 083 776 4646, Milton Kahn 082 387 6562 Web ref: 2453141 To view these properties visit www.sothebysrealty.co.za. Each office is independently owned and operated.


KOSMOS, HARTBEESPOORT DAM

WESTLAKE COUNTRY & SAFARI ESTATE, NORTH WEST

Picture yourself viewing stunning sunsets from the deck of this 4-bedroom (all en-suite) family home situated in the gated community of Kosmos. An open plan kitchen, dining room and lounge with sliding doors open to a magnificent 160° view of the Hartbeespoort dam. The property has been beautifully landscaped and the garden easy to maintain. Ample parking is available in the form of a double garage. Featuring a boathouse to enjoy a multiple array of water activities. Get away from it all, enjoy the warm summers, watch the Hartbeespoort dam and enjoy the Magalies mountains from your very own sanctuary. Asking R3.85 million. Contact: Cindy Davey 083 298 9639 Office: 012 244 3300 Web ref: 2470540

Tranquility and privacy set in the soul of nature! This home offers a character like no other, the light and spacious gourmet open plan kitchen and living areas perfectly planned for entertaining will impress you. Perfectly suited for all seasons the home brings the outdoors in as it seamlessly blends into the covered and outdoor patio creating the picture perfect setting and overlooking the inland dam. All three bedrooms set on the ground floor have the luxury of accessing the spacious established gardens, extra length pool. This home offers you so much more than meets the eye. Asking R2.95 million. Contact: Isabel Gouveia 073 995 4613 Office: 012 244 3300 Web ref: 2475367

PECANWOOD ESTATE, HARTBEESTPOORT DAM

XANADU ECO ESTATE, HARTBEESTPOORT DAM

Situated in the exclusive Bear Village, this five en-suite bedroom home is a stylish, modern masterpiece. While still an absolute family home, an entertainer's dream come true with various living areas; cinema room opening into a fully equipped bar area, seamless stacking doors that lead out to a large private garden with spectacular views of the Magalies Mountains and a fire-pit / braai area alongside a large sparkling pool. This home is built to take advantage of the natural light from every angle which accentuates the immaculate finishing touches. A must see for a connoisseur with a taste for the finer things in life. Asking R13 million. Contact: Peta-Ann McBean 082 894 6097 Office: 012 244 3300 Web ref: 2501939

Modern contemporary farmhouse family dream home! Enjoy the openness when you have arrived! Double volume entrance and living areas! Polished concrete, exposed brick finishes for the discerning buyer with taste. This family home has a feature staircase leading to the upstairs pyjama lounge & three en-suite bedrooms. Downstairs another guest suite overlooks the boma and pool area. Enjoy family get together’s on the large patio, formal lounge, TV lounge dining and designer kitchen to die for! Stunning views over the Majestic Magaliesberg Mountains! Beautiful established lawns and gardens for the family, a superb home one of a kind! Asking R4.5 million. Contact: Peta Ann McBean 082 894 6097 Office: 012 244 3300 Web ref: 2420814

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EAGLE CANYON GOLF ESTATE, ROODEPOORT

RUIMSIG, ROODEPOORT

An exclusive masterpiece with effortless elegant style. Enter through an expansive entrance hall leading to open plan reception rooms, including a built-in bar and separate wine room. From your patio, enjoy breath-taking views of one of the top golf courses in the country, appreciating beautiful sunsets, whilst lounging next to your swimming pool. The braai area has a quaint private street café charm, a unique area to enjoy with your guests. Offering 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms en-suite, the large main bedroom boasts a TV lounge. Gourmet kitchen with Caesar stone tops, centre island and separate scullery. Asking R19.8 million. Contact: Debby Woodward 082 889 7903, Pat Wallace 082 443 8801 Web ref: 2496834

This 1300m² palatial retreat boasts 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms. An impressive wrought iron marble staircase, adorned by a luxurious imported chandelier, leads to the upstairs wing that is entirely dedicated to the master suite, boasting a jacuzzi and spacious walk-in closet. Your custom built bar will delight guests with its warm Blackwood finishes, whilst you revel in the gourmet kitchen, fitted with a walk in fridge and impressive pantry. One of the expansive lounges leads out to the large covered patio that features an enclosed braai entertainment area with a fire-pit, for those balmy relaxed evenings. Asking R22.5 million. Contact: Chris Liebenberg 074 117 4971, Henno Mentz 082 800 2132 Web ref: 2504398

GLENVISTA, ALBERTON

ALBERANTE, ALBERTON

Low maintenance klinker paradise nestled at the top of the hill in the prestigious suburb of Glenvista. Boasting a large formal lounge, a hobby room or study, a full dining room with wooden sliders opening to the patio and a gorgeous family room which leads off the open plan modern kitchen. The bedrooms are double sized and the main bedroom has a beautiful bay window overlooking the garden and pool. There are 3

Family home in an enclosed area, boasting four large bedrooms (mes). Open plan lounge with fireplace and dinning room, ultra-modern kitchen with granite tops and gas stove, separate scullery area and a small breakfast nook. Two bedroom staff quarter with bathroom and separate outside laundry room. The easy maintainable garden with interesting pathways and exciting boma outdoor area makes this an entertainer’s dream home. Double garage with a triple carport. Asking R3.15 million. Contact: Pieter Kritzinger 084 587 2222 Office: 011 867 3339 Web ref: 2505024

bathrooms in total, the main en suite and the other two servicing the other bedrooms. Outside an entertainers thatch lapa is perched overlooking the sparkling pool. Double garage with automated doors plus additional lock up parking for a boat or caravan. Asking R3.35 million. Contact: Jackie Ziemons 082 856 0315 Web ref: 2312603 To view these properties visit www.sothebysrealty.co.za. Each office is independently owned and operated.


SANDHURST, SANDTON

MORNINGSIDE, SANDTON

Unique! Exciting! Brand new modern contemporary triplex. Breathtaking in sheer artistry and design with spectacular 360° views over Sandton’s skyline. 5 Free flowing reception areas ensuring a harmonious indoor / outdoor flow ideal for grand entertaining and comfortable living centred around the elevated rim flow pool, patio and views. Private study, 5 luxurious bedroom all en-suite, parking at ground level for at least 10 cars. Asking R80 million. Contact: Tasha Rossen 082 561 1675, Daniella Apteker 082 412 1273 Office: 011 886 8070 Web ref: 1792859

Offers from R14 million. Luis Ferreira-da-Silva designed masterpiece set on ±1300m² in 24hr guarded complex, perfect synthesis of indoor / outdoor living. Views over the Magaliesberg. A combination of textures – industrial concrete, Rhodesian teak & glass. Stacking doors, a wine room, open-plan living areas and a patio leading to the rim-flow pool. Offering 4 bedroom suites, 3 garages, staff acc, abundant guest parking and more. Asking R18 million. Contact: Wayne Brownhill 078 023 5462 Web ref: 2334298

FOREST TOWN, JOHANNESBURG

CRAIGHALL, SANDTON

Split level, contemporary and tasteful renovation by innovative designer. Solid Oak floors, wood beam ceilings and hanging fireplace. Glass sliders to terrazo tiled sunny patio with views to lawns and trees. Inviting elevated heated pool. Open plan living and dining supreme! Set on ±1855m². Fantastic for kids! 4 Receptions, 3 bedrooms all en-suite, 4th bed / pyjama lounge, marble bathroom, dressing room, staff. Excellent security. Guardhouse. Asking R6.75 million Contact: Beverley Gurwicz 082 412 0010 Office: 011 886 8070 Web ref: 2467097

Offers upper R6 millions. Classic European style – Impressive Provençal inspired architecture. Outstanding family home with large self contained cottage. Lofty baronial rooms, flagstone floors, balconies, shutters, sash windows set in formal landscaped gardens with decked pool. Vast lounge / dining with high ceilings, library / music room, breakfast / TV room, pyjama lounge / study. 4 Beds, 3 baths (2 en-suite), guest cloaks, 2 gourmet kitchens. Staff acc and double garaging. Contact: Kass Bunkell 082 565 8658 Web ref: 1108724

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SANDHURST, SANDTON

WESTCLIFF, JOHANNESBURG

Timeless Neo Classic Palazzo with a contemporary palette of excellence. Vistas of verdant greenery and views of Sandton’s skyline. This home is a once-in-a-lifestyle statement for a privileged and discerning connoisseur. From the inviting portico with lush greenery to the triple volume entrance with skylight dome the tone is set for a home that invites of lifestyle of grandeur and elegance, sophisticated living and an

Echoes of Haute Provence - Classical home set on ±6063m² viewsite with 180° views over the heated rim-flow pool. The piece de resistance is the authentic wine cellar, with views from entertainers deck, complete with luxurious tasting room ±2,500 bottles. Floodlit tennis court, 2nd rock pool. Gas generator, bespoke carpentry. Euro-Centric kitchen to family room and patio. 5 Receptions, 2 studies, 4 bedrooms, 4½ bathrooms. Triple staff. 2 Self-contained cottages with views. State-of-the-art security. Asking R28 million Contact: Beverley Gurwicz 082 412 0010 Office: 011 886 8070 Web ref: 2229271

ambience of sheer indulgence. This palazzo is ideal for grand entertaining in a sumptuous environment of luxury, ease and comfort. Asking R55 million. Contact: Tasha Rossen 082 561 1675, Daniella Apteker 082 412 1273 Web ref: 2156261

SANDHURST, SANDTON

WESTCLIFF, JOHANNESBURG

French chateaux flair, grace & refined elegance! Enchantment - a true love affair! Awakens all ones senses, evokes the allure of romance & entices one to dream of all the possibilities. The epitome of refined elegance & luxury with perfect proportions & symmetry - breathtaking in sheer artistry, panache & style. Inviting quadruple volume entrance with frescos & chandeliers sets the tone for grand entertaining with an emphasis on luxurious comfort.

