22 Aug 2013
Now that two-way traffic has been restored and the eight year road restoration project is finally coming to an end, the public can enjoy the full offerings of Kalk Bay again without the traffic holdups, says Knight Frank Anne Porter area agent, Ed Kok.
The Main Road in this area managed to accommodate the Argus Cycle Tour and the Two Oceans Marathon this year, which is a favourite stretch for many athletes, he says. And the new traffic lights at Main Road and Boyes Drive are now fully operational, with two-way traffic fully restored there too.
Although there is still more restoration work to come, Kok says the worst is over.
He says Kalk Bay is well-known for its historic buildings, quaint shops, restaurants, cafes and coffee shops - and it is also for its typically seaside atmosphere, where any holidaymaker can truly experience a Cape fishing village lifestyle and ‘take a step back in time, to an era that was less rushed and commercial.
A 95 year old landmark property, which epitomises this Kalk Bay lifestyle, and is sited at the top of an old-world cobbled road, has come onto the market for R12 million. The property has been running as a successful guesthouse for many years.
The home has six bedrooms with seven bathrooms, four living rooms, two garages and one additional parking bay. The building’s floor area is 413 square metres and the stand size is 545 square metres.
Kok says the house was originally built in 1918 as a convalescent home, and today, guests who visit can still experience the Colonial atmosphere in spacious rooms with high ceilings, wooden door architraves, and rooms opening out onto wraparound verandas.
He says part of the ground floor veranda has been enclosed, which creates a comfortable lounge for guests. This level also has a spacious dining room as well as a private lounge for the owner. A large, well-equipped kitchen provides tea for guests and next to the northern veranda is a secluded patio, which offers a sheltered outdoor area to enjoy the views and sunshine in summer, he says.
The other rooms on the ground floor include a reception office, a guest cloakroom and a guest shower.
“The finishes in this comfortable and gracious home, coupled with the charm of Kalk Bay, make this guesthouse appealing. As accommodation trade in Cape Town can be seasonal, the attraction of this area coupled with the good seasonal pricing of rooms has enabled good occupancy levels.”
At present, the guesthouse is being rented out on a flat rental basis to a commercial operator who is responsible for the operating expenses as well as the maintenance of the property, which is in excellent condition, says Kok. This lease can be renewed in November this year, or a new owner could decide to continue the running of the guesthouse themselves.
Kok says guesthouse opportunities of this kind seldom come onto the market. He says this beautiful home offers a fantastic opportunity for an active owner who appreciates the special life Kalk Bay has to offer, while earning an income from their property investment at the same time.
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