22 Aug 2013
The R60 million price tag for a penthouse apartment in Morningside that has recently been placed on the market is certainly remarkable, but the property is a ‘Sandton gem’ the likes of which has never been seen in Gauteng before.
This is according to Pam Golding Properties (PGP) Hyde Park joint area manager Jonathan Davies, who says the property, which is situated in the Regent building in Morningside, is the highest priced apartment ever to go on the market in Gauteng. The property has a total size of some 585 square metres, which gives it a price tag of a little more than R100 000 per square metre.
Davies says in 2009 a property in Sandton fetched R35 million, the highest price an apartment in the area has fetched so far.
He points out that the Morningside penthouse has many superb features and is confident that it will generate considerable interest in both the local and international markets. “It is a large property with incomparable fittings and facilities and it offers magnificent panoramic views of Johannesburg and the finest in South African urban living.”
He says if that is not enough, it is situated virtually in the Sandton CBD, the financial and shopping hub of South Africa, where the demand for upmarket residential properties is currently at an all-time high.
Wayne Venter, a PGP agent and Sandton area expert, says the property is likely to attract the interest of foreigners. He says the apartment is on sale for the equivalent of approximately £4million, which is well within the reach of the world’s wealthy. “That said, a buyer could also emerge locally – perhaps a top executive who wants a luxurious lifestyle, but who appreciates Sandton’s centrality. It is going to be interesting to see who fits with this one of a kind penthouse.”
The flight of many businesses from the Johannesburg central business district, including the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, in the 1990s saw Sandton become the new financial district of South Africa. It has gone from strength to strength since then and today the area is home to large numbers of commercial and professional businesses. This has only served to stimulate the residential property market both within and around Sandton.
Venter affirms that the residential property market in the Sandton area is still strong and high-end, high-rise properties in the CBD are proving particularly popular. He says a number of executive apartment blocks such as Regent and the Michelangelo Towers have been developed in the Sandton CBD in recent years as everyone tries to be where the action is. He says Sandton is growing rapidly and it is also growing skywards.
“Thefeatures of the apartment, which was initially built as two separate penthouses and was later merged into one, have to be seen to be believed. There are four palatial bedrooms, three of which have their own balconies. The generous rooms have electric blinds, plush carpets and en suite bathrooms decked out in marble. The apartment has no fewer than six bathrooms.”
PGP Hyde Park joint area manager Rupert Finnemorenotes that the penthouse,which is being sold fully furnished, is an entertainer’s dream. He says there is a rooftop cocktail bar, as well as a heated swimming pool and steam room, complemented by a bespoke refrigerated walk-in wine cellar. “For the wine connoisseur who enjoys optimum convenience, there is a double garage in the basement that has been converted into a second refrigerated wine cellar. Meanwhile, the kitchen, which is fully fitted with exclusive Gaggenau appliances, is a joy to behold.”
Finnemore says for the tech savvy this apartment literally has it all with a state-of-the-art home theatre and Apple TV complete with on-wall touch screen control or iPad/iPhone remote control, and multi-room audio. He says centralised climate and humidification ensure absolute comfort while broadband Internet, WiFi and IP phones ensure that everyone stays connected.
A total of seven garages allow for a veritable fleet of cars and ample garaging for friends and family. A large staff room and two laundries form part of the apartment, which is fitted with a high-end security system, access control and CCTV system.
Those who choose to do so need never even leave the apartment as a concierge service is on tap at the Regent, which has its own café, restaurant, health spa, sophisticated gym as well as indoor and outdoor pools.
This penthouse is a work of art that offers luxurious living in one of Africa’s fastest growing cities, notes Finnemore. “We are confident that it will attract a great deal of interest and that the property will be well received by the marketplace.”
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