Stonecrest Manor – Authentic north facing family home tastefully preserved by the owner herself – well known Johannesburg fashionista! From the moment you enter you will be mesmerized in the midst of a forest landscape. Set on ±7500m² lies a world of magical recollections. “Harry Potter… eat your heart out!”. One of the few original homes perched on top of the inimitable Ridge. Artifacts abound – Solid wood floors,

Baronial reception areas all leading to entertainers wrap around patio, sparkling pool with water fountain feature and the exquisite manicured gardens spilling over in rose petals and lavender. 5 Bedroom suites plus self contained private guest house. Asking R48 million + vat. Contact: Tasha Rossen 082 561 1675, Daniella Apteker 082 412 1273 Web ref: 1543716

doors, balustrade staircases, stone fireplaces, pressed ceilings & lead glass windows. 5 Receptions. East Wing - 3 beds (mes) panelled dressing room. West Wing - 3 beds, family bathrooms. Double suite & ±80m² office studio en-suite. Borehole & Egoli Gas. Asking R28 million. Contact: Beverley Gurwicz 082 412 0010 Web ref: 2467112

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WATERKLOOF RIDGE, PRETORIA

LYNNWOOD, PRETORIA

A luxurious double storey residence in the privileged suburb of Waterkloof Ridge situated on the green belt with park views. Very well maintained villa offering 4 bedrooms, spacious living areas, a kitchen with a separate laundry and scullery and a Pajama lounge. The Estate has guarded security at your doorstep. Supreme living at its best. Asking R4.995 million. Contact: Elca Minnaar 083 650 0775 Office: 012 460 9261 Web ref: 2455466

A lifestyle fit for the Connoisseur awaits you in this 4-level home with views from every room. Good quality finishes, open plan living and entertainment rooms flows to an extraordinary balcony. 7 Bedrooms - all en-suite with beverage bars, a gourmet kitchen offering all the extras and a well maintained Italian garden, with potted fruit trees and rose bushes surrounding the sparkling pool. A waterfall feature graces the Koi pond adjacent to the reading/meditation room. The home also features a spacious penthouse and 2 one bedroomed apartments. In the 450m² basement is a wine cellar, linen room, storerooms, a lift shaft and parking for 10 cars. Solar heating & state of the art security. Asking R11 million. Contact: Bessie Brümmer 083 453 4692 Web ref: 2467326

MENLO PARK, PRETORIA

SILVER LAKES GOLF ESTATE, PRETORIA

This glorious old home was designed by the owners and displays some interesting and quirky additions where the children and parents live in fairy tale accommodation. The home has all the must haves and yet you will have the opportunity to add your own personality. The surprise lies within the walls of this property…. continue walking and find yourself totally in another part of the home; excitement is something that is never ending in this home. A storybook residence. Asking R4.35 million. Contact: Karin Petzer 082 922 4731 Office: 012 460 9261 Web ref: 2473081

This memorable property celebrates past achievements while inspiring future ones. The warmth of this amazing property emanates from within - come and enjoy the peace and quiet of the Bushveld within the safe confinements of Silver Lakes Golf Estate. The property is privately tucked away from the hustle and bustle and enjoys magnificent views over the Game Reserve area of Silver Lakes Golf Estate. Magnificent patio with decking flowing onto the jacuzzi area where one can lounge and sip on a glass of wine while enjoying the beautiful views of the stars with the background sounds of nature. Asking R8.5 million. Contact: Juanita du Plessis 082 322 3407 Office: 012 460 9261 Web ref: 2428497

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SAGEWOOD EXT 1, MIDRAND

WATERFALL COUNTRY ESTATE, MIDRAND

Magnificent family home in secure Savanna Hills Estate. Spectacular double volume entrance opening to formal lounge, dining room and open plan kitchen and family room. Separate games room/study. 4 upstairs bedrooms all en-suite. Master bedroom includes dressing room and private lounge space. Large entertainment area with wood-burning fireplace. Walled garden with pool. 2 x 300 litre solar geysers. Staff acc. Three automated garages. Cottage with 2 bedrooms, full bathroom, open plan kitchen and lounge. Estate facilities: 24hour security, access control, clubhouse, tennis court, walkways, kids play area and easy access to Blue Hills shopping centre, N1, R55 and

An understated masterpiece in a tranquil setting. This rare offering of undeniable luxury and generous proportions is nestled in a premier position in Waterfall Country Estate. A sun-drenched haven of quiet elegance and relaxed living. Offering clean lines, quality finishes and attention to detail this home offers 4 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms with beautiful views. Grand, light-filled entrance hall 2 lounges, dining room.

schools. Asking R5.25 million. Contact: Waldo Jonker 083 266 6333 Web ref: 2463120

Stylish kitchen, with state of the art appliances and scullery. Spacious covered patio and sparkling pool, Fire pit, and seating area. A privileged home for the discerning buyer Asking R11.8 million. Contact: Vicky Lee Coffen 061 615 3248, Tina de Waal 083 7718709 Office: 011 312 5218 Web ref:

SOUTHDOWNS ESTATE, CENTURION

SOUTHDOWNS ESTATE, CENTURION

This spectacular barn-style home is a marriage of country and simplicity with an abundance of uniqueness. The two barn-like wings of this house by C7 Architecture feature a layer of Rhino Modified timber blinds that add privacy for the interior when they are closed and create outside privacy when they are open. A huge expanse of sliding doors, which disappear when they slide into the wall pockets, and full height windows accentuate the feeling of bringing the outside into the open plan living areas. Here you can relax in comfort with wide angle views of the garden. Asking R10 million. Contact: Samir Jhina 079 812 9007 Office: 012 460 9261 Web ref: 2440003

A eco-friendly farm-style home in Southdowns Estate, awaits the family who enjoys a country lifestyle. This extraordinary home took nearly 10 years from planning to completion. The architect drew up a carefully considered plan in which he used a camping example, “when pitching a tent, you want it out of the sun most of the day, where it won’t flood when it rains, where the wind blows favourably, and the setting is magical.” Yet despite its Eco pedigree and an intentional focus on getting back to basics, there has been no loss in aesthetic quality. Asking R8.9 million. Contact: Samir Jhina 079 812 9007 Office: 012 460 9261 Web ref: 2503997

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NORTHCLIFF, JOHANNESBURG

LINDEN, RANDBURG

Negotiating from R7 million. Penthouse lifestyle with breath taking views. Master bedroom with open plan bathroom, shower and walk-in cupboard; 2nd bedroom en-suite and walk-in dressing room with private balcony. Open plan kitchen, lounge, dining room, wine cellar, with stacking doors to patio and pool. Separate lounge, guest suite, gym with shower / steam room, toilet and guest loo. 3 Garages. Asking R7.9 million. Contact: Gert Bekker 082 570 0222 Office: 011 476 8303 Web ref 2465908

Peace and tranquility prevails in this warm, inviting home. A must see if you’re looking to settle in the highly sought after Linden area and enjoying an unexpected bushveld ambience. The warm spacious country style kitchen, stunning living spaces with a true executive master suite captures you over and over again. This home won’t leave you out in the cold. Asking R3.5 million. Contact: Melinda Odendaal 083 399 4113 Office: 011 476 8303 Web ref: 2454745

NORTHWOLD, RANDBURG

OLIVE CREST ECO ESTATE, NORTH RIDING

Exceptional grand Indonesian design cluster in sought after complex of 4 homes. Magnificent enclosure close to the prestigious Curro Aurora school & amenities. Easy flow between entrance hall & 4 elegant reception rooms allows privacy where needed. Tranquil pool helps beautify the manicured garden. Guest toilet, open plan granite top island kitchen with separate scullery and pantry. Upstairs 4 bedrooms. Master bedroom with dedicated shoes cupboard, adjoins a generous dressing room and en-suite bathroom. Staff acc. Extra’s include complete underfloor heating, fireplace, built-in braai, double auto garage, parking for 4 cars, laminated flooring, security including 4 cameras. Asking R3.2million. Contact: Ria De Wet 082 824 6925 Web ref: 2506045

Set on a pristine stand, surrounded by nature at its best, the visual engaging architecture makes effective use of the stand and provides considerable privacy to the inhabitants. The home maximises openness & sheltered private space for living, entertaining & relaxation. At the rear is natural bush with vistas stretching beyond. Multifunctional space is key here, especially in regards to outdoor living & entertainment areas. The interior signature is uncomplicated & comfortable suited to the intended lifestyle. At ground floor level, the open plan design predominates a generous external area with pool & lawn. 3 Bedrooms, 3 ultramodern bathrooms plus downstairs guest bedroom (4th bed) with doors leading to pool area. Double auto garage. Asking R5.2million. Contact: Zona 084 626 6119 Web ref 2498533

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KOMMETJIE, CAPE TOWN

UPPER CONSTANTIA, CAPE TOWN

Almost on the beach with breathtaking views, this fabulous home offers 5 spacious bedrooms plus a 2 bedroomed flatlet on ground level. All bedrooms in the main home have en-suite bathrooms and enjoy access to a balcony with sea & mountain views. The upper level patio is the perfect for entertaining. The open plan kitchen has centre

Own your own sanctuary, opposite the greenbelt. Offering beautiful country charm, close to greenbelt and at one with nature. This recently refurbished home is in prime location with easy access to the beautiful greenbelt and complemented by the view of the mountain. Two large bedrooms upstairs and 3 beds downstairs plus a variety of formal and informal living spaces plus a large covered entertainment area flowing to garden for all year round use. Asking R10.995 million Contact: Jo Thomas 084 404 4120, Rouvaun McKirby 071 671 0821, Phyl McCance-Price 082 593 1624 Office: 021 701 2446 Web Ref: 2479557

island, sea views and double volume dining and living area leading out to the paved patio overlooking Long Beach, there is also a study on this level with balcony and views. Plus garaging for 6 vehicles as well as parking, excellent security features, solar geysers, dual entrance, North facing and so much more. Asking R14.85 million. Contact: Natalie Cooper 083 630 0911 Office 021 783 8260 Web ref: 1941925

CONSTANTIA RURAL, CAPE TOWN

STONEHURST MOUNTAIN ESTATE, CAPE TOWN

Modern classic home. From the double volume entrance the tone is set, clean lines & lots of light pervade this immaculate home. Expansive living areas interflow seamlessly to the entertainers patio overlooking the pool & large treed garden. Open plan designer kitchen with informal dining area. A study, home media room & gym room complete the ground floor. The first storey has a luxurious main en-suite bedroom with a wood

Enjoy a variety of elegant living areas, all leading to secluded patio, pool and level garden. This unique property offers three light and spacious bedrooms en-suite, all with sliding doors to balcony and sweeping views. Guests stay in their own wing with separate entrance. Study and staff accommodation add the final touches to the rest of the perfect family home. Asking R12.35 million. Contact: Dave Burger 083 458 3333, Brenda Pretorius 083 442 1318 Office: 021 701 2446

burning fireplace and dressing room, there are a further 4 spacious bedrooms and a cosy pyjama lounge opening to a covered balcony. Staff acc, triple auto garage and top notch security makes this a home that ticks all the boxes. Asking R15 million. Contact: Eileen O’Sullivan 082 410 7204, Peter Stingl 076 315 0014 Web ref: 2501688 To view these properties visit www.sothebysrealty.co.za. Each office is independently owned and operated.


