One of the Sandton area’s best known residential homes, a large luxury property situated in a prime elevated position on the northern slopes of the ancient Boskruin Koppie, has been put up for sale for the first time in its history.
The state-of- the-art home, which is built in tiers up the slope of the koppie and offers exceptional views all the way to the Magaliesberg, is being marketed by Pam Golding Properties for R25 million.
Gwen Kenmuir of Pam Golding Properties says that the large Boskruin property is iconic and well known to the residents in the area. “The sellers, who purpose-built the home among the rocks of the scenic koppie to meet their exacting needs, are executive empty nesters who are now looking to downscale and have therefore placed this 10-year- old masterpiece on the market for the very first time,” adds Kenmuir.
“No detail has been overlooked or expense spared in the building of this unique upmarket home which was developed over four years. The skilfully designed residence offers a once in a lifetime opportunity for a buyer looking to live close to nature but in luxury with every conceivable convenience close to hand”.
“The residence boasts hand-crafted iron work and woodwork by craftsmen, top quality fittings, the best in international and local building finishes, and has been designed with enormous windows, ample sliding doors and skylights so that the home can be opened up to become one with nature, letting in an abundance of light and air”.
“Designed to the owners’ unique specifications by TPC Architects, this is an ideal four-bedroom family home for anyone who is looking for sophistication, tranquillity and privacy; a rare combination of features to find in a property so close to the heart of Sandton,” points out Kenmuir.
With a second-floor formal lounge offering unparalleled views, formal dining room alongside a large patio with built-in gas braai, temperature-controlled wine cellar with whiskey bar, acoustically designed media room, traditional South African fire-pit in the rear of the garden, as well as entertainment complex situated alongside the swimming pool with fitted bar, steam room and Jacuzzi, this home offers a unique lifestyle and is an entertainer’s dream.
This grand residence graces a level view site within the bounds of a beautiful private estate, which incorporates an exclusive nature reserve, rich in flora and fauna such as porcupines, dassies (rock hyrax) and scores of different types of birds, including owls and guinea fowl.
The crest of the Boskruin Koppie, which is crowned with a landmark cross, forms part of the estate and has been left as a private reserve in which nature can continue to run its rhythms completely undisturbed. The crest of the koppie is easily walkable and offers stunning all-round views of the city and some of the finest sunsets in Johannesburg.
The estate is accessed through a private road, which leads to a high security enclave some 27 000 sqm in size, providing the perfect setting for the residence itself which is approximately 1 300 sqm.
Security is outstanding, the property being enclosed by twin electric fencing systems and the entire family area is protected with remote controlled armoured steel shuttering. There is, in addition, a strong room for all items requiring safekeeping. “Despite the size of the property, it offers a complete ‘lock up and go’ lifestyle,” notes Kenmuir.
“One cannot help but be deeply impressed by this remarkable home as soon as you enter through the front door,” she adds. “The entrance hall is double volume and is dominated by a central dome with a skylight, which allows light to flood into the home.”
There is a lift to the second floor to assist wheelchair-bound individuals to access the second floor and a view through an immense window of the crystal clear koi pond, garden and swimming pool. The second level is also accessible by an attractive swirling staircase with handcrafted steel banisters that were especially hand-forged on-site.
Each of the ample sized bedrooms has an en-suite bathroom with a Jacuzzi and a private patio with Zimbabwe teak decks. They also offer access to terraced gardens with wooden walkways that wind their way through the rock garden.
“There is a self-contained guest suite downstairs but it is the main suite that is truly breath-taking” says Kenmuir.“It is in excess of 100 sqm and incorporates a hand carved fireplace, private stoop and garden, change room, attractive hand-crafted mahogany built-in cupboards, large bathroom with exquisite fittings and a study.”
The home is designed to operate completely off-grid should this be required. A powerful generator automatically kicks in to power the property in the event of a cut in electricity supply. There is, in addition, a high yield borehole with storage that provides an emergency water supply and assists to irrigate the property.
The estate boasts a whole list of additional features which include a chef’s kitchen equipped with Siemens and Miele appliances and a large pantry; hand-crafted wood door frames and built in cupboards; a two-bed staff house with kitchen, bathroom and storeroom; four garages and a carport; granite window sills throughout; underfloor heating; designer curtains; hand scalloped roof trusses; imported slate roof; gas reticulation system, central vacuuming system; two guest toilets in public areas; vegetable garden; and landscaped and rock gardens, to name just a few.
“While the residence is set in an idyllic bushveld setting, it is also located just 12km west of Sandton and has easy access to the N1 freeway, Beyers Naudé Drive, and Witkoppen Road. This home is likely to be snapped up by an executive family who are attracted by its novel design and are looking to live in serenity, with maximum levels of freedom, convenience and luxury. It is available for viewing by private appointment,” concludes Kenmuir.