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Must-see: 8 gorgeous character homes across South Africa

27 Sep 2019

As Heritage Month draws to a close, we celebrate South Africa’s diverse and historic architecture. From Bloemfontein to Cape Town, Pretoria, Durban and more, take a peek…

1. A meticulously crafted home in Johannesburg for R21 million

Designed in 1912 by renowned architects Herbert Baker & Fleming, this distinguished modernised historical residence in Parktown, Johannesburg, is set in 3 628sqm of lush, idyllic gardens. The extraordinary home has four bedroom suites, beautiful boutique-style interiors, private study areas, a fitted library, wine cellar, secluded inner courtyard, entertainment terrace with breathtaking views, viewing pavilion, splash pool, tennis court, stone cottage, and more.

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2. A home that makes a statement in Durban for R9.995 million

Steeped in history, this Cape Dutch-style home in Morningside, Durban, is the epitome of old-world elegance and class. The grand home offers gorgeous features, high ceilings, seven bedroom suites, multiple indoor/outdoor entertainment and living areas, a large pool, manicured gardens and much more.

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3. A private manor house in Somerset West for R38 million

Hathersage Manor in Kalamunda, Somerset West, house was built in 1920 by Professor Roworth in a classic Georgian style, with imported high teak sash windows that frame sumptuous living areas downstairs. Only 1km from Somerset West’s CBD and 33km from the Cape Town International Airport, the 16.35ha property offers you plenty of privacy. The home has five bedrooms, two bathrooms, and more.

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4. Easy living in Grahamstown for R2.975 million

Circa 1860, this magnificent property in Oatlands in Grahamstown has been superbly renovated to embrace its Victorian character and warmth, complemented by modern conveniences. Designed for entertaining, the has easy indoor/outdoor flow, four bedrooms - each with a Victorian fireplace, three bathrooms, a covered verandah and pool area, bespoke kitchen cabinetry, separate cottage, and more.

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5. A quiet oasis in Pretoria for R4.971 million

A treasure trove of architecture and heritage, this residence in Waterkloof, Preoria, was built in 1947. The thatch-roofed home has an inviting entrance hall, fireplace, four bedrooms with parquet flooring, three modern bathrooms, spacious living areas that open onto the patio and a lush garden - perfect for relaxed and endless entertaining, fire pit area, and more.

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6. A home from a time gone by near Hoedspruit for R10.9 million

Set on 46ha, this original and painstakingly renovated colonial farmhouse in Kampersrus, near Hoedspruit, is steeped in history, sheltered beneath the majestic Northern Drakensberg mountains and poised above the splendour of the Lowveld bush. The home has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, verandah and more.

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7. Gracious living in Bloemfontein for R4.9 million

Dating from the 1926 Herbert Baker era, this property in Waverley, Bloemfontein, was meticulously and lovingly restored to its former glory by the present owner. The five bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom home has solid wooden doors - some with stained lead-glass panels, high steel ceilings, wood wall panelling, magnificent hand-forged wrought-iron features, beautiful solid light fittings, a semi-circular verandah, pool and much more.

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8. Life is beautiful in Cape Town for R20.95 million

One of Cape Town's finest Edwardian residences, set on a tree-lined avenue in Oranjezicht, this beautiful north-facing family home is reminiscent of an elegant time gone by, while offering a modern lifestyle for the discerning buyer. The three bedroom, two bathroom home has an entrance hall, various living and reception rooms, fireplaces, study, courtyard, swimming pool, staff accommodation and more.

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