TASTINGS

EUROPEAN FLAIR Since it opened in mid-2016, The Shortmarket Club has dished up its modern interpretation of contemporary bistrostyle cuisine to huge acclaim. Until the end of September an extra dose of European flair is on offer: a three-course prix fixe lunch menu from Monday to Saturday. Chef Wesley Randles and manager Simon Widdison added their spin to the concept by convincing a handful of maverick Swartland Independent Producers to dig out a barrel or two of wine you’re unlikely to find on any other wine list. Each month a wine maker from the region put their stamp on the menu, pairing a carafe of ground-breaking wine with Randles’ good food. theshortmarketclub.co.za

THE PERSONAL TOUCH While the unsurpassed vistas of Joburg’s jacaranda-cloaked northern suburbs makes any meal at Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff’s View restaurant unforgettable by default, the new chef, Farrel Hirsch, promises to serve exceptional fare, and with a personal touch. Having worked alongside some of Europe and South Africa’s most acclaimed chefs, Hirsch has a few changes up his sleeve, including the launch of Preview – a bar-inspired casual dining experience offering small plates and fantastic drinks. The emphasis at View, however, is on taking guests on a culinary journey through set menus and wine pairings in a more sophisticated setting. fourseasons.com

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Timeless Neo Classic palazzo with a contemporary palette of excellence. Vistas of verdant greenery and views of Sandton’s skyline. This home is a once-in-a-lifestyle statement for a privileged and discerning connoisseur. From the inviting portico with lush greenery to the triple volume entrance with skylight dome the tone is set for a home that invites a lifestyle of grandeur and elegance, sophisticated living and an ambience of sheer indulgence. This palazzo is ideal for grand entertaining in a sumptuous environment of luxury, ease and comfort. Asking R55 million. Property Brokers: Tasha Rossen 082 561 1675, Daniella Apteker 082 412 1273 Office: 011 886 8070 Web ref: 2156261


SEA POINT BEACHFRONT, CAPE TOWN

CAMPS BAY / BAKOVEN, CAPE TOWN

Quite simply a spectacular apartment right on the beach front! Outstanding luxurious penthouse with direct lift access and private pool. Beautifully designed and appointed apartment exudes elegance and sophistication. 3 Bedrooms (all luxuriously en-suite) plus Guest cloakroom. Combined open plan / dining / living / kitchen area for an easy relaxing lifestyle. Study area. Captivating ocean views. Huge roof deck which can converted into a private sanctuary. Double parking plus storeroom. Communal pool and gym. Quite simply a spectacular property. Asking R23 million. Contact: Malka Zinman 083 300 2111, Lauren Smith 082 853 8772 Web ref: 2243985

Holiday all the year round in Bakoven! Opportunity not to be missed – four bedroom four bathroom Bakoven beach home in priceless position offering a lifestyle second to none. Spend lazy days collecting shells on the sandy beaches or launch your kayak into the ocean just metres from your doorstep. Floor to ceiling glass sliding doors maximise the enchanting ocean views. Spacious pool deck for the entertainer. Garage and off-street parking, cherry on the top large basement and staff room. Dreams are made of this. Asking R22.500 million. Contact: Edith Marsh 083 654 2168 Web ref: 2115226

HIGGOVALE, CAPE TOWN

FRESNAYE, CAPE TOWN

You are invited to view this cutting edge designer home. Magnificent views, bespoke high quality finishes all set in a tranquil cul de sac. Generously proportioned, this home boasts an abundance of uncluttered space and light. Triple Garage, feature lift, water features, stunning pool/outdoor entertainment are but a few of the features on offer. Asking R39 million. Contact: Denise Schmidt 083 653 6824, Sandy De Oliveira 083 261 3458 Web ref: 2171207

Massive plot in Fresnaye with move in condition home. Just bring clothes as there's "nothing to do and all day to do it here!" Move right in to this pristine and tastefully appointed home offering ample accommodation - 4 bedrooms and 3½ bathrooms, and an amazing landscaped garden. 3 Reception rooms (3 fireplaces), plus a study, staff suite and 4 parkings (2 garages and 2 off street parkings) complete the offer. Asking R16.995 million. Contact: Fran Segal 084 983 52787, Lara Kaplan 073 711 4111 Web ref: 2317385

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SENDERWOOD, JOHANNESBURG

SANDHURST, SANDTON

Glass in architecture with layers of light, flowing spaces and marble, wood and stone finishes! Nestled amongst the trees and at home with nature, this beautiful home has a welcoming double volume entrance hall with koi walkway, state of the art north facing kitchen (separate scullery/pantry/walk-in fridge), banquet dining room, huge formal lounge with fitted TV cabinetry, cosy study / playroom. 5 Bedrooms all en-suite. Huge entertainer’s patio overlooks pool and lush treed gardens, 3 garages and visitors parking for 10 cars, staff suite, excellent security with electric fencing, alarm system and beams. Asking R17.5 million. Contact: Charlene Leibman 082 448 0440, Marina Konidaris 083 307 3882 Web ref: 2244025

Unique! Exciting! Brand new modern contemporary triplex. Breathtaking in sheer artistry and design with spectacular 360° views over Sandton’s skyline. A synthesis of clean lines, quadruple volumes and proportions married in a velvety texture of glass windowscapes, steel and stone – enveloped by a natural haven of beauty. Five free flowing reception areas ensuring a harmonious indoor/outdoor flow ideal for grand entertaining and comfortable living centred around the elevated rim flow pool, patio and awe inspiring views. Private study, 5 luxurious bedroom all en-suite, parking at ground level for at least 10 cars. Asking R80 million. Contact: Tasha Rossen 082 561 1675, Daniella Apteker 082 412 1273 Web ref: 1792859

MORNINGSIDE, SANDTON

SANDHURST, SANDTON

This Arthur Quinton masterpiece on ±1954m², within a gated community, combines functionality and design with a spectacular result. Double volumes, high ceilings and disappearing sliding doors play with natural light and invite your eye out to the beautiful pool and spacious gardens. Designer kitchen, 4 bedroom suites, study, pyjama lounge and an exquisite patio with gas braai, indoor / outdoor cocktail bar, gas fireplaces and air-conditioning, this home has it all! 2 Garages, guest parking and double staff acc. Asking R11.499 million. Contact: Wayne Brownhill 078 023 5462 Office: 011 803 3380 Web ref: 2235848

French chateaux flair, grace and refined elegance! Awakens all ones senses, evokes the allure of romance and entices one to dream of all the possibilities. The epitome of refined elegance and luxury with perfect proportions and symmetry - breathtaking in sheer artistry, panache and style. Inviting quadruple volume entrance with frescos and chandeliers sets the tone for grand entertaining with an emphasis on luxurious comfort. Baronial reception areas all leading to entertainers wrap around patio, sparkling pool with water fountain feature and the exquisite manicured gardens. 5 Bedroom suites

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plus self contained private guest house. Asking R42 million plus vat. Contact: Tasha Rossen 082 561 1675, Daniella Apteker 082 412 1273 Web ref: 1543716


CONSTANTIA RURAL, CAPE TOWN

UPPER CONSTANTIA, CAPE TOWN

Modern and immaculate contemporary home. This stunning Constantia family home has been modernized to the highest standards. State of the art open plan kitchen, versatile reception areas and perfect indoor/outdoor flow are just a few of the best features. This home is perfect for anyone that loves to entertain or spend quality time with friends and family throughout the year. The stunning patio and pool combines perfectly with a manicured garden and has uninterrupted mountain views. 4 Spacious bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, triple garaging and the option to create dual living completes the perfect picture. Asking R9.25 million. Contact: Jacques Fourie 072 304 7957, Eileen O’Sullivan 082 410 7204, Jo Fourie 071 286 5383 Office: 021 701 2446 Web ref: 2318133

An elegant country home in the exclusive Silverhurst Security Estate. An enchanting home for a discerning buyer in the highly sought after Silverhurst Security Estate. It is ideally suited to a mature family with the main bedroom suite and study upstairs and remainder of bedrooms downstairs. This comfortable home offers a large TV lounge and separate formal lounge both with French doors to the sheltered undercover patio which boasts beautiful mountain views. The home is light and bright with great proportions throughout. Asking R59 million. Contact: Jo Thomas 084 404 4120, Rouvaun McKirby 071 671 0821, Phyl McCance-Price 082 593 1624 Office: 021 701 2446 Web Ref: 1919319

UPPER CLAREMONT, CAPE TOWN

NOORDHOEK, STONEHAVEN SECURITY ESTATE

Dartmouth House! Luxurious lock and go on the market for the first time, offering the best location and a superb layout with four bedrooms (all en suite), large TV / family room and open-plan kitchen / dining / living areas leading out to beautiful covered terrace, manageable small garden and sunny pool area. Asking R15.995 million. Incl vat. Contact: Barbara Manning 083 407 3656 Office: 021 673 1240 Web ref: 2300029

Imagine waking up to this view every day. This masterpiece of a home is situated in the well-established Stonehaven Security Estate perched along the Table Mountain National Park overlooking the charming Noordhoek Valley all the way to Long Beach in the West. The position of this residence provides absolute privacy for the discerning owner. This home offers a generous open plan layout, a modern kitchen plus separate scullery, several reception rooms plus 5 bedrooms (or 4 plus an office). Entertain on your generous pool terrace or sip sun downers on the terrace adjoining the living area. The premier building quality and classy interior features makes this a home for all seasons. Asking R6.95 million. Contact: Peter Stingl 076 315 0014 Web ref: 2327571

