The descriptive phrases so often used for houses, “French Provencal” and “French country house style” have, says Lanice Steward, MD of the Cape Peninsula estate agency, Anne Porter Knight Frank, been so bandied about by real estate agents that they are in danger of becoming meaningless.
However, she says, there are certain Cape Peninsula homes that would fit into the French countryside naturally and harmoniously.
One such, in her opinion, is “Le Petit Chateau”, now up for sale in Harfield Village. Anne Porter Knight Frank are the agents.
“Here,” says Steward, “the owner has taken great care – and spent considerable sums of money – to create a home in good taste, one that is especially well suited to entertaining both indoors and outdoors.”
This opinion was corroborated by Jenny Zinn, the APKF agent handling the sale, who wrote in her introduction to the home, “A French country feel is immediately apparent on entering through the garden gate.
“An imposing entrance hall, with a high ceiling and cornices, leads to the entertainment areas with bedrooms to the left and right.”
The master suite, said Zinn, is particularly impressive. It has a wood floor and a wood burning fireplace, stately feature windows, purpose-made hand painted cupboards, and glass faced cupboards for displaying art treasures. The bedroom is complemented by a dressing room and a sumptuous “Victorian” bathroom (with a bath and a shower) which can be opened to a private patio.
The second bedroom has a beautiful feature window and two louvered wardrobes, and, like the two main bedrooms, the third bedroom, currently used as a study, can take a double bed.
The French feel, said Zinn, is especially evident in the spacious kitchen which has sandstone countertops, and is open to a casual dining area. It has an AEG double oven, a four plate stove and other equipment and links to a laundry room.
True also to the French tradition, the casual dining area is large enough to take an extended family or guests – it could seat ten or twelve people and the formal dining room could seat eight.
Many of the rooms have wooden floors.
As indicated, the home is also ideal for alfresco entertaining. This takes place on a large wooden deck linked to the patio alongside a saltwater swimming pool. The pool is black, which gives it an attractive natural look and its water is warmed by a solar system.
Complete privacy for the pool and garden and a high level of security for the home are ensured by a high wall, topped by electric wiring on one side. A remote controlled automatic gate provides access to the parking area. The pedestrian gate has an intercom. The house is fully alarmed.
The asking price for the house is R3 995 000.
“One has to realise,” said Steward, “that the many statements we have made about Harfield Village’s prices appreciating ahead of the averages for Cape Town were based on a real knowledge of this market. Its “with it”, young atmosphere and the huge improvements made to so many of the originally simple cottage homes here have made Harfield Village a very desirable area. The main street, Second Avenue, has a vibrant and charming Chelsea feel.”