31 May 2013
While most of us can only dream of owning a French Chateaux-styled home, especially in a metropolitan area such as Johannesburg, this dream could be closer than you think.
Provided you can afford the R20 million price tag, you can bag just such a home in one of the city’s most exclusive suburbs, Hyde Park.Located in a quiet cul-de-sac, the architectural design includes arched wooden windows with shutters, columns and an authentic conservatory along with a landscaped garden.
Set on a stand of almost an acre, the gardens include fountains, a rose garden, olive grove and a grand pavilion that overlooks a large salt-water swimming pool. The pavilion includes a lounge/dining area and a fully equipped serving area as well as bathroom facilities.
The home itself offers 900 square metres in floor space over two storeys. The entrance opens into a double volume entrance hall with a grand staircase that leads to the upper level. The ground-floor living areas open to an outdoor terrace and the garden and include a family/TV room and a formal lounge and dining room with fireplaces and wooden parquet flooring. A separate study also comes with a fireplace and parquet flooring. The kitchen has granite surfaces, a central breakfast area and a separate scullery and laundry and it adjoins the glass-encased conservatory.
There are five bedrooms on the upper level, three of which open to a balcony that overlooks the garden. The main suite has a fireplace and dressing room and the remaining four bedrooms are in two suites that each share a bathroom. A spiral staircase leading down to the front of the home offers direct access into the second bedroom. This level also has a study with library shelving and a pajama lounge.
There is a spacious one bedroom cottage with a lounge and dining area that has a fireplace, kitchenette and single garage on the property. Additional features include a three-car garage and a two bedroom staff suite with a kitchen and dining area. Finishes include under-floor heating in the tiled and carpeted areas, an automated irrigation system and top class security including electrified perimeter fencing, infra-red beams and CCTV cameras.
That Hyde Park is one of the country’s most desirable suburbs for luxury buyers is undeniable. With an average house price of over R8.5 million, it ranks in the top ten most exclusive neighbourhoods in the country. In the last year, about six luxury homes were sold including two homes in Teesdale Road sold by the Seeff agents for R14 million and R15 million respectively.
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