The Cape Town suburb of Upper Kenilworth has long been a favourite with well-heeled young families, thanks its spacious homes on ample grounds, and its location close to top schools and amenities. While many properties have been substantially modernised or even completely rebuilt, the suburb still boasts a number of its original grand homes. Pam Golding Properties (PGP) reports that many of these have been restored with enormous attention to detail and sensitivity to their historic context, creating homes of character as well as comfort.
Upper Kenilworth is one of the most upmarket areas of the Southern Suburbs, and its superior homes and location mean that turnover is relatively slow, with many families holding onto their homes for the duration of their children’s education at nearby schools such as Herschel, Western Province Prep and Grove Primary School. In the 12 months from May 2013 to April 2014, 19 sales were concluded in the suburb, at an average price of R5.5 million. PGP concluded eight of these sales, including the two highest priced sales of R9 million (for a four-bedroomed home in Wytham Close, sold in June 2013) and R8.725 million (for a four-bedroomed home in Highwick Avenue, sold in March 2014 within three weeks of listing).
The suburb’s most notable historic homes can fetch well above this level, on the rare occasions that they do come onto the market. One of the most superlative examples, a home named “The Mangerton”, has recently become available for purchase exclusively through PGP, priced at R35 million.
PGP agents Myrna Duveen and Christiaan Steytler say the elegant homestead dates back to 1860, and received a full makeover by the renowned Sir Herbert Baker in 1902. It has been lovingly restored and updated for modern living by the current owners. Set in park-like grounds of over 7000sqm with numerous mature trees, the home is reached via a long driveway with two sets of entrance gates.
Inside, the home is one of grand proportions throughout, with high arched ceilings, spacious reception rooms and classic black and white tiled floors. There are options for all levels of entertaining, from a relaxed sitting room, to an elegant formal lounge and separate formal dining room, all with their own fireplaces. A large informal lounge has wood panelling, a cosy fireplace for winter, and an air-conditioned wine cellar. Additional living areas include a fitted study and a games room.
On its upper level the home offers six bedroom, three of them en suite, including a spacious master suite with its own dressing room and double vanity basins.
The gourmet kitchen offers solid oak cabinetry and granite counter tops, a large freestanding Godin stove and fitted Godin oven, as well as a centre island and breakfast area. A separate scullery and laundry are attached.
The home’s security features include an alarm system, security doors, burglar bars and electronic beams on the upper level, as well as a network of eight security cameras.
Outdoor areas include a tiled patio and a large solar-heated swimming pool with an adjacent pool room, bar and kitchen, as well as a sauna and steam room. The garden is watered via a borehole with three separate irrigation systems, and is completely walled for privacy and security. Garaging is provided for three vehicles, plus extensive off-street parking or visitors.