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TOKAI BORDER DENNENDAL, CAPE TOWN

UPPER CONSTANTIA, CAPE TOWN

The epitome of perfection! The personification of 21st century lock and leave lifestyle. Simply stunning, spacious, secure, sophisticated north facing wind sheltered executive family home with mountain views. The double volume entrance hall & well proportioned open plan living areas flow unrestricted through stack doors to a covered patio with built-in BBQ leading onto small garden & feature pool; fully fitted kitchen with Silo finishes & centre island is open plan to living areas; spacious separate scullery; separate TV / informal lounge / playroom; guest cloaks; 3 double bedrooms all en suite; 4th bedroom or study; double automated & integrated garage. Asking R7 million plus vat. Contact: Herculene Visser 083 658 2686 Office: 021 701 2446 Web ref: 2176024

The floor plan encompasses six spacious bedrooms with plenty of room for study, sleep and storage, six luxurious en-suite bathrooms, and a sleek and stylish kitchen that flows through to the dining room and Family Room. The master bedroom, complete with own seating area and en-suite, ensures parents have a private space where they can enjoy the view. Asking R26.9 million. Contact: Jo Thomas 084 404 4120, Rouvaun McKirby 071 671 0821, Phyl McCance-Price 082 593 1624 Office: 021 701 2446 Web Ref: 2016431

RONDEBOSCH, CAPE TOWN

HOUT BAY, CAPE TOWN

Spacious elegance in prime Silwood area. This elegant family home is nestled down a panhandle in a quiet cul-de-sac. The heart of the home is centred around the spacious eat-in gourmet kitchen. Entertaining areas flow from formal to informal living areas, all secured with internal metal shutters. Large lounge, dining room, family room, cinema room plus a study. Five spacious bedrooms, three en-suite and a full family bathroom. Staff accommodation and triple garage with direct access. Lush garden with swimming pool, covered braai area and plenty of secure off street parking. Asking R11.5 million. Contact: Lesley Payne 082 455 4808, Graham Knoop 083 500 5141 Office: 021 673 1240 Web ref: 2210601

“Castle� in Bergendal Estate. Classic enchanting three level home with an ambiance of refined grace and elegance. Privately situated in a 24 hour security estate. Double volumed reception areas consisting of formal lounge with Victorian fireplace, dining room and family room lounge. Chefs kitchen with picture marble walls, scullery and laundry. Double automated garage with parking for ten cars. Plunge pool and barbeque patio. Indigenous garden set around the rocks. Asking R6.5 million. Contact: Terri Steyn 082 777 074, Ursula Heppner 083 457 52888 Office: 021 701 2446 Web ref: 2161879

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ZWAANSWYK, CAPE TOWN

CLOVELLY, CAPE TOWN

Original embassy dwelling with high ceilings, wooden floors and beams, beautiful stone-work, original doors and fire-places in the formal lounge, dining room and library. Exquisite False Bay views, a beautifully landscaped garden and sparkling pool, providing complete privacy and calm, radiating the essence of a country retreat, but set in the Constantia Valley. 4 Spacious bedrooms, 3 with balconies and all with en-suite bathrooms. Country-style kitchen leading to open plan dining room and quaint courtyard garden. 3 Spacious reception rooms lead to covered outdoor entertainment patio and a TV lounge / family room opening up to a courtyard space looking onto a terraced garden. Asking R17.95 million. Contact: Dawn 072 496 9458 Lee-Ann 082 412 6597

One of four exclusive homes located in a private and tranquil eco-logical development above Clovelly Golf Estate with unobstructed views. This home is modern, contemporary, yet eco-friendly and constructed with large expanses of double-glazed floor to ceiling glass, Siberian Larch and stone from natural resources. The interior of this home does not disappoint... large open-plan living spaces flow from lounge to dining to kitchen to outdoor deck seamlessly with sophisticated style and elegance. Feature walls cladded with Spruce bring nature inside. In the winter months, underfloor heating and a freestanding fireplace in the lounge, will keep everyone toastywarm. Asking R5.795 million. Contact: Taryn Breetzke 072 803 3935, Kate Feist 076 014 5357 Web Ref: 2321982

RONDEBOSCH / NEWLANDS, CAPE TOWN

STEENBERG GOLF ESTATE, CAPE TOWN

Talk about charm – Talk about character. This solid family home is tucked away down a quiet cul-de-sac. Close to all leading schools, sports facilities and walking distance to Kelvin Grove. Beautiful Oak and Oregon floors, teak windows throughout, spacious rooms and high ceilings. Four bedrooms and four bathrooms. Formal lounge with wood burning fire place and dining room. Lovely open plan kitchen to family room, leading to a covered patio overlooking swimming pool. Garage, plenty of off street parking & excellent security. Asking R7.495 million. Contact: Lesley Payne 082 455 4808, Web ref: 2346715

This gracious home will appeal to a buyer seeking privacy and relaxed elegance set among the vineyards of this superb estate. Beautifully appointed and finished to a high standard. Complete with basement bar and wine cellar. One of the best positions at Steenberg. Asking R14.95 million. Contact: Dave Burger 083 458 3333, Brenda Pretorius 083 442 1318 Office: 021 701 2446 Web ref: 2047309

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CONSTANTIA RURAL, CAPE TOWN

UPPER CONSTANTIA, CAPE TOWN

Modern and immaculate contemporary home. This stunning Constantia family home has been modernized to the highest standards. State of the art open plan kitchen, versatile reception areas and perfect indoor/outdoor flow are just a few of the best features. This home is perfect for anyone that loves to entertain or spend quality time with friends and family throughout the year. The stunning patio and pool combines perfectly with a manicured garden and has uninterrupted mountain views. 4 Spacious bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, triple garaging and the option to create dual living completes the perfect picture. Asking R9.25 million. Contact: Jacques Fourie 072 304 7957, Eileen O’Sullivan 082 410 7204, Jo Fourie 071 286 5383 Office: 021 701 2446 Web ref: 2318133

An elegant country home in the exclusive Silverhurst Security Estate. An enchanting home for a discerning buyer in the highly sought after Silverhurst Security Estate. It is ideally suited to a mature family with the main bedroom suite and study upstairs and remainder of bedrooms downstairs. This comfortable home offers a large TV lounge and separate formal lounge both with French doors to the sheltered undercover patio which boasts beautiful mountain views. The home is light and bright with great proportions throughout. Asking R59 million. Contact: Jo Thomas 084 404 4120, Rouvaun McKirby 071 671 0821, Phyl McCance-Price 082 593 1624 Office: 021 701 2446 Web Ref: 1919319

UPPER CLAREMONT, CAPE TOWN

NOORDHOEK, STONEHAVEN SECURITY ESTATE

Dartmouth House! Luxurious lock and go on the market for the first time, offering the best location and a superb layout with four bedrooms (all en suite), large TV / family room and open-plan kitchen / dining / living areas leading out to beautiful covered terrace, manageable small garden and sunny pool area. Asking R15.995 million. Incl vat. Contact: Barbara Manning 083 407 3656 Office: 021 673 1240 Web ref: 2300029

Imagine waking up to this view every day. This masterpiece of a home is situated in the well-established Stonehaven Security Estate perched along the Table Mountain National Park overlooking the charming Noordhoek Valley all the way to Long Beach in the West. The position of this residence provides absolute privacy for the discerning owner. This home offers a generous open plan layout, a modern kitchen plus separate scullery, several reception rooms plus 5 bedrooms (or 4 plus an office). Entertain on your generous pool terrace or sip sun downers on the terrace adjoining the living area. The premier building quality and classy interior features makes this a home for all seasons. Asking R6.95 million. Contact: Peter Stingl 076 315 0014 Web ref: 2327571

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FRANSCHHOEK, WESTERN CAPE

FRANSCHHOEK, WESTERN CAPE

Magnificent wine farm in excellent village position. Measuring approximately 24Ha and intensively farmed with grapes and olives with an original turn-of-the-century Victorian homestead offering 4 bedrooms, a separate 1-bedroom self-contained cottage and swimming pool. The farm has ample water supplied by a combination of fresh spring source and boreholes and exceptional views of the Franschhoek Valley and surrounding mountains. Asking R45 million plus vat. Contact: Jac Hanekom 079 286 6972 Office: 021 8768480 Web ref: 1967785

Immaculate, North facing family home with magnificent, mature garden and swimming pool. With 3 good sized bedrooms, 2 spacious bathrooms, open plan kitchen / dining, separate lounge with fireplace and beautiful large covered patio overlooking the garden. Also with double garage and separate studio, this property is not to be missed. Asking R5.4 million. Contact: Jac Hanekom 079 286 6972 Office: 021 8768480 Web ref: 2054122

NOOITGEDACHT ESTATE, HOUT BAY

TOKAI, CAPE TOWN

Nooitgedacht Estate - Purchase a 946m² plot starting from R2 950 000 and build your own dream home (In accordance with architectural guidelines). Or Plot & Plan options starting from R7 412 139 vat incl. - no transfer duty. Secure living in an exclusive gated estate of 20 plots all with magnificent mountain views. Three boreholes are present on the estate. Beaches, equestrian trails, shopping centres, restaurants and the markets of Hout Bay all on your door step plus the convenience of the Hout Bay International School. Why wait? Proximity to the city, a 20-25 minute drive in rush hour traffic along the beautiful coast road with terrific sea and mountain views. Contact: Terri Steyn 082 777 0748, Anne O’ Kelly 082 491 0029 Web ref: 1890457

Simply stunning! Stylish, North facing, gated, lock & leave Security Estate in cul-de-sac setting. Open plan living areas; 3 bedrooms - all en-suite; covered patio; double garage and private garden. Unit 1: 211,5m² R4.75 million plus vat Unit 2: 204,7m² R4.65 million plus vat. Unit 3: 204,7m² R4.75 million plus vat. Unit 4: 211,5m² R4.85 million plus vat. Contact: Herculene Visser 083 658 2686 Office: 021 701 2446 Web ref: 2094651

