04 Jan 2012
Described as a Victorian gem and located on Lismore in Alexandra Road, this home dates back from its golden era.
It is double storey and has full-length lavender coloured wooden shutters, high pressed metal ceilings and Oregon pine floors.
The home has five bedrooms, three bathrooms and living, reception and family rooms as well as three garages and is situated on a site measuring 1 162 square metres.
Lanice Steward, managing director of Anne Porter Knight Frank says Upper Kenilworth has for much of its 300 year history under European colonisation been recognised as the area where many of Cape Town’s leading citizens live.
This was particularly true in the late 1800s and early 1900s when the precinct saw large family homes being built in almost park-like gardens.
“Upper Kenilworth has held a pre-eminent position and is still today seen as a highly prestigious place to live.”
She explains that the home was bought by Sally Silberbauer’s father, Dr Wells in 1949 so that he could be nearer to his surgery in this suburb.
Prior to that it had been owned by the Overberg pioneering family, the Barrys (after whom Barrydale is named).
In the late 1870s it was sold to Walter Searle, who gave it to his son while he continued to live nearby in the equally sumptuous mansion Highlands.
Other owners have been the van Breda family, also from the Overberg district.
Under Dr Wells the property was sub-divided into four properties and his daughter and her husband Frank bought the main house from him.
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