When a property owner feels entitled to ask for a rent of R50 000 per month for a Cape Peninsula suburban home, potential tenants are probably limited to major corporates, dual or very large families, multi-millionaires or, possibly, an organisation that can, within the strict zoning rules, still ‘work from home’.
Ginny Hill of Anne Porter Knight Frank is looking for some such tenants for an early 20th Century house in Upper Wynberg. Said to have originally been on the well-known carriage route from Cape Town to Simonstown and definitely one of the landmark buildings in this area, the house, says Hill, has great charm and character and is set on a 3 000m2 plot (three-quarters of an acre).
“It has four reception rooms, a family room, a library cum study and a breakfast room with French doors leading to a patio. Features include high decorative ceilings, wood panelled walls, sliding sash windows, a beautiful bay window (in an area referred to as ‘the ballroom’ as it is so large), numerous fireplaces, granite tops in the kitchen, wooden floors (some covered by carpeting) and stained glass insets at various points.
In its 100 year history, the home is said to have served as a British Army officers’ mess and as a guesthouse and an embassy. It is, says Hill, very well equipped and positioned and could perform similar roles in the future.
The garden, which has always been carefully maintained, is beautifully terraced. There are two garages as well as ample parking.
“This is one of those wonderful old houses which has been beautifully preserved and has to be seen to be fully appreciated,” says Hill. “It has a distinction that even the best modern homes simply cannot rival.”
For further information contact Ginny Hill on 083 324 1934.