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BOSCHENMEER GOLF & COUNTRY ESTATE, WESTERN CAPE

SOMERSET WEST, WESTERN CAPE

Immaculately presented and maintained. This is an extraordinary family home offering exceptional internal and external living spaces. The open plan lounge and dining area opens seamlessly onto the impressive under-cover braai and entertainment area with a sensational pool. The separate TV room/ pyjama lounge upstairs are practical with well-designed spaces perfect for a family living environment. The gourmet kitchen with designer lighting and fitted SMEG oven, gas hob, fridges and dishwasher compliment the overall aesthetic. Asking R8.4 million. Contact Marinda de Jongh 082 573 2204 Marilize Brown 083 241 1580 Office: 021 870 1011 Web ref: 2247655

Architectural designed home well positioned in exclusive upmarket residential estate. This exquisite home awaits the discerning buyer who cares for spacious interiors and design for lavish entertaining. This elegant home spells quality, ambiance and serenity with sunny open plan living areas opening onto a large covered patio with swimming pool while enjoying spectacular sunsets and panoramic views. This home offers a spacious open plan family room with fireplace, large kitchen, scullery, separate dining room, living room, study, wine cellar. Easy maintained garden. Asking R5.85 million. Contact: Chantal Botes 083 702 5460 Office: 021 851 4450 Web ref: 2342755

STELLENBOSCH, WESTERN CAPE

SOMERSET WEST, WESTERN CAPE

This extraordinary and versatile property, currently successfully managed as a four star boutique guesthouse, is situated in one of the most sought after and established areas of Stellenbosch. This exquisite guesthouse offers ten bedrooms and nine bathrooms. The layout of the house is such that it can easily be redesigned into a family home with staff quarters, a flatlet for guests, additional gymnasium, recreation room or office space. Asking R16.4 million. Contact: Marelise Visagie 072 776 2645 Offce: 021 809 2760 Web ref: 1202624

This property is in Helena Heights, with easy access to R44, Stellenbosch and the beach. The property on 2019m², with an amazing outdoor pool area, and a view over False Bay. Bali styled entrance opens into a lounge with fireplace. The lounge, dining area, kitchen and scullery is upstairs leading out into a braai room and outside patio with sliding doors with awesome views. Three en suite bedrooms and guest bathroom opening onto an outdoor lapa & braai area. Asking R5.85 million. Contact: Anrita Schreuder 083 254 9294 Office: 021 851 4450 Web ref: 1599099

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STELLENBOSCH LIFESTYLE PROPERTY, WESTERN CAPE A secluded country lane traverses established vineyards to arrive at the commanding entrance gates of this impressive residential vineyard estate. Tucked away in a private location overlooking stunning gardens & with breath-taking vistas, this is an exceptional retreat surrounded by native oaks, gently sloping hills & vineyard rows. The property boasts a privileged position in the much sought after Devon Valley surrounded by a hillside of olive groves & vineyards and breathtaking views across the Boland mountains. This sublime estate carries the trademark of genteel wine country living & the best of wine country architecture that blends indoor with outdoor effortlessly & include an established kitchen garden, large pool area & 2 bedroomed guest cottage. Asking R57.5 million. Contact: Chris Cilliers 082 568 1122 Office: 021 809 2760 Web ref: ZLYD6H www.sothebysrealty.com

STELLENBOSCH LIFESTYLE FARM, WESTERN CAPE

PEARL VALLEY AT VAL DE VIE, WESTERN CAPE

Immersed in mother nature, this ultimate Gentleman’s retreat is a triumph in residential craftsmanship with stunning finishes, modern elegance and the charm of a Cape Dutch classic. Nestled against the mountain, in one of Stellenbosch most sought after valleys, this is a picture postcard setting, with expansive views across Stellenbosch and the majestic mountains. No detail has been forgotten in the design of this high calibre home where one can relax whilst enjoying the serenity of these magnificent surroundings. Set on approximately 3.8 hectares of terraced gardens and a small vineyard. Asking R23 million. Contact: George Cilliers 082 496 8296 Office: 021 809 2760 Web ref: PGY44J www.sothebysrealty.com

Pearl Valley Golf Course stand with magnificent views. Make the Valley of Life your home. Very few remaining opportunities available in this unique position on the 12th Fairway. Pearl Valley Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course now part of the Val de Vie Estate offers the ideal lifestyle with the best security and an abundance of leisure activities available. Various Plot & Plan options available. Overlooking the 12th fairway. Price includes VAT & membership joining fee. Asking from R2.745 million. Contact: Sandra Steenkamp 083 659 2988, Jacques Nortje 082 084 0860 Office: 021 870 1011 Web ref: 1172790

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STELLENBOSCH LIFESTYLE PROPERTY, WESTERN CAPE Inspired by a balloon trip in the French countryside, the owners created an exceptional residence in the heart of Stellenbosch. The North facing farmstead epitomizes sophistication and character, offering high quality finishes and ample capacity for grand scale entertaining in the generous reception areas. An unsurpassed, desirable quality of life awaits in natural farmland surrounds where peaceful, sunny afternoons are enjoyed on the enormous patio, cherishing the prolific birdlife on your private dam. Guests can be accommodated in the stylish cottages designed around the European style courtyard surrounded by manicured hedges, stone cobbled walls and rose bushes. The most exclusive address in town & only 1 of 8 smallholdings in this unique security estate. Asking R39.52 million no transfer duty or vat. Contact: Monique Stephens 076 383 2189 Web ref: 48GF92 www.sothebysrealty.com

STELLENBOSCH, WESTERN CAPE

PEARL VALLEY AT VAL DE VIE, WESTERN CAPE

Set within a stunning tranquil valley just minutes away from Stellenbosch town, this lifestyle farm is the rarest of assemblages. Offering a perfect combination of a comfortable family home and 6 independent income producing cottages. Set on approximately 3 hectares of beautifully manicured grounds with pond, tennis courts, two reflecting pools and a running stream. The renovated cottages are ideally positioned on the property to ensure absolute privacy and stunning views over the valley towards Stellenbosch. Asking R23.4 million. Contact: Detlef Struck 079 597 1727 Office: 021 809 2760 Web ref: 1042514

Unquestionably one of the finest properties on the market this spacious and stylish home offers open plan living areas with a modern kitchen at the heart of a lounge, dining room and braai room - perfect for entertaining. In addition there is a TV / family room that can be closed off, a large study, guest cloakroom and 4 bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. This single level home, with its beautifully landscaped and manicured gardens, has many added features such as 3 fireplaces, American shutters, underfloor heat-pump system, large pool, double oven stove, separate utility room, beautiful light fittings and more. Asking R12.95 million. Contact: Annelize Reinmuller 076 788 9918, Leigh Robertson 082 882 8243 Office: 021 870 1011 Web ref: 2347598

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VALMARY PARK, DURBANVILLE, CAPE TOWN

MELKBOSSTRAND, CAPE TOWN

This majestic home of splendid proportions situated in a prime address close to Durbanville Golf Course, top schools and centre of Durbanville. Step into a double volume entrance with spacious open living areas. Enormous kitchen with centre island breakfast nook and separate scullery. Enclosed cinema room with built in bar. 6 Bedrooms with 6 en-suite bathroom. A luxurious master bedroom with open plan bathroom and dressing room. Fully fitted study, 5 living areas with sundowner balconies. Private swimming pool and undercover braai area with built in bar and pizza oven. 3 Garages, domestic quarters and storeroom. Asking: R11.995 million. Contact: Dawie du Plessis 083 293 0449 Office: 021 910 1697 Web ref: 1564795

An exquisite 5 bedroom beachside family home with uninterrupted views of Table Mountain and Robben Island. This home comprises 750m² of family living designed to maximise the breathtaking views. Open plan reception rooms, indoor pool, entertainment lounge, 6 person lift, cherry wood gourmet kitchen, top of the range appliances, jacuzzi & sauna room are a few of the luxuries you can expect upon entering this home.

COLOSSEUM, CENTURY CITY, CAPE TOWN

PETITE PROVENCE, EVERSDAL HEIGHTS

3 Superior bedrooms and 3 elegant bathrooms (one bedroom suite can be locked off to create a one bedroom Executive suite and a 2 bedrooms Presidential suite). Luxuriously fitted and fully furnished interiors. Breathtaking views of Table Mountain set against a backdrop of the city skyline. Full hotel services available from the moment of arrival to the moment of departure. Located 10 minutes from the Waterfront & Cape Town city centre. Guaranteed 8% minimum rental return per annum for the first 2 years. Ownership gives you access to the RCI collection of resorts worldwide. Includes 28 complimentary nights per year (nights can be exchanged at a selection of hotels and resorts worldwide). Asking R3.9 million. Contact: Leandre 082 943 8735

90% Sold out! Last plot and plan development opportunity left. Situated in the very popular Eversdal Heights area with 24 hour manned security. Vacant land price: R1,695,000 Erf size 508m² and minimum building size of 330m² Building costs are: R11,995 per sqm, vat included. Asking R5.295 million. Contact Dawie du Plessis 083 293 0449 Office: 021 979 4396

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Melkbosstrand is located 35km north of Cape Town and is a mere 35 minute drive from the International Airport. Asking R25 million. Contact: Dawie du Plessis 083 293 0449 Office: 021 910 1697 Web ref: 2089431


PATERNOSTER, WEST COAST

PATERNOSTER, WEST COAST

Luxurious proportions await you from the moment you step into this haven of contentment. Extensive living areas lead to a secluded garden with gateway directly onto "Voorstrand" beach. The home is a double storey construction, immaculately maintained with bespoke finishes. On the first floor, a grand master suite affords views across the ocean, from the comfort of your bed & spa bathroom. Master dressing room, a wood burning fire place & balcony completes the picture. Two further en suite bedrooms and integral home office, on the upper floor. Poised as the ultimate investment & lifestyle objective. Asking R6.8 million. Contact Peggy Lannon 072 428 4412 Office 022 713 2858 Web ref: 2196967

