Magnificent 1880's Herbert Baker home 'speaks' of victorian confidence
“Whenever we get a Herbert Baker home on our sales list, it is quite extraordinary how a section of the public responds – the desire to live in a Baker home has, it seems, increased rather than tailed off in the last 20 years. It looks as if 21st Century Capetonians are nostalgic for the days when life – and homes – were more secure and when patient, good workmanship by artisans was highly respected.”
This was said recently by Lanice Steward, MD of Anne Porter Knight Frank in relation to the latest Baker home to be marketed by APKF. Like many of its predecessors, it is in Claremont. It has no less than six bedrooms, all on the upper floor and these offer beautiful views of the mountain. It has, too, says APKF agent, Heidi Kriedemann, all the features that make “real” Baker homes so attractive to some: hand-cut stone façades, cast iron fireplaces (five in all), large teak framed sash windows, high pressed metal ceilings and solid teak doors. It also has a work studio (previously a pottery), an attractive covered patio, Oregon pine floorboards (in excellent condition) and, above all, a sense of “space and grace” – almost all the rooms are significantly larger than would be possible today.
The garden is private and, as one would expect, fully established and has a gunite pool.
“This,” said Steward, “is the sort of home that anchors a family: it reflects the confidence (and wealth) of the middle class in the Victorian era and speaks of the perception that the world is improving day by day. No wonder that in today’s less “fixed” less certain world, where stock markets tumble and economies are unstable, these magnificent old homes have such a grip on many people’s imaginations.”
This list price of the home is R5 950 000.
For further information or to view the property call Heidi Kriedemann on 083 379 6361.