24 Jan 2013
He says over the years, the home has been featured in décor magazines, and properties on the sea side of Chartwell Drive, where this house is situated, sell at anything from R10 million to R22 million.
Botsis says the property was built in 1953 as a small cottage and was later purchased by the current owners in 1994.
He says the home has been renovated and modernised, retaining its beautiful colonial features with a touch of a Mediterranean feel, which is reflected in its courtyard. “The property has unobstructed views over the Indian Ocean from each of its four bedrooms. It is set on a large double stand of 2 800 square metres and the garden is landscaped with indigenous vegetation.”
According to Botsis, it has never been for sale since then. He says the home is a private and exclusive residence, almost tucked below Chartwell Drive and the only glimpse you get from the roadside is of the property’s white roof.
The house is set below street level and comes with a retaining wall, tiled alcove and water feature that adds to its Mediterranean feel. Wide double doors welcome you into the home, which has free-flowing spaces decorated by the owner, who works in the design arena.
Because the house is so close to the sea, the owners wanted an uncluttered home in muted tones with symmetrical lines, so as not to compete with the magnificent views. Large windows and doors make the space feel light, and the deep veranda in front of the house is used as a living area.
The central part of the house opens up onto the veranda and pool deck, and the living areas have three different levels, lending depth and perspective to the spaces.
Besides four bedrooms (each with its own distinctive ambience), this home offers a fully self-contained flatlet (also with superb views), full staff accommodation and outbuildings for utilities. The property features a beautiful white aluminium roof, which makes it stand out.
Botsis says this home is undoubtedly Umhlanga’s finest property, located within walking distance of Umhlanga’s finest beaches and the Umhlanga Centre, and all its restaurants and amenities.
He says it offers open plan living with a designer kitchen and 3.5 bathrooms, while the master suite is over 100 square metres in size.
“It comes fully furnished, with magnificent views from every room, a spacious entertainment area, a study, laundry room, swimming pool and three garages. This property emphasises elegance and an upscale lifestyle.”
Botsis says there are few high-end properties for sale on Chartwell Drive. Generally, he says, they get properties on this prestigious road coming up for sale only every three to five years. “They appeal much to locals who appreciate the wonderful lifestyle on offer and the exclusivity offered by this address and setting.”
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