Upon arrival, this property evokes abundant, yet comforting sentiments. Given the location, the setting provides unobstructed views & direct access across the "Fynbos" to the Atlantic Ocean. Sotheby's offers this unique find with the following considerations in mind: Simply, a grand beachside retreat, or high end venue with niche marketing prospective - petite wedding venue with accommodation (ceremony in the inner courtyard, or, on the beach), formal reception in expansive living areas. Avail the complete property as location for professional film shoots - inclusive of contents, for sale, separately. Independent studio offers managerial or additional guest accommodation. Asking R5.8 million Contact: Peggy Lannon 072 428 4412 Office: 022 713 2858 Web ref: 2220950

FERNKLOOF GOLF ESTATE, HERMANUS, WESTERN CAPE

FERNKLOOF GOLF ESTATE, HERMANUS, WESTERN CAPE

Pure palatial luxury in Fernkloof Village on large stand; professionally designed and decorated with seven en-suite bedrooms, main lounge, separate sport’s bar, dining room, open plan kitchen with large scullery and crockery pantry. The magnificent sun lounge stacks open to private courtyard, perfect for entertaining with boma style fire pit, landscaped garden and pool with automatic cover. Extras include a separate laundry, study, 24-hour security and double garage with extra space for a golf cart. Asking R16.5 million. Contact Brent Hill 083 441 9045 Office: 028 312 4970 Web ref: 2361162

Sophisticated Family Home set in the ‘Bishopscourt’ of Hermanus. Rolling lawns meet this beautiful double storey home with stunning northern views of the surrounding mountains and southern views of the ocean and neighbouring Hermanus Championship Golf Course. The home consists of four large en-suite bedrooms, homely kitchen, three reception rooms with fire place, private office, large cellar and double garage. Asking R14 million Contact: John Quincey 082 798 0221 Office: 028 312 4970

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PLETTENBERG BAY, GARDEN ROUTE

PLETTENBERG BAY, GARDEN ROUTE

Magnificent, unique 66ha pristine coastal estate overlooking the rugged southern coastline with dramatic cliffs & panoramic views. Local stone construction with castle-like design. Exceptional views, designed for outdoor living almost all year round regardless of prevailing wind, manicured gardens, pool, staff & manager's cottage, large dam, waterfall & cave that dates back to pre-historic times. This expansive natural wonder was home to people thousands of years ago & various artefacts that have been found on-site and are included in the sale. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own your own castle in one of South Africa's most beautiful places. Asking R75 million. Contact: Hein Pretorius 083 701 3159 Office: 044 533 2529 Web ref: 1900435

One Beachy Head Drive, a gated estate currently under construction, is designed by world famous architects Stefan Antoni/Olmesdahl/Truen in association with Simplicitas Architects and is perched on a prominent hill overlooking the Piesang River Valley, Robberg peninsula and Beacon Isle beaches. Design is contemporary, state of the art, stylish and unique with in-depth study of site specific charachteristics maximizing natural light, protection from prevailing winds, privacy and views. ±613m² Comprising 4 en-suite bedrooms, open-plan living areas, lift, pub, swimming pool, generous terraces, double garage and storage space. Asking R18.52 million incl. vat. Contact: Hein Pretorius 083 701 3159 Office: 044 533 2529 Web ref: 1576990

KEURBOOMSTRAND, GARDEN ROUTE

PLETTENBERG BAY, GARDEN ROUTE

This modern, contemporary home is situated on the beach in Keurboomstrand. Generous windows and glass doors invite the natural light and majestic views into this home. The interior exudes an atmosphere of simple elegance and attention to detail. The open-plan lounge, kitchen and dining area leads to a covered patio and sparkling pool with lush green mountain views. 4 Bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, all with patios and beautiful views over the ocean. Quality furniture and appliances are included in the sale. Situated within 20 minutes’ drive to shopping centres, schools, gyms, restaurants and Plett's beautiful beaches. Asking R16.7 million. Contact: Hein Pretorius 083 701 3159 Office: 044 533 2529 Web ref: 2192155

One of the best riverfront properties in ever-popular River Club. This gracious and spacious open plan home is family orientated and is within an access controlled complex consisting of 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, granite counters in the kitchen, separate scullery, lovely covered patio with built-in braai, a single garage and the added benefit of a spacious loft room with a TV lounge and master en-suite. This home faces the river and has a beautifully landscaped garden. This special home has the perfect

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environment for family holidays with a communal pool, squash courts, and tennis courts. Close to the beach. Rental potential. Asking R6.4 million. Contact: Sue Harvey 083 306 7499 Office: 044 533 2529. Web ref: 2285063


SIMOLA GOLF ESTATE, KNYSNA, GARDEN ROUTE

SIMOLA GOLF ESTATE, KNYSNA, GARDEN ROUTE

Perched on a high ridge, this beautifully designed 5 bedroom en-suite home, offers every luxury you would expect on this exclusive Golf Estate. With incredible views of the Knysna River and Estuary from every angle of this home, the design offers transparent living letting the indoors out and the outdoors in. An open plan kitchen, dining lounge will allow for easy entertaining and the second lounge is as relaxed however embraces a feeling of unsurpassed luxury. Surround sound, under floor heating, staff room and double garage all add to the value of this home. Vat included, therefore no transfer duty. R 30 282 000 incl. vat. Contact: Paulette Holst 083 496 0302, Alex Ricour 084 028 8299 Office: 044 382 4700 Web ref: 2238325

This stylish home for sale is inspired by Armani Casa designs both interior and exterior. The master suite is on the ground level and the 3 other suites on the lower level. The lounge, dining room and kitchen are on one level with a second lounge and study that can be closed off from the other living areas or left as open plan. The rim flow swimming pool cascades into the jacuzzi area. There is an automated system which gives you remote management of the TV, sound system, security alarm, beams and cameras around the house. Double garage and golf cart garage. Wonderful views of the Knysna Heads, river and Outeniqua Mountains. R19.5 million. Contact: Cary Carroll 083 654 7304 Office: 044 382 0913 Web ref: 1721289

GREENPASTURES, KNYSNA, GARDEN ROUTE

SEDGEFIELD, GARDEN ROUTE

This modern home with three en-suite bedrooms as well as a large en-suite loft has a double volume dining room and entrance hall leading into a stunning kitchen, with delightful breakfast nook and wood burning fireplace. The north facing outdoor living area and built in barbeque is an entertainer’s delight. There is a choice of formal lounge with an electric fireplace or the cosy TV room adjoining the kitchen with a gas fireplace. Two automated garages complete this perfect home with a landscaped indigenous garden. Green Pastures is a secure estate with electric fence and CCTV cameras monitoring movement throughout. Asking R3.35 million. Contact: John 083 626 6077, Joey 082 901 4090 Office: 044 382 4700 Web ref: 2064747

This beautiful, three storey home enjoys endless ocean and lagoon views from expansive balconies and decks. On the first floor are three garages and a flatlet with living room, kitchen and bedroom with bathroom. The funicular or stairs access the second floor which boasts a modern kitchen and spacious living areas spilling out to the garden with sparkling pool. Four bedrooms are all en-suite and there is also a study and entertainment space. Features include two fireplaces, three sunroofs, three braai areas, under floor heating and a built-in lift shaft, should you wish to install a lift. A truly magnificent home! Asking R6.25 million. Contact: Kandy Grieve 072 694 4608, Louise Barnard 072 513 4188 Office: 044 343 2011 Web ref: 2050699

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WILDERNESS, GARDEN ROUTE

CAMPHERSDRIFT, GEORGE, GARDEN ROUTE

This picturesque 3.2ha smallholding, with atmospheric mountain views, embodies peace and tranquillity. It comprises two separate, north-facing homes, all on one level, 4 garages, 2 studio apartments/guest rooms and an enchanting dam. A large section of level land, gently slopes to a seasonal stream. This property offers an opportunity for income generation or as a multiple living option. Enjoy self-sustainability, grow your own veggies and keep your horses and animals. The garages are 146.93m² in size. Municipal water & electricity and rain water tanks. Asking R5.5 million. Contact: Mandy Pelser 074 149 1634, Peter Bartrum 082 550 4808 Office: 044 877 0767 Web ref: 1909652

This immaculate home offers versatile accommodation and exudes character and charm of days gone by. The old and new are skillfully combined and some of the features include wooden flooring, lighting with attention to detail and a luxuriously fitted kitchen, open plan to dining – living with indoor braai. The bar area and pool deck are ideal for entertaining. Five pristine bedrooms, featuring a mix of wooden floors and carpets are served by four stylish bathrooms. Double garages and two store rooms. An alarm system and controlled access provides peace of mind. View this breathtaking property without delay. Asking R4.85 million. Contact: Ronél Thiart 083 627 6806 Office: 044 873 2519 Web ref: 2337278

NAHOON VALLEY, EAST LONDON

GONUBIE, EAST LONDON

Grand Home on Nahoon River! This unique grand family home is set in a park like garden setting measuring 6764m² offering 5 bedrooms, 2 lounges, library / study, cocktail bar, expansive patio, pool entertainment lounge with pub, thatched gazebo and much more, namely a large office block, flatlet, domestic quarters, storerooms and carports located behind the residence. The property has 45 meters of river frontage, a private slipway to launch a boat and offers the developer a unique proposition to

Uninterrupted & sweeping views of the ocean, await you from this beautiful spacious home! Words cannot describe the views you will enjoy from every room in this house. This is an ideal investment opportunity. This house has excellent finishes, a patio from each bedroom, fully fitted kitchen and scullery as well as fabulous open-plan living and dining areas. Other features include vacant stand which could be used for further development or tennis court. Parking space for at least 4 vehicles This home has been seen and admired by most and now is the opportunity to make it your new home or establish a Bed and Breakfast. POA. Contact: Linda Godfrey 083 779 5585 Office: 043 726 0111 Web ref: 2361686

subdivide and create a unique complex along the banks of the Nahoon River. Asking R18 million. Contact: Ann Nel 083 445 1163 Office: 043 726 0111 Web ref: 2075815

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ZIMBALI COASTAL ESTATE, KWAZULU NATAL

WESTBROOK BEACH, KWAZULU NATAL

This recently completed, brand new home is yours to own in one of the best estates in KZN. Designed with open plan living areas, it is spacious, modern, and contemporary. Additional features include a covered entertainment area with a wooden deck, a rim flow pool and landscaped garden. As a resident on this sought-after estate, you will have full access to the golf course, private gym, nature walks and direct access to the beach which is a "stone throw" away. Asking R7.9 million. Contact Colin Moses: 082 553 7576 Office: 032 943 2008 Web ref: 2164602

Have you ever just walked into a property and thought “This is where I should be!” – This stunner of a penthouse is selling fully furnished at an incredibly affordable price. From the moment you step off the elevator, you’re greeted with this “inviting and warm ambience”. Designed with free-flowing spaces and modern architecture, it is superbly maintained with immaculate finishes and exceptional furniture that compliments it all. You have access to all the complex amenities. Come see for yourself! Asking R8.9 million. Contact: Colin Moses 082 553 7576 Office: 032 943 2008 Web Ref: 2361643

ZIMBALI COASTAL ESTATE, KWAZULU NATAL

HILLTOP ESTATE, KWAZULU NATAL

This beautiful multi-storey duplex is one of a kind. The entrance hall boasts architectural design of high levels. Downstairs consists of spacious open plan living areas; with an inviting ambience. The kitchen boasts immaculate finishes with various built-in appliances. A fully operational theatre room right in the comfort of your home. A 2nd pyjama room and all 4 spacious bedrooms are located upstairs. Across the driveway, is your entertainment area with a fully built bar, garden, lap pool, wooden sundeck. Asking R12 million. Contact: Colin Moses 082 553 7576 Office: 032 943 2008 Web ref: 2299907

Spacious and elegant freestanding 4 Bedroom (all en-suite) townhouse. The entrance hall on ground floor has a beautiful iron balustrade which leads to the upstairs floor of

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the house where you'll find the 3 bedrooms and study nook. The en-suite guest room with its own private entrance is on the ground floor. The home is designed with open plan living areas. fully kitted kitchen for the aspiring chef. Extras include covered patio, built in braai and swimming pool. Asking R5.8 million. Contact Colin Moses: 082 553 7576 Web ref: 2165143


LA LUCIA, KWAZULU NATAL

PRESTONDALE, KWAZULU NATAL

This multi-level home boasts so many amazing features and is ideal for a large family who enjoys entertaining as the heart of the home is a spectacular dining / entertainment room leading out onto the pool area. This 5 bedroom home has 3 bathrooms 2 of which are en-suite, dining dining room, gourmet kitchen, family lounge, study and four double sized bedrooms all fitted with their own air conditioners. The large size storeroom is situated under the double garage to complete this master piece. A must on your viewing roster this property is offer very good value for money. Asking R4.5 million. Contact: Maurizio Dalle- Vedove 083 301 1946 Office: 031 566 5150 Web ref: 2264570

Spacious Facebook home with modern finishes, large white kitchen with black granite tops, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, double garage and good security. Plenty of space for the children to play in the garden. Within walking distance to the Umhlanga College. Asking R3.899 million. Contact: Oriana Honeywill 083 776 4646, Milton Kahn 082 387 6562 Office: 031 566 5150 Web ref: 1623170

POINT WATERFRONT, KWAZULU NATAL

LA LUCIA, KWAZULU NATAL

Own your piece of Waterfront luxury. Two bedroom, two bathroom luxury apartment in the sought after block of The Sails. Large balcony overlooking the harbor mouth, with breath taking sea views. Enjoy the communal gym or just relax at the sparkling pool area or enjoy a cappuccino and sandwich at the food bar located downstairs. Own your piece of paradise and experience the best of a coastal lifestyle. Asking R2.2 million. Contact: Maurizio Dalle-Vedove 083 301 1946 Office: 031 566 5150 Web ref: 2278715

This beautiful home awakens all the senses and evokes the allure of romance which entices one to dream of all the possibilities. Grand entertaining with the champagne bar upstairs that leads onto a veranda with spectacular sea views. The spiral staircase takes you to the open top level area with breathtaking 360° sea views. Inland views from the reception rooms, leading to a staircase that will take you downstairs to the fully fitted wine cellar (space for 2000 bottles). Four bedrooms, four bathrooms plus a self-contained one bedroom cottage makes this house where romantic rooftop encounters are not just a scene from the movies, our choice of the month. Asking R6.995 million. Contact: Maurizio Dalle-Vedove 083 301 1946 Web ref: 2250945

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SHEFFIELD BEACH, KWAZULU NATAL

SHEFFIELD BEACH, KWAZULU NATAL

Amazing home with great sea views, perfect for family / work from home. Beautifully designed with spacious, flowing sunny rooms opening onto a large patio with stunning garden and pool. Open plan 2 lounges, dining room and kitchen. This home has direct access to the beach and is well looked after providing a coastal lifestyle extravaganza. Triple garage on road level leading down to 2 bedroom garden cottage and a 2 bedroom spacious utility room leading down to the beautiful double story 4 bedroom home. Asking R7.995 million. Contact: Michelle Taylor 083 653 3696 Office: 031 566 5150 Web ref: 2303418

This home, set above the Dolphin Coast's expansive Sheffield Beach has 240° panoramic sea views. The ultimate "Beach House" is privately positioned and is awe-inspiring. Architecturally designed with proportions that are a match for the rugged coastline and displaying sophisticated interior detailing. From the moment you walk into this 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom utopia you feel a true sense of seamless integration between luxury and utility. This home engulfs you with its multi-sensory experience and impresses you with the sharp attention to fine detail and composition. We are proud to offer this fully furnished home for viewing by appointment only. Asking R19.95 million. Contact: Michelle Taylor 083 653 3696 Office: 031 566 5150 Web ref: 1623170

LA LUCIA, KWAZULU NATAL

SHEFFIELD BEACH, KWAZULU NATAL

Elegant immaculate 6 bedroom family home in a sought after location. Three lounges, dining room and huge open plan kitchen allow for family evenings or A- list dinner parties. Stunning rock pool with large entertainment area. Property is perfect to work from home. Excellent security, double garage with secure off-street parking for lots of cars. There is a full laundry room and en-suite staff accommodation. Beautiful level completely private granny flat too!This property is a stone throw away from the beach and has magnificent sea views. Asking R8.9 million. Contact: Michelle Taylor 083 653 3696 Office: 031 566 5150 Web ref: 2219288

Fantastic breaker and sea views, 45m above the beach. Four bedrooms all en-suite, master bedroom upstairs and 3 downstairs. Upper floor has a kitchen, dining room, TV lounge, enclosed patio. There is also a guest loo and a large store room / workshop. Downstairs open plan TV/ entertainment with large additional dining space and bar. Small fitted study and store room. The house has aluminum shutters on all the outdoor windows and doors. There is a self-contained single bedroom flat let with kitchen and toilet / shower. This home has been renovated and is modern and exceptionally well maintained with its own private beach access. Asking R11.8 million. Contact: Michelle Taylor 083 653 3696 Office: 031 566 5150 Web ref: 2127598

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REMHOOGTE FARM / SKEERPOORT, NORTH WEST

KALKHEUWEL FARM, NORTH WEST

A majestic country home set on 6.8ha, bordered by the magic Magalies River, enveloped by the divine rolling landscape of Remhoogte / Skeerpoort, the old Boere farmlands which are towered over by the age old Magalies Mountain Range. Enjoy country living at its best with this spacious and well appointed 6 bedroom, 4 bathroom farmhouse with open plan kitchen and living areas. Spacious patio/veranda overlooking pool. 6 Income generating cottages. This is an ideal property to set up an equestrian centre. Situated on the edge of the Cradle of Mankind and only 40min from major centres like Pretoria, Northern and Western suburbs of Gauteng as well as Rustenburg. Asking R7.7 million. Contact: Peter Deetlefs 073 563 8709 Office: 012 244 3300 Web ref: 2077064

A 10 min drive from Lanseria, this magnificent 8.5ha property is awaiting the right buyer. Set lusciously within its own indigenous forest, total tranquility. This superior 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom home has exceptional finishes. Multiple living and entertaining areas accentuated by crystal chandeliers and a spectacular pool. 2 Large offices will allow you to work from home. A super two bedroomed cottage and adequate staff quarters completes the offering. With more than enough of anything you need, including a helipad and hanger too. Space, peace, and perimeter fence, encloses you in your very own piece of Africa! Asking R13 million. Contact: Peter Deetlefs 073 563 8709 Office: 012 244 3300 Web ref: 2260552

IFAFI, HARTBEESTPOORT DAM

PECANWOOD ESTATE, HARTBEESTPOORT DAM

Entertainer’s delight. A spectacular double storey family home, perfectly located in a sought after suburb in Hartbeespoort. Breathtaking dam & mountain views from the balcony, the perfect spot for sundowners. A 5 bedroom home with gourmet kitchen and scullery, open plan living and dining areas. Property has a boat garage, potential apartment for teen pad, beautiful landscaped garden with mature trees and shrubs; a wonderful space for kids and pets to explore. Patio flows out onto a beautiful pool deck and bar overlooking the garden. Close to Ifafi boat club, shops and good schools in the area. Asking R2.995 million. Contact: Ashleigh Mitchley 083 703 3621 Office: 012 244 3300 Web ref: 2180294

Experience cutting-edge living in this unrestrained modern home. Boasting 4 spacious bedrooms, 3 of which en-suite, and a study that can be converted into 5th bedroom. The ultra-modern, very functional kitchen creates the perfect atmosphere to cook for friends and family. A covered braai area ideal for entertaining guests. A beautiful fireplace will keep you nice and snug in the winter and air conditioners will keep you cool as a cucumber in summer time. All living areas lead outside through folding stack doors and open to a view of an inland dam that will have you in a permanent state of bliss. Asking R4.3 million. Contact: Peta-Ann McBean 082 894 6097 Office: 012 244 3300 Web ref: 2310511

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POORTVIEW, ROODEPOORT

RUIMSIG, ROODEPOORT

This magnificent estate presents an uncompromising lifestyle where casual elegance meets sophisticated charm in an idyllic natural setting. Masterfully custom built and set on an 11,000m² stand where Springbok roam, this spacious home offers spectacular uninterrupted views, which are echoed throughout the home through the light, naturally flowing interior. Every desired amenity can be found in this modern, 4 bedroom, two-level residence, that further boasts a separate 2 bedroom cottage. Offering the ultimate blend of sophistication and privacy, this sanctuary is where city meets nature. Asking R9.995 million. Contact: Chris Liebenberg 074 117 4971, Henno Mentz 082 800 2132 Office: 010 020 1478 Web ref: 2364047

This luxurious wedding and conference venue, boasts not only a reception room, but a charming chapel, both with seating for a 100 guests. The elegant conference room seats up to 30 delegates and should an over-night stay be needed, the guest house can accommodate up to 40 people. Flourishing gardens, tennis court and a crystalline pool provide a variety of entertainment for guests, and the drive from Lanseria Airport being a mere 20 minutes, makes convenience another key aspect of this fully furnished and equipped gem. Asking R19.995 million. Contact: Chris Liebenberg 074 117 4971, Henno Mentz 082 800 2132 Office: 010 020 1478 Web ref: 2262967

ALBERANTE, ALBERTON

ALBERANTE, ALBERTON

The old stately estate, Alberante, where homes are from an era long past. With larger than normal stand sizes this magnificent suburb still is a major draw card for potential investors of property as they have potential for adding on. Family room, formal lounge, dining room and thatched lapa. The kitchen is ultra-modern. Entertainment area. 4 well sized bedrooms and potential for 5 if needed as the study has ample room to fit a bed and currently has built in cupboards. There is a bathroom with a shower and separate toilet to service the childrens bedrooms and the main bedroom is en-suite. Little cottage for Gran. Stunning self contained one bedroom flatlet. Asking R3.195 million. Contact: Genevieve Hutton 082 897 1548 Dean Hutton 082 415 3339 Web ref: 289086

A peaceful and private haven and a magical garden, this immaculate family home is tucked away, quiet and tranquil on 2700m². The architecturally attractive main house with Victorian style furniture included, offers 5 lovely North facing bedrooms with an exceptional flatlet. The floor plan provides excellent flow, with 3 spacious living areas, leading to the pool, covered braai area and sunken lounge. Bedrooms and study is situated upstairs with four of them each having a balcony. Triple garage, a wine cellar, tennis court and a secure lifestyle. Asking R5.3 million. Contact: Pieter Kritzinger 084 587 2222 Office: 011 867 3339 Web ref: 2090014

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SILVER LAKES GOLF ESTATE, PRETORIA

WILLOW ACRES ESTATE, PRETORIA

A perfect, private setting in a quiet location within Silver Lakes Golf Estate offering you spacious reception areas with impressive chandeliers, lovely open flow areas enjoying a great view from the covered patio with pool. The spacious study flows easily from the entrance hall and is ideal if you work from home. A guest bedroom downstairs enjoys fitted wardrobes and bathroom. The French country kitchen design compliments the architecture and includes a breakfast nook, pantry, ample cupboards and a separate laundry / scullery with access onto the courtyard. Upstairs there is a pyjama lounge and three double bedrooms, with main being en-suite. Asking R3.2 million. Contact: Juanita du Plessis 082 322 3407 Office: 012 460 9261 Web ref: 2249764

This home is welcoming with its professional landscaped garden and open flowing reception areas, complimented with high ceilings and beautiful color schemes. A home to be proud of and to enjoy for many years to come! The property includes a large kitchen with a separate scullery/laundry and easy flow to the dining room open plan to the lounge and large entertainment room with built-in-braai enjoying access through folding doors onto the spacious garden with swimming pool. A private setting to enjoy family time! Asking R2.65 million. Contact: Juanita du Plessis 082 322 3407 Office: 012 460 9261 Web ref: 2126535

SILVER LAKES GOLF ESTATE, PRETORIA

WATERKLOOF, PRETORIA

Masterful design and construction created an impeccable home, fitted with top quality finishes throughout. The contemporary design is complimented with practical layout and flow as well as neutral color schemes to compliment any decor. Upon arrival, the private setting welcomes one into the entrance hall which flows easily into the lounge which is open plan to the spacious dining room and designer kitchen. The kitchen is well fitted with cupboards and enjoys a separate scullery / laundry. The elegant bar area flows easily to the outside covered patio in the walled garden. Asking R3.85 million. Contact: Juanita du Plessis 082 322 3407 Office: 012 460 9261 Web ref: 2278839

Home is where the heart is. Set on a 2 552m² erf, lays this beautiful solid family home that exemplifies the essence of the perfect winter and summer family living. The location provides the homeowner with tranquil views and privacy, while simultaneously being conveniently situated close to schools, the university of Pretoria and shopping malls. The work from home space provides additional options to tick this home as a "must view today property�. Asking R6.45 million. Contact: Karin Petzer 082 922 4731 Office: 012 460 9261 Web ref: 2310330

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KYALAMI ESTATE, MIDRAND

BLUE VALLEY GOLF ESTATE, CENTURION

This prestigious home is nestled within a bird sanctuary and offers calming views of a lake and sweeping willow trees. Adorned with antiques and chandeliers, it offers a stately, peaceful family home. Private and generous living spaces envelop a modern families lifestyle. Elegant features include a billiards room, sunlit jacuzzi and sparkling pool set within a spacious covered patio. The master bedroom, offers a calm, tranquil space with a private study, warming winter fireplace and beautiful views of the lake and trees - a wonderful place to curl up with a good book! A grand family home, emanating elegance, luxury and an opportunity for real living. Asking R13.995 million. Contact: Tina de Waal 083 7718709, Vicky Lee Coffen 061 615 3248 Web ref: 2231385

Spacious family home situated in a private cul de sac, the home is built with the idea of having the whole family all under one roof offering 5 double bedrooms, 5 bathrooms (3 en-suite). The kitchen is designed with diner seating, breakfast room & separate scullery. Formal lounge & dining room with wood fire place. TV & entertainment room / kids toy room. Study. Enclose family room with built-in braai and folding doors opening up to the garden with pool and trampoline. Staff acc, double auto garage. Storeroom. Estate facilities include Gary Player Designer Golf Course, clubhouse, tennis & squash courts, spa and fitness centre, shuttle service, 24hr security. Asking R5.3 million. Contact: Susan Jonker 082 875 0151, Waldo Jonker 083 266 6333 Web ref: 2236904

SOUTHDOWNS ESTATE, CENTURION

RASLOUW MANOR SECURITY ESTATE, CENTURION

Exquisite home in Southdowns Estate, literally waiting to be explored and enjoyed. After a well-thought-out planning on the selection of design and materials, a house of perfect flow with well-configured spaces, and fantastic inside-outside relationship rose from the ground. The main entrance boasts a dramatic curved free standing custom marble staircase. Installed by an Italian craftsman, this staircase enhances the open floor plan of this home and allows more light to penetrate the space below. Beautiful Italian tiles throughout and a wall of stone add texture to the airy interior. Asking R16.4 million Contact: Samir Jhina 079 812 9007 Office: 012 460 9261 Web ref: 2242081

A rare offering of one of the area's finest properties. Situated in the popular Raslouw Manor Security Estate, this home offers the ultimate level of luxury. A ±702m² residence on a ±1046m² stand with a perfectly manicured garden. 5 Bedrooms, all en-suite and an entertainment area that can easily be converted to a flatlet with an existing en-suite bedroom. Other features include staff quarters, a solar power system, CCTV cameras, a TV room and a sparkling swimming pool. Happy living starts here for your family. Asking R5.495 million. Contact: Prajesh Bhoola 082 711 0011 Office: 012 460 9261 Web ref: 2232307

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BOSKRUIN, RANDBURG

LINDEN EXT. RANDBURG

Nestle next to the Boskruin Koppie, in a secure estate with 24hr security on your doorstep, scenic gardens in the estate common areas, you enter this family home into a large open plan lounge and dining room and classic bar area, leading to a large heated pool, indoor braai, jacuzzi and small garden. Large kitchen leading to separate scullery. 4 En-suite bedrooms, study, and under floor heating throughout the house. Main bedroom and lounge has air conditioner. Double automated garage with extra parking space, extra storage space and Wendy Hut. Fibre internet available and motion detected cameras, alarm system and outside beams. Asking R5.5 million. Contact: Zona Coetzee 084 626 6119 Office: 011 476 8303 Web ref: 2158738

An exclusive Tuscan cluster with its plush interior oozing true elegance. A grand double volume entrance hall leading to up the stair case to 4 amazing spacious bedrooms, 2 en-suits, one full exquisite bathroom and guest toilet. Boutique style open plan dining room, family / TV room and designer kitchen with cosy separate lounge. A must see. Asking R3.8 million. Contact: Melinda Odendaal 083 399 4113 Office: 011 476 8303 Web ref: 2280773

MORET, RANDBURG

NORTHCLIFF, JOHANNESBURG

An architectural designed home mixed with Cape Dutch characteristics and a unique modern touch. Open-plan kitchen with gas stove, 2 living areas, gas fireplace and undercover patio leading out through French doors onto heated pool and irrigated garden. Double volume ceilings and exposed beams completes the feeling of perfection. Library in the dining room. Spacious main bedroom and bathroom with private lounge and balcony. Additional 2 bedrooms sharing a very modern bathroom. Cottage 1: 2 bedrooms with bathroom, open-plan lounge and kitchen. Own deck and garden. Separate entrance. Cottage 2: 1 bedroom with bathroom & kitchenette. Ideal for a teenager. Asking R3.1 million. Contact: Chantel Ackerman 083 407 6814 Web ref: 2351122

There is something special about stumbling upon exceptional architecture. It is like hearing a song that speaks to your heart for the first time. Time almost stands still. A moment is captured by a realization of excellence, excellently displayed with a permanence that is irremovable. Pabst created this exceptional masterpiece for someone extraordinary; our very own Ernest Ullmann, an artist in his own right whom we inherited from Europe in the early 1900’s. Intelligent lines which are calling for an intelligent mind to appreciate it and once again call it “home”. Asking R8.5 million. Contact: Gert Bekker 082 570 0222 Office: 011 476 8303 Web ref: 